Dubai named the world’s best value long haul holiday destination
The Long Haul Holiday Index , which lists the world’s most popular long haul beach destinations amongst British families, places the ever-popular UAE destination of Dubai in first place.
The criteria included: Average temperature Average sea temperature Flight duration Number of attractions Average cost of a one-week holiday The study was conducted in order to help families find their perfect beach break, and the glitzy destination of Dubai, which welcomes more than 1.5 million British holidaymakers to its shores each year – grabbed the top spot with an index score of 77.45.
The sun-kissed destination boasts the highest number of water and amusement parks, out of all destinations in the study, and is also one of the closest destinations to the UK, with an average direct flight taking less than seven hours.
Whilst the Mexican resort on the Yucatan Peninsula, netted lower points for its longer flight duration in comparison to some destinations, it held second place due to its number of water and amusement parks, and the average cost of a family holiday.
Best value long haul destinations for families:
Ras Al Khaimah: 63.35
Dominican Republic: 60.00
Saint Lucia: 54.65
Best by category – weather For those looking to escape to warmer climes, research conducted by On the Beach reveals that Phuket enjoys the warmest average temperature of 27.5o during the winter months, whilst the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia takes second place, experiencing average temperatures of 27o.
Ras Al Khaimah, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Antigua all share third place with an average temperature of 26o, whilst the beautiful Indian Ocean destination of Mauritius takes fourth place with an average winter sun temperature of 25o.
The Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic takes second place, with an average flight duration of 550 minutes, whilst flights to Saint Lucia and Antigua take just a little longer at 585 minutes, putting them in joint third place.