Are you planning a holiday to Dubai? Well, aren’t you lucky! However, if you’ve never been to this stunning city before, you’ll want to know some tips. Take a look at our trusty tips to learn things you need to know before travelling to Dubai.
1. Book the Burj Khalifa
You’re hardly going to visit Dubai and miss out on visiting the world’s tallest building, are you? But, if you don’t book in advance, you might.
The Burj Khalifa is a hugely popular tourist attraction that provides a high-speed journey all the way to the observation deck on level 124. Fast track tickets on the day are limited, plus they’re at least double the price! Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment…and a dented bank account!
2. Find Out What’s Going On
Dubai is a once in a lifetime destination, so make sure you do your research and find out if there are any events on during your holiday. The city always has events and activities taking place so, no matter how short your trip, you’re bound to catch at least one.
However, the last thing you want is to discover that you’ve missed out on a music festival, sporting event or any other exciting affair, just because you weren’t organised enough to put these dates in your diary. Find out about upcoming events and activities in advance to avoid missing out.
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3. Check Your Prescriptions
Some medication, be it prescribed or over the counter, is banned in the UAE so if you take prescribed drugs, make sure you check that they are pe...
Believe it or not, Dubai is home to an abundance of beautiful parks. So, not only is it one of the world’s best shopping cities and renowned for its spectacular architecture, the city doesn’t lack in stunning green spaces either! Discover Dubai’s best loved parks and gardens here:
Located in the heart of old Dubai, between Al Maktoum Bridge and Al Garhoud Bridge, is Creek Park. However, it’s not just any old park. As well as boasting 96 hectares of lush lawns, flower gardens, sculpted mazes and nature trails, Creek Park is also home to the Dubai Dolphinarium and Children’s City play room.
Sounds pretty special doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is. And to top it all off, the park also has a cable car ride too, so you can take in views of the city whilst 30m up in the air.
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Who would have thought that you could access Wi-Fi at a park? Only in Dubai, hey. With Smart Palm trees installed, that pump out a free connection, Zabeel Park is the first in the city to be technology based. Therefore, this green haven is a must-visit.
However, other than Smart Palm trees, the park also has 10,000 real trees! And flocks of parakeets have made this beautifully landscaped park their home.
Zabeel Park also hosts activities, including mini golf and a cricket pitch, as well as various tracks. Plus, The Ripe Food and Craft Market makes an appearance at this park every Friday! Be sure to turn up to Gate 2 to find a selection of goodies worth haggling for. This 47.5 hectare iconic park is full of fun.
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Safa Park opened in 1975, making it one of the oldest parks in Dubai. The 64 hectare landmark is extremely popular, what with it being home to picnic and barbeque areas, as well as three lakes...
Your holiday in Dubai won’t be complete until you’ve tried a shawarma. This delicious dish is extremely popular in the UAE and it’s no wonder why! Served in an Arabic roti with either tender lamb or succulent chicken, this Middle Eastern wrap is truly tasty. So, where’s the best shawarma in Dubai? Find out here.
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This is one of Dubai’s oldest restaurants, but you know what they say: old is gold. And that is certainly true with Al Mallah. The restaurant is much loved by both locals and tourists; it’s renowned for being one of the best shawarma joints in Dubai. Whether you want to dine in or grab and go, this place is a must-visit.
Al Mallah is authentic yet affordable; you can’t fault it. Plus, you’ll be pleased to know that they serve food until 2:30am, so you can enjoy a scrumptious wrap at the end of a night on the town. Be sure to head here for a traditional shawarma and order one of its fresh fruit juices to wash it down. You won’t be disappointed.
The shawarmas in Automatic are sensational. With the perfect amount of pickle and fries to accompany the grilled meat, as well as a generous serving of garlic sauce, a shawarma at Automatic gets two big thumbs up. In fact, it was nominated by the Gulf News for serving up the best shawarma in town!
Don’t miss out on a fresh and delicious shawarma from Automatic, whilst the name of this restaurant may not be the most appealing, the food more than makes up for it.
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Dubai is home to a plethora of eateries, but where can you dine out if you’re a vegetarian? Here you can discover some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Dubai. And even if you do eat meat, you’ll still love eating out at these veggie-friendly places.
77 Veggie Boutique
Located in Jumeirah Lake Towers is 77 Veggie Boutique, a specialist organic café that serves up tasty, vegetarian cuisine.
Choose from soups, salads, pizzas, pastas… the list goes on! There’s plenty of variety at this veggie-friendly café. And the beauty of 77 Veggie Boutique is that all the dishes are less than 500 calories. So, you can enjoy the recommended rice noodles with veggie chilli sauce or delicious Balti potatoes with aubergines without having to feel guilty!
In fact, even the desserts here aren’t too naughty! Indulge in a brownie worth only 98 calories or choose the cheesecake for 130 calories. Head to 77 Veggie Boutique for healthy veggie food that’s flavoursome and affordable.
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Renowned for being one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the UAE, Kamat is a must-visit. Typically, an amazing meal comes hand in hand with an expensive bill but at Kamata, you don’t have to pay through the roof for great food.
This much-loved vegetarian joint is a paradise for vegetarians. However, even if you’re not a veggie, you won’t be able to resist staying away from Kamata.
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History and culture fanatics, look no further. Whilst you’ll no doubt want to travel to Dubai to visit the world’s tallest building and shop in the amazing malls, the city also has a side to it that’s far from glitz and glamour. Here you can find out what to do in Dubai’s historical district: Old Dubai.
1. Visit Dubai Museum
Built in 1787, Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai. This museum provides the opportunity for you to learn the ancient history of Dubai and gain an insight into life within the rural and urban parts of the city.
Make your way around the different wings and take in the many antique monuments, exhibits and archaeological findings on display. This museum is a must-visit if you wish to uncover Dubai’s original heritage.
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2. Bag a Bargain at the Souks
Bur Dubai and Deir are home to the famous souks which offer gold, perfumes, spices and textiles. Try your luck at haggling and you may pick up a memento whilst shopping in the bustling souks.
These Middle Eastern style bazaars are not just for tourists; locals actually buy everyday things at these traditional shopping markets. In order to experience a truly authentic journey to and from the two souk areas, which are separated by Dubai Creek, take an abra ride.
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3. Take a Ride on an Abra
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If you’re planning on holidaying in Dubai then you’ll no doubt want to experience the culture; that’s what travelling is about, right? Granted, you’ll want to lie on the beach but when in Dubai you should really make the most of what the city has to offer and do the things that you can’t do anywhere else!
Take a look at the traditional things to do in the stunning city. It’s more than just skyscrapers.
Visit Dubai’s Biggest Mosque
There’s no better place to learn about Islam than at a mosque and with Dubai being home to the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest in the city, it makes sense to visit this particular landmark. The Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in Dubai that opens its doors to members of the public and non-Muslims.
This beautiful building is decorated in Arabic calligraphy and flaunts a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere so you can go and learn all about Emirati culture and religion without feeling out of place.
The Jumeirah Mosque is an impressive piece of Islamic architecture that hosts question and answer sessions and tours by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. These run 6 days a week at 10am, Saturday through to Thursday, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit this grand place of worship.
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Shop at the Souks
Be sure to shop at the traditional Arabian markets, otherwise knowns as souks. There are stalls dedicated to local spices, perfumes, textiles and, best known of the souks, gold. Whilst Dubai is home to a wealth of glamourous shopping malls, the souks are an essential part of the Dubai experience.
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If you’re a travel junkie, you’ve come to the right place. Here you can discover some of the best apps that no traveller should leave the house without. If you do, you could find yourself embarking upon an adventure that’s far from fun. Take a look to discover our pick of travel apps that are certain to make your expedition go as smoothly as possible.
1. Packing Pro
You’ll thank us for this one; Packing Pro is a lifesaver. Why? Well, think of the many times you’ve left packing until last minute, the entire contents of your wardrobe strewn across the bed in an attempt to try and cram it all in your suitcase. Luckily for you, this doesn’t have to happen anymore.
Simply install this trusty app and it’ll suggest a list of things you might need for your trip based on where you’re going, how long for and other important details. And it doesn’t just suggest clothes. Packing Pro accounts for everything from essentials such as your passport and money, to toiletries.
Be sure to purchase this app and make the packing process a breeze.
Have you ever felt awkward about tipping abroad? It’s no surprise if you have. The Brits tend to tip only if they’ve received a particularly good service, whereas the Americans are quite generous tippers. So, how much should you tip? Well, Tipulator can work that out for you.
Whilst the tip calculator app doesn’t tell you the standard tip rate, it does make splitting bills and working out percentages that bit easier for you. All you have to do is enter the total of your bill, select the percent you’d like to leave for a tip and hit the calculate button!
The beauty of this ap...
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Two years after the Dubai World Expo 2020, we will see nearby country of Qatar welcoming the 2022 football World Cup. Although steeped in controversy surrounding the FIFA saga, this is set to be a World Cup to challenge any other as it can bring a lot of positivity with it, benefiting some areas of both Africa and the Middle East. Winter World Cup Qatar 2022 It’s something that is unheard of but, due to the scorching summer temperatures in Qatar hitting over 50°C on a regular basis, the move has been made to host the tournament in the winter in order protect the players. This will drastically increase the winter tourism both in Qatar and in surrounding areas such as Dubai. Normally one of the quietest seasons in the Middle East, a winter World Cup in 2022 could have a huge benefit to increasing the economy through strong, all year-round tourism.
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Welcoming Qatar’s Overflow to Dubai
The sheer number of people heading to Qatar in order to see the World Cup in 2022 will be staggering and it seems very likely that this football tourism will overflow into different areas. It is estimated that Qatar currently has around 44,000 rooms available, but they will need a very minimum of 90,000 in accordance to FIFA regulations.
This will bring a huge economic benefit to many of the surrounding countries and areas such as Dubai. For many, the idea of staying in a holid...
There are loads of awesome and exciting ski destinations in the world, with France and North America leading the way as the most popular among ski professionals and young groups looking to experience the thrill of gliding effortlessly down the crisp, white powder.
But have any of you wondered about skiing or snowboarding in Dubai? Yes, you read correctly, Dubai! Now, like most of us, and rightly so, we think of Dubai as a hot, sunny and relaxing holiday destination – which it is! But as one of the most developing cities in the world, Dubai truly caters for all tastes, even avid ski enthusiasts!
Ski Dubai offers the most thrilling, all action skiing experience for ski professionals and beginners alike and caters for all groups of people, especially young groups and families. Dubai offers something a little different from your normal skiing holiday - it’s unique, exotic and super exciting! Just imagine skiing one day and then enjoying the sun by the pool the next?
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The Ultimate Skiing Experience in Dubai
Even though the only skiing resort in the Middle East is located in the desert, it has all the right ski conditions for a true, real l...
Over the past 15-20 years, Dubai has become one of the world’s most up-and-coming business districts. Thanks to its excellent location between the Asian growth markets of India and China and the western world as well - and its comparatively low tax rates don’t hurt either. Altogether, these factors are increasing the number of businesses setting up in the city.
As a result, many people find themselves having to take a trip to Dubai to do business, particularly if they’re involved in the financial services and oil industries, which are massive in the city. Although it’s a busy, bustling city, it can be a stressful experience if you’ve not planned your trip in advance. What should you consider before travelling to Dubai? Here’s our essential checklist: How to travel Transport links to Dubai are strong and only getting better. Visitors from the UK can fly to Dubai International Airport, which is the world’s busiestinternational airport, from Glasgow, London, Manchester and more.
Once you’re there, it is easy to get around on the Metro, which is probably the best underground transport system in the Middle East, but it’s also simple and inexpensive to travel around by taxi. When to travel Dubai can get very, very hot in the summer months – it’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach 40 degrees in July and August – and it’s worthwhile planning your business trip for other times of the year when it’s a little cooler, such as spring or winter, when the warmth is a welcome break from the chilly UK. What to wear Thankfully, b...
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