Things you must know when visiting Dubai
Dubai is rapidly becoming the ultimate destination for travellers from all around the world, blending a charming desert and oceanfront location with a vibrant culture, some seriously trendy nightclubs, restaurants and boutique shopping, and a ton of activities suitable for all ages and budgets.
The city is a unique mix of cultures, and with these few tips, your trip will be simpler, easier, and definitely more fun.
Finding Accommodation in Dubai
Dubai is famous for some of the most iconic hotels in the world, but it also has a wide range of accommodation options suitable for all budgets and all lifestyles. Finding a place to stay in the city is easy with a large number of hotels available across all of the Emirate.
If you’re coming for a short trip, check out the Premier Inn near Dubai International Airport. It’s perfect for both business and leisure travellers and welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Getting to know the Weather
Dubai is a desert country, so expect a long summer! A winter break is best time to visit if you want to avoid the heat. However, because Dubai sits on the coast there’s often a refreshing sea breeze blowing off the Arabian Gulf to cool things down. From October though to April expect temperatures to range between a pleasant 20-30°C.
Tipping isn’t compulsory, and as a rule in restaurants people usually tip between 10-15% if you’re happy with the service.
Dubai is an incredibly safe destination, and there aren’t any ‘no-go’ zones for tourists. Given that Dubai enjoys around 300 days of sun per year, the beach is usually packed year round and is a relaxing and pleasant place to visit.
Transport in Dubai
The best way to get around is to either hire a car from any of the major suppliers, or to take taxis. The metro also provide a great way to traverse the city, along with the Tram that serves the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences area. There are also public buses in the city with stations in most locations.
Dubai’s taxi drivers are courteous and professional, and the prices are very reasonable. The meter usually starts running at 12 AED.
Respecting the Local Culture
Dubai is a Muslim country with a diverse mix of cultures from all over the world due to its high number of foreign residents.
Just remember are that while out in public it’s better to dress modestly, avoiding bikinis or swimming trunks unless you’re on a beach. Public displays of affection and drinking in public are not allowed, but there are many pubs and restaurants in the city that provide alcohol, in addition to hotels.
During Ramadan (Holy Month), eating and smoking in public is prohibited during the fasting hours, but most restaurants and grocery shops stay open and can deliver food.
A great way to get a better insight into the cultural identity of Dubai is to visit the Jumeirah Mosque, which welcomes non-Muslim visitors with tours and Q&A sessions. You’ll find the people incredibly friendly and eager to talk to you openly about their history, culture and beliefs, making it a rewarding cultural experience.