WHY TRAVEL TO DUBAI
Escape the dull weather and trade it in for some sun and a fresh cool breeze from the Persian Golf. It’s a place to fall in Love with! With a rich heritage and an abundance of things to do, the city is just as interesting for family holidays as well as a single getaway destination. Dubai is the largest and most populated city and located in the United Arab Emirate.
It is placed on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.
Best time to visit is between January and February due to cooler and more manageable weather conditions. Dubai will host the World Expo 2020. The currency is UAE dirham (AED) and the official language is Arabic but English is regionally spoken around the country.
The City has also beautiful beaches that will provide the best place to relax and unwind. The amazing scenery will provide the perfect selfie spot, so don’t forget the selfie stick! The free Sunset beach that features the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel will be the picture perfect scene to make your friends go so jealous. The best family beach is by JBR opposit The Walk promenade at Jumeirah Beach Residence. It offers juice bars, burger joints and fashionable boutiques that will make any holidaymaker rejoice.
The official website for Dubai has more information on what the city offers and what to do. We will highlight a few iconic tourists attraction to give you an appetite for this pearl of the Persian Gulf.
Burj Khalifa Tower
The Highlight of visiting the tallest skyscraper on the planet, the Burj Khalifa is that you can enjoy a premium view of the city. You take a jaunt to the 125th floor in the world’s fastest elevator. Enjoy 360-degree views over Dubai and the Arabian Gulf or watch the sunset over the city from the observation deck in the sky. Feast your eyes on The Dubai Fountain from your privileged vantage point.
Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp
The experience is a real highlight: an evening at the exclusive Al Khayma Desert Camp in Dubai. You can experience the bash dunes for 30-45-minutes in the Lehbab desert. Enjoy the BBQ with local cuisines, Smoke a shisha pipe, henna painting, Arabian makeover with a falcon; Ride on a camel caravan, Sandboard (sand surfing) along the red dunes; Choose the option to ride quad bikes through the desert or Watch the Tanoura and belly dance show.
Dubai Museum – the Al Fahidi Fort
Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
Visitors can reach Dubai Museum by public buses through the Ghubaiba or Fahidi bus stations nearby or by the metro station of the Ghubaiba or Fahidi which is also located nearby.
Do’s & Dont’s when travelling to the UEA
Statement from the Dubai government:
Dubai is a tolerant & cosmopolitan place, all visitors are welcome. However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.
Dubai is a fabulous country who’s people are some of the most genuine, hospitable and courteous you will ever be likely to encounter anywhere in the world. But just remember it is not a western country.
We have gathered some bullet points to make your stay as smoothas ssible. It’s better to be prepared than find yourself in an uncomfortable situation that could have been avoided.
- Alcohol Consumption’s allowed only by Non-Muslims in licensed restaurants, bars, clubs, private venues, and at home.
- It is against the law to drink alcohol whilst walking in the street or to be drunk in a public place.
- The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy towards drinking and driving
- Drugs are strictly forbidden, even a residual amount.
- If you are using doctor prescribed drugs such as painkillers or antidepressants it is advisable to carry a doctor’s note. (A general open letter is NOT sufficient, the letter must cover the period of travel, and describe the illness and the relative medicines prescribed for that illness.)
- Certain over the counter medicines especially those with codeine are forbidden.
- Smoking is forbidden in government areas, offices and shopping malls. There are however many designated areas where smoking is allowed.
- E-Cigarettes and Vaping are banned in Dubai and the UAE, you may well find your devices are confiscated at the airport upon arriving in Dubai.
- Dancing is allowed in the privacy of your home or at licensed clubs and events. But dancing in public is classed as indecent and provocative.
Dress Code: Emirati dress conservatively in traditional dress and can be offended when people dress inappropriately or not in accordance with Islamic values.
In public places such as shopping malls, restaurants and parks, you are encouraged to dress appropriately. Clothing should NOT be transparent, indecently expose parts of the body or display offensive pictures or slogans
It is preferable for both men and women to have their shoulders and knees covered and for women not to reveal too much decolletage when not on the beach or at a hotel. Be careful as well if you are tattooed with what could be deemed offensive images or slogans,if in doubt cover up.
Bevor travelling it is wise to check the banned substances list and the latest news from the local consulate or embassy for peace of mind.