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Country rank: 1 out of 12 Places To Visit In Uae

Sub-Region: North U.A.E.


Ideal duration: 3 days

Best time: November - April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Dubai (Check Flights)


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Dubai Tourism

Essentially a desert city, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that combines together to form U.A.E. This global city is mainly known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and plethora of tourist landmarks making it an ideal vacation spot for vacationers from all around the globe.

Flaunting its glittering infrastructure amid the extensive sand dunes, the city of Dubai is nestled along a sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf. The city bustles with potpourri of cultures from all corners of the world sharing a sphere of peace. Once known to be barren land, today this man-made miracle has managed to turn heads like never before. Apart from boasting its shimmering skyscrapers, fancy hotels, shopping malls and restaurants, the city of Dubai will dazzle you with its beautiful Emirati culture. Burj Khalifa - the tallest manmade building, Dubai Fountain with jets and lights choreographed to music, Atlantis and the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks are among the top tourist destinations in Dubai. Dubai is also known for its adventurous streak when it comes to activities like Desert Safari, Sky-diving, Reef and wreck diving, climbing and hiking, kite surfing and wakeboarding, off-roading, desert camping etc. With the biggest population of all the seven emirates and the second largest in size, Dubai, in the matter of few years has become a hot spot for the visitors seeking a perfect vacation destination. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by this amalgamation of futuristic marvel and ancient traditions.

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Major cards such as MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted at almost all the hotels, restaurants and shops in Dubai. Dirham is the only currency that is accepted there. One can get the currency exchanged when reached Dubai airport.

The currency exchange in Dubai is pretty easy, and can be done at the airport, banks or at several money exchanges (head to the nearest shopping mall for one) spread all across the city in large numbers. However, exchange rate at airport and banks are less competitive than money exchanges. Also ATMs are available in thousands at shopping malls, hotels, metro stations, and other public areas which you can use to withdraw money.

Dubai is a place that caters to the interest and budget of all kind of visitors. If you are planning a trip to this desert city, below are the categories one can relate to. The cost mentioned here is approximate per day per head cost excluding the hotel charges (including food, water, local transport, entertainment, communication, tips and handouts, intercity transportation, souvenirs and alcohol cost) Budget travel: AED 200 approximately Comfortable travel: AED 500 approximately Luxury travel: AED 1500

Islam is the official religion of Dubai; however, other religions are well tolerated and respected.

As a visitor to Dubai, avoid wearing revealing clothes. If you are a solo female traveler, try not to be too forward with your approach. Public display of affection or noisy behavior in public is not acceptable in the culture of Dubai. Tips are usually given in Dubai, but it is a personal choice. In general, 10 - 15 % of the bill is given as tip at bars or restaurants depending on how you like the service. AED 5 - 10 for valet parking and bellboy is also usual.

Arabic is the official language of UAE, although English, being the business language, is also widely spoken. One will find road signs, menus and shop signs both in Arabic and English. However, as you move out of town, Arabic becomes more commonly used both in writing and in speaking. Commonly used phrases, which can be useful while travelling in UAE, are: Hi: Salam Good Morning: Sabah el kheer Welcome: Marhaba Thank you: shukran Good night: Tosbeho ala khair Goodbye: Maêa salama

Dubai has a long past of being one of the significant trading centers and business and economic hubs of the area. The one time small trading port with it major earnings from fishing, pearl diving and agriculture, today Dubai stands tall ranking amid the major trading and commerce hub in the region. The important growth, however, in the economy of the emirate was observed with the discovery of oil in 1960s. The place is a paradise for shopping lovers, especially with the established trading culture and tax-free open market policy. From air-conditioned malls selling top-notch designer labels, to vibrant local souqs featuring handicrafts by local artisans, Dubai has conquered the shopping field with an amazing vision. Today, the emirate is also a worldês renowned hub of gold and thus, is often tagged as the City of Gold.

Dubai offers an amazing nightlife with lots of drinks and rocking music. There are numerous bars and nightclubs to pick from; although, most of the licensed bars are parts of hotels with some exceptions. However, all the nightclubs close down by 3:00 am. Minimum official age for purchasing alcohol is 21 but few clubs may refuse entry to those under 25. Apartment Lounge + Club (Jumeirah Beach Hotel), Barasti Bar (Le Meridian Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina), Boudoir Nightclub (Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa), Carterês (Wafi City) are some of the major places to hang out at night.

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Dubai has a great reputation as the shopperês paradise with its plethora of lively souks and huge air-conditioned malls. There are several souks, each one specializing in a particular product type. Gold Souks, Textile Souks and Spice Souks feature the highest quality gold and diamond jewelry, beautiful fabric in various hues and a wide range of aromatic herbs and spices respectively. There are some recently created modern souks built in ancient Arabian style namely _ Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Burj Khalifa, Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Khan Murjan at Wafi. Shopping malls of Dubai have no comparison with respect to their size, style and facilities. Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world offers, besides clothing, jewelry and other usual products, a great array of entertainment options like an aquarium where one can swim with sharks, ice rink and an amusement park with thrilling rides. Mall of the Emirates is another major name in the list of malls, which features largest indoor ski slope of the world. There are several options for souvenirs including traditional jewelry, oudh (a fragranced piece of wood burned to perfume cloths and homes), wood carving products, Persian carpets, traditional headscarves and small boxes crafted from camel bone. While in Dubai, make sure you practice your bargaining skills, which come very handy during shopping. Most of the shops in the malls accept credit and debit cards; however, cash is needed at local souks.

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Dubai, being a cosmopolitan city with a fusion of people from all over the world, boasts of serving global cuisine. Among the local food, Shawarma (minced meat in Pita bread) is the most commonly available food along with Falafel and Hummus. They cost as little as AED 5 for a budget-friendly meal. The Indian restaurants serving snacks are even cheaper. International chains like McDonaldês, KFC, Chilis, and Starbucks are present all over Dubai and cater to most of the standard taste buds. There are lots of Chinese and Oriental cuisine restaurants as well. However, the foreign cuisine is dominated by Indian cuisine owing to a large number of Indian migrants. Lebanese, Pakistan, Italian and Mexican cuisines are also quite easily available. Dubai's food, however, is famous mostly for its Kebabs and Middle Eastern delicacies including steaks. There are also several cafes to just sit around and relax. Since UAE is an Islamic country, eating at public places during the holy month of Ramadan is prohibited and travellers should strictly take care of this rule. Unlike other places in the Middle East, alcohol is allowed in Dubai but has its own set of restrictions. Alcohol is available in Dubai at only licensed restaurants and bars which are mostly located in good hotels. However, selling alcohol is prohibited during religious holidays and also during the daytime in the month-long festival of Ramadan. Consuming alcohol is not allowed at public places and there are only a few selected licensed shops which sell alcohol to be consumed at home. The legal age of drinking in Dubai is above 21.

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9 months ago by Abdullah Haider

Dubai is a good example of what money and will-power can achieve. I was stunned to see flowers, literally and metaphorically, blooming in a desert. Luxurious lifestyle and tourist attractions almost manage to hide the plight of workers from developing countries. You will not get a citizenship but you'd surely wish to live there.

9 months ago by Rutvi Saxena

The first day I went to Dubai, we stopped at Jumeirah beach- quite a contrast to the arid, desert-like idea I had of the Middle East. Dubai is a melting pot of tradition and technology, and a typical tourist experience echoes it. The Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, gives a stunning bird?s eye view of the city, and all the malls of Dubai house the best luxury fashion and lifestyle brands. On the other hand, the Al Fahidi Fort and desert safaris will take you back to the Bedouin lifestyle of Emiratis. Four Seasons Downtown especially caters to Indian travellers, providing delicious (if overpriced) Indian food and live ghazal evenings. Dubai, having catapulted itself to the status of the commerce capital of the UAE, attracts people from all over the world for both business and leisure ; a visit here is a glimpse into various cultures and their collision with modernity.

9 months ago by Anam Shaikh

Beautiful place with something for everyone. Enchanting skyscrapers, tranquil beaches, amusement parks, peaceful gardens, Dubai is a feast for the senses. The view from Burj Khalifa is astounding. Visit during the famed Dubai Shopping Festival for an unmatched shopping experience. Go for a Desert Safari, you will not regret it! Beware of pickpockets and frauds. Wear clothes suited for warm climate but wear modest clothes as it is an Islamically-governed country which takes modesty seriously. If visiting during the month of Ramadan, don’t eat or drink publicly.

9 months ago by Webcontentor Webcontentor

Nice view. And nice stay .enjoyed with family very much

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9 months ago by Abdullah Haider

The tallest building in the world looks promising on a clear day. Avoid going on a cloudy day and be sure to hold onto your phone tightly if you stick your hand out of the window at the top. You can shop for goodies at the top floor and the elevator is really fun to travel in. There's nothing much to see at the top except staring onto Dubai.

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