03 Feb 2018
If you’re on your way to Dubai during 2018 you’re not alone! It’s one of the most popular holiday spots in the world. Here are a few essential travel tips to help your holidays go like a dream….
Visit the tallest building in Dubai
Venturing to the observation decks on the 124 th, 125 th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower is a must. If you book your tickets online in advance you’ll save 50% compared to paying for immediate entry at the kiosk.
How to get value for money in Dubai
You can save yourself hundreds of Dirhams with 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™!
Getting around Dubai
You could hire a car, hop on the metro or hail an RTA taxi which are readily available day or night. For the ultimate convenience, download apps including Uber or Careem to order a taxi your exact location if you have a WiFi or
Book a table at the best restaurants in Dubai
Dubai is home to some of the best restaurants in the world – so make sure you get your order in early and secure a table well in advance. Your hotel concierge can make bookings for you – for a special occasion try Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara and experience exquisite seafood from the award-winning English chef.
Try speaking Arabic
English and many other languages are widely spoken so while you can get by not having to speak a word of Arabic, a few polite words of the local language will be appreciated if you encounter a local Emirati – which you will as soon as you arrive at immigration in Dubai International Airport.
Here’s three for beginners:
Standard greeting (day or night): Salam Alaikum
Thank you: Shukran
What to wear in Dubai
As in any country, it’s courteous to respect the local culture. While beachwear is totally acceptable on the beach and around the pool, it’s not appreciated beyond the hotels. As a Muslim country, you should dress more modestly in public places – such as in malls, banks, airport, 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.
Absorb Dubai’s culture
Don’t leave Dubai without learning a little about the local culture and heritage. Visit the Jumeirah mosque for their daily tours and visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for the cultural breakfast.