Just like most metropolises all over the planet Dubai has a very multifaceted personality which can impress very different aspects to your stay. Here are a few tricks to enjoy your days (or even weeks?) in the most pleasant way.
Your transfer from the airport to your hotel
We strongly advise to book it in advance as the Dubai International Airport is extremely wide; what’s more, in some hours it becomes very much traffic-congested though being organized in an excellent way. As a result, you could experience some trouble before finding a taxi available for you due to the great amount of concurrent arrivals.
Hotels and Hotel Apartments are located everywhere in Dubai: from the waterfront to the desert through any intermediate area. When you book your accommodation make sure that it meets your requirements in terms of connections and distances from the places you are planning to visit as well as of quiet. Thanks to the Google Maps function (also available on dubai-hotel-booking.com) it is decidedly comfortable to check both the location and the distances of the hotels you are interested in. In case you are looking for tranquillity the only location we’d rather suggest to avoid is the Sheikh Zayed Road – the never ending huge road which connects the whole city and also goes far beyond – as it becomes very chaotic during peak hours and consequently it would frequently take much time to reach your hotel.
Dubai boasts an unbelievable number of must-see places which are undoubtedly memorable and well-worth seeing as well.
Wherever you decide to go there are a few rules to be considered in order to establish a pleasant relation with the locals and residents who are generally very friendly and welcoming. As a Muslim-majority country the Arab Emirates expect from tourists that their religious customs are respected just like they do with the other beliefs. From the practical point of view there is a couple of rules which are important to be known and followed:
- Do not take photographs where one or more persons are framed as it is considered offensive especially if women are involved. This is not the case of wide open spaces such as streets, squares and promenades where you just have to take care not to give the impression of taking a photograph exactly where one or more people are; on the contrary, in every indoor place pay attention not to frame people directly.
- Public effusions of love are not allowed, so keep a relaxed behaviour even if you are with the sunshine of your life.
- Alcohol is available for tourists in most hotels and a good number of restaurants outside the hotels but not in all of them, as a proper licence is mandatory.
- Tips are greatly appreciated since service fees are rarely inclusive and show appreciation for the service received.
Once you bear in mind these simple rules and behave accordingly you will have expressed your respect for your host country and get from all around you the utmost friendliness.
Objectively, it is simply a very hard job to list all of the places in Dubai which cannot be missed but let’s try at least to draw up a general map of a good part of them:
- Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world: both the spectacular round terrace At The Top on the 124th floor and the At.mosphere Restaurant on the 122nd one are definitely unique places. Moreover, the Dubai Fountain offers frp, 18:00 hrs. a marvellous water show.
- Heritage & Diving Village on Dubai Creek in the Shindagha district: pearl diving exhibits, traditional crafts and lots of precious culture tracks. Areal step back in the past.
- One of the four main archaeological sites Al Qusais, Al Sufooh, Jumeirah and Hatta – including also the typical watch towers which protected the city in the past against outside aggressions.
- Burj Al Arab, the luxury sail-shaped hotel lying on a man-made island with even two heliports on its top; Madinat Jumeirah, the fascinating resort close to Burj which reproduces an ancient Arab village; Wild Wadi, the astonishing water park close to both of them.
- Jumeirah Mosque, the most famous and impressive one in the city, though there are many other mosques – some even really small – which are equally well-worth seeing.
- Atlantis, the Palm: this exclusive city-resort covers a whole branch of Palm Jumeirah and keeps all the magic of the ancient submarine city it is inspired to.
- Bastakya, thehistorical district in the heart of Dubai where also the Dubai Museum is hosted in the Al Faidi Fort.
- Dubai Marina, the charming tourist port which is a huge pedestrian zone with uncountable attractions and promenades.
- The desert around the city where to enjoy a barbecue dinner with shisha and belly dance, sand skiing and camel rides.
- White beaches, Beduin camps, typical souks, shopping malls, nature reserves, the Creek, Bur Dubai…
Could this post ever end? Perhaps, but not your wish for a stunning stay in Dubai.