Your Handy Guide to Holidays in Dubai
It is of course a cliché, but there really is no place like Dubai anywhere in the world. This ultra-modern city in the desert has all the glitz and glamour you will be expecting but also caters very well for families, something that you wouldn’t expect from this Las Vegas on steroids (just without the casinos).
Take a look at this handy guide on what to expect and where to go in Dubai!
The Essential Checklist
It is worth knowing the basics before heading to this jaw-dropping city. Without them you may find yourself a bit more confused than you ought to be.
Language: English is the language of business so communicating with the locals should not be an issue when ordering food or drinks in hotels or restaurants.
Currency: Dirham (Dhs).Card or cash: Most places will accept credit cards but as is the case in most places when travelling it is always worth carry small amounts of cash with you just in case.
Weather: Hot. All year. In the summer it can be almost unbearable so travelling during the autumn, spring or winter is a much better idea.
Other top tips: There are a few no no’s and differences that separate Dubai from other popular holiday hotspots. For example the drinking age is 21 and walking around shirtless or in bikinis away from the beach is not advised. Be sure to read up fully on the local laws and customs to keep yourself on the safe side.
How to get there
Dubai International Airport is about 3 miles east of the city so there is no two hour bus ride needed once you land! Take a taxi or better still get the Metro from the airport if you are looking to save Dirhams. As the airport is so close to the city you can reach whatever hotel you are staying in very quickly once you clear customs.
Where to stay
There are almost countless hotel options for you to choose from, and finding one can be a bit overwhelming. It is easier to decide on the area you want to stay in and then finding a hotel from there – it certainly reduces the number of options doing it this way.
Deira: This area is an extension of ‘old’ Dubai, and is perfect for those who want a mix of originality with modernity. If the ideal day for you is exploring the local sights and sounds of the souks to try and haggle yourself a souvenir before hitting some local places to eat then this is the place for you.
Jumeirah: If you get your idea of Dubai from pictures in magazines or online, then the chances are it is Jumeirah that you are seeing in the background. This is the most cosmopolitan area that sits on the beachfront. Plus there are countless family attractions nearby which include the world famous Wild Wadi Water Park making it perfect location for people of all ages.
Dubai Marina: The place to be if you are an influencer with thousands of followers to impress. The ideal place to be seen sipping an ice-cold cocktail surrounded by yachts and rich people. Setup shop in a waterfront restaurant and people watch the day away.
Once you have arrived, checked into your hotel in your ideal location, it is time to get exploring. But what to do!? Check our top attractions in Dubai, but remember there are so many more things to see and do if these do not tickle your fancy.
1) Burj Al Arab Skybar
This iconic building is often the first image that comes into people’s mind when someone mentions Dubai, so it makes sense to pay it a visit. Rather than just looking at it from afar, head to the Skyview Bar for drinks with a view, or visit Scape Restaurant and Lounge for a plate of food with amazing views.
2) Dubai Parks And Resorts
Those who like theme parks rejoice, as Dubai Parks and Resorts is the UAE’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination perfect for all the family. You can head to Motiongate Dubai, which features 27 rides and attractions or Bollywood Parks for an Indian themed adventure. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!
3) Kite Beach
One of the best things about Dubai is that you can emerge from a day in the bustling city and relax by the beach without any effort. One of the best is Kite beach, which not only offers plenty of space to lay and relax but also has loads of sporting activities if you want to get the adrenaline running. Watersports, volleyball courts, seas assault course – it has it all.
So there you have it. Let us know in the comment what you think of Dubai and if you have any suggestions on where to stay or what to do whilst there.