During my inaugural visit to Dubai, there were aspects I wish I had known beforehand. The winter season emerged as the ideal time due to its pleasant weather, ranging from 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit without humidity, creating a perfect environment for exploration.
Dubai’s vastness became apparent as I navigated through numerous activities, including iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa and Ain Dubai. I recommend prioritizing attractions like the Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk and indulging in nighttime experiences such as the La Perle show and Dubai Mall’s fountain show.
While Dubai boasts record-breaking attractions, exploring its historical facets in places like Al Seef and enjoying a boat ride (abra) across the river provided a richer experience. Additionally, a day trip to Abu Dhabi, just an hour and a half away, proved worthwhile, with visits to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Heritage Village.
The city’s culinary diversity pleasantly surprised me, offering a myriad of cuisines, alleviating concerns about food limitations due to allergies. Despite the delicious options, the cost of food in Dubai can be steep.
Strategic accommodation choices in areas like Palm Jumeirah or Dubai International Financial Centre, close to major attractions, contributed to a seamless stay. Alternatively, some opt for the privacy of Palm Jumeirah with waterfront hotels.
Employing tour guides enhanced my Dubai experience, maximizing exploration during day trips and nightlife tours. Affordable and easily arranged through the hotel or recommendations, guided tours proved invaluable.
Proper attire is crucial for visits to mosques and holy sites, with specific dress codes for men and women. Planning outfits ahead or utilizing available attire at sites can ensure compliance.
Despite initial reservations about sand and heat, the desert experience, particularly dune bashing, became a highlight. Souks emerged as prime locations for souvenir shopping, offering diverse items at reasonable prices.
Ultimately, understanding these insights would have enhanced my Dubai trip, making it even more enjoyable and memorable.
Repurposed article originally published in the Business Insider