Our Travel guide to Dubai
Dubai is in the middle of a huge tourism boom right now. In the first half of 2017 Dubai opened its doors to over eight million international tourists. That’s up a huge 10% from the same time in 2016. Dubai has taken off because of the impressive list of man-made attractions, such as the Palm Islands, The Burj Khalifa, The World Islands and The Mall of The Emirates. As popular as Dubai is getting, a couple of questions are still on a lot of travellers minds; Is Dubai a city? What country is Dubai in? Is Dubai it’s own country? Where is Dubai located on a map?
Dubai is located on the South East Coast of the Persian Gulf, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai makes up one of the seven states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although many people think that Dubai is the capital of Saudi Arabia or the main city within Abu Dhabi
What to do in Dubai?
Dubai has many tourist attractions and activities to suit every type of traveller. From first class golf courses, stunning beaches, huge shopping malls and incredible food. Here are our top things to do in Dubai:
Flip Out Dubai
After being stuck in an aeroplane sometimes you need to stretch your legs, Flip Out Dubai is the perfect place to let off some steam once you land. Flip Out Dubai is the largest trampoline park in the Middle East! For more info and to book your slot head over to their website here.
Once you land you might need to take a break from the super hot weather. Don’t worry Ski Dubai has you covered. The Middle East’s first indoor ski resort is an impressive 3,000 square meter winter wonderland. They have something for everyone in the family, from a massive 400-meter ski run, a snowboard park with jumps and rails, twin track bobsled runs and even a ski/ snow school with real teachers! For more info about what they offer head over to their about us page here.
Inflight Dubai is Dubai’s (and the world’s) newest and biggest vertical wind tunnel. You get all the feel and rush of skydiving without the plane or parachute! Check out their website here for more information.
Wild Waldi Waterpark
The Wild Waldi Waterpark is an Arabian-themed waterpark which boasts stunning views of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Here you will find over 30 different rides and attractions. Perfect for those insanely hot days. A full list of their riders can be found on their website here.
The Burj Khalifa
No trip to Dubai would be complete without visiting the worlds tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. Standing at a whopping 2,716.5 (160 stories) the Burj Khalifa is an impressive site. Staying here can be quite pricey so if you are wanting to go inside we recommend just taking a trip to the observation deck, where you can take in the stunning views of the Dubai coastline. Ticket prices and opening times can be found here.
Red Dunes Desert Safari
If you are into sandboarding, riding camels, and desert sunsets, the Red Dunes Desert Safari is for you! It kicks off in the late afternoon once the heat of the day is passed so you get full enjoyment without the sweat! The trip starts off with desert bashing, where you stop off at one of the highest Red Dunes of the Dubai Desert. You will also get the opportunity for some amazing photos as you watch the sunset. You will then be taken to the desert camp and greeted with a nice cup of traditional Arabic tea or coffee and loads of amazing foods. While at the camp you will have the chance to take a camel ride, ride quad bikes, smoke shisha, and get deep in the Arabic culture with authentic henna tattoos. You can find out more here.
The Dubai Creek separates Dubai city into two separate towns, Deira to the North and Bur Dubaito to the South. The creek has been an important part of Dubai’s growth with many settlers settling here for its fishing and pearl diving some 4,000 years ago. You can take a trip across the creek in one of the many restored dhows turned into tourist cruise boats or take the Abra (A small wooden ferry) between the Bur Dubai and Deira banks.
The Jumeirah Mosque
Claiming the name of Dubai’s most beautiful mosque the Jumeirah Mosque is not one to miss. Construction started in 1976 and has been built in traditional Fatimid style. If the daytime is too hot for you to check it out you are in luck as it is also extremely impressive at night under the lights! You can get a tour every day at 10 am except Fridays. To see what tours are available click here.
How Long can I stay in Dubai?
Upon arrival in Dubai, you will be granted a 30-day tourist visa, this is a free visa for most nationalities. This can be extended for a further 30 days with an additional cost. For more info about visas head over to the Emirates website here.
What is the best time to visit dubai?
The mild season in Dubai is from February – April, temperatures usually hover in the mid-late twenties making it perfect for going and getting touristy. Do be aware that this season is also when Dubai is most expensive. Also, keep in mind when heading to Dubai that since Dubai is a Muslim country they have Ramadan. Ramadan lasts for 30 days and in this period everything shuts down and all non-muslims are prohibited from eating, drinking and smoking in public during the hours of daylight.
Renting a car in Dubai
Renting a car in Dubai is very easy and often the car hire company will be happy to meet you at Dubai airport with your car (with prior arrangement).
What licence do I need to drive in Dubai?
You need a valid international driving licence to drive in Dubai.
What do I need to hire a car in Dubai?
As a tourist you will need your passport, your visa stamp and a valid international driving licence.
Am I covered to drive in Dubai?
Most rental car companies will offer CDW insurance as standard (Collision Damage Waiver) However be sure to check exactly what insurance comes with your specific rental company. If your headed to Dubai on holidays make sure you organise your professional house sitters early.
What to Remember Before you Leave
If your headed to Dubai onholidays check if you require any visas to enter the country. Make sure you organise professional house sitters to left after your pets and home. Lastly ensure you pack light and airy clothing that ensures you are modestly covered.