Dubai, an emirate in the UAE welcomes you with spectacular futuristic attractions that travel dreams are made of. From the sensational Bollywood Park, thrilling Desert Safari, astonishing Dubai Miracle Garden, iconic Burj Khalifa, and other trademark extravaganzas that will leave you spellbound. Dubai city is a unique world of man-made attractions, world-class Dubai Marina Mall, traditional souks, Dubai nightlife, romantic Dhow Cruise and more that will amaze you in this magical land. Indulge in the fantasies among blooming flowers, tall skyscrapers, shopper's paradise and a foodie's dreamworld. This travel guide helps you make sure that your vacation is nothing short of extraordinary.
Ethnicity: Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan) 71%, Iranian 25%, Western 3%
Currency: Dirhams (AED)
Map Referred: UAE
Area: 4110 square km
Lowest Point: Persian Gulf (0m)
Highest Point: Jebel Al Mebrah (1727m)
Coastline: 1318 km
Abu Dhabi 139.4 km
Sharjah 27.7 km
Sultanate of Oman 535.5 km
Famous For: Burj Khalifa | Miracle Garden | Dubai Creek | Dubai Museum | Dubai World Trade Centre | Bastakiya | Dubai Shopping Festival | Jumeirah Mosque | Deira Dubai | Dubai Frame | Sheik Zayed Road | Dubai Marina Mall | Heritage and Diving Village | Dubai Aquarium | Dubai Burj Al Arab | Jumeirah Beach | Dubai Museum | Dubai Fountain | Dubai Mosque
Time Zone: GMT +4
Ethnicity: Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan) 71%, Iranian 25%, Western 3%
Driving Side: Right
Airports in Dubai: Dubai International Airport | Dubai World Central Airport
The main internet providers in Dubai are Du and Etisalat. With just two operators Dubai prepaid sim cards are expensive and buying your own TEP portable Wi-Fi device is a good idea. You can connect to five devices at the same time with the device and it is a smart way to access the internet in the UAE.
For a prepaid sim card, you could try various options such as Etisalat or Du shops at Dubai Airport shops or find one at any Dubai mall. The price difference is not much if you buy it at the airport or at the Dubai mall stores. Do not forget to keep your passport for identity verification when buying a UAE sim card. Look for sim card sellers available at every terminal at the airport and at Dubai duty-free shops.
CALLING CODE: +971 Fire brigade: 997 Ambulance: 998 Police: 911
and the symbol is د.إ The official code of the term Dirham is AED which is United Arab Emirates Dirham.
Symbol: د.إ Code: DH or DHs 1 Dirham = 100 Fils
Dirham currency banknote denomination: 5, 10, 50, 100, 500
Dirham currency bank coin denomination (Fils): 5, 10, 25, 50
Please note that Travelers Cheques are NOT accepted in most places.
Dubai is one of the wealthiest of the seven emirates of the UAE created in 1971 after gaining independence from Great Britain. Dubai is a premier transshipment center with majestic skyscrapers, beaches, and ports. It has a large expatriate population and is the melting pot of the middle east with Islam being a major religion. However, other religious sites such as churches, temples coexist with Dubai mosques. It is hard to believe that Dubai was once just a fishing port until the discovery of oil in the 1960s, a major economic turning point.
History tells us that Dubai lies in a vast mangrove swamp where the Bronze Age Nomads settled and thrived on date palm plantations. In the fifth century CE, Jumeirah became a caravan station for trade routes linking Oman. The livelihood was based on fishing, pearl diving, and boat building. Traders would pass through selling spices, gold, and textiles that are found in the Dubai souks of today. The Maktoum family along with other Arab emirates took over the progress of the city and with the discovery of oil, 800 tribesmen settled in Dubai from Abu Dhabi. Sheik Maktoum understood the advantages of a natural harbor and led the way for Dubai to become a megapolis.
In 1820, Britain signed a series of agreements with the rulers and defeated the pirates in the high seas that the Sheiks had to deal with. In 1892, the region was known as Trucial Coast. Crucial decisions were taken by the 7th ruler Sheik Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum and Dubai transformed into a leading port in the Gulf with a thriving pearl industry. Britain withdrew in 1968 from the Gulf and a federation of sheikdoms began. In 1971, the UAE was formally established, and Sheik Rashid took over the responsibilities of the UAE Prime Minister. Progress was made and various developments such as the first Al Maktoum Hospital and the Al Maktoum Bridge joining Dubai mainland and Deira Dubai that made movement across the Dubai Creek quicker happened. Dubai Airport opened in 1961 and shipping lines were maintained to make Port Rashid the main port. Sheik Rashid founded the Jebel Ali Free Zone and with the discovery of oil, Dubai began flourishing. Sheik Maktoum took over from his father and ruled Dubai between 1990 to 2006. The Maktoum brothers are credited with making Dubai a tourist destination with the Dubai Shopping Festival being the most popular initiative.
Dubai under the ruler Sheik Mohammed has gained global recognition for its modern and traditional blend of architectural splendors.
Dubai is located on the Persian Gulf and is the second-largest emirate in the UAE. The city also consists of three man-made islands, the Waterfront, the Universe, and the Dubai land. The fascinating Dubai Creek divides the city into the northern region called Deira Dubai, and the southern called Bur Dubai. The fascinating Dubai Creek is a 15.2 km natural inlet from the Persian Gulf.
Dubai shares its borders with Sharjah in the northeast, Sultanate of Oman in the southeast, and Abu Dhabi in the south. Dubai is a strategic destination that connects to all Gulf states, east Africa, and South Asia. Dubai is the city and capital of the Emirate of Dubai and lies within the Arabian Desert. It is considered due to its geographical location as a business center and financial center, a truly global city.
Palm Jumeirah is an artificial collection of islands that resembles a palm tree, a unique architecture in the Persian Gulf. Real estate is one of the major industries here with Burj al-Arab, the world's fourth-tallest hotel built-in 1999. Other premium man-made structures include Burj Khalifa or Burj Dubai. JBR is a waterfront community in Dubai Marina popular for the JBR Walk, a promenade with fine dining and chic boutiques.
The topography consists of white sandy deserts and a coastline. Towards the east of the city are reddish sand dunes and farther east is the Hajar Mountains.
The culture is influenced by Islamic and Arab influences seen in the architecture, music, cuisine, lifestyle, and attire in Dubai, a popular emirate of UAE. Embroidery, weaving, pottery, dance, poetry are other popular art forms as are literature and music and dance. Ayala or the `stick dance` is a popular dance form and Al Wahabiyyah is an old art form performed here. Drum players stand in two rows and one of the performers begins reciting poetry. Dancers move rhythmically with repeated movements and hold guns and swords, moving to the tune of traditional music. A total delight to watch as Emiratis play traditional music and dance on important social occasions. Paintings are displayed in the many art galleries and literature exhibitions. Exploring them is a popular Dubai tourism activity.
Food and Drink
The cosmopolitan city offers an authentic food experience with delicious middle eastern cuisine rich in Arab spices and flavor. There are plenty of must-try foods and beverages in the spectacular desert metropolis. Experiencing Arabic cuisine is a highlight of a Dubai holiday where you could indulge in bold exotic food that is a combination of Iranian, Arabic, and Lebanese cuisines.
Must-Try Dubai National Dishes
Manousheh (flatbread stuffed with Akkawi cheese, Zaatar herbs and olive oil), Iranian Sangak (Iranian flatbread), Chelo Kebab (Kebab served with basmati rice), Al Harees (baked meat, wheat with butter and cinnamon), Al Machboos (spicy meat with rice), Mandi (rice with meat or chicken), Tabbouleh (salad with tomatoes, onions, and cucumber), Kousa Mahshi (zucchini with rice), Shirin Polo (basmati rice with carrots, raisins, chicken and nuts)
Must-Try Dubai National Drinks
Gahwa (Arabic coffee), Karak Chai (Arabic tea), Jellab and Qamardeen (grape blend, rose water, pine nuts and raisins), Laban and Ayran (buttermilk), Lemonade
Dubai is very polite to its travelers with an influence of Muslim customs. The dress is always modest to avoid offense to the religion. Elders are greeted first and with the utmost respect. Visitors are welcome with both arms and handshake is always with the right hand. Men stand up to show respect and courtesy to women. Pointing with fingers is considered a rude gesture. The most common greeting is 'As-salaam Alaikum' which means 'peace be upon you'. Always be patient and try not to lose your temper with an Arab. Men are expected to treat women with respect and should never shake a woman's hand first.
Remove your shoes before entering an Arab house or mosque and do not touch the Quran if you are a non- Muslim. Remember that during Ramadan, drinking and smoking are not allowed.
Dubai tourism offers cultural interaction rarely seen anywhere else in the world with some of the greatest architectural sights to see such as the Burj Khalifa, Canyon Tower, The World Island, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai, Dubai Miracle Garden, and more.
Discover Dubai's newest beachfront La Mer Dubai with stunning beach views at La Mer Beach Dubai lined with palm trees, murals, dining activities, and promising sunset views.
The spectacular island Palm Jumeirah welcomes you to upmarket restaurants, amazing Dubai coastline views, the fascinating ship-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel, beach clubs with infinity pools, and an exciting Dubai nightlife.
Explore the flagship mall at Deira City Center for the widest collection of shopping, cinema, dining and more in the sprawling 3-level shopping area with more than 350 stores, children's entertainment area, fast food outlets, electronic stores, jewelry outlets that will take your breath away.
Visit Dubai for its astonishing Dubai parks such as the Dubai Miracle Garden, a flower garden in Dubai land where you will be spellbound amidst blossom of color in the world's largest natural flower garden.
Visit the enormous Love Lake Dubai that comprises two huge interconnected heart-shaped lakes. A nice way to bring romance back in your lives as you drive past the popular Al Qudra Lake.
Spend a day on the white sandy beach at Kite Beach Dubai and enjoy your day jogging, kayaking, kitesurfing while the kids have a fascinating time in the play areas. Other fabulous beach options include the JBR Beach, La Mer Beach Dubai among other Dubai beaches on offer.
Dubai Weather | DXB Climate
The best time to visit Dubai is from November to April, the winter months. The months of January and February turn the city into a festival city with the popular Dubai Shopping Festival. The weather is pleasant and outdoor activities can be also enjoyed. This, however, is the crowded peak season with hotel rates and airfares very expensive. A good idea is to book in advance to get the best rates of the season.
April to May months see a rise in temperature and summer months can be very hot. It is impossible to explore the outdoors with temperatures as high as 40℃ and high humidity. However, all malls are air-conditioned and hotel rates are much lower than the peak season. Do plan a Dubai holiday based on Dubai climatic conditions to have a good stay.
Visit Dubai With Family
Have an exciting time at the Dubai Festival City with plenty of entertainment, retail stores, rental accommodation, world-class hotels, luxury apartments, fine dining restaurants and more in this popular residential community.
Enjoy a spectacular choreographed fountain system by the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake at the center of Downtown Dubai. Dubai Fountain extravaganza will leave you and your family mesmerized and delighted.
Travel to the picturesque Dubai Marina built on man-made Dubai canals on the coast of the beautiful Arabian Gulf. Explore local boutiques at the Dubai Marina Mall, walking paths down the famous JBR Walk, sunset dinner cruise, Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates, speedboat sightseeing tour, Zero Gravity Beach Club escapades and many more attractions to have a memorable time.
Head on to Souk Dubai for some heritage shopping, gold jewelry, handwoven fabrics, souvenirs and more at the exciting Arabian market. You could check out the many souks such as Dubai Gold Souk, Dubai Spice Souk, Old Souk, Souk Al-Bahar, Textile Souk and more located on the Deira Dubai side of the Dubai Creek.
Stay at the gorgeous Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection, a 4* property very close to famous attractions such as LEGOLAND Dubai, MOTIONGATE Dubai and BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai.
Visit Dubai with Partner
Take a romantic boat cruise through the Dubai Canal in the Business Bay and be amazed by the sight of skyscrapers lined alongside. Also, enjoy a luxury Canal Dinner Cruise with your loved one.
Visit the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort that was opened by the Ruler of Dubai in 1971. It reflects the times of the past in a market set to help you understand heritage and culture.
Visit Mina Jebel Ali for the many attractions such as Palm Islands Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Palm Jebel Ali, Jebel Ali Beach, Port of Jebel Ali to name a few.
Spend a romantic evening at Dubai Marina's premium dining destination, Pier 7 Dubai that offers the most exotic Asian, European, and Arabic flavors with the exotic Dubai skyline as a backdrop.
Spend an amazing time together as a couple at the Umm Suqeim Beach promenade to chill out and catch the best sunset views. Take beautiful pictures of the sunset with Burj Al Arab in the vicinity. You could take a romantic night swim in the sea made possible by 'Smart Power' light posts on the beach.
Visit Dubai with Friends
Visit Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai and shop for jewelry, spices, textiles, furniture, handicrafts, etc. Enjoy a splendid shopping experience at the colorful local market place.
Be tricked with illusions at the Museum of Illusions Dubai. Enter a world of sensory and visual Dilemma Games, 3D Lighting Globe, educational toys, Smart Playrooms to feel intrigued in the unexplored world.
With plenty of beach clubs, Dubai offers you cannot be short of entertainment. Try the chic and elite ambiance at the Bulgari Yacht Club, Raffles Dubai, White Beach to name a few. Go on to enjoy fine dining, live music, sandy beaches and have an amazing sun-soaked Dubai holiday.
Dubai Mall is the 26th largest mall in the world with lots of things to do in Downtown Dubai. Retail shopping, world-class dining, entertainment, leisure attractions, The Souk, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, VR Park, the Reel Cinemas megaplex, Dubai Ice Rink and other Dubai mall shops will leave you spellbound.
Pamper yourself at The Retreat Palm Dubai, an exquisite premium property on the East Crescent of The Palm Jumeirah very close to the city's shopping malls, IMG World of Adventure theme park, Burj Khalifa and more.
What To Buy?
Camel Milk Chocolate
Oudh and Bakhoor
Blue Waters Dubai
A spectacular man-made island, Blue Waters Dubai is located off the waters of Dubai Marina that welcomes you to a new world filled with beachside thrills, Ain Dubai, the observation wheel and the luxurious Caesars Palace Resort. This place has it all where you can spend a day and explore the retail and hospitality zone. Be amazed at the scenic walkways and other luxurious experiences on offer. Best Time to Visit: Winter Months Entry Price: Based on the activity
City Walk Dubai
Spend a fabulous day exploring the design-inspired neighborhood with exclusive shops, coveted residences, stunning street art murals, kid-friendly entertainment activities in the tree-lined beautiful avenues. With a unique mix of upscale retail and gourmet outlets, this high-end creative lifestyle destination is a good way to spend a fun time with the entire family.
Best Time to Visit: Winter Months Entry Price: Free to experience
Enjoy at the theme park in Abu Dhabi with attractions for all age groups, Ferrari World is a popular getaway. Let the kids take a driving lesson at Junior GT before you send them to the Junior Grand Prix. Join in the various adventurous attractions such as Speed of Magic, Made in Maranello, Paddock, Fast Lane, and Tyre Twist to enjoy gaming concepts at its best. Best Time to Visit: All Year Entry Price: $190
Dubai Burj Al Arab
Spend time in Dubai's iconic hotel also known as the jewel of Jumeirah and enjoy world-class dining in Arabic luxury. Dine at the fabulous Al Muntaha with panoramic views of Dubai, enjoy yourself at the man-made beach or visit the grand atrium at a height of 180 meters. This indeed will be an unforgettable experience in modern luxury and architectural splendor.
Best Time to Visit: All Year Entry Price: $28 for a window table
Heritage Village Dubai
Indulge in the wonders of the 16th century with the village showing you glimpses of Emirati folk culture in the old-world charm. You get a fascinating display of insights from blacksmithing, cotton trading, jewelry making, and a chance to buy artifacts such as tools and traditional sweets. The amazing village also has a 200-year-old mosque, resting cafes, mud and stone houses, palm trees and weapon rooms to keep you intrigued through the journey.
Best Time to Visit: All Year Entry Price: Free
Magic Planet Dubai
This is a fun place for kids with thrilling rides, indoor rides, gaming experiences, Ski Dubai, LEGO, VOX Cinemas and more, at the Magic Planet. Go around 2300 stores within 16 malls with kids' games, entertainment centers, soft play games in this exotic indoor area at the Mall of Emirates. Try out bowling in Dubai in one of the twelve bowling alleys, Astro Blasters, Gravity Trampoline Park, Cindy Scooter, Trident Simulator and more with your kids to create cherished memories.
Best Time to Visit: All Year Entry Price: $8.17 (Sunday to Wednesday); $9.53 (Thursday to Saturday)
Cirque le Soir Dubai
A popular Dubai nightclub at the Fairmont Dubai, Sheik Zayed Road offers all-night hip-hop chic music with fine dining and beverages. This is a great place to spend Christmas in Dubai or New Year's if you are holidaying in Dubai in December. You are at one of the world's finest clubs designed by Stephane Dupoux, the creative mind behind Buddha Bar in New York and Cocoon in London. Get the best clubbing experience with international DJs playing trendy music to make sure your night is fun-filled. Best Time to Visit: All Year Entry Price: $25.22
If you can make time, few other places to visit in Dubai are;
Emirate Towers Dubai
Dragon Mall Dubai
Drift Beach Dubai
Atlantis, The Palm
Marina Beach Dubai
Grand Mosque Dubai
Jumeirah Beach Dubai
Dubai World Islands
Wafi Mall Dubai
Hub Zero Dubai
Dolphin Bay Dubai
Most Popular Regions and Cities to Visit in Dubai Dubai World Islands
The incredible archipelago of islands shaped like a map of the world is located just three miles off the Dubai coast. This man-made paradise welcomes tourists to its many hotels and restaurants, wonderful beaches, pleasant water pools and more. Indulge in water sports, enjoy dining at the happening Toro Blanco and stay in Lebanon Island's lap of luxury.
Visit For: Dubai Night Clubs, Toro Blanco, Water Sports, The Island Special Events, Luxurious Stay at The Island, Splash Pools
The Palm Islands Dubai
The ambitious project consists of three islands, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira. The fascinating Dubai islands have world-class hotels, entertainment centers, water parks, marinas, premium shopping malls, diving sites, cinema multiplexes, exotic beaches and leisure activities. No wonder Palm Deira, the largest of the islands is a self-proclaimed Eighth Wonder of the World.
Visit For: Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Al Fardh, Aquaventure Waterpark, Dolphin Bay, Palm Jebel Ali, Atlantis
It is also famously called Downtown Burj Khalifa with the city's iconic landmark Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world situated here. Experience the majestic Dubai skyline from atop 124 floors from the Observation Deck. Enjoy another amazing journey in Downtown Dubai as you feel exhilarated at the famous Dubai Fountain, a choreographed fountain system attraction. Visit For: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Dino, Burj Plaza, The Address Dubai Mall, Souk Al-Bahar, The Dubai Stars
Get onboard the Dhow Cruise, an evening tour of Dubai Creek or be mesmerized by a guided water taxi tour to Dubai Marina passing some stunning buildings. The saltwater creek is part of the new Dubai Canal that extends into the Persian Gulf. This beautiful man-made waterway divides Bur Dubai and Deira Dubai that is convenient for trade ships.
Visit For: Dhow Cruise, Bateaux Dubai Gourmet Dinner Cruise, Spice Souk, Al Bastakiya Heritage District, Dubai Creek Harbor, Dubai Dolphinarium, iFly Dubai Indoor Skydiving
Get a feel of corporate and contemporary Dubai at the Business Bay with swanky hotels, high rise stylish apartments, business skyscrapers, and more. Filled with fine dining options, indulge in high-end Lebanese cuisine, Asian dishes, and much more. Enjoy the buzz in the bustling business hub with supermarkets, entertainment outlets, and internationally renowned hotels.
Visit For: Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk, 0-14 Base, Churchill Tower, Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay Skate Park
Spend time at the affluent residential neighborhood and head out for The Beach at JBR, Barasti Beach, Fish Beach, Dubai Marina Walk to name a few attractions. Hire an upscale yacht cruise that sails down the man-made marina or indulge in exciting sky diving and jet skiing activities. With smart cafes and markets that line the waterside promenade, this is nothing short of an extraordinary Dubai holiday.
Visit For: The Walk, Dubai Tram, Al Rahim Mosque, Al Mamsha Street, Marina Park, 3D Blacklight Minigolf Dubai
Other Popular Regions to Visit in Dubai
Mall of Emirates
Jumeirah Coastal Belt
Dubai Desert Conservative Reserve
The East Coast
Dubai Shopping Festival
The popular Dubai Shopping Festival is an annual event held mostly from January to February the first week. During this festival, you get unbelievable discounts on premium brands from any store in any mall. That is a shopper's paradise come true with many food-related events, concerts, game shows, parades, firecracker shows, ramp walks, and much more entertainment on offer.
Location: Dubai Date: First week of January to the first week of February
Dubai International Film Festival
Academy-award nominated movies from the Arab world are showcased in three to four posh locations in Dubai. From red carpet exchange, cultural influences from different regions, presentations, exchanges between film lovers, and more, the Dubai festival attracts celebrities, viewers, interns, and cinephiles. It is widely recognized as one of the best film festivals in the world. Location: Dubai Date: December
The Dubai Marathon
The event is labeled as the world's richest marathon as it offers a million dollars to any participant who breaks a world record. It is a mass-event with a route of approximately 42.2 km run by over 28000 participants. There are also 10 km races and 4 km races with different start times that happen. Register much in advance online to avoid disappointment.
Location: Dubai Date: January
Dubai International Boat Show
This classy event has luxurious yachts from all over the world on a show with prominent brands from the world on display. It is a fun entertainment event attended by VIPs with live music and a bustling upmarket vibe right from 3 pm to 11 pm. Marina Art Gallery exhibition is also open to visitors.
Location: Dubai Date: March
Swim the Burj
Participants swim around the fascinating Burj Al Arab structure in either 1600 m or 800 m race categories. Open to swimmers above 16 years of age the exciting event has its proceedings given to charity every year. Swim the Burj also facilitates the participants to view the iconic landmark up close.
Location: Dubai Date: 8th March
Other festivals/events celebrated in Dubai are;
Taste of Dubai
Dubai World Cup
Dubai International Jazz Festival
Dubai Food Festival
UAE National Day
Ladies Night Dubai
All visitors to the United Arab Emirates need to have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of travel. GCC nationals (except Qatar) need to show government ID proof or driver's license and have the freedom to travel in the UAE.
Visa-Free Entry Nationals of the following countries may enter the UAE without a visa
Bahrain (freedom of movement)
Kuwait (freedom of movement)
Oman (freedom of movement)
Saudi Arabia (freedom of movement)
Mexico (180 days)
For a period of 90 days to 180 days:
All European Union (except Ireland)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
For a period of 90 days:
For a period of 30 days:
Visa-on-arrival / eVisa
Nationals from the following countries and territories are eligible to obtain a free UAE visa-on-arrival for a validity of 30 days. Extension of stay is possible with a fee.
Bahamas (90 days)
Costa Rica (90 days)
Maldives (90 days)
South Korea (90 days)
Dubai visa can be easily obtained online by submitting relevant documents and you get an evisa for Dubai in four days by paying a processing fee depending on the type of visa.
More Types Of Visas and Validity The various types of Dubai visas include
48-hour visa ($33 express visa fees)
96-hour visa ($59.29 express visa fees)
14 days single entry visa ($96.96 express visa fees)
30 days single entry visa ($6.96 express visa fees)
90 days visa visit $187.02
Multi entry long- term visa (90 days) $454.96
Multi-entry short- term visa (30 days) $180.13
The applicant needs to have valid documents such as travel records, financial records, an invitation from an immediate family residing in the UAE, original valid passport, passport size photographs, applicable visa fees.
Females traveling alone need to obtain a No Objection Certificate from parent/ husband with valid ID proofs.
A 96-hour Dubai stop-over transit visa can be obtained on arrival at the Dubai International Airport. It is a good idea to visit the Dubai duty-free shop while in transit at the many Dubai Airport shops in the spectacular DXB Airport.
Bus travel in Dubai is convenient as it connects major landmarks and tourist spots of the city with fares starting at just 2 Dirham. The buses run every 15 to 20 minutes except on Friday. The Big Bus sightseeing tour with live commentary takes you to all major attractions, an interesting way to see Dubai city. You also get free admission to the Dubai Museum and a Dhow Cruise experience.
A good way to travel between Bur Dubai and Deira is the Water Bus with fares ranging from 1 Dirham to 4 Dirham only that depends on the route taken.
Take the efficient way to travel in Dubai -- the world`s fully automated metro rail with the Red and Green lines operational. Try the Monorail Dubai to take you from the mainland to the Palm Jumeirah. This is the first monorail in the middle east, an exciting way of transfers in the city.
Taxis are a convenient and easily available mode of transport especially at malls and other attractions. If you do not want to wait in the long lines to get a taxi you could always rely on Uber or the popular riding platform called Careem. Careem would be a bit cheaper than Uber and is a good option to take.
If you possess a domestic or international driving license and a credit card, you could hire a private vehicle. However, this is not the best-recommended choice due to heavy traffic congestions in the city.
Via Air Route
Airlines that fly into DXB Airport, the busiest in UAE include Emirate Airlines, Fly Dubai and Etihad among others. Emirate Airlines is Dubai's official international airline that connects the city worldwide. Fly Dubai is a low-cost carrier or low-cost airline that is a government-owned budget airline. Air Arabia is another option to enter the city via the Sharjah International Airport.
Try the Emirates Express that connects Dubai with all the other emirates. The bus services are frequent between Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Masafi, Abu Dhabi and others.
Dubai does not have a railway network.
There are some lovely cruise options such as the four nights cruise on The Karnika from Mumbai, India to Dubai with a stop in Muscat, Oman. Royal Caribbean also offers cruise experiences from Dubai with all the facilities and amenities onboard.
Carry photocopies of all relevant travel documents with you.
Plan your travel in the winter months in Dubai which is between October to April.
Book flight tickets and hotels well in advance to get the best rates.
Ramadan is celebrated during the night month of the twelve-month Islamic calendar and Muslims practice fasting. Do show respect as a tourist as you can't smoke or drink between sunset and sunrise.
Carry a modest wardrobe to respect the Muslim culture of the city.
Never take pictures of Dubai government buildings without asking permission.
Make sure you know directions to your attractions as many taxi drivers may not be familiar with the routes.
It's a good idea to dress conservatively although Dubai is a relatively safe place.
Stay in groups or pairs especially in the dark
Avoid eye contact with men especially in bars, clubs, or hotels if you are a woman as prostitutes may operate.
Don't display public affection or wear swimwear away from the pool or beach.
Don't leave your valuables carelessly in the car or beaches etc.
Always use your right hand to greet and not left.
Do not insult the royal family especially in public.
Avoid vulgar language and refrain from passing comments on the Islam religion.
UAE has a very strict anti-drug policy. Hence, do not carry all your medicines or illicit drugs. The UAE website gives you a list of permitted medicines.
Follow the legal rules of drinking in the country.
Limit your exposure to extreme temperatures that may lead to muscle cramps or heat rashes.
Carry sunscreen for protection from the harsh sunlight in the outdoors.
Drink plenty of water and fluids during activities of the tour to avoid severe exhaustion.
Carry along travel insurance that includes adventure activities and 24/7 emergency assistance.
Keep handy important telephone numbers in case of an emergency.
Eat small meals 4 - 5 times a day and include fresh vegetables and fruits in the meal.
Try out a Transform Health Retreat while you are in Dubai.
The CDC and WHO recommends the following vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Anthrax, Meningitis, Mumps, Rubella, Tdap, Chickenpox, Shingles, Pneumonia, Influenza prior to travel.
While Dubai's tap water is safe to drink as suggested by the Emirates Environmental Group, however, it is best to drink only bottled water.
What to Pack?
Passport, Travel Wallet
Comfortable Modest Clothes
Dress Code & Etiquette
Modest style of dressing is acceptable that covers shoulders and the knees for women and knee-length shorts for men is acceptable.
At the beach, swimwear is allowed but not if you are away from the beach or pool. A decent covering robe is also recommended.
Men should respect women and a general courtesy is a must.
Do not compliment women or shake hands during greeting unless she offers her hand first.
Kissing on the cheek, hugging in public between the same sex is normal.
It is illegal in the UAE for people of the opposite sex to kiss each other.
The foot is considered dirty and avoid pointing the sole of your foot to an Arab.
It is rude to turn your back on someone who is in conversation with you.
Leave a little food on the plate as a sign when you have had enough.
Remove shoes before entering an Arab house.
After a meal coffee is served as a sign that the invitation is over.
Enter mosques with modest clothing.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke in public during Ramadan.
It is not allowed to dance in public places.
Abu Dhabi (139.4 km)
Visit Abu Dhabi for its many attractions such as Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Mangrove Kayaking Tours, Ferrari World, Yas Island, Saadiyat Island to name a few. The city has many epic attractions and is just 1 hour 49 minutes from Dubai in moderate traffic.
Sharjah (27.7 km)
A visit to Sharjah also called the Cultural Capital of the Arab World is a must with major tourist attractions, multi-cuisine restaurants, popular hotels and more. Go on to see the Sharjah Arts Museum, Sharjah Heritage Center, Sharjah Fort, Souk Al-Jubail and more.
Sultanate of Oman (535.5 km)
Visit the exotic destination right on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula. You will be thrilled by the historic forts, desert landscapes, beautiful beaches, and attractions such as Masirah Island, Jebel Akhdar Mountain and more.
Distance Between Places Of Importance In And Around Dubai
Dubai to Saudi Arabia - 1184 km, Dubai to Riyadh - 975.24 km
Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.
90% of the population in Dubai is expats.
Delivery of almost everything from electronics, groceries, furniture etc. is just a click away.
His Highness Sheikh Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has a down to earth relationship with the locals.
Local Emirati women in Dubai are given equal gender rights to education and the workforce.
Dubai was once a desert backwater that was turned into a global city.
Burj Al Arab is covered by 1790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf.
Robots are replacing child labor in the camel racing sport.
There is no income tax to be paid in Dubai.
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