Dubai Travel Information
If cities were named after gems, Dubai would be a diamond. This glitzy wealthy urban wonderland in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is famous for luxury shopping, modern architecture and pumping nightlife.
Dubai is a modern city with state of the art technology, impressive high-rises and at night, the city comes alive with lights, music and people living their best lives.
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Dubai is a predominately Islamic city and has a large ex-pat community, many who are doing business in many different industries.
The laws in Dubai are strict and the penalties more stringent. This makes it a safe place to travel as the crime rate is low. But you need to be aware of the rules, so you don’t accidentally break them. When in Dubai, never do the following because saying you are a tourist and didn’t know isn’t going to save you:
- no drinking alcohol in public or be intoxicated in public
- no drugs
- no public displays of affection
- no sexual intercourse unless you are married
- no swearing or rude gestures
- do not take photos of people without their permission
- no eating food on public transportation or anywhere in public during Ramadan
Of course, there are other rules as you would expect in any country and you must always use common sense when traveling. If you wonder if doing something is okay, chances are it’s not. Don’t take risks.
Things To See And Do
Your days will be busy and might include a belly and Tanura dance performance, shopping souks and malls, yacht trip, spa and water park fun. Since Dubai is such a decadent and indulgent place there is so much to do.
You can see Burj Khalifa, the 830m-tall tower that is an iconic part of the Dubai skyline, from many parts of the city. It is the tallest building in the world, and you can see amazing views from the observation decks. If you go there in the evening, you will see Dubai Fountain come to life with massive jets and lights choreographed to music. Then you can go shopping at Dubai Mall next door.
One of the largest human-made islands on the globe is Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Called The Palm for short, there are many luxury beachfront hotels, including One & Only The Palm, Atlantis Dubai and Anantara. The hotel’s layout is an impressive sight from the air, and you might see it as you land or go for a private helicopter tour or brave skydiving.
Desert adventures include 4-wheel drive tours, horseback or camel riding and sandboarding.
It is scorching in Dubai all year round (Dubai winter temperatures can be around 20 degrees Celcius). Make sure you drink lots of water and rest when you need to.
Food & Restaurants
Stuffed camel is a delicacy in Dubai so try it if you have the chance. You might also enjoy hot dumplings called Luqaimat, Turkish cocktails, Arabic coffee and dates, a pastry dish called Knafeh and many more exotic and tasty new foods.
There are so many outstanding restaurants to try, so here are just two in the high and low price range.
Awtar serves up Middle Eastern, Arabic and Lebanese dishes with Halal and vegetarian options in a beautiful setting with softly-lit stained glass lighting hanging from draped ceilings. Live music and belly dancing make you feel like you are in an Arabian night setting dining like royalty.
For a more budget-friendly option, try Ravi Restaurant for the best Indian and Pakistani food in town.
Essential Travel Items
We know you would never leave home without your camera, travel insurance, money and basic medical supplies. As well as those make you you pack the following much-have items for your trip to Dubai.
- Hat and sunglasses
- Water bottle
- Light and loose-fitting clothing that covers you from your shoulders to below the knee
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Pack your bags. You are off to the metropolis of Dubai.