The Emirate of Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and is located in the Arabian Desert on the coast of the Persian Gulf.

 

This city is unlike anywhere else on the planet!

 

With its bold architecture and audacious style, Dubai is afusion of its Bedouin heritage and ultramodern style 

 

Dubai doesn’t just live up to its reputation.

 

it will completely exceed your expectations.

What to expect

Language: While Arabic is the UAE’s official language, English is the language of business and is spoken by almost everyone in Dubai

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Currency: Dirham (Dhs)

Credit Cards and Banks: Cash is still king here. While most places accept credit cards, it’s best to always carry small change.

If you are just stopping by: Transit visas are available for all passport holders, from 48 to 96 hours. It's advisable to plan ahead and apply for visas in advance of booking your stopover and transit through Dubai.

Good to Know: The minimum drinking age is twenty-one and there are areas where photography is prohibited, so watch out for signs. Watch here what not to do 

Dress Code: It can get very hot in Dubai, but you should be aware of keeping your clothes more on the conservative side. Be sure to pack light layers with a few long-sleeves and full length bottoms.

Souk Madina
My 48 hours stopover in Dubai

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Dubai through my eyes

Best  time to visit

Most visitors arrive between october and april when the weather is warm and dry.

 

With a desert climate, temperatures soar in the summer (Jun–Sep).

 

Major events: 

the Dubai Shopping Festival (Jan–Feb);

Dubai International Jazz Festival

Dubai Tennis Championships (both Feb–March.

The Dubai World Cup horse race (Mar–Apr)

the Dubai International Film Festival (Nov–Dec).

 

The major religious holidays are Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha (all dates vary) and some restaurants may close temporarily during that period.

Getting around

From the Airport:   Private Arrival Transfer to Dubai City

Taxis: Dubai’s taxis are available to hail nearly everywhere at just about any time, day or night. If you prefer to schedule a ride, you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808.

While taxis are reasonably priced in Dubai, the price per kilometre does change depending on a few factors, like tolls or the time of day.

Boats: 

Dhow Boats and Abras

Travel back in time on Dubai's traditional mode of transportation: an abra ride down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the much larger dhow boat, a vessel used traditionally for sailing.

Bus : Discover Dubai at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop between 46 stops across 6 routes throughout the city. Choose a Premium Pass for entry to some of the city's best attractions

Hotels where to stay

Experiences

DUBAI TRAVEL GUIDE