For those who still haven’t experienced the charm of Dubai, here’s a complete Dubai travel guide with detailed Dubai city information to help you enjoy the city like a local.
No matter which part of the world you’re from, whether you are a budget traveler, luxury vacationer or a backpacker; Dubai welcomes everyone with the same warmth and incredible hospitality. Travelers who’ve seen the charm of Dubai tourism swear by its wonderful attractions and generosity. Business or leisure, whatever be your reason to travel to Dubai, there’s something mysteriously love-able about the city that enchants one and all.
Understand the history of Dubai
The best way to understand any city is by going through its history and the transition it has undergone to become what it is today. Start by exploring the rich history of the city of Dubai when it was nothing but a small Bedouin fishing, pearl diving village.
Places to Visit in Dubai to Explore History
Here are the some best places to visit and explore the past of Dubai are:
This is one of the prominent museums of UAE. Located inside the Al Fahidi fort, the oldest fort of the city, Dubai museum is one of the best maintained and lifelike museums you must pay a visit to. First opened in 1971, the museum has undergone many refurbishments and houses various local antiques, artifacts, and excavations from the ancient pre- oil era of Dubai. It perfectly depicts how an average villager lived in that era with limited resources and wind towers to escape from the desert heat.
Al Bastakiya Quarter
Dubai’s oldest neighborhood that gives you best peep into the life of the Bedouin people before the oil boon. It has the wind towers that aptly performed the work of air conditioners during that era. One of the most picturesque heritage sites of Dubai, Al Bastakiya quarters was initially established by the Persian traders who came to the village in the late 19th century. The place has now declared as a heritage conservation area and attracts a lot of tourists to its narrow alleys and old time charm. A visit to the quarters gives a perfect idea of the trading and the regular lifestyle of the traders in the ancient era.
Attractions of Dubai
Here we are listing some of Dubai Attractions you can visit.
The tallest man-made structures in the world boosting of 164 stories and has various offices, hotels and residential flats too.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden with 45 million flowers adorned in beautiful shapes and designs.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and resorts boasts of motiongate™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Every single park is created keeping in mind the entertainment requirements of visitors across all age groups.
Touted as the world’s biggest leisure and entertainment project, Global Village is your chance to see worlds inside a world.
The world’s largest themed fountain that shoots water up to a height of approximately a 50 story building.
Mall of Emirates
One of the biggest malls in the world, Mall of Emirates house the Ski Dubai (Middle East’s first indoor ski rink with world’s first ever black run) and the best of world brands.
They say no trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing the calming Dubai desert and enjoying the amazing adventure of Desert safari.
One of the best known and the largest mall in the world, it has more footfalls in a year than the total number of tourist footfalls in the entire New York city.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai aquarium is the world’s largest suspended acrylic aquarium of the world with over 33000 marine species inside it including sharks and rays,
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
One of the best-known mosques of the city, it is a beautiful sight to visit and to get insightful information about the Islamic religion.
Food and Accommodation in Dubai
Dubai food scene is enormous. With only 15% locals and the rest 85% expat population, there’s a whole world of food variety in Dubai. Arabic, Chinese, African, Indian, Pakistani, European, Continental, Italian, Brazilian and many more cuisines are easily available here and that too across all pocket ranges. The street food of Dubai is equally famous, the streets of Diera, Dubai creek, Dhiyafah street, Jumeirah and Al Satwa are flocked by tourists all through the day and night. A romantic dinner at Dhow Cruise could be the lifetime experience.
Dubai is the place where you’ll be spoiled with the most luxurious accommodations in the world and won’t have to worry even if you’re travelling on a shoe string budget. With a whole range of accommodation choices, every time is the best time to visit Dubai.
Climate of Dubai
Dubai has hot and humid climate all year around. No matter whichever month you visit Dubai, don’t expect anything more than a pleasant climate. The desert city is hot all year around with tolerable exceptions of a few months. However, this doesn’t stop tourists from visiting the city all throughout the year.
Dubai is visited by tourists all year around, but if you’re looking for its best month’s climate wise, then the best time to visit Dubai would be during the months of November to March. The temperatures are fairly better that time and the city experiences little rain showers as well.
Dubai Visa Formalities
Dubai visa regulations are lenient and are easily available within 3-4 working days. Visit our page to see the list of countries that do not need a visa to enter Dubai. For countries, which are a part of the list of no prior visa arrangements necessary to visit UAE, those countries get their Visa at the UAE airports immigration counter. Simply carry your passport and show it to the authorities at the time of immigration. The authorities will grant you a 30-day VISA free of charge. In case you want to extend your stay, pay an additional charge and you can extend your Visa for another 30 days. Dubai visa policies for tourists is subjected to frequent changes. It is always better to check the latest guidelines before planning the trip.
What You Must Know Before Traveling to Dubai
Things you must know before travelling to Dubai for the first time
- If you’re okay with a bit of walking, try and take your accommodation near Diera. It is walking distance form spice and gold souk and has some of the most relishing cafeterias in the vicinity to enjoy an evening stroll and do people watching.
- While taxis are abundant in Dubai and you’ll get one at every step, taking the Dubai metro makes more sense both in terms of time taken in travelling and cost wise.
- Avoid wearing skimpy clothes that unnecessarily show your sin. Remember, Dubai is a part of a conservative Arabic country. Here is our top 10 list of Pros and cons of living in Dubai.
- Public consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited and so is buying it. It is only available in high end bars.