Are you planning to have a holiday of a life time in the next year? Well, Dubai is the perfect destination holiday for a short city trip, a week’s beach holiday, or a little bit of both.
There are a few things you may like to know before travelling however. Here are 8 things to know before heading to Dubai:
When to Travel
The best time to travel to Dubai is between October and April, as this time of year the weather is fine, but a bearable temperature (26°C average). The heat in the summer months can exceed 50°C with soaring humidity, something that people used to cooler climates may suffer in.
When You Arrive in Dubai
Dubai International Airport can be found in the Garhoud area and has great access throughout the city. Expect a taxi to the northern end of the Jumeirah strip to set you back around AED 90 to AED 100 (around £17).
There are very few public transport systems here compared to elsewhere in the world, and therefore taxis or hire cars are very popular. Walking is not popular thanks to the heat, and rather large roadways, but there is a metro system that supplies most of the city.
Most hotels will include service charges of up to 15% on the bills in their restaurants and bars. This however usually goes to the company, not the servers, so if you want it to go to the waiting staff you need to leave cash. It is also polite to tip taxi drivers, valet and other services.
During the ninth month of the Muslim year (around June) much of Dubai will be participating in Ramadan, a religious period of fasting and worship. If you are planning to visit at this time it is important to respect their culture and practises.
During Ramadan Muslims do not eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours, and therefore you should not do so in public places. Clubs will be closed as loud or live mus...
Whether it’s for a shopping trip, a hen party or just a chance to get a bit of sun, a girls trip to Dubai is sure to put a smile on your face. Here are a few ideas to make the most of your trip with the girls. Stay
There are plenty of hotels and villas to rent in Dubai, but some of the best are on the coast, or even out to sea. Yes we said “out to sea”!
If you are planning a trip to Dubai, then make sure to stay in an apartment on the Palm Jumeirah, a manmade island shaped like a palm tree just off the Dubai coast. Not only will you be a stone’s throw away from the sea, but your room will be only a short walk from the Palm Atlantis where Dolphin Bay and Aquaventure Waterpark is, should you fancy cooling down one day.
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Eating out in Dubai
If you are looking to splurge on a decadent meal out, then why not visit the favourite restaurants of stars like Kim Kardashian and Jourdan Dunn – YUAN?
YUAN, also on the Palm Jumeirah, has only been open a year, but is quickly making a name for itself as one of Dubai’s best eateries. This is mostly due to the fact you can enjoy contemporary Chinese cuisine in sumptuous surroundings of gold and brown hues.
It is quite pricey, but it’s worth it. Make sure to try a few of their Chinese tea inspired cocktails!
Drinking in Dubai
For a relaxed night in warm and comfortable surroundings and good company head to the Calabar Lounge at The Address Downtown.
This lounge chic lobby level bar has a stunning outside terrace lined with palm trees and views out over th...
Dubai is notorious for being an area of extreme luxury and leisure, therefore it is unsurprising that you will find some of the world’s most amazing water sports here. So, if you’re in the mood for adventure and you love getting your feet wet then here are some activities that you simply can’t miss out:
1. Submarine Scooter
There’s nothing quite like taking in the sights… underwater! While a conventional submarine tour can be as boring as a glass bottomed boat, a submarine scooter provides you with a surreal scuba diving type experience that you’ll never forget. You can imagine that you’re on a motorbike in an episode of the Jetsons, zooming around wherever you want to go and all without those long, tedious diving training sessions. The best bit is, this trip is affordable with a 40-minute session costing AED 499 or around the £80 mark. That really isn’t bad for the trip of a lifetime!
2. JetLev Flying
The future really is now and nothing proves this point more than the JetLev. This is a contraption that looks as though it comes straight from a James Bond film and it actually works! The JetLev sucks up water and fires it out at high velocities, allowing you to literally hover above the water. If you’re visiting Dubai and you’re a water sport fanatic then you simply cannot go home without trying this!
3. Diving with Sharks in Dubai Mall
Yes, you read that right. You can go diving with sharks in the massive Dubai Mall, so while your other half is out b...
Looking for a way to make your friends and family erupt with jealousy? Casually mentioning your New Year’s Eve holiday to the city of gold is sure to produce the green lava effect. Forget staying in with a pizza and a bottle of wine while Jools Holland croons in the background, live it up in Dubai this NYE with our recommendations.
Be blown away by fancy fireworks
Boasting an Olympic sized ice rink, 900 foot long fountain and 1.5 hectare park, Downtown Dubai is hardly the village green. Add a huge selection of ritzy restaurants and the world’s tallest building into the mix and you’re looking at a seriously good NYE spot.
Impressive colours will explode into the sky come midnight as Burj Khalifa lights up with fireworks. And that’s not all. Last year critically acclaimed superstar Emeli Sande took to the microphone to serenade revellers so in the spirit of Dubai constantly striving to be bigger and better, expect even better performers this NYE.
This event is free allowing you and your party more money to splash out on a special meal or lavish cocktails.
Set sail on a voyage across the city
Embark on a swish voyage across the Persian Gulf with friends, your partner or family. The 8-hour cruise will take you around Dubai’s main sights including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab...
Here at My Dubai Stay we get a lot of questions about what to wear when holidaying in the United Arab Emirates. The warm weather, and the rule of conservative dressing in public places, can be a concern for some, but there is no need to fret.
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Here’s how to look Sheik chic on your trip to this glamorous city:
The Style Rules
Dubai is a Muslim country and it is important to respect the culture if you are planning a visit here. It may be hot, but that is no excuse. Here are a few basic rules to bear in mind:
In public places dress should be conservative. Everything from your shoulder to knees should be covered, clothing should not be form fitting, see-through, and cleavage should not be on-show.
When at the beach or by a swimming pool, bikinis are allowed, but thongs and topless bathing are not. You must make sure to get fully redressed when leaving the beach, a cover-up is not acceptable.
Underwear should not be seen, so cover up those bra straps and pull up those trousers!
Although all these rules apply in public places, the majority of bars and restaurants are private establishments within hotels and therefore you have the freedom to wear what you like on an evening out. Just cover up while travelling to and from there.
There may be some rules about the way you can dress, but this should not restrict you in expressing yourself through the way you look. You can still look stylish!
Fashion Week Middle East and the Latest Trends
There’s London, Paris, New York, Milan and now Dubai is tipped to be a new fashion hotspot. It’s now been over a month since the Fashion Week Middle East was held during the Eid break in the Dubai International Financial Centre. So let’s take a look at what the top designers are saying is hot for next season.
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Are you saving up to travel around the world? Would you like to savour exotic cuisines from all corners of the globe? Unpack your bag, put your passport down, and throw away that plane ticket – Global Village Dubai is the only destination this weekend!
Experience a journey through cultural shows, sample some of the finest delicacies from across the globe, or simply shop till you drop for a variety of items from the different countries.
The Annual Global Village in Dubai features 38 different nations showcasing their homegrown talents and pride – this year UK, France and Germany are also joining-in on the fun!
You’ll find Global Village just past Arabian Ranches on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Saturday toWednesday: 4pm to 12am
Thursday’s, Friday’s and Public Holidays: 4pm until 1am
Monday is a family day (except public holidays)
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Feast like a King
Michelin stars are usually a decent indication of reputation and Pierchic – a ritzy seafood restaurant located on the Dubai coastline – boasts 3. It’s all chic lighting and luxury service at this beach facing jewel, and the foods not bad either.Voted winner of 2014’s Best Romantic Restaurant as awarded by TimeOut Dubai, Pierchic know their way around special paella. Tuck into plateau de fruits de mer on the shores of Jumeirah beach with the waves crashing beneath you.
If it’s Asian food that tickles your fancy, stepping into Blue Jade will make you feel as though you’ve landed on the set of Lost in Translation. Dishes of beef tataki and Szechuan aubergines are impeccably delivered and the wooden decor anchors this contemporary restaurant firmly in...
You’ve heard of people getting engaged at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, at the Trevi Fountain in Rome and at the Empire State building in New York, so why not break the trend? Be unique and whisk the love of your life off to sunny Dubai for the biggest moment of your life.
Here is our pick of the most romantic locations to propose in Dubai:
A Proposal in the Clouds
Dubai is a world record breaking city, but it can be extra special to you and your partner if you pop the question among the clouds at the top of the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa.
The observation deck on the 124th floor is the perfect spot, with floor to ceiling glass and panoramic views out across the city. It can get quite busy, but as this takes up the entire floor you’re sure to find a quiet spot where you can confess your love. Plus you’re bound to get some applause when she says “yes”.
Or if you’re looking for something a little less public, why not book a private table at the At.mosphere restaurant, the highest restaurant in the world, located on the 122nd floor. It’s a little pricey, but the view makes up for it; it’s a special occasion after all, so you can afford to spoil her.
A Proposal at the Magical Fountains
The Dubai Fountains offer a mesmerising water and light show, making a perfect backdrop for the dream proposal.
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Heading to the city of decadence, gold and endless sunshine? From 9 hour flights to frazzling on sun loungers, you’ll want to bring a stack of reading material along for the ride. As accommodation providers, we’ve done our fair share of travelling and to that end have turned the pages of some absolute corkers this year. These are our favourite holiday reads of 2014:
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
This one’s for all the political activists out there, those with a desire for social change and a hunger for knowledge. Meet Supratik, a Bengali living in a wealthy household during the 1960’s. Unsatisfied with the state of things in Calcutta, Supratik leaves home to join the Communist Party of India and help the starving and helpless.
Protagonist Supratik sends the reader on a journey across Calcutta, capturing rich, poor and truly documenting the lives of others. A fascinating read which is as much about landscape and life in Calcutta as it is society and decay.
The Beach by Alex Garland
We loved the film version of the book and we’re guessing you’ve probably seen it too. Leonardo Di Caprio scampering around incredible Thailand beaches, Moby’s Porcelain playing effortlessly in the background, travelling free… What’s not to like?
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