Dubai Travel Tips
Updated: Apr 13
Dubai is my favourite city and located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai seems like a mysterious city. Here's are some travel tips that we think is useful when you travel to Dubai after the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are taking Emirates Airline, you will land at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3. This is known as the Emirates Terminal. Upon arrival, you can exchange local currency AED.
Culture in Dubai can be very clear-cut but have you ever wonder what should you dress and wear? Should you tip waiters? Can you drink alcohol? In addition, there are a number of factors that need to be considered before deciding on a time to visit Dubai. Dubai only has two seasons — hot and hotter. The months between October and April, known as the winter season, bring blue skies and perfect beach weather to the city. It’s also the rainy season, but typically rain showers don’t last too long so don’t let this factor affect your travel dates. However, we have narrow down the details for all type of travellers when visiting Dubai.
Best Time for Staying Outdoors: November, December, January, February, March, April
Best Time for Beach Goers: March, April, September, October
Best Time for Honeymooners: December, January, February
Best Time for Budget Travellers: May, June, July, August
Best Time for Shopaholics: January, July
Basically, Dubai is not as conservative as you think although is an Islamic city in the Middle East. Dubai is pretty open especially if you are a tourist and visiting Dubai or a resident in Dubai but not a citizen. However, during Islam holidays like Eid, Ramazan etc, most happenings in the city are slim and limited. This also affects the transport system within the city. On top of that during the month of Ramadan, food and beverage are not available before sunset. So, plan your trip and daily sightseeing with these in mind.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) being an Islamic nation follows the decrees dictated by the religion quite closely. The alcoholic is not permitted outside the licensed restaurants and bars. You cannot be seen inebriated in public. A wide variety of drugs are also illegal in Dubai and their use is a punishable offence. Even electronic cigarettes are confiscated upon arrival. So, do consume alcohol in bars and restaurants.
Next, you MUST visit the Dubai Mall. While malls are mostly earmarked as a place to grab some food and shop, Dubai Mall is way beyond this limited identity. Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest shopping malls, which is so big until I get lost and it contains an aquarium. You can just watch the aquatic life that could be seen without paying to enter the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
If shopping is your primary objective in Dubai, do plan your visit during the Dubai Shopping Festival (January) or Dubai Summer Surprises (July) for the best deals and heftiest discounts.
Dubai Travel Tips
For budget travellers, I would recommend you to take a flight to Abu Dhabi instead of Dubai as the flight rates to Abu Dhabi are cheaper. Also, there are direct buses from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and you'll reach in less than 1.5 hours. The journey costs only AED 25 for one way. Bus E100 arrives in and departs from Dubai from the Al Ghubaiba Bus Station. The bus arrives and departs from Abu Dhabi from the Abu Dhabi Bus Station.
Buses travelling between Al Ghubaiba Bus Station and Abu Dhabi Bus Station depart multiple times per hour. The times vary by hour and by day, but the average departure is every 15 minutes. If you miss one bus, the next bus will only be a short wait.
Buy a NOL Travel Card from KLOOK before arriving or you can buy it at Dubai Airport as cash is not accepted on most public transport modes, except cabs. I won't recommend you to take a taxi in Dubai city as it is very expensive.
What to do in Dubai besides shopping?
Book your Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina. Dubai Marina is a world-renowned water canal with some stunning views, futuristic architecture and the dazzling lights of night Dubai. You can enjoy a royal welcome from the affable staff with Arabic coffee, fresh towels and Arabic dates and up to 2-hours of relaxing cruise and feast on a 3-course international buffet dinner and most importantly, enjoy Dubai’s skyscrapers and other landmarks lining the Marina.
Next, visit the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, (book your ticket from here) which is visible from just about anywhere in the city – on a clear day, you can see it from 95km away. It’s currently home to the world’s highest observation deck at a vertiginous 555m.
Looking for something different? How about escape Dubai for an unforgettable desert safari across red sand dunes and enjoy a BBQ dinner and traditional desert activities inside the majestic Al Khayma Camp. Camels are known to be able to travel far distances for a long time without food and water, making these wonderful creatures an indelible part of the Arabic tradition. One way of experiencing this tradition is to partake in the Camel ride in Dubai. You will never forget this moment! You can discover more such exciting desert safari Dubai deals and make your desert vacation unforgettable.
In short, Dubai is an amazing, vibrant city and interesting city. You will never know until you are here!