There are very few cities in the world that can guarantee you fun, sun and shopping, all in a royal way which is simply Dubai. A city with its exhilarating architecture, spectacular skylines, amazing theme parks and plenty of opportunities to dine, dance and party. Indulge with Dubai with your family and a magnificent highlight for kids.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What documentation do I need to enter Dubai?
Find out about the entry requirements according to your country of origin here: www.visitdubai.com/en/travel-planning/travel-tools/visa-and-entry-information
How can I get to Dubai?
By plane to Dubai International Airport (DXB), located about 5km from the centre. Flights take about 7 hours from western Europe and 17 from New York.
How can I get from the airport to the centre?
The best way is the Metro. The red line stops at terminals 1 and 3. Buses leave terminals 1, 2 and 3 but are slower.
When is the best time to travel?
From October to May because they are the coolest months. Temperatures in Dubai are always high, but the rest of the year is extremely hot and dry, with temperatures surpassing 40°C (104°F).
How can I get around the city?
The best way is to hire a car or use a taxi to get around. Distances tend to be long and public transport does not reach everywhere. Besides, the prices are reasonable.
What public transport can I use?
Dubai has two metro lines (red and green), a bus network and tram service that connects the metro stations to the residential zones. There are also water taxis, monorail and abras (traditional wooden passenger boats).
Is it a good place to go with children?
You will find an infinite number of places to enjoy with youngsters; there are several amusement parks and the majority of shopping centres have areas exclusively designed for children. They will love the Aquarium and Ski Dubai.
How should I dress?
Some places (particularly restaurants and shops) have a dress code that must be followed. Normally, women are required to cover their heads before entering a mosque. Going topless on the beach is not allowed.
How should I behave in public?
Despite being one of the most liberal places in the Muslim Middle East, there are certain points you must take into account in Dubai: it is considered disrespectful to show affection in public, even holding hands. Being drunk can be cause for arrest.
What do I need to know about Ramadan?
During the day you cannot eat, smoke or drink in public. Many restaurants only open after sunset. In general, international hotel restaurants stay open to cater to tourists.
THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI
Aquaventure Water Park
Perfectly situated in the visually appealing Atlantis Hotel, this water park in Dubai has a set a world record with its amazing water slides, rides, zip lining and a huge splash area. Perfect for a family vacation.
No holiday in Dubai is complete without a Desert Safari. Drive a land rover on golden dunes and feel the adrenaline rush. Wrap up the day with a gripping sunset, belly dancing and an authentic middle-eastern barbeque.
With 163 floors, Burj Khalifa boasts of being the world's tallest artificial structure. It has also featured in the movie Mission Impossible where Tom Cruise jumped off from its 160th floor for a stunt.
The Dubai Fountain
Spread over 30 acres on a man-made lake, the Dubai Fountain is known to be the largest choreographed fountain in the world. The fountain, located near Burj Khalifa, rises up to 150 min sync with high musical beats.
Dubai Shopping Mall
One of the largest malls in UAE, it hosts nearly all luxury brands like Cartier, Chanel, Prada, Dior and Marc Jacobs. It also consists of an Icing Rink and the Dubai Aquarium. Dubai Shopping Festival is held here.
Mall of the Emirates
Along with providing an unmatched shopping experience with major brands, Mall of Emirates also provides indoor entertainment for children, music and theatre performances, Art centre, Ski Dubai, etc. This is a shopper's paradise.
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Dubai is a unique blend of traditional customs and a cutting edge vision. The vivacious city is roosted on the Gulf coastline and is the most cosmopolitan city in the Middle East. Dubai city is known for the elevated structures and palm molded islands. It is always in motion and provides a vision of future developments in the world. Local people are inviting and benevolent. It comprises of multiple cultures and displays their variety in terms of food, fashion & music.
Reaching Dubai is easy. Multiple flights run on daily basis with Dubai International Airport which manages more than 7,000 weekly international flights. Accommodations are available per your financial needs- be it budget hotels or premium hotels.
Dubai has become a prefered destination for family goers & sight seers from around the world. With amazing buildings & structures, world class shopping experience, amusement parks, adventure activities & dynamic nightlife, Dubai should be on top of your travel list.
PLACES TO VISIT IN DUBAI
The Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in late 2008 which gives you the feeling of being on top of the world
Set on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. The fountain would not fail to amaze you as it is animated with performances set to light and music.
Underwater tunnel under a huge shark- & ray-filled tank, plus a creepy crawly zone with snakes can get anyone's interest in exploring the Dubai Aquarium. Located at The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, it is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai.
Burj al Arab
The iconic sail-shaped silhoutte of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah stands tall as a beacon of modern Dubai, characterized by the finest hospitality you can ever experience.
Take a stroll on a traditional dhow cruise which is an Arabian wooden boat and take in spectacular views on the Dubai Marina along with a lavish international buffet dinner, a memory you will cherish forever.
The Ferrari World, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, is the first Ferrari-branded theme park. You wouldn't want to miss riding the world's fastest roller coaster that can get anyone's adrenaline rushed.
Dubai Miracle Garden
The garden is famous for being launched on the Valentine's Day in 2013. It's the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.
The Palm Islands
Palm Jumeirah is an outstanding attraction in Dubai, which looks like a stylised palm tree from above and is home to many luxury hotels and resorts. DescriptionPalm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai
THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI
Aquaventure Water Park
IMG Worlds of Adventure
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT DUBAI
The standard time zone in Dubai is UTC/GMT+04.
The official language of Dubai is Arabic, but English is spoken practically everywhere.
The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED). The dirham to US dollar exchange rate is fixed (3.67 AED /dollar). One dirham divides into 100 fils.
The electric current is 220/240 volts and 50 hertz.
An Nol card can be purchased in advance. The Nol Silver Card costs 25 AED and is rechargeable. The Nol Red Ticket is a paper ticket valid for 10 trips. It costs 2 AED plus the cost of the trips.
Friday is the holy day of the Muslim week and the weekend consists of Friday and Saturday, but some businesses close Thursday and Friday. Shopping centres usually open every day from 10:00 to 22:00.
In the souks and markets it is very common to haggle, trying to pay half of what the merchant is asking, but in shopping centres prices are fixed and bargaining is considered impolite.
The main Muslim holidays change date according to the lunar calendar. Fixed holidays: New Year’s Day (1 January), HH Sheikh Zayed Accession (6 August), United Arab Emirates Day (2 December).
Tourism offices can be found at the airport (open 24 hours) and in the major shopping centres. The address of the head office is: Al Fattan Plaza, Airport Road, Al Garhoud. The website is very informative: http://www.visitdubai.com/en/
Useful Telephone Numbers
Police: 999. Ambulance: 998. Firefighters: 997. Dubai International Airport: 224 5555. Roads and Transport Authority: 800 9090. Car Hire: 224 5219. Taxis: 02-622 3300. The prefix from outside Dubai is 971-4.