Dubai

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How to Get There

Plane: Dubai International Airport is a very popular airport in the whole of the country. Since Dubai is a newly populated area with tourists and businessmen, this is a very large airport with many options for flights across the Middle East.

Public Transportation: Dubai is a very central location for travelers and other places such as Abu Dhabi and Oman are very easy to get to via public transit. If you are looking for access to these locations, use Emirates Express. The best thing to do when in the city of Dubai is to purchase a day pass, which will allow you access to all metro stations and buses. For a low cost and a stress free way to travel, public transportation is your best option.

Taxis and Cars: Public transit would be recommended over taxis but if you need to get somewhere at an odd hour, taxis are readily available on the main streets of Dubai. Renting a car in Dubai is relatively simple however; please take note that there are rules when leaving Dubai that may incur additional charges.

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Landmarks

Bastakiya District: This is a wonderful place to explore the history of Dubai. This is a new city to many tourists which has also brought much more new infrastructure. The Bastakiya District is a part of Dubai history in traditional style.

The Burj al-Arab Hotel: This is surely a sight you may have seen online prior to arriving. The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, next to the Dubai Fountain with a skyline tower for incredible views.

Desert Safari: Though this may not be a particular landmark to discuss, this event is a must do! With multiple ways to explore the desert in Dubai, there will not be a dull moment. Do not forget your cameras for this experience!

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Weather

Summer: July to September. Warmth and severe humidity strikes the city during these months. Usually tourists tend to avoid traveling during these dates as temperatures can get well over 45 degrees Celsius.

Winter: January to March. Beautiful temperatures hit Dubai during the winter months between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. Bring a light sweater for cooler evenings.

Rainy Season: November to December. The rainy season is between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius but extremely rainy. If you are looking for great photos and an enjoyable time for outdoor excursions, avoid these months.

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Life Style

The life style in Dubai can be a very wide spectrum. Dubai is known for its newly built infrastructure in the busy city streets, but is also known for the deserts. The city is filled with busy working businessmen and women along with people walking down every street on shopping sprees. The population is a mix between locals and other travelers as Dubai is a very popular business destination for meetings.

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Eat and Drink

Dubai is one of the easiest places to know what to eat and where to eat. Known for their popular Shwarmas and Falafels, you can find them anywhere and everywhere along the streets of Dubai for great prices!

The law officials heavily monitor drinking alcohol in Dubai, be sure to understand all laws and regulations before engaging in drinking activities. Drinking in public is extremely illegal and police are always aware of illegal events taking place. Legal drinking age is over 21 and alcohol can only be purchased for at home consumption.

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Rest and Relaxation

Low Budget: Low budget hotels in Dubai are not easy to find. There are certain hotels that are considered low budget but have a starting rate at $80 per night.

Medium Budget: Medium budget hotels would be classified to be rooms between $100 and $300 USD. Keep in mind that even though a hotel may be upwards to $100, it is still not to be considered a ‘medium level’ hotel room, the hotels would be lower class accommodation’s for a higher price.

High Budget: High budget = no problem! Dubai has some of the most beautiful hotels in the world due to their newly built infrastructure. Plan on spending over $300 USD for a great hotel room and be wowed.

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Travel Tips

There are a variety of rules and regulations tourists need to research before traveling to Dubai. The following listed are just a few tips that you need to know before departing:

– Respect all Islamic laws

– Do not eat in public during Ramadan

– Do not argue about any people in political power including the ruling family

– Ask for hotel staff to escort you to your vehicles when holding large sums of cash

– Public displays of affection are considered extremely rude and can wind you up in jail

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