Dubai sandstorm warning for Easter weekend travellers

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British travellers heading to Dubai for the Easter bank holiday weekend are being warned that flights could be affected by a huge sandstorm.

The massive sandstorm hit the Gulf on Thursday, and, according to the Daily Telegraph, 12 departures and nine arrivals were cancelled at Dubai's main airport.

Massive Sandstorm Hits Dubai


Most were regional flights, and British Airways and Emirates so far have only reported small delays.

Dubai is the world's busiest airport, overtaking London Heathrow earlier this year.

Authorities warned that delays and possibly diversions could be expected and to keep checking flight details.


Pictures of the sandstorm have been uploaded to Twitter.



According to the Independent, dust has caused reduced visibility for motorists and hospitals reported increased number of patients suffering from respiratory problems.

It is thought conditions will get better over the weekend, but that sunny conditions are not due to return to the city's beaches until Sunday.

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The Movenpick Hotel Ibn Batutta was designed to embrace the spirit of the legendary explorer Ibn Battuta's 14th century travels across Arabia, Africa and the Orient. Highlights include a spectacular rooftop swimming pool and ten signature suites designed to reflect the ten countries Battuta explored. Prices for a Local Flair Getwaway package start at £230 per night including breakfast and an excursion to the Abu Dhabie Falcon Hospital. Visit moevenpick-hotels.com for more.

A brand new opening for 2013, each of the 342 rooms at JA Resorts' Ocean View Hotel faces the sea. There are six restaurants and bars, a large pool and spa as well as a free shuttle to the five-star secluded golden sandy beach at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort. From around £180 per night. Visit jaresortshotels.com.

This boutique property sits just outside Dubai - so it's a great spot for those who want to relax away from the tall buildings and bright lights. Surrounded by lush green polo fields, the Desert Palm offers just 38 rooms and pool villas. The newly opened Polo Bar offers a birds-eye view of the fields and offers guests an al fresco alternative to watching "the sport of kings" while sipping champagne cocktails. ITC Classics offers three nights bed and breakfast including flights from £823 per person.

This iconic ocean-themed destination resort on Palm Island oozes over-the-top facilities in true Dubai style. With an impressive array of luxury shops and a collection of world class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatell and Michel Rostang, the Palm offers entertainment for all. It's also home to one of the largest open air marine habitats in the world, with a maze of underwater corridors and passageways offering displays of more than 65,000 marine animals in a 'journey through ancient Atlantis'. Travelbag offers three nights half board including flights from £699.

One of Dubai's must-sees (you may have spotted that this hotel is built in the shape of an Egyptian pyramid) this luxury hotel offers eight restaurants and bars, a spa and botanical garden, as well as its own and shopping centre and night club. Prices start at around £350 per night. Visit raffles.com/dubai

A luxury resort set on Dubai's Palm Island, this gem offers an intimate, tranquil hideaway just moments from the buzz of Dubai. Sumptuous design pervades, while privacy is the order of the day: a private marina allows easy access by private boat if that's how you choose to arrive. Highlights include 450m of private beach, a huge pool, a spa and three restaurants run under the culinary guidance of Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno. Kuoni offers three nights at One&Only The Palm from £960 per person including flights and bed and breakfast accommodation.

Perfect for friends or couples seeking serious sunshine, the Palm Tree Court prides itself on its laid-back atmosphere. Set on a palm-lined beach and surrounded by lush gardens and waterfalls, this newly renovated hotel offers four swimming pools and a watersports centre as well as a new luxury beachfront holiday home, the Residence, which offers exclusive suites for those who want to holiday in true VIP-style: think private butler service and complimentary exclusive amenities. A garden view junior suite starts at £115 per night. Visit jaresortshotels.com.

On its own private stretch of Jumeirah Beach overlooking Palm Island Bay, it's not for nothing that this hotel was amongst Tripadvisor's Top Luxury Hotels in the Middle East in 2012. The recently opened beachside Jetty Bar offers a great venue for sunset cocktails, and  the hotel caters very well for children, with a kids club offering activities galore, from camel riding to Arabian camping. Kuoni offers three nights at the Royal Mirage from £840 per night, including flights and bed and breakfast.

The world's tallest hotel, the brand new JW Marriott Marquis reaches 355m (1,164ft) and offers 1,608 rooms, 14 restaurants and a 1,500sq ft spa as well as a rather amazing rooftop pool. From around £140 per night. Visit jwmarriottmarquisdubai.com

Rain showers and jacuzzis in every suite, butlers on call, around-the-clock dining under the sea and stars, gold-plated opulence, six award winning restaurants, an exclusive private beach, infinity pools, a private shopper... just some of the things that make the Burj stand out as one one of the world's most famous luxury hotels. From £1,220 per night. Visit jumeirah.com

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