With its long trade history and reputation as ‘the Pearl of the Orient’, the bustling city of Manila is no stranger to making travellers feel at home. Home to some of the Philippines’ finest heritage sites, those journeying from Dubai to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport are in for a pleasant surprise – sitting comfortably alongside the ancient walled city of Intramuros are towering high-rise buildings and sleek shopping centres, as well as quirky music venues and funky vintage bazaars – in short, all the ingredients that make for a first-class getaway.
When choosing between Dubai to Manila flights, make sure you consider the Philippine climate, with its dry season from November to May and its rainy season between June and October. Fares are generally cheapest in February and September – February enjoys warm temperatures and hosts the International Bamboo Organ Festival, a classical music event based around the one-of-a-kind bamboo organ at St. Joseph Paris Church in Las Piñas City. Weekend and afternoon flights also tend to be more affordable – just remember to factor in the 4-hour time difference when you’re booking.
Direct flights are the quickest way to get from Dubai to Manila, with Emirates and Philippine Airlines offering services that take just over 8 hours. If you’re after cheap flights to Manila from Dubai International Airport, however, one-stop options are your best bet. These alternatives take longer, but they come with a tempting reduction in prices, and you’ll be able to take in another city on your way – Saudi Arabian Airlines routes open up the historic district of Riyadh, while Oman Air services allow you to witness the grandeur of Muscat’s Al Alam Palace. Whatever you choose, the range of choices keeps rates competitive so you can snap up a killer deal.
Manila’s main airport is 4 miles south of the city, so once your Dubai to Manila flight sets down, you’ll be in the city centre in a heartbeat. Nine bus routes link the airport to the city, stopping at various locations en route, while taxis are waiting outside the terminals to whisk you to your hotel. Cab journeys can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic, and cost about 200 pesos. You can also get a taxi to Baclaran station, where a connection on the Light Rail Transit System will help you to complete your journey.
Manila is one of Asia’s premier shopping destinations, and you’ll soon discover why. A wise shopper’s peso can go a long way in the markets at Quiapo and Divisoria, where native fruits like the delicious rambutan and craft souvenirs are among the bargains to be had, while those looking for brand names and high-end boutiques can pass their time at the Century City Mall. The Binondo neighbourhood boasts the world’s oldest Chinatown district, and the local Arranque Market sells rare delicacies you won’t find anywhere else.
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