Family7 essential travel tips for Dubai

What to wear, where to go, and how to get there

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Visit Dubai’s tallest building

Venture to the observation decks on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest tower – and you’ll be rewarded with an unparalleled view of the city. Book your tickets online in advance to save 50 per cent off the entry price at the kiosk. 

 

Save money with special offers

You can save yourself hundreds of dirhams by downloading the free isme by Jumeirah app. It’s full of discounts and buy-one-get-one-free deals, including offers for many Jumeirah brunches, cocktails, restaurants, spas and Wild Wadi Waterpark.

 

Get around Dubai with ease

Getting around Dubai is easy, as there are plenty of options. Hire a car, hop on the metro or hail an RTA taxi, readily available day or night. Alternatively, use free apps such as Uber or Careem to order a taxi to your exact location. 

 

Book a table for a meal to remember

Dubai is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, but to ensure you get a table at the most popular, you’ll have to book in advance. Ask your hotel concierge to make bookings for you. For a special occasion try the seafood specialties of Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, where the kitchen is overseen by renowned Danish chef Kaspar Kurdahl.

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Absorb some of Dubai’s fascinating culture 

Don’t leave Dubai without learning something of the local culture and heritage. Visit the Jumeirah mosque and take one of its daily tours to find out more about its architecture and history. You can find our more about all aspects of Emirati culture at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which has a wide programme of events, talks and activities, from sharing an Emirati meal to finding out about local, working birds of prey and camels.

 

Try speaking a little Arabic

English and many other languages are widely spoken in Dubai so while you can get by not having to speak a word of Arabic, a few polite words will always be appreciated by Emirati locals.

Here are three essential phrases for beginners:

Standard greeting (day or night) - Salam Alaikum Hello - Marhaba Thank you - Shukran 

 

Dress appropriately in Dubai 

In any country, it’s courteous to respect the local culture. While beachwear is acceptable on the beach and around the pool, it’s not appreciated beyond the hotels. As Dubai is a Muslim country, you should dress modestly in public places, such as malls, banks, airport and restaurants. Avoid short shorts, low-cut tops and see-through clothing when out exploring. A good tip is to always carry a pashmina to throw around your shoulders if needed.

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