While most people may be apprehensive about Dubai's nightlife, you must know that Dubai's nightlife is vibrant and happening with a top-notch choice of bars, nightclubs and restaurants to lounge in and party. Parties often go on till 3:00 AM, so put on your best heels and party the night away while in Dubai. Yacht cruises in Dubai are also a great way to drink, dine and party; a common extravagance among locals.
Tipping isn’t norm in Dubai, but it is a common practice. Taxi drivers don’t expect to receive a tip, but luggage carriers and supermarket baggers are given a small tip for their services by most locals.
Those who love exploring a city on foot will be disappointed because this is one city that is explored better in a car. For starters, the heat is unbearable and secondly, the city is not designed for pedestrians. While it is pedestrian friendly, you probably won't feel safe walking on a footpath flanked by cars swooshing past 120km/hr. The only places you'll feel safe and comfortable walking are the malls which make up for the lack of footpaths!
Possibly the biggest issue that most people face when traveling to another country for the first time is getting accustomed to the food. In Dubai, being conservative when picking your food can only mean that you are losing out. Apart from the delicious local dishes, the city also serves Iranian, Filipino, Yemeni, Bangladeshi, Ethiopian, Pakistani, Afghan food to name a few.
UAE being an Islamic nation follows the decrees dictated by the religion quite closely. Alcohol is not permitted outside the licensed restaurants and bars. You cannot be seen inebriated in public. A wide variety of drugs are also illegal in Dubai and their use is a punishable offense. Even electronic cigarettes are confiscated upon arrival.
You may have heard horrific stories of foreigners being locked up for PDA, public inebriation and homosexuality. All that said, Dubai is way more liberal than most Islamic countries. There are no concrete laws in Dubai that forbid anybody from wearing any kind of clothes but being a country with conservative values, it is preferable and respectful to wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees. The nightlife is quite happening and you'll find expats and tourists drinking and canoodling in the many bars and clubs in the city. There's even a healthy gay community in Dubai! As long as you steer clear of cultural insensitivities, you're good to go in Dubai.
Fittingly, the Dubai International Airport is huge in every sense of the term. It will take you quite some time to get from one part of the airport to the other. Do not plan any activities immediately after arriving. Also, leave for the airport well in advance to board your flight.
The best time to visit Dubai is from November to February when you can experience the best of Dubai – the desert and outdoor activities to exciting events and live entertainment. March, April, September and October are ideal for those who want a laid-back holiday without the crowds. But thanks to its ingenious architecture and building technology to keep cool, there is always something to do in Dubai all year long!
Dubai is one of the safest places to travel in the world, and naturally safe for solo women traveller’s as well. A majority of the places are well lit after dark and police patrolling is well in place. Here's a quick guide to traveling solo in Dubai that will answer all your questions!
Yes! You can hail an Uber in Dubai or use the official city taxis (Dubai Taxis Corporation). Taxis fares in Dubai are cheap when compared to western cities and drivers are known to be courteous with reasonable English. The best way to know the fare for the official city taxis would be to download the DTC app and type in your origin and destination.
While most restaurants add service charge on the final bill, it is still common among most diners in Dubai to tip the service staff. A figure between 10 - 15% is customary, but this is dependent on the quality of service.
Tap water in the UAE has been rated safe to drink but only as long as tanks and pipes storing and bringing water to the home are clean and in good condition. However, bottled mineral water is better preferred over tap water.
Some of the things you must definitely avoid in Dubai are cross-dressing, drinking in public, bringing pork into the country, public display of affection and eating in public during the month of Ramadan.
Depending on the kind of things you want to do and your budget, anywhere from 3 days to 7 days makes for an ideal time to explore the city.
Dubai is one of the safest cities to be in. The government administers the city with an iron fist and as such, the rate of crime is negligible. So, you can stop worrying about your belongings and enjoy the sights and attractions of the city.
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