DUBAI is one of the hottest places on earth, averaging between eight and 10 hours of sunshine a day all year round.

So it's no wonder that 1.2 million Brits visit every year to top up their tans and enjoy the luxury hotels and beach resorts.

How long is the flight to Dubai?

Several UK airports fly to Dubai – some direct, some with stopovers.

Flying from London Heathrow takes around seven hours non-stop.

Birmingham Airport takes between seven and eight hours direct.

A non-stop flight from Manchester Airport also takes between seven to eight hours, while a direct flight from Newcastle International Airport is slightly shorter – but not by much.

Outside of England, a direct flight from Glasgow Airport takes between seven-and-a-half and eight hours.

A one-stop flight from Cardiff Airport, touching down in Amsterdam, takes around ten-and-a-half hours.

Can you fly to Dubai right now?

Yes, but you will need to take a coronavirus test before you can enter the country.

In all cases, the test must be a PCR swab test – other tests will be refused.

People travelling from the UK have two options: take a test before flying, or take a test on arrival in Dubai.

Tests taken before flying are valid for 96 hours from the date of the test and must be shown as negative before boarding the plane.

Tests taken at the airport must also be returned as negative. If you test positive on arrival you may be required to self-isolate.

Depending on your symptoms, this may be in a government-led facility, a hospital or your accommodation.

Travellers are also being urged to check with their airlines as to what each company accepts as proof of a negative test.

When is the best time of year to visit Dubai?

The best time to visit Dubai is generally said to be from November to March as you can take still take advantage of the climate, without the peak of the desert heat.

April to October is the country's hottest time of the year, when the temperature can top a staggering 40 degrees.

But as this is well-known, Dubai tends to be busier in the UK's winter – meaning more crowds.

Which airlines fly to Dubai from the UK?

Emirates and British Airways both fly to Dubai from several airports in the UK, mostly direct.

Etihad, KLM, Luthansa and Turkish Airlines all also fly to the country from various spots, although trips with these airlines involve stopovers.

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