Dubai is a city and Emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene. Burj – Khalid an 830m – a tall tower, dominates the sky scrapper filled the skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed music. On Artificial Islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine animal parks. With this little description, I am sure you already know what I am writing about?… Well, let’s see if your guess is as good as mine. Before we continue, as always my name is *Monica* Enjoy Reading.
*THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO DUBAI*
1. VISIT BETWEEN OCTOBER & APRIL: Dubai had only two seasons *Hot & Hotter*. The months between October and April, known as the winter season, bring blue skies and perfect beach weather to the city. It’s also the rainy season, but typically rain showers don’t last too long so don’t let this factor affect your travel diaries *Do pack that bag*
2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL MONTHS IN ADVANCE: Because Dubai is becoming such a popular vacation spot and because October through April is the prime time for tourists to visit, you want to be sure of a nice place to stay before your arrival. In order to do so, make your Dubai Hotel Reservation a good two to three months in Advance.
3. BOOK FLIGHT MONTHS AHEAD: International airlines generally release their cheapest seats about six months prior to departure dates. This doesn’t mean you necessarily need to buy your tickets that far ahead of time, but it is a good idea to start looking and comparing prices. At the latest, you should buy your tickets at least one month in advance.
4. DRESS MODESTLY: As you pack your vacation wardrobe, think conservative, over revealing and flashy. Women’s clothing is considered indecent if it’s too short, tight or transparent, while men should never walk around without a shirt on. Dress modestly to avoid unwanted attention and Respect the Muslim culture.
5. SHOW RESPECT DURING RAMADAN: If you visit during the Holy month of Ramadan, celebrated during the 9th Month of the 12th-month Islamic calendar, respect the Muslims and their practice of fasting. This means you can’t eat, drink or smoke in public in front of them between sunrise and sunset.
6. STAY AWAY FROM PDA: Public display affections are very offensive in the UAE l. Many visitors have been arrested and imprisoned for showing PDA. To be on the safe side, refrain from holding hands or kissing your significant other while in public.
7. BE CAREFUL OF WHERE YOU CONSUME ALCOHOL: Alcohol is legal in Dubai, however, you can’t drink in public as public drunkenness, drinking and driving are prohibited. Also, you can’t buy alcohol for your own use without a permit, and you have to buy it from an establishment that has a license. Purchasing at a bar or restaurant is no problem, just don’t try and leave drunk.
8. ASK BEFORE TAKING PICTURES: Never take a picture of or with a stranger without their permission, unless you are taking a Scenic shot in a major tourist area. But never take a picture of a Muslim woman without her permission, and don’t take photos of any government buildings, airports, Military Installations e.t.c.
9. SHOULD YOU TIP: Isn’t really expected in Dubai, but it’s a common practice. Most restaurants will add a tip to your bill. Taxi drivers don’t expect to receive a tip, but luggage carriers and supermarket baggers are normally given a small tip for their services.
10. DON’T JUST GIVE YOUR TAXI DRIVER AN ADDRESS: Taxis are great for getting around the city, there are plenty of them and they are a fairly cheap mode of transportation. But don’t assume your taxi driver knows every street and restaurant in Dubai. They don’t always know the city as well as you think they should, so to make sure you end up where you want to be, give them references like big-city landmarks, as they should know these.
I hope you find this helpful especially for you whose vacation getaway destination is Dubai.
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