Dubai is known to attract the biggest names in sport and their families for luxurious getaways, with the likes of Michael Owen, Andrew Flintoff and Andriy Shevchenko regularly visiting the region.Another public figure who has been taking a break in the glittering city is England rugby star Chris Ashton, who has been enjoying a holiday after a long sporting season with his girlfriend Melissa, the Daily Mail reports."Dubai has become popular with rugby players, perhaps in part because there is a major rugby sevens tournament here every year. It also seems to attract a lot of holidaying professional footballers, such as Wayne Rooney," he commented.The sportsman stayed at the opulent Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the iconic The Palm Jumeirah, where he relished having some time to relax in the lap of luxury.Ashton revealed on his last trip to Dubai he had just had knee surgery and so he was forced to take it easy in the sunshine, but this time he was able to do a lot more.Their plans for a relaxing time were scuppered on the first morning when they bumped into Ashton's teammate Dylan Hartley and the two sportsmen ended up spending a lot of time doing things together in the emirate after that, such as going into the desert of sand buggies and playing with dolphins.As a rugby player, food is very important to Ashton, who revealed his favourite place to grab a bite was near the fountains at the Burj Khalifa."Every night, we sat down beside the lake at the foot of the tower where we could look up at it - it's awe-inspiring," he stated.And the rugby star admitted he had to maintain his fitness regime even while on holiday and praised the gym at the Zabeel Saray for its great equipment, which he would make use of for at least 90 minutes a day before hitting the spa for some pampering in true Dubai style."For our next holiday, we're already thinking that we want to go back to Dubai," he said.