Dubai is the juncture that connects the crowd of three continents Asia, Europe, and Africa at its land. It’s the most luxurious city and the emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Epicureans like you travel to this city throughout the year for multiple opportunities in Dubai to feed their curiosity to explore the well-document Arabic emirate.
Things You Must Know Before Planning Your Trip to Dubai
Dubai is a vast city with high-end connectivity and impressive modern infrastructure. Here are a few things that will help you update your knowledge quotient. You will be well equipped with what to expect when you reach Dubai.
- Dubai has an impressive range of transport system, be it the roads connecting seamlessly to the GCC, air or water, which attracts most of the tourists around the globe.
- Its state-of-the-art highways link other seven emirates of UAE; therefore, while you are planning to take a trip down to Dubai, you can extend your trip to nearby emirates too.
- Dubai is well planned and connected, so the majority of your hotel destinations will be within 30 minutes of your drive from the Dubai International Airport.
- Taxi drivers are readily available for an easy commute when you arrive at the airport. In Dubai, you will find Uber and a local Dubai taxi service named Careem that you can avail easily. You must know that Taxi drivers accept your credit cards, especially which are MasterCard and Visa cards.
- In reference to its local transport, you will find that Dubai has the Metro where red lines are widespread around the city and famous business locations are the busiest stops like the World Trade Center.You must purchase a prepaid NOL travel card that works for Metro, Taxi, Bus, and Trams and can be bought from the selected bus stations or from any metro station near your location.
How to Reach Dubai?
Dubai, UAE, is easily accessible by air, water, and land. It has robust airline connectivity with the two-thirds of the population. There are around 125 flights that commute to Dubai from across the globe. So, no matter which continent you are, you will surely find direct or one-stop flights on your regional travel websites.
You can even talk to one of the travel agents in your country that can help you with the cheapest rates of the flights at the moment. Meanwhile, the residents of the GCC can either travel by road or air to reach Dubai in a matter of hours. Also, the residents or tourists in any of the nearby emirates of the UAE can reach Dubai easily via linked highways.
How Long Should Your Stay Be in Dubai?
An average hotel with necessary facilities can cost up to $33-$50 USD a night per person which equates to 2310-3500 INR per night per person. Given that Dubai is a small city, and is directly connected to the other seven emirates, you can easily plan 2-5 days stay in this exuberant city.
The minimal prices for eating per day per person equates to around $ 40. Keep a buffer of around $ 100 USD for tickets to be able to enter tourist attractions like Burj Khalifa & Desert Safari. In total for 5 days, your budget to stay in Dubai and nearby will cost you $ 550 USD or around 38,000 INR, excluding the flight ticket cost.
Tourist Attractions & Nearby Emirates That Dubai Is Famous For
It’s a city that you will only trust exists when you visit it on your own. From the skyrocketing skyscrapers to islands protruding at the coastlines, to the amazing nightlife and vibrant communities residing in Dubai, the air of its land feels like you are living in a paradise.
- Burj Khalifa
One of the best attractions in Dubai is Burj Khalifa. It’s world tallest tower, standing at 828 meters of height. It has an observation at the 124th floor and an opulent Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor. In fact, most of the first-time tourists thrive to visit Burj Khalifa more than anything else in the city.
- Desert Safari
Desert Safaris are one of the must visit place in Dubai. There are so many types of Safari that you can choose from. Some of the popular one’s are Premium Red Dunes, Rub Al Khali, and Al Khaznah and many more. You may choose to take it in morning or evening. Most of the people prefer to take it on Sand dunes to get the feel of Arabian Desert. You can club it with Dhow Cruise with some sumptuous barbeque dinner in the night.
- Abu Dhabi
As the capital of the UAE, you must visit this land where Arabic culture and modernization can be seen at once. It’s famous for its luxury, Infrastructure, famous monuments, exotic memories and mesmerizing sightseeing. Moreover, it is merely one and a half hour away from Dubai.
The world’s first Ferrari-themed park located at Yas Island is in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It hosts up to 37 thrilling Ferrari rides under its big red roof. You should step down to this park for feeding the adventurer in you for the world’s best rides ever. It will be an experience which you can live with your family and friends and remember together for the years to come.
Most famous mosque of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed is a place you cannot afford to miss. It’s free to enter and one of the most giant mosques residing in Abu Dhabi.
- The Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain is located outside of the Dubai Mall and at the foot of the mesmerizing Burj Khalifa. It’s accredited to be the world’s largest choreographed fountain system as the water streams spikes as high as 150 meters above the ground.
- Palm Jumeirah
When you see the pictures online of this palm-shaped island, you will too question yourself the architecture of this beauty. It’s, in fact, one of the largest artificial islands in the world.
Dubai Visa Procedure
Visit the official website of Dubai E-visa to select which country are you from and where are you currently living. Dubai has various kinds of visas that you can apply for; minimum is for 14 days—single entry. The visa is valid to all the UAE emirates, namely Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain.It takes around 24-72 hours to process and $179 USD is the current for 14 days visa. You can hire a travel agent to make the process convenient. It’s advisable to apply for tourist visa one month in advance only as you need to plan your travel within this period.
Why You Should Plan Your Trip in Dubai During Diwali?
During October to March, it’s the best time you can visit Dubai, moreover, Diwali is one of the major celebrations that lightens up the city with the crowd from all over the world around November.
The colourful fireworks near the Burj Khalifa are famous around the Diwali festival. The whole area gets illuminated with cheers of happiness, joy and bright lights. Even at night, the skyline is the best to watch out for when the creative fireworks burst to pay tribute to the Hindu festival of Diwali that is more or less celebrated around whole Dubai and other emirates of UAE, including Abu Dhabi.
The biggest Diwali celebrations can be enjoyed with your family at Bollywood Parks Dubai on 9 and 10 November. The resort will entertain you with chilling rides, scrumptious street food, fantastic live music and dance performances from Bollywood artists as well.
You will be welcomed with Diwali inspired delicacies at many of the local Indian-themed restaurants in Dubai at amazing discounts, especially at Trèsind.
Shopping In Dubai: What And From Where?
- The Dubai Mall
It’s one of the largest malls in the world. If your aim is to purchase the best fashionable items, you can try The Fashion Avenue for that.
- Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates , another popular mall in Dubai , offers more 500+ international brands. It caters to all different buying needs of the shoppers.
- Gold Souk
Dubai is known for selling the purest Gold in the world. You may not get the cheapest gold but huge variety unavailable anywhere.
- Local Shops : Electronics Products , Dates & Other Specialities
You can also expect cheapest and best electronic products in Dubai . You can visit any nearby local shop plaza in the Emirate and you will not be disappointed with the pricing or the variety. An emirate of Dubai is also known for world famous dates. You must buy it for yourself or to gift to your friends or folks.
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