10 tips for first-time tourists visiting Dubai

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If you have made up your mind to visit Dubai, fun and eventful holiday is sure to follow. Being at one of the most loved and stunning cities in the world, you have plenty of places to see and an incredible culture to taste. Though you have a picture of the city from all the things you have heard and read about it, the first-time tourists might have some misconceptions or worries about Dubai.

Dubai is one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates. The city boasts of the record-breakers from tallest tower to the most luxurious hotels. This has made it a favorite destination for people around the globe. Before visiting Dubai, keep these things in your mind.

1.      Dubai is not just for the idle rich

It is thought that only millionaires can visit Dubai, which is not true. You can enjoy the visit even when you are on a budget. As the Dubai government strives to be tourist-friendly, it continuously introduces several projects to make the city more accessible to tourists from different countries. You can travel around the city in the metro or bus for just 3 AED.

Choose the restaurants carefully to suit your budget. Now, you will also get free sim cards at the time of arrival at the airport, which means no roaming charges at all. December and January mark the peak seasons in the city. The Dubai Shopping festival occurs in this month, and the climate is also lovely. So, you should book the flight tickets and hotels earlier as they will be dramatically high at that time.

Burj Al Arab

2.      Alcohol is not prohibited, but restricted

When you are in Dubai and want to have a drink, obviously you can. It is not a dry city. Still, there are some restrictions on drinking. Drinking in public places is illegal, and you need a license to buy and sell alcohol. If you wish to have alcohol in the city, it is better to go to a restaurant which has a bar. You will also find clubs here which are also inside the restaurants.

3.      The city is safe by every means

Yes, it is safe to go to Dubai. You can travel around the city alone, with your family or friends at any time of the day. As surveillance is strong in Dubai, crimes against tourists are rarely reported. All public places and places of stay are equally secure. There is no need to think twice if you are going to Dubai with your family. You will have a pleasant stay without worries. However, watch out for petty crimes like pickpocketing.

4.      Solo woman traveler, go ahead

Women are given priority in this Emirate. If you are traveling in public transport facilities like bus or metro, you will have a preference for sitting. Fearlessly walk in the city at night as no one will dare to stare. With an efficient government and strict rules, women can visit Dubai even if she is alone. So, no worries, pack your bags, and set out for the fascinating trip.

5.      No strict dress code

It is a piece of good news that there is no strict dress code in Dubai. Still, go for the modest yet stylish clothes when you are at public places like shopping malls or souks. This doesn’t mean that you have to cover up. You can wear short-sleeved or sleeveless tops. Knee-length dresses and shorts that are above the knee are also okay to wear.

However, you should abide by the rules when you are going to places where there is a dress code, especially mosques. There are mosques in Dubai that are open to non-Muslims, and women ought to cover their head while entering mosques.

6.      Paradise for foodies

Dubai has some of the classiest restaurants which would lure the foodies. They offer different types of cuisine in the world, including Arabic, Asian, Continental, and Chinese. Relish your taste buds with a wide variety of mouthwatering food. The luxurious hotels have unique dining experiences like eating at the underwater areas at Burj Al Arab or on top of the world at Burj Khalifa. You can eat like a king.

The floating restaurants or traditional Dhows are also favorite destinations for delicious food in Dubai. They provide sightseeing, great food, and entertainment.

7. Shopping is expensive

Even when Dubai is the best spot for a shopping spree, it might cost an arm and a leg. Many of the people walk around the shopping malls and don’t buy things. Clothes, shoes, and bags are especially expensive here. Still, Dubai is good for shopping. All you have to do is look for the offers on the internet. There will be exciting offers in many shops.

If shopping is your main aim, it is better to wait for summer surprises or Dubai shopping festival when you can find products at affordable rates. Another good news is that gold is cheaper in Dubai as there are no additional taxes except VAT.

8.  The weekend is Friday, Saturday

In Dubai, Friday is the mandatory holiday in a week while Saturday is also a holiday for many people. If you are going out on any of these days, expect a crowd. This has to be considered especially when the destination is a popular one like Burj Khalifa. Increased traffic and crowded metros are usual on these days.

At the same time, the timing of shopping malls, metros, and trams are extended on weekends. So, roam around the city and admire the nightlife. In fact, the vibrant and colorful side of the city can be seen at its best on weekends. Special shows and offers are also available at this time.

 9.      Respect traditions, especially in Ramadan

As you know, Islam is the official religion in UAE. Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed for prayer, fasting, and alms. During this time, you are not supposed to eat at public places as a token of respect for Islamic traditions.

The hotels and all eateries at shopping malls and other places will be closed. However, everything will be live in the evening. So, prefer to go out in the evenings unless you are ready to starve.

10.  Know the weather in Dubai

Weather in Dubai can be divided into two seasons- winter and summer. October to March is cold, and April to September is hot. During winter, you should take a jacket when you are going out as cool wind may give you chills when you are outside. The city is not pleasant during summer as the temperature may rise up to 50. September and April are two months when you can expect a normal temperature.

The city will start to cool down by the mid of September, while the summer will begin by the end of April. So, consider this before planning the journey. The best time to visit Dubai is between November and March.

A trip to Dubai will be awesome if you have some idea about the Emirate. It is a beautiful, safe, and liberal city where you can celebrate your heart out. 

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