Article provided by Neha Singh
Want to visit Dubai but not sure when to travel or what to add in your travel program? This simple yet elaborate Dubai travel guide for first time visitors encompasses everything that you should be aware when you gear up for your debut travel in Dubai, from cool travel hacks and visa information to its must-sees and experiences.
Dubai has a distinct appeal in every season, so plan your Dubai activities as per the type of holiday you wish to have here.
November to March is the peak season. With cool weather, this is one of the best times to visit Dubai for pleasant outdoors, fantastic events, and amazing attractions including Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Glow Garden etc. However, you can expect the place to be crowded and super expensive, particularly in December to February during the times of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and events such as Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF).
From April to September, the weather gets hot and this becomes somewhat unbearable in June – August. But on a positive note, this time is ideal for anyone who wants to see Dubai in its least packed state or looking for a budget holiday with maximum luxury. After all, this is the time when prices drop for everything from high-end accommodations and airfare to sightseeing and other activities.
Dubai is a compact city with a variety of cool options to get around the city.
Dubai’s exceptional network of metro, buses, cabs, ferries etc make it both easy and cost-effective to travel from one place to another in the city. Of them all, Dubai Metro with red and green lines holds a special distinction being the world’s longest automated metro. Public buses are equally efficient and come with enough leg room and dedicated sections for ladies and families. Cabs are a bit expensive, though it wins for its uber convenience aspect. You can make payment for all the above using the smart NOL card.
Now if you’ve got only a very limited time in Dubai, it’s ideal to skip public transportation and instead rely on a private transfer arranged by an experienced travel provider. They are available with or without a driver. You’re welcome to drive here, but an international driving license is a must for this.
As for a stay here, Dubai caters to every budget and distinct holiday preferences.
Dubai’s culinary scene is one of the best with a wide assortment of choices to satiate every taste bud. Rightly so, this Emirati metropolis is the second home to nationalities from over 200 countries.
Food Courts: Every massive mall in Dubai has one or more food court with outlets representing diverse tastes and flavors from all over the world under its roof.
Supermarkets / Markets: From giants like Lulu and Carrefour to popular names including Waitrose, Spinneys, Choithram, West Zone etc, most supermarkets in Dubai have a dedicated section to purchase your favorite dishes that are freshly cooked and all ready to eat.
Cafes: Take a quick stroll across the narrow alleys of Bur Dubai, Dubai etc – you’ll come across a variety of small cafes which are big on their offerings with delicious shawarma, crispy falafels, and several different varieties of juices, desserts and more available at super cheap rates. Well, they are found in all parts of Dubai.
Restaurants: From affordable to the exotic rooftops to most lavish and dreamy venues, restaurants in Dubai come in almost all shape, size, and theme imaginable. For dining with the most lavish indulgences, visit Pierchic overlooking Burj Al Arab or take to Burj Al Arab itself to dine within a spellbinding setting. There are some fantastic dining choices in Atlantis, The Palm Resort, and Burj Khalifa.
With this comprehensive Dubai travel guide by your side, set forth and do your part. This would definitely help you to discover Dubai like a seasoned pro. So let the planning begin!
Neha is a travel blogger and creator of Dubai Wikia who enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and learning about the local culture and food. She is always looking forward to visiting new places and likes to play tennis in her spare time.
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