DUBAI TOURIST INFORMATION
Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Home to the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, this global city is known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and a plethora of tourist attractions that break records to be the tallest, longest and biggest.
Hotels: Dubai is home to some of the world's grandest and most luxurious hotels, offering guests five-star experiences during their stay. Don't worry if your budget is low, you will get hotels in your budget also.
Cosmopolitan lifestyle mixed with local culture: You will never feel out of the place. Its a perfect blend of modern technological city with arabic culture. Expats from Europe, India, Philippines and other arab countries are working so you get the mix pot of all culture.
World-class shopping: Dubai is known for best brands available in great malls at the same time you can visit traditional Old Souqs, Gold Souq, Spice Souq.
There's plenty to do: There is so much to do in few days that one has to decide from the list what to do and not to do in given time.
Laws & Customs to Know Before You Visit
1. Legal Drinking Age in Dubai: 21 years
2. No Drinking in Public Places: This is punishable by hefty fines and jail time.
3. No Drinking and Driving: The penalty is fines, jail time or even leading to the cancellation of your visa.
4. Avoid Drugs of Any Kind: Dubai has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drugs.
5. Carry Prescriptions for Your Medicines When Visiting: When entering the country, if you have any medicines on you, carry all the prescriptions to be shown at Immigration. This also applies everywhere in Dubai as the laws are strict about drugs.
6. Carry Your Passport, Visa and Other Documents with you at all times: Keep copies of them too in separate places in case of misplacement. It is preferable to keep your originals in the hotel.
7. No PDA: Dubai is still conservative in many ways and it is advisable to not offend any locals or other tourists of other cultures.
8. Dres Modestly in Public: Since Dubai is a global tourist destination, all the sights and attractions pull in a mixed crowd of locals, families and multiple cultures. So respect them all and dress modestly as to not offend anyone.
9. Always ask Permission When Photographing People: Even Though they're Just in Your Frame. It is considered rude and offensive if you click pictures of people without permission. This is strongly applicable if there are women or children in the frame.
10. Visiting During Ramadan: Being an Islamic country, do not drink in public or even eat in public during the holy months of Ramadan as it is considered extremely disrespectful to the locals.
11. No physical Contact with Locals: When greeting locals or acknowledging them, never be the first to engage in any physical contact unless it is a handshake. But with the local women, it is advisable to greet them at a safe distance and not engage in any physical contact.
Currency in Dubai
The name of the currency in Dubai is the United Arab Emirates Dirham, more commonly known as Emirati Dirham. It is used throughout the UAE. The currency – when abbreviated – is known as the "AED" (officially) or the "DHs" (unofficially). Currency notes come in the Denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000.. 100 Fils (A subdivision of Dirham) makes up 1 Dirham. 1 USD= 3.67 AED (Dhs)
Language of Dubai
Being one of the leading tourist destinations, Dubai is a multi-linguistic country. With Arabic being the popular choice among natives, expats converse mainly in English, Hindi, Urdu and even Filipino.
Religion in Dubai
Islam is the official religion of Dubai; however, other religions are well tolerated and respected. There are multiple churches, temples and gurudwaras in Dubai as well.
What is the best time to visit Dubai?
November to March is the best time to visit Dubai, as these are the winter months. These months are quite pleasant with temperatures averaging around 25 degree Celsius.
The months April, May, September, October make up the shoulder season of Dubai. These are the transitional months between summer and the other seasons. Although the temperature is hot, it is not unbearable like the peak summer heat. The sea temperature is anywhere around 28 degree Celsius making it perfect for swimming without battling the crowd. The accommodations rates are slightly lesser than peak season, and you can get a great discount on your other recreational activities.
Getting Around Dubai
Just like any major city and tourist area, there is a lot of traffic in Dubai. There is also rush hour traffic. You should be aware that the work week in Dubai is Sunday through Thursday. Their weekend days are Friday and Saturday. This affects the time it takes by car/taxi getting from one location to the next. Traffic is much lighter on the weekends.
For the best prices use the regular taxi cabs and not the fancy Lexus taxis. Check to see if there is a meter in the taxi and you can also ask what the price will be from one location to the next. There’s also a Salik charge if you need to go through a toll road.
Public Transport ( Metro/Bus)
The best way to use the public transport system in Dubai (metro, bus and tram) is with a Nol Silver Card.
You can Buy a Nol Silver Card for 25 AED per person and topped it up several times during your time in Dubai. You can use the card on the metro, bus, and tram. Please note that you need to check-in and check out. Dubai has a very clean and easy to use Metro system.
Hop On/Hop Off Buses
This is another way to see Dubai and there are two systems available. Both are located at the Dubai mall for pickup and have different routes that take you to all the main areas. Unfortunately, due to Thursday rush hour traffic we were not able to see as much as we would like on our bus. Therefore, if you decide to do this, start early in the morning, do it on a weekend or purchase a multi-day pass.
Boats: A lot of attractions in Dubai are on or near the water so there are water ferries and taxis that run at 10 A.M., 12 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. You can also take a ride on a traditional “Abra” boat down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI
1) BURJ KHALIFA
2) DESERT SAFARI
3) DHOW CRUISE
4) DUBAI MUSEUM
5) OLD SOUQ & GOLD SOUQ
6) MIRACLE GARDEN
7) BEACH: Jumeirah, Kite, JBR The Walk, La Mer
8) THEME PARKS
A) IMG WORLD
B) DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS
i) Motion Gate
C) AQUAVENTURE: Water Park & LOST CHAMBERS Aquarium
D) WILD WADI; Water Park
9) PRIVATE YACHT
10) HOT AIR BALOON
12) EXCURSION TO ABU DHABI:
A) Day Trip to Abu Dhabi
B) Yas Island:
i) Ferrari World
ii) Warner Bros.
13) MALL HOPPING
14) NIGHT CLUBS