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5 Tips for Tourists Travelling to Dubai for the First Time
By Andrew
 January 29, 2016     Comments (0)        

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 permitted. Whilst they’re legal in the country you live in, they may be considered as a controlled substance in Dubai. This means the medication will not be allowed into the country without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health.

Double check with your embassy and carry a doctor’s prescription with your medication to avoid being prosecuted.

4. Pack Culturally Considerate Clothing

Due to Dubai being a Muslim emirate, attire that is revealing is extremely offensive. So, when shopping for holiday clothes, it’s important to bear this in mind. Pack conservative attire that doesn’t expose much flesh. As a general rule, you should aim to cover your shoulders and knees.

However, although Dubai is extremely hot, the air conditioning in shopping malls and other public places more than makes up for it. Pack light layers to avoid feeling chilly indoors.

5. Book Cheap Accommodation

The malls are amazing, but if you’ve spent all your money on fancy accommodation then you won’t be able to afford to buy much! Whilst it might be tempting to book accommodation at a swanky 7 star hotel, it’s not the most sensible thing to do. Especially as you’ll barely spend any time at the place you stay! Instead look at booking holiday apartments in Dubai that are affordable yet luxurious.

If you’re looking for accommodation that’s well-located and affordable, check out our self-catering holiday apartments in Dubai. You’re guaranteed an enjoyable stay in our stunning, fully furnished properties. Book with us today.

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