When I was in Dubai in the fall of last year, I made notes daily, leading to this blog post. Dubai Travel Guide to First-Time Visitors! I don’t know about yours yet, but looking up information on the internet is one of the most challenging things I face when planning an adventure. I read many articles to get enough information to ensure that I am well-prepared for my destination or country.
Let’s face it: what number of people have enough time to read the complete Lonely Planet book? (Although I will occasionally download them.) Therefore I’ll continue to create guidebooks for readers.
My first article about Dubai included my favorite photos and summarized my five days in Dubai. This post can aid you in planning a Dubai itinerary. This is a long list of Dubai travel tips that provide you with all you need to be aware of. This is why I have created the contents of my Dubai Travel Guide!
How to Travel to Dubai
We flew Emirates airlines direct in NYC from NYC to Dubai. They offered a 2 for 1 great deal! Emirates airlines often offer great deals and fly to many cities across America, so I recommend signing up on their website.
They also offer layovers for free in Dubai. We talked to a few individuals who took advantage of traveling to other countries via Emirates but made a stop in Dubai during their journey.
It is also possible to fly with Etihad Airways into Abu Dhabi and then transfer by Shuttle bus or taxi within one hour from Dubai. Qatar Airways is another option. They make stops in Doha before heading to Dubai. Of course, you can also utilize US airways based in the United States.
The Best Times to Visit Dubai
Dubai is HOT! I know, duh. When it comes to winter, also known as the “winter months,” which are similar to ours, temperatures are more relaxed, with highs in the 80s and lows of 60 degrees. It is November through March.
According to these temperature ranges, it is peak tourist season in Dubai, which means that you can expect to be a bit more crowded and prices to be higher if you plan your Dubai vacation for this period.
But, during the summer months of June through August, the average temperature is a 105 degree high!
What to Wear in Dubai
This can cause anxiety for many travelers in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, especially those considering going to Dubai as female. I came across this article before our trip, and it was beneficial.
Tourists and ex-pats generally are expected to wear formal clothing. My only experience wearing the traditional hijab and abaya was visiting Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. I would expect it to be identical at any mosque.
I was pleasantly surprised at how uninvolved people were or were not dressed on the beach. You must also wear closed-toe shoes and pants and long dresses for ladies, with shoulders covered at Burj Khalifa or Burj Al Arab restaurants.
How much is a Trip to Dubai?
Money, Money, Money! Although I am sure there’s a cost-effective method to travel to Dubai however, I found it expensive or, at the very least, comparable with the US.
The currency used in Dubai is “dirham” or AED for Arab Emirate Dirham. You can see it abbreviated as Dhs and DH. The denominations of the dollar bill come in Arabic for one face and English for the reverse. Coins are also available.
The current conversion rate is 1. Dirham equivalent to 0.27 USD. When I converted the prices for food, taxis tours, and our hotel, it was equal to or higher than the price I would pay in the US.
Be aware that I am a blogger who is a high-end one, and my travels included high tea at the Burj Al Arab, a stay in a luxurious hotel in Dubai Marina. Dubai Marina and I did specific private tours.
There is a possibility to exchange money upon arrival at the airport, but we observed a slightly better exchange rate in malls. There are many malls. Regarding American credit cards, most establishments only accept MasterCard and Visa. Our hotel and the Nike store located in Dubai Mall accepted American Express, but this was based on our experiences.
Food & Alcohol
Food is delicious and fresh. Is delicious! Dubai is famous for its cuisine’ diversity and, and almost everything you want to eat is available there.
I was eager to sample traditional Middle Eastern dishes. There is a lot of Asian and even Indian influence on the food served in Dubai that I observed while eating breakfast in Saffron, located at Atlantis Resort. Atlantis resort.
As it is a Muslim region, don’t expect pork in restaurants. But, there’s plenty of lambs, seafood as well as beef and chicken. The most popular dishes are:
- Shawarma (sliced meat that resembles the kebab).
- Hummus curried dishes
- Basmati rice
- Whole fish marinated (I had the whole sea bass instead of a filet at Dubai).
Dates are also highly sought-after. They come in a variety and are available at dates markets and fancy date shops in malls. Try their coffee with Arabic coffee.
Things NOT to do in Dubai
To learn more about things to do and see, including “can’t miss” things to visit and do in Dubai, read my article on the way I spent my five days in Dubai. However, sometimes it’s equally important to finding tips for travel regarding “CAN miss” tourist activities. Based on my personal experience, I’ve listed the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai, which you don’t have to think about fitting into your travel plans.
A Day Trip to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is located approximately a 1 1/2 to 1-hour drive from Dubai, subject to traffic. It is an excellent choice for those searching for places to visit from Dubai.
There are a variety of popular tourist attractions that are popular in Abu Dhabi, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Island, and Emirates Palace. If you decide to take an excursion of a day towards Abu Dhabi from Dubai, you take a shuttle bus or take a taxi, hire cars, or go on an exclusive tour.
We were looking to see lots in a short period we decided to go on an exclusive tour. Emirates Adventures picked us up from our hotel to take us on an entire day of sightseeing in Abu Dhabi. Based on the budget you’re working with, there are plenty of available alternatives.
You have made it to Dubai the finish line! I’m sure there’s an overwhelming amount of information to digest. However, I hope this Dubai Travel Guide has been helpful, particularly for new visitors to the city. Make sure you go through “How I Spent 5 days in Dubai & Abu Dhabi” to learn more.
Overall, I was pleased with our visit to Dubai. It was clean, modern, and easy to navigate around. The historical background is fascinating. The food was excellent, The Arabian Sea was warm, and there were plenty of things to do.
I would have liked to spend some more time exploring Old Dubai, and I enjoyed our time in the afternoon and evening in the Burj Al Arab, our day excursion in Abu Dhabi, and the Desert Safari Dubai.