Dubai is a city of extremes: With the world’s tallest building, the most gargantuan mall and the largest indoor ski slope. There are restaurants from just about every nation on the planet, beautiful stretches of beaches, vast empty deserts and crowded urban backstreets to explore.
If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit the city:
When to go
One of the most important Dubai travel tips that anyone can give you is to consider the weather for when you are planning the trip. The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months from November to March when the weather is comfortable for sightseeing throughout the day.
What to pack
One can dress up as much as they like but be modest as there are no concrete laws in Dubai that forbid anybody from wearing any kind of clothes. Being a country with conservative values, it is preferable and respectful to wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must to stay protected from the Dubai sun & heat!
Make sure to carry all your legal travel documents like your visa and passport. The prevalent currency in Dubai is the AED, commonly called Dirhams. You can carry few Dirhams per head for taxi and food expenses at the airport.
Health and safety
Dubai is one of the safest places with very low crime rates so you can be assured of your personal safety while travelling through the city.
In regards to health, Dubai has done a terrific job at containing the virus. And the city is now open for visitors and tourists. Although, all visitors must have medical insurance and a negative PCR test. With great emphasis on hygiene and cleanliness, one can have a safe and healthy experience in the city.
Getting around and local transport
Dubai has one of the best public transport systems. One can travel with multiple transport options like metro, taxi, bus or rent a car just as easily and get just about anywhere in the city! The public transportation system is super convenient and offers great connectivity for most of the spots in the city.
Dubai is known for its gold, electronics, luxury apparel, etc. If shopping is your main agenda then you can plan your trip so that it coincides with the Dubai Shopping Festival (January) or Dubai Summer Surprises (July) for the best deals and heftiest discounts on all items. The city also offers some of the best end of year sales.
Dubai food and nightlife
With a great choice of bars, nightclubs and restaurants to lounge in and party, Dubai has an awesome nightlife. The city packs in some of the best street foods, restaurants and flavors; and is a top spot for foodies. Although the minimum age limit is 21 years, a few bars do not allow people below 25 years of age to drink.
In Dubai, the weekend is Friday and Saturday, with Sunday being the start of the week. If you’re looking to party, the busiest nights of the week are Thursdays and Fridays, while malls are also packed with shoppers until midnight.
There is a wide range of hotels across the city for every budget. The city has some of the best hotels with offering luxury experience and breathtaking views. Hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10- to 20-percent service charge to bills, and sometimes an extra tourism levy of around six percent.