Dubai is a city of contrasts, offering a unique blend of modernity and tradition. The city is known for its beaches, vast empty deserts, and bustling urban backstreets. Dubai has exciting things to see and do, from the world’s tallest building to the largest mall and indoor ski slope. If you plan a trip to Dubai, here are some travel tips to help you make the most of your experience.
When to Travel to Dubai
The best times to visit Dubai are during the spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant and outdoor activities are enjoyable. The summer months in Dubai can be extremely hot, with temperatures reaching up to 50°C. Outdoor activities can be difficult, so it’s not the best time to visit unless you’re used to high temperatures. Winter is also a good time to visit if you don’t mind high season prices.
Documents to Carry
As a traveler to Dubai, you must carry certain documents with you. These include your passport, visa (if needed), and proof of your return ticket. All visitors to Dubai must have travel insurance that covers medical expenses and personal accident claims.
Take a Transfer to Your Hotel
Dubai Airport is one of the busiest and largest airports globally, so the last thing you want to do is walk around the airport terminal carrying your bags to find a cab to take you to your hotel. We advise you to book an airport transfer that picks you up at the airport and takes you directly to your hotel. This will save you time and ensure a hassle-free arrival in Dubai.
What to Pack
When packing for a trip to Dubai, modesty and moderation are key. Women tourists should avoid tight-fitting and revealing dresses. Instead, consider light and loose cotton dresses that are comfortable in the heat. Also, pack a first-aid kit, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the Dubai heat. Although Dubai has plenty of options for Indian food, it’s always a good idea to pack some snacks and eats for a quick bite. Since Dubai has a stunning beach with water sports opportunities, and most hotels have swimming pools, swimwear should be included in your packing list.
The currency used in Dubai is the AED or Dirham. You can carry a few of them at the airport for taxi and food expenses. For other costs, it’s advisable to either exchange INR at the Dubai airport or malls (which occasionally offer better exchange rates). You can also carry your international Debit/Credit cards and withdraw AED from ATMs.
Dubai is a safe place with a modern healthcare system. However, healthcare can be very expensive if you need medical coverage during your trip. Taking out medical insurance is advisable to avoid unexpected expenses that could spoil your trip.
Although Dubai is known for its private transport, the public transport network has recently been dramatically modernized. Moving from one place to another during your stay is a thrilling option.
Metro: Dubai Metro has two lines (red and green). Although its coverage is restricted, it is a fast transport, with a high frequency and with stops near the top hotels.
Bus: The bus network has more than 100 lines, one of which runs at night, and you can take the Dubai traveler bus with free stops at various tourist spots in the city.
Cab: Taxis are cheap in Dubai, and you will likely use them several times. Carry cash in AED currency; some may require a dataphone to pay by card.