Ourholiday apartments in Dubaiare all self-catering, giving you the option to whip up something delicious as and when you wish, or to explore some of the most desirable locations in the city to dine.
You can find our holiday apartments at the Island Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeira...
If you’re heading to Dubai, you’ll want to know what clothes to pack, especially if you’ve heard mixed reviews about what you can and can’t wear in the city! Follow our guide and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday without worrying about offending the locals.
1. Women should wear dresses, shorts or skirts to the knee when walking around
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2. If it’s above the knee, wear leggings underneath!
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3. It’s fine to wear bikinis on the beach…
4. …As long as you keep your bikini top on – It’s illegal to go topless
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In between sipping on champagne and dining out at Dubai’s finest restaurants, you’ll no doubt want to find some budget meals to satisfy your taste buds as well as your bank balance!
Here you can discover some of the tastiest street food joints in the city.
If you’re after seafood, Bu Qtair is the place to go. This quiet little shack serves up the most heavenly shrimps and to-die for hammour!
You may have to wait as this place is extremely popular, but it’s certainly worth it; in fact, many have described the fish as the best in town. Why miss out on this hidden gem? Bu Qtair is a must-visit.
'Bout to dive into this! #BuQtair #seafood #mydubai #anthonybourdain #Jumeirah #noreservations #foodporn #beach
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Fancy some authentic Asian food? Look no further than Noodle Bowl. The food here is simple yet packed full of flavour, plus the portion sizes are extremely generous; what’s not to like?!Noodle Bowl offers truly delicious food at reasonable prices.
In fact, it’s such a hit amongst both locals and tourists that the Dubai location spawned restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Korea too! With over 200 dishes to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice at Noodle Bowl, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.
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In November 2013, it was decided that the United Arab Emirates would host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020. And with the event playing a significant role in transforming Shanghai into a thriving cultural district at the last one in 2010, Dubai will undoubtedly benefit from being the host city.
The event, a trade convention that takes place every five years, has never been held in the Middle East, North Africa or South Asia (MENASA) before. So, as you can imagine, it was a monumental moment when Dubai discovered that they had won the bid to host in 2020.
World Expos last six months, and during this run, the host city attracts millions of visitors. And Dubai is no exception. The city is expected to bring in 25 million visitors, either as exhibitors for the event or tourists. To put this into perspective for you, think of London during the 2010 Olympics; Dubai will be buzzing with life. So, how will the city benefit from the World Expo?
Aviation and Transport
Dubai International Airport is undergoing extensive redevelopment and expansion to accommodate the millions of people who will be visiting the city for the event. It is thought that up to 300,000 people a day will visit the Expo from all around the world, including exhibitors from more than 180 nations.
The airport is currently having a whopping $7.8bn of renovation in order for the facility to cope with 90 million passengers per year. The improvements include the construction of Concourse 3 and Concourse 4, plus expansions to Terminal 1 and 2.
Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central is only a short journey from the proposed Expo 2020 site in Jebel Ali, so this will also see an influx of visitors during 2020. Once airline Emirates move to this airport, which is likely to happen within the next decade (fingers crossed by 2020!) the airline will be able to double in size.
According toSaj Ahmad, chief analyst at aviation consultancy StrategicAero Research, rival host cities Brazil, Russia and Turkey don’t even come close to Dubai, and not only in terms of airports, but the cities’ geographic locations and flag carriers too. He added, “With Emirates in particular, leveraging Dubai's unique geographic location to pull inand take traffic through Dubai, the other candidate cities do not even have a flagship airline capable of doing the same.”
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Tourism and Hospitality
During 2012, Dubai welcomed more than 10 million international visitors for the first time ever, an impressive 9% increase from the previous year. And that was just the start of the city’s tourism boost. By the time the Expo takes place in 2020, Dubai is expected to have doubled its number of visitors to 200 million a y...
If you are considering booking a self-catering holiday apartment or villa in Dubai make sure it is properly licensed. The new law for Holiday Home Rentals in Dubai has been in effect since June 2014, making it illegal to rent a home for vacation rentals without holding a valid permit issued by the DTCM - Dubai Tourism Department.
LICENSED HOLIDAY HOME RENTAL COMPANIES
Holiday Home permits are only issued to local operators based in Dubai, if you are dealing with a person or company outside of Dubai please check first if they hold an operators license and a unique official permit for the property you are about to book. If they do not have both of these, we suggest you steer well clear. Whilst websites like HomeAway, TripAdvisor and AirBnb make it easy to rent a holiday home in Dubai direct from the owner, many owners are still not aware of the new local rules.
It’s also illegal to rent part of your home, like a spare bedroom, accommodation sharing is strictly not allowed as a commercial activity in Dubai. We recommend avoiding this type of rental to stay on the right side of the local laws.
The internet is a great place to research and find cheap accommodation in Dubai, but can also turn into your worst nightmare if you get caught out booking with the wrong host. As the local authorities roll out the new rules it is becoming more difficult to operate without a local licence, good news for the protection of visitors like you
MAKE SURE YOUR PAYMENT IS SAFE
Be careful, internet scams where fake listings are added to online classified portals can catch you out if you are not alert. You will probably call a mobile number, be asked to pay for your booking by direct bank transfer, and then when you arrive you find your booking or property does not exist! Events like this, although rare, can occur where the real owner is not aware about you or your booking. If you have booked with a properly licensed operator based in Dubai then you are guaranteed your booking is legitimate, the property holds a permit, and the company is registered locally.
We also recommend that you always make payment by credit card whenever possible, especially if you are outside of Dubai or the UAE. Your credit card company acts as a guarantee that they have checked the company...
Dubai Ramadan Night Market
If you love shopping, then you already know Dubai is a hotspot for some of the most exclusive brands from across the globe. However during Ramadan you can now shop throughout the night, between Iftar and Suhoor, so buy some last minute gifts, walk off your food or just pass time between all the interestingly colourful stalls.
At the Ramadan Night Market retailers from across the world will be offering a wide variety of product’s and everything you need for Eid, bringing their own cultural heritage to this cosmopolitan city. If you don’t want to shop you can still enjoy the market with new experiences and loads of exciting activities and events planned for the entire family.
Bring the Kids
Shop till you drop while your kids have a ball at the Ramadan night market’s very own “Kids Play Area” which is fully equipped to handle the naughtiest of your little ones. From face painting, sand art, bouncy castles, nail art, mini basketball court, wall c...
The Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, and is instantly recognisable from an aerial view thanks to its fanned palm shape from which it gained its name. But if you’re thinking of booking one of our luxurious Palm Jumeirah villas, what is there to see and do on this iconic man-made island?
Well, quite a lot actually. Here’s our pick of the best things to do on the Palm Jumeirah.
Fly High with a Helicopter Ride
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The only way to really appreciate this island’s unique topography is from the air, so get high and make the most of the wonderful views by booking a ride with Emirates Helicopter Tours. This can be a little pricey but a helicopter ride is an unforgettable experience like no other.
There’s a helipad located at the Atlantis Resort on the Palm Jumeirah where you can either get a private or shared flight for up to 6 people. And whatever your budget, there will be a price option for you, with varying flight durations from 15minutes to an hour long.
Splash Around at a Waterpark
If you’ll be travelling with family or you’re simply a big kid at heart, you’ll love a trip to the number one waterpark in the Middle East and Europe found right here on the Palm Jumeirah.
Spend a day at Aquaventure sliding down the Tower of Poseidon and Tower of Neptune rides, float along the river rapids and enjoy some family fun in the children’s play area. This is the perfect place to cool down during a hot summer day in Dubai.
Dance the Night Away at N’Dulge Nightclub
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If you’re after a more grown-up experience, then spend an evening at the renowned N’D...
At My Dubai Stay, we’re passionate about this fantastic city, and we really believe that everyone should experience all that it has to offer at least once in their lives.
It really does have everything you could want from a holiday destination, and marries the traditional with the ultra-modern while encompassing everything in between. But you shouldn’t just take our word for it, after over a decade of taking care of visitors to Dubai, you’ll have to forgive us for being a little biased.
If you’re going to let anyone convince you to get on that plane, it should be those who’ve travelled the globe, seen it all, and still feel like Dubai is worth coming back to for more.
These guys have seen the world and made it their mission to share their love of travel with anyone who will listen.
They recount their highlights and chronicle their lows, all so we can get the best out of every journey we make, and at My Dubai Stay we often find ourselves perusing their sites for insider tips, little-known hangouts and the not-to-be-missed attractions of all of the cities we hope to be able to visit one day.
This got us thinking, what if we could get some of these expert tips on Dubai and put them together in one place? Wouldn’t that be a fantastic resource for anyone looking to experience all that Dubai’s got to offer?
With that in mind, we reached out to a few of our favourites, and they were more than willing to contribute their thoughts. So, grab a pen, and maybe a cup of tea, and get jotting down some ideas for a Dubai holiday of a lifetime.
Dubai stands for skyscrapers and... the desert! Rent a car for 1-2 days and drive into the desert to get a better understanding of Dubai.
I've headed into the mountains, without knowing where I was going, and I was very positively surprised by this beautiful rocky landscape. It's just like 1.5 hours’ drive, and on the way you could stop at one of the quad rentals and jump some dunes.
Just don't do it with your rental car!
Why not see Dubai and the surrounding desert from a completely different perspective? A hot air balloon ride can take you on a unique, personal journey over an endless ocean of sand dunes and emerald green oases.
From above you can observe oryx, gazelles and wandering camels and witness a breath-taking sunrise with the backdrop of the majesti...
If you’re lucky enough to be in Dubai between 21 June and 29 August then you may want to pay a visit to Dubai Sports World. With a week full of fun activities to take part in or spectate at, you will never have a dull moment!
Here’s what you can expect:
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The first grass roots programme takes place midway through June. This session is open to the public and with a wide range of sports to engage in, this is definitely something that’s geared towards the beginners so is a great way to try something you’ve always wanted to.
If you love football and are travelling in a group then you may be interested in trying your hand in the League of Champions 7-a-side which takes place throughout June, July and August. These games take place throughout the evening, with a winner announced at each event – however if you to continue your winning streak then you can always come back for more!
Dubai Sports World also plays host to Duplays Ramadan Football 5-a-side cup, entry is AED 500 for individuals of AED 3150. Whether you’re just looking to get some exercise on holiday or just want to do something a little bit different, be sure to get involved if you love football!
You’ll also find Duplays Ramadan Basketball Cup in this spectacular venue. This 3v3 event is very quick, high scoring and a blast to watch or play! At just AED 300 per team entry, it’s well worth entering your family as a day out.
Fancy watching something completely different? Come to Dubai Spo...
Situated just south of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina is one of the world’s largest and most luxurious waterfront communities.
At 50million square foot, this incredible man-made marina is perfect for exploring by foot or by boat, and there are plenty of places available for you to stop, rest and enjoy the view.
For some great ideas on how to spend your trip Dubai Marina, take a look at our helpful guide, but whatever you do, make sure to stay ‘til after sunset when its beautiful lights can be seen at their best.
Dubai Marina Walk
Dubai is world-famous for its awe-inspiring skyline, but of all these impressive structures, those located at Dubai Marina have emerged as some of the most fascinating.
Take a stroll along the promenade at sunset, however, and these building truly do take on a life of their own. As they light up one by one, you’ll see the spectacle reflected on the water, and believe us, it’s a sight you’ll never forget.
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Dubai Marina Mall
Dubai Marina Mall has everything you could ever want from an entertainment complex, but it’s its location that makes it that little bit special.
Inside, its mix of high street and high-end fashion boutiques mean you’ll find something to suit all tastes, and if you want to stop for a bite to eat, many of its fantastic restaurants have outdoor seating overlooking the marina – perfect for watching the world go by!
Sky Dive Dubai
Not one for the faint-hearted, but surely the best way to see Dubai Marina is from 1...