Dubai is by far one of the best tourist destinations around the world. Despite the fact the official language is Arabic, It attracts millions of visitors every year looking to experience the famous city or do business. Whether you’re there to shop, go sightseeing or enjoy a luxurious vacation, there’s something for everybody all year round. Since it offers so much, it’s good for anyone planning to visit Dubai to know exactly what happens so that they can book their holiday accordingly. Here’s a breakdown of things you should know before visiting Dubai.
A true traveller should always check the weather of their destination to know what clothes to pack. It’s an important travel hack yet many people don’t pay close attention to the weather when planning a trip.
When travelling to a place like Dubai where the weather can be extreme in certain months, you should know the best times to travel. November to April is the most favourable time to travel to Dubai. The weather is cooler with bright sunshine making it ideal for exploring. Summer begins in May and ends in August. This is a low season in Dubai and most people avoid travelling around this time. However, the good part is since it’s a low season, everything is cheaper but it is very hot. You can book a nice hotel at a lower price so it can be a great time to book a baecation.
Dubai is a city that celebrates modernity but still upholds its conservative culture. Since it’s a Muslim city, they do have strict laws that will land any violator in jail. Oh, yeah, they don’t play with rule-breakers and some laws attract hefty fines of as much as 10 million shillings, or years in prison – local or tourist. However, it’s still considered one of the most liberal Muslim cities so as long as you follow the rules, nothing should ruin your good time. Some of the laws can be bizarre but most of them are straightforward. They include;
Don’t kiss or show affection in public.
Don’t eat in public during Ramadhan.
Crossdressing is strictly forbidden.
Electric cigarettes (vape pens) are illegal.
Don’t swear in public or online.
Don’t eat on public transportation.
Watching porn is illegal.
Don’t use a VPN. This crime attracts a fine of 500,000 to 2 million Dirhams.
Don’t take pictures of people without their permission.
Some gadgets such as binoculars or powerful cameras may require a license.
Avoid dancing in public.
Dress decently when out in public places.
Places To Visit
If you think money cannot buy happiness… You must have heard this famous TikTok audio that showcases the insanely beautiful city of Dubai. From breathtaking skyscraper views to floating restaurants, there’s an array of things to do and places to visit that will make your trip memorable. Some have been covered here but here are some more activities you can do.
If you’re looking for a party, the beaches are where it’s at. Dubai is home to quite a several beaches that offer a serene and scenic place to relax with your family or wind down with some friends. The best part is that the city is in the neighbourhood so while the beach offers a completely different vibe, you can view some iconic structures like the Burj Al Arab in the background.
Museum Of The Future
An architectural marvel, the Museum Of The Future is a must-visit while in Dubai. It was launched in 2022 and has already become one of Dubai’s major tourist attractions. The vast structure sits on the city’s highway so you can’t miss a glimpse of it. Inside, it showcases how science and technology can change society in the years to come. Again, you should visit if you get a chance. Tickets are sold on their official website for 145 Dirhams (Ksh 5,000).
Dubai Shopping Mall
Dubai Shopping Mall is not your ordinary mall. It boasts over 200 stores of luxury clothing brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Balmain, and Balenciaga as well as some more affordable brands like Zara, Topshop, and Gap. If shopping is not your thing, then you can enjoy other activities in the mall such as ice skating and visiting the aquarium.
Dubai is one of the richest cities in the world so it’s no surprise that you’ll see a good number of luxurious cars such as Rolls Royce and Ferrari packed outside a hotel or driving around town. However, it’s not every day that you’ll get to drive or ride in one. Yes, you can get to live like a rich Emirati if only for a few minutes. Dubai offers a supercar experience in the desert where you get to be a co-driver or drive your dream. This activity cost 4,000 Dirhams (Ksh 125,000). You can also hire a luxury car during your stay or book a luxury taxi service at a sizeable fee, of course.
Naturally, Yacht cruises are a popular activity in Dubai since they’re the epitome of luxury. The city is also surrounded by major water bodies offering several attractions. You can book a personal charter or a group tour depending on your budget. Additionally, you can go on a sightseeing tour or a sunset dinner. Regardless of the choice, you’re guaranteed to have maximum fun and enjoy the spectacular views of Dubai. A one-hour cruise costs around 200 Dirhams (Ksh 6,000).
Dubai’s Palm Islands have been dubbed one f the most ambitious engineering project ever initiated. They are manmade islands that form the shape of a palm tree when viewed from above. However, even on the ground, they are a sight to behold. This is mainly due to its grandeur and its architectural mystery. It hosts private residential houses and hotels such as the Atlantis Hotel.
Major Festivals/Events To Attend
A festival or event is happening every single month of the year in Dubai! Talk about a city without a dull moment. From shopping festivals to F1 Racing, find all the schedules of every event here. Check out how the Dubai Expo went down this year.
Last but not least, you need to know your accommodation options. It’s easy to think that it will cost you an arm and a leg to stay in Dubai. After all, it’s a luxurious city, right? Well, Dubai has an array of hotels that cater to every budget – even backpackers. You can find accommodation for as low as Ksh 5,000 that offers great amenities.
So, if you’re thinking of visiting Dubai, this should help you get over any doubts, book the trip and enjoy yourself.
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