5 Things You Should Know Before You Travel to Dubai

Kristina Ilbert is a full-time freelance writer and blogger who lives in Dubai and specializes in all kinds of travel, including yacht charters

There is never a shortage of things to do in Dubai. The city has all the essential ingredients needed to spark the interest of the most discerning tourist. Popular attractions include yacht charters, designer shopping, indoor ski slopes (with real snow), sandy beaches, manmade islands (shaped like palm trees), five star restaurants, and underwater accommodations.

But before you pack your bags, it is best to have a plan, as well as an understanding of local customs. Here are 5 facts you should know before you catch your flight.

#1: Getting Around in Dubai

It is fairly safe to travel in Dubai. The best way to move about the city is via Dubai’s public transport system, which is probably the best in the Middle East. However if you prefer to drive yourself, you will need to bring an International Driving Permit (along with your own drivers license) as well as be aware of local driving practices.

#2: Having a Cocktail

Alcohol can only be purchased at a few Duty Free Shops and you won’t be allowed more than four bottles at one time. Tourists are not allowed to purchase alcohol from local liquor stores. But don’t fret, alcohol flows liberally in the bars, restaurants and clubs attached to Dubai hotels – and you don’t need to be a hotel guest to satisfy your thirst.

#3: Vacation Snapshots

It is against the law to photograph any Dubai airports, docks, government buildings, military installations, as well as any other sensitive building or location.

#4: Appropriate Attire

Because Dubai is a Muslim state, it is important that you try your best to dress as modestly as possible. While it is safe to wear swim suits on the beaches, do not wear them in public places. Also avoid wearing clothes that reveal too much.

#5: When to Visit

Summers in Dubai are very hot and humid. The temperatures can rise up to 42 degrees (108 F) in summers. If you are traveling in the fall or spring, you can also expect to experience some heat – although it will be less humid during the night. Winters are very dry and pleasant.

Featured Image: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai (Shutterstock.com)

Fly.com Expert Tips

How To Get There: Dubai International Airport (DXB) is approximately 6 miles to central Dubai. The airport is serviced by over 100 domestic and international airlines, including Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Information regarding area transportation is available here.
Best Time To Visit: As mentioned above, Dubai gets really hot during the summer. The recommended months to visit Dubai are between November and April, when the temperature range is in the more tolerable 24 to 35ºC. Temperatures at night from November to February can go as low as the teens. If you are looking save money on hotels and airfare, and you can handle the triple-digit heat, then summer is the time for you.

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