If Dubai counts millions of visitors per year, it is because it has everything to seduce tourists: activities as diverse as varied, unique panoramas, but above all, a unique culture. If you are planning to visit the most beautiful city in the United Arab Emirates, here is everything you need to know to have a successful stay:
Take the metro from the airport to the city center
To get to the city center from the airport , you’ll have a choice of cab, metro, bus and car rental. While the bus is the cheapest option, you will still have a hard time with all your luggage. If you have a budget for travel, you can take a cab that will take you for about 50 AED or 15 € to Dubai Centre. The most practical and affordable option is the metro which will take you to Downtown Dubai for about 8.50 AED or about 2 €. Finally, if you don’t want to use public transport, you can still book a shuttle or rent a car, but you’ll have to pay for it.
Buy a Dubai pass to save money
If you’re planning to do a lot of sightseeing and activities, consider buying the Dubai pass. This will give you access to the highest floors of the Burj Khalifa, as well as a morning safari in the desert. In addition, you will have an audio guide to accompany you as you explore the city. In addition to saving you time, as you will not have to queue for the visits, it will save you a few euros. Indeed, the pass allows you to enjoy up to 10% discount on the entrance of several key attractions of the city such as the Legoland of Dubai or the aquarium of Dubai Mall which contains several rare species.
Prefer traditional restaurants to gourmet ones
You are there to discover a new culture and especially for the local specialties. So, avoid the star restaurants and prefer the traditional restaurants located in the old Dubai. You can discover the famous Harees which is one of the most famous dishes or the Machbous which is a kind of paella with rice and several types of meat. Street food is also very present and you will find the best vendors in the streets of Al Karama and Jumeirah. From falafels to samoussas or shawarmas, your taste buds will be delighted to discover so many exotic flavors. And if you are vegan, you should know that several establishments offer personalized menus.
Enjoying a moment of idleness at the beach
If there is one thing you must do during your stay in Dubai, it is to enjoy its beautiful beaches. Swimming, lounging and sunbathing are the order of the day, but beware, the beaches are hot, even very hot. Indeed, temperatures can rise to 40°C in summer. Also, prefer to leave in winter when the temperatures are milder. You will be able to try all the existing nautical activities like scuba diving or jet skiing. If you are looking for an activity that gives you even more thrills, why not try parasailing over the Persian Gulf? You’ll enjoy a unique panorama and come back with a lot of memories.
Go at the right time
Finally, keep in mind that although Dubai is sunny all year round, the best time to go is from November to April. This is because the temperatures will be cooler, which will allow you to make the most of all the outdoor activities. You will be able to sleep under the stars in the desert without fear of sudden temperature changes. From May to October, the temperatures can go up to 45 degrees, but the prices are more accessible. If you have a small budget then this could be the right time. Also, most of the facilities in Dubai are air-conditioned, so there is no need to worry. However, if you plan to do a lot of outdoor activities, then remember to protect yourself from the sun and keep well hydrated.
There are so many activities and things to discover that a weekend just isn’t enough. Whether you choose to go alone, as a couple, with your family or with friends, the city’s reputation for extravagance and bling is sure to entice you. More than just a vacation destination, Dubai promises a unique experience. However, remember to plan your trip well and book your flight and hotel months in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises upon arrival. After your stay in Dubai, you’ll have only one thought when you return: to come back.