In Dubai, contrasts abound. The city has a glittering skyline made up of skyscrapers that are so tall they defy comprehension, a contemporary assortment of shops and restaurants that provide every kind of lodging a traveler could desire, and opulent hotels that are prepared to welcome even the most observant traveler in style and excess.

Things To Know

In many ways, Dubai is a modern city, but there are still some guidelines that everyone, including visitors, must abide by. Although you may see people wearing just about anything, it is best to dress modestly. To show respect, you should cover your shoulders and knees (think a t-shirt and a midi skirt or jeans for women). Even more modest attire is required for visitors to mosques outside of the city, such as the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in nearby Abu Dhabi.

Public displays of love and public intoxication are two habits that are widespread in the United States but are frowned upon or even forbidden in Dubai (you can drink in certain places like licensed hotel bars, restaurants, and clubs).

Even for female travelers traveling alone, Dubai is a very safe city, and there is an entire police department devoted to tourists. Nevertheless, given that Dubai is a large city, all visitors should exercise standard caution. You can get a free loan of a portable charger if your phone dies while you're purchasing, like in the Mall of the Emirates.

  • Currency: Dirham of the United Arab Emirates 
  • Language: Arabic is the language, but many people also speak English
  • I'm thankful. Ashkuruk
  • Peace be upon you (a traditional salutation): Response to "As-salaam 'Alaykum" is "Wa 'Alaykum as-salaam or peace be upon you too."
  • Hello: Marhabana
  • Phone Number: +971

How To Navigate

  • Train: The Red Line, which is more than 32 miles long, holds the Guinness World Record for the lengthiest driverless metro line. The Dubai Metro also has automated and slick cars, WiFi, and completely separate cars for women and children. Nearly 30 stations make up the metro system, and much of the track is outside, passing by famous buildings like the Burj Khalifa. It's a fantastic way to see the city and get from A to B. Customers can purchase single, round-trip, or day passes, as well as the Nol cashless smart card.
  • Buses: More than 1,500 buses operate in Dubai, covering 87% of the city's urban areas, 35 of which are connected to metro stations.
  • Taxis: Dubai has a robust taxi network that transports people around the city. At busy destinations like malls and beaches, it is simple to call a cab. The city even has "Ladies and Families" taxis, which are always driven by women, for women who feel more at ease with a female driver.

Travel Tips

Are you nervous about your first trip to this Middle Eastern Emirate? Do not fret! Here are some suggestions to make your trip to the Gulf city one you will always remember:

The Best Time To Visit

Although Dubai is hot all year round, December has some of the best travel conditions, with average temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. The early mornings and evenings in the desert are frequently much cooler, and air conditioning is widely available throughout Dubai, so those who like to pack a sweater are also in luck.

The annual Dubai Shopping Festival, which features fantastic sales, live entertainment, and raffles, is another reason to travel during the winter.

What To Pack?

Whatever you miss to pack in your luggage, make sure it includes several large bottles of sunscreen. Due to the harsh conditions in Dubai, it is advised to always carry sunscreen with the highest SPF possible. Carry body/face wipes, sunglasses, hats, water bottles, insect repellent, and other items.

Important Documents

Well, this is the most crucial section. Verify your documents several times, make copies of them, and carry the copies along with you at all times, locking the originals away in your hotel. For the most up-to-date information on visa requirements, check with your local embassy.


If you plan all the right places at the right times, you're sure to have a fantastic time in Dubai with the travel advice mentioned above!