Travel challenge

Pre-Christmas winter sun in Dubai

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Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. This week: some pre-Christmas winter sun in Dubai. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing. Each package includes five nights' accommodation and flights from the UK in early December.

Emirates Holidays - £989

Includes Emirates flights from Birmingham on 5 December and B&B at the Sofitel, plus a two-day spa pass. "This stunning hotel is on The Palm development with chic interiors, a private beach and infinity pool," says Clare O'Hara (020-7590 1485;

Virgin Holidays - £1,099

Includes Virgin flights from Heathrow on 3 December, transfers and half board at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. "Set on Jumeirah Beach, the hotel offers a wide range of restaurants, beach bars and three swimming pools," says Caron Streeter (0844 557 3859; - £689

Includes KLM flights from Heathrow via Amsterdam between 10-14 December and B&B at the Ocean View Hotel. "This hotel offers a great location, with all rooms overlooking The Palm," says Colin Birchenough (0844 692 6792; Book by 10 December.