The tallest building, the busiest airport, the fastest roller coaster, the biggest indoor park – name it and Dubai already has a record breaker in the category. Skyscrapers, fashion, gold or glamour, there are plenty of reasons why Dubai is every traveler’s dream.
1. Hassle Free Visa
Dubai is the go-to choice for the first International trip for many Indians. It may have something do with it being closer to home but easy Visa procedure also takes credit. The new online Government portal makes getting a UAE visa super convenient so no need for travel agents anymore. Emirates and Fly Dubai have also made the visa procedure effortless and cost-effective for their flyers. They won’t need a local sponsor and can carry out the procedure online.
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3. Best Time To Visit
Dubai’s location in the Northern Desert Belt makes its eligible for two kinds of climate: hot and hotter. Here, the summers are sizzling hot and winters come with a pinch of warmth. The best months to visit this city are from November to March. With the temperatures around 20 degrees and many shopping, food and arts festivals – the winters in Dubai are a hit! Though, it also means, you’d be seeing a lot of tourists and hiked prices!
4. Big, Bigger, Biggest
5. Bentley, Rolls Royce, Ferraris, Lambs – What’s Your Ride?
6. You’re Never Too Old To Sit On A Roller Coaster!
7. It’s Not Only Robocops & Flying Taxis, There’s Some History Too!
Arab countries often come with the ‘conservative’ tag. Burqa-clad women, rules against men and women mingling, strict laws etc. However, Dubai is diverse. Ex-pats make 60% of the population and hence it is a vibrant multi-cultural city. There are rules that you should follow to respect the culture. It is always best to dress modestly in public places. Shoulders and knees covered and keeping PDA limited to holding hands are the basic things you can do. The private hotels and resorts are no barriers zone. Bikini or no bikini, it’s all okay!
10. Sunday Is The New Monday
The weekend is Friday-Saturday and Sunday is when you get back to work. The weekend vibes start hitting you Thursday late afternoon! It’s important to keep this in mind since planning visits during rush hours can get simpler.
11. Shop Till You Literally Drop!
Dubai’s malls are expansive and some quite rightly expensive. The Dubai Mall has an ice-rink and an aquarium inside, the largest candy store and an entire ‘district’ dedicated to luxury brands. Mall of Emirates and Dragon Mall are other malls where you can continue your shopping spree. Don’t get blinded by the displays, you’ll feel like walking in every single store only to realize you’ve spent an entire day in a mall. But if you’ve got the AEDs and plenty of time, retail therapy is bliss!
12. Not All Shawarmas!
Even though it’s one of the must-trys, the city is not only about that. A foodie paradise, Dubai’s culinary scene is as extravagant. Name a country or culture and you’ll find their best offerings in a hole-in-the wall eateries or a luxury restaurant. From popular areas like The Walk, Downtown Dubai and JLT where cafes, luxe restaurants, rooftop bars take precedence, there are many joints hidden in the less popular districts. If nothing on the ground appeals to you, you can chose to dine from the sky at ‘Dinner in Sky’, a unique dining setup that suspends the dining party, host and waiters at 50m up in the sky.
13. Drinking Is Controlled
You can only drink in restaurants and hotels or in your own home with a license. Public inebriation in Dubai is not tolerated. Go easy on the drunches and weekends because it may cost you!
14. Expletives Are Not Only Rude, They’re Illegal
Yes, swearing in public is a punishable offence. So bite your tongue or be ready to pay a heavy fine. Also, it’s best to keep your opinions about the ruling family, businessmen and the law force to yourself. Dubai is not so progressive when it comes to free speech.
15. Photograph Places Not People
The stunning Arab women dressed in abayas and men in white kanduras and ghutras make for an instagrammable moment, but in Dubai clicking pictures of the locals is considered offensive. Take their permission before photographing and do not even attempt to ask women for a picture!
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