I say “Glam, stunning, mod, glitz and a lot more of luxury”, you hear Dubai.
Astonishing, lavish, rip-roaring, amazing, marvelous, enchanter, and unparalleled beauty. If these words come to mind when you hear Dubai, then you would not be wrong. Dubai is home to many tourist attractions like extravagant experiences And Also give yourself a hype- Have dinner in a cool breeze and blue waves at Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina, the tallest buildings with amazing architecture, and has dunes of dazzling sandy deserts. Dubai offers its peak beauty and classy experience to those who know how to make their time worthy.
However, if you are visiting Dubai for the 1st time, you can understand some major differences of the west.
Here is a complete Dubai guide 2021for the 1st time visitors so they can explore Dubai without any hustle.
1. MIND YOUR MANNERS
Dubai is fantastic and seems to be vibrating like the west. But still, Dubai holds its norms strictly and there is no compromise on odd behaviors. Dubai welcomes everyone like a friend but a single inappropriate gesture can make your situation awkward. So be careful even while dressing up for going outside. Because it just seems like the west. It’s a truly Arabian peninsula.
2. RIGHT TIME TO VISIT
Dubai is HOT! During the “wintry weather months”, which correlate to ours, the temperatures are cooler with highs within the 80s to lows within the 60s. This is from November to March. Based on these temperatures, that is tourist season in Dubai, so anticipate it to be extra crowded and charges to be a piece better if you plan your Dubai trip for this term.
However, the summer season is a bit suitable for your travel if you want to spend most of the time inside or you have a tight budget. The malls are well made, organized and fully air conditioned so that you rarely feel hot. Also the hotels offer upto 50% discounts if you visit Dubai in less crowded months. So it’s better to travel in such months if your budget is tight too.
3. HEAD IN A CAR OR BUS RATHER THAN WALKING
It is said that
“Dubai is not made for walking, but driving and riding”.
So if you are a walk lover and want to explore Dubai by wandering on the roads and in the streets, it’s not good for you because of the extremely hot temperature (it’s usually a million degrees outside). Also, the places are not closer. They are far away from each other. So try to hob in a car or bus if you want to explore this astonishing place safely. The only places that you can explore on foot are its splendid and grand shopping malls where you could find a place to stretch your legs too.
4. WHERE TO EAT IN DUBAI
With other splendid things and activities, the eating experience is lavish too. From fine and lavish dine-in restaurants to shawarma stalls; Dubai has incredibly diverse and multicultural dining scenes. It’s a place for the world’s yummiest and aromatic cuisine. And when it comes to eating in Dubai, there are two things;
- IT’S TASTY AND CHEAP
Thanks to the street foods that have made the marvelous food easy to buy. So if you don’t afford a dine-in or simply want to have a meal in the open air, give a try at street foods. You’ll feel no difference in taste and quality and you will have to pay less for these. These street foods are easily available in some souks of Dubai or even in Dubai Mall. Some amazing street food spots are
- Downtown Dubai
- Meena Bazaar
- Dubai Marina
- 2nd December Street
Street food is now most sought. The places and aromatic dishes have made Dubai’s streets living for all food lovers. You will love the most tempting dishes like Cheese vada pao, shawarmas, and falafel.
- IT’S TASTY AND EXPENSIVE!
And when it comes to dining in like a Sheikh, Dubai is once again going to make you speechless. Outclass restaurants that are best in taste, as well as interior, are all found here. You can have any cuisine like Pakistani, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese, etc at various spots. So top restaurants that are amazing in taste and quality, as well as interior, are:
- Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
- La Petite Maison
- Al Hadheerah
- Zheng He’s
- Nobu Dubai
- Buddha-Bar Dubai
5. SHOP IN CLASSY MALLS
With high-rated looks, Dubai is also expensive in terms of shopping. Some traditional places allow you bargaining but in malls the prices are high and fixed. But don’t worry, you can avail amazing discounts. And even if you don’t want to buy anything, the malls has much more to offer. So don’t miss visiting these astonishing malls just because you don’t wanna shop.
6. FRIDAY IS A WEEKEND!
If you are from the west, then you will be surprised to know that the UAE starts its weekend from Friday Morning. You will have to plan your visit according to their weekly schedules to join most of the events that occur only on weekends.
7. A TOUCH OF MODESTY IS EXPECTED
There are no specific dress codes like you can freely wear jeans, skirts tops, or whatever you want. However, a bit of modesty in your dressing is required when you are out in public. Especially while visiting Mosques, make sure you must wear jeans or trousers (for males) and a scarf on your head (for females).
8. NO CASINO
Some people think that there are a lot of casinos in the UAE, especially in Dubai. But luckily most of the things that are not according to Islamic values are banned in Dubai. Casinos are also one of them.
9. DUBAI HAS A HISTORY. DISCOVER ITS PAST!
Before the sky-touching buildings and extravagant malls, Dubai was not more than a small local village (when oil was not found). To memorize the old Dubai, a visit to its museums and historical treasures must be done. Al Fahadi Historical Neighborhood is no doubt the best place to discover the past of this splendid city. Also, you can have purchased in its wide souks. Unlike stores and grand shopping malls, these souks have more traditional items at budget-friendly prices.
A PRO TIP: Bargaining is expected here, so don’t shy or hesitate to negotiate prices.
10. PENDING YOUR BEACH VISIT ON WINTERS
The beaches are no doubt classy but extremely hot. The temperature in summer reaches 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40°C). So it’s better to head to the beach in winter between November and March. Lounging on beaches, jet skiing, and soaring above the Arabian Gulf, there’s no end to such activities when the beaches are pleasurably enjoyable.
11. THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI
The number of things to do in Dubai is quite large and the list is increasing day by day because of upcoming thrilling and exciting projects. Here are some amazing top-notch places that you must visit when you are in Dubai:
- See the incredible and hypnotic height and view of Burj Al Khalifa- currently the tallest building in the World
- Empty your pockets in Dubai Souks
- Have a lavish walk-in Dubai Marina
- Give yourself a hype- Have dinner in a cool breeze and blue waves at Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina
- Don’t miss the Desert Safari Adventures
- Shop at grand Dubai Mall
- Mesmerize yourself with water dance
- How can you miss the craziest view of Palm Al Jumeirah – a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree
- Give a go-to fishing tour by hiring a yacht from any trusty yacht rental Dubai
12. WHERE TO STAY
Staying in such a marvelous city could be so costly to you. But luckily, you can have normal to lavish hotels, resorts, and villas. You can find normal hotels in fine and somehow traditional areas in Dubai and also can head towards the lavish and expensive spots like resorts etc to have a marvelous night.
13. EXPLORE INDOOR
If you are visiting Dubai in summer then it’s recommended to stay indoors. Explore the grand and auspicious shopping malls, the indoor theme parks, adventure zones, etc. you can have a variety of places to explore indoor like;
- Air Maniax
- Bounce Dubai
- Dubai Aquarium and UnderWater zoo
- Dubai Bowling Center
- Dubai Ice Ring
These are all the places of joy and fun activities. If you just want to explore more then head yourself towards air-conditioned malls or visit all the floors of splendid Burj Al Khalifa.
- The best time to visit Dubai is September to March because at that time the temperature is quite fine, like maximum at 30 C. And if you are visiting Dubai in summer, then hydrate yourself and spend most of the time exploring the indoor beauty of Dubai.
- Get a free SIM card with you so you can see maps and check locations after landing.
- Try to pre-book your tickets online for the grand Burj Al Khalifa so you have to pay less than half the price of sudden entry.
- Don’t miss signing in for a cultural meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding. Try to join their frank discussion about local culture and religion.
- If you are out of budget and could not enjoy the lavish beaches, Dubai has some free beaches like Kite Beach and JBR Beach. You can still enjoy sun loungers, showers, and café are on a tight budget.