In 2019, Dubai attracted over 16 million tourists. The most populated city in the United Arab Emirates, it’s a beautiful destination that has gained a lot of tourism in the past few years as word of mouth spreads about how awesome this place is.
However, if you’re going to Dubai, there are some important things to bear in mind.
You’ll want to think well in advance about how to get there, what there is to do, and cultural things to bear in mind that you might not have to think about in your own country.
If you’re traveling to Dubai, bear these things in mind to make your vacation amazing!
1. Look at Flights Around Six Months Ahead
The best time to book a flight depends on where you’re going but, for international travelers, it’s usually around six months out. This doesn’t mean you need to hit that confirmation button dead on six months if it doesn’t look like the best deal, but it does mean you need to start watching!
Websites like Google flights can track prices and attempt to predict if they’ll rise or fall, though this isn’t always a definite so don’t leave it too long.
There are also certain days of the week it’s best to book. Flight prices tend to be higher on weekends and dip a little lower during the week, so make sure you frequent the sites for a while to get a good idea of when to book.
2. Be Aware of the Culture When Packing Clothes
The hotel dress code in Dubai isn’t very strict. If you plan on lounging around the pool and hotel lobby all day, you can likely wear whatever you want without being seen as disrespectful to the culture there.
When venturing out and about throughout the city, it’s respectful to the Muslim culture to dress more conservatively. Opt for a maxi skirt and a t-shirt over shorts and a tank top, as showing too much leg and shoulder will attract a lot of stares.
This is for the comfort of everyone around you but also, your own!
3. Tipping Culture Might Not Be What You Expect
If you’re visiting Dubai from the USA, the tipping might not be what you expect. In restaurants, for example, it’s customary to leave only 10-15% of the bill for good service where you might be used to a little more.
Other places don’t expect tips at all — for example, you don’t have to tip taxi drivers.
When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to do your research before you visit a place or request a service. It’s also always better to tip too much than err on the side of caution and end up not tipping as much as expected!
4. Be Aware of the Laws in Dubai
When traveling to Dubai, it’s important to be aware that the laws might not be what you’re used to. For example, certain things that are illegal you might not think of:
- Cursing in public
- Eating or drinking on public transport
- Taking pictures of someone without asking
- Using a VPN
Any of these things can result in a fine or deportation, and they’re things that the average American might not think to avoid! So make sure you’re aware of the various laws in the UAE that you need to make sure you don’t break.
5. Plan Out Fun Things to Do in Dubai
Dubai has plenty of fun things to do but since it’s a popular tourist destination, it’s always best to book well in advance and check out what you want to do. Some examples of things to do include:
- Red Dunes by quad bike
- The Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park
- The Dubai Fountain
- Even Ski Dubai!
Many of the attractions in Dubai require you to plan ahead and even if they don’t, Dubai has so much on offer that it’s always best to have an idea of what you want to do while there.
Even a list to get through will help prevent you from being tempted to lounge around the hotel all day and never see what this city has to offer!
6. If Visiting Between October and April, Book Dubai Hotels Well in Advance
Between October and April is Dubai’s ‘winter’ season but that doesn’t mean it’s cold — it’s just slightly cooler than the often unbearably hot months!
That means Dubai is most popular during these months, and the hotels will book up far in advance. People often expect hotels to be less full during the later and early months of the year and make the mistake of booking ahead, but Dubai is quite the opposite.
The good hotels also might be more expensive during these months as it’s peak time, so looking ahead means you can keep your eye on deals.
7. The Heat Can Be Overwhelming
Remember to pack for the heat. Even though you’re planning to dress conservatively when traveling to Dubai, be aware that you still need light, airy clothes.
Taking a refillable water bottle around with you will also help keep dehydration and heatstroke at bay.
Make sure you’re aware of just how hot it can get and plan precautions!
Going to Dubai? Bear All This in Mind to Make the Vacation Perfect
Going to Dubai might be a little daunting, as it could be very different from what you’re used to. However, it’s a beautiful city that’s well worth a visit.
Keep these things in mind when making the journey there and you’ll have the best vacation of your life!
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