6 Tips for Traveling to Dubai
What do Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and some of the world’s wealthiest royalty have in common?
If you answered: they all love Dubai, then give yourself a pat on the back.
So why is Dubai such a popular destination for tourists? Why should you consider a trip to Dubai? And what are the do’s and don’ts for a successful first trip to Dubai?
Let’s break this down into Webjet’s 3 DO’S and 3 DON’Ts for your first Dubai visit.
What NOT to do in Dubai:
1: Don’t believe the media negativity:
Dubai is an extremely safe way to experience a completely different culture and way of life. It is one of the most exciting places on the planet and is visited by the rich and famous.
Yes, it is in the United Arab Emirates, but the majority of the negative media stories you may have heard are often from other parts of the UAE.
Trivatastic: Did you know that petty crime in Dubai is practically non-existent?
2: Don’t fall for the city tour tourist trap.
When you first visit Dubai you will likely see lots of companies selling tours of the city and the sights. Don’t waste your money on these, it is much cheaper to just get a cab and see the city yourself.
The only exception to this rule would be if you are keen to go to a desert safari or something away from the city… in this instance it is best to have a guide.
PS: Did you know that there is a 7-star hotel in Dubai? It is called the Burj Al Arab. This attracts a lot of tourists, but just to go and have a look around the hotel lobby will cost you, and it is not cheap. Simply take a few photos from outside, and spend your hard-earned money elsewhere.
3: Don’t stay in Deira.
There are three main parts of Dubai…
* Bur Dubai
Deira is great, and is the older part of Dubai, but it is too far from the main city to be considered for first time visitors. Keep reading to see our recommendation for where to stay.
What to DO in Dubai
1. Be respectful of other cultures.
One of the common things we hear are concerns over the cultural differences of Dubai. Generally speaking you have nothing to worry about, but there are a few things to note to be respectful and help avoid any strange looks from the locals.
Firstly, it is best to wait until a woman (especially if she is veiled) extends her hand for a handshake before initiating it yourself. This is a common courtesy that will avoid any awkwardness.
Secondly, women tend to cover up more in Dubai… this doesn’t mean you need to dress the same, but skimpy outfits may attract some unwelcomed glares and frowns.
Finally, during Ramadan it is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public. You are fine to do this behind closed doors, but if in doubt, it may be best to schedule your trip for another time.
2. Visit the tallest building in the world. (Burj Khalifa)
At a whopping 830m (2,722’) the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. To put those numbers into perspective, that is almost twice the height of the Empire State Building… and three times the height of the Eiffel Tower.
A comparison to Niagara Falls you ask? Great question… it is 15 times higher than the highest point.
So here is our advice… go take a tour of the observation deck at the top of the tower. It isn’t for the faint of heart, and you definitely shouldn’t try it on a windy day.. but it is a great experience.
3. Stay at Jumeirah 1 or 2.
We have mentioned where not to stay, so where would be a good place to stay for your first visit?
We feel that Jumeirah one or two is likely to be your best option.
Dubai is a safe way to experience something completely different. It is an extremely exciting cosmopolitan place to go, and will be unlike anything you have ever tried before.
Be respectful, and you will have no concerns at all.