Dubai, the city of superlatives dazzles with lavishness & luxury. From the tallest building - Burj Khalifa, and the most expensive & iconic 7-star hotel - Burj Al Arab to Palm Island, known for being the world’s'largest man-made island, Dubai has it all. There’re unending number of things to do here. Among the must-see attractions in Dubai include Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain, Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Historical District, Dubai Creek, and more.
While in Dubai, you can try out hot air balloon, desert & camel ride, visit beach and enjoy the walk at the JBR, spend some time at Dubai Water Canal, play night golf at the Faldo. Also, visit one of the many theme parks like IMG Worlds of Adventure, Motiongate Dubai, and more. Shopping enthusiasts must visit glittering Gold Souk, the Dubai Mall & the Mall of Emirates. Or indulge in duty free shopping at Dubai International Airport. Culture lovers should step into Dubai Opera, the city’s latest architectural masterpiece & jewel in its cultural crown.
Getting to Dubai
Dubai is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has an excellent network of roads and highways connecting it with the neighboring Arab countries. Dubai is easily accessible by air, land, and sea, and more than 125 airlines fly to Dubai from destinations around the world.
Dubai Visa and Entry Information
The type of visa needed to enter Dubai depends on various factors, such as nationality, the purpose of visit, and its duration. GCC nationals are granted entry upon arrival with passports or national ID’s. Non GCC passport holders should check visa requirements for their respective countries. Indian citizens in possession of a valid US visa can apply for 14-day visa on arrival at the airport.
Getting Around in Dubai
Dubai features state-of-the-art transport system. There are excellent number of taxis available at the airport, and being relatively a small city, expect to reach your hotel or office in 30 minutes. The taxis accept major credit cards. Travelers can alternatively use Uber or local based Careem to hire a taxi.
There’s also Dubai Metro. The red line runs through the heart of the city along the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road. Metro stations serve primary business hubs like the Dubai International Financial Centre. The metro line continues all the way south to Jebel Ali and is being extended to eventually serve the World Expo 2020 site. While in Dubai, travelers can make the best use of public transport system by purchasing a pre-paid NOL card, which can be used for metro, tram, buses, and taxis. NOL cards are available at metro stations, and selected bus stations.
Weather in Dubai
Located in the Arabian Desert, Dubai features a warm climate all year round. The winter months from October to May are mildest with average temperature between 20 & 30 degrees. The summer season is between June & September with temperature ranging from high 30’s to mid 40’s. Summer is the time to explore Dubai’s indoor attractions. Thus, Dubai can be visited all year round.
Dubai Must See Attractions
Dubai has plenty of awe-inspiring attractions to keep the visitors hooked for days. The first place to visit in Dubai is Burj Khalifa. This magnificent tower dominates the skyline of Dubai. The other not to be missed out places include - the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Creek, the Walk & Beach at JBR, the Desert, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Dubai Canal, IMG Worlds of Adventure, City Walk, and Dubai Parks & Resorts to name a few.
Dubai Historical District
Dubai Historical District featuresmuseums, craft shops, souks, cultural exhibits, courtyard cafes, art galleries, and more. A visit to the historical district offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with the old way of Dubai’s life with its rich values that can be seen in the design of buildings. Also, of great interest are the alleys and pathways here.
Night Golf in Dubai
During summers in Dubai, the best time to play golf is at night. With the temperature in the mid 20’s, its perfect time to experience floodlight golf at one of the Dubai’s world-class golf courses. Some of the most recommended golf courses in the city include - the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club (It’s an 18-hole grass course). Other famous place to indulge in the game are the Address Montgomerie Dubai, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club, the Track, and the Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
Rooftops in Dubai
Dubai’s sky terraces are the hippest spots to visit. While in the city, head to the rooftops - the ultimate place to catch the sunset over the gulf or watch the twinkling lights of the city. The recommended places include - Atelier M, this restaurant at the Dubai Marina, offers stunning views along with quality Mediterranean menu. Another venue to visit is Luna Sky, from its rooftop, you can enjoy captivating vistas of Dubai Financial District. The menu here features Japanese & South American delicacies. Another interesting rooftop venue is the Treehouse, located on the top deck of the sleek Taj Dubai Hotel in the Business Bay. The other rooftop venues that offer bewitching views include - Mercury Lounge, Al Sarab, Tomo, and Uptown.
Theme Parks in Dubai
Dubai is becoming one of the most exciting adventure playgrounds in the world. Whether you’re looking for family fun or hair-raising thrills, Dubai has plenty of options to cater to the tastes of all. Travelers can visit - IMG Worlds of Adventure, Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park, and Bollywood Parks.
Honeymoon in Dubai
Dubai has variety of exciting stay options for honeymooners to chill, unwind, and have a blissful time. Here are few great options to stay for honeymooners. These include - Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which features comforts like spectacular marble spa bathroom and regally styled master bedroom. Another recommended place is Al Maha Resort & Spa featuring Bedouin themed suites. Other stay options include - Meydan Hotel, Four Seasons Resort, and more.
Dubai Stopover Guide
How to Book a Stopover in Dubai
Travelers transiting through Dubai with Emirates can easily book a stopover package, and the airline will take care of everything. Once travelers have purchased a ticket, they need to contact local Emirates office or travel agent to add stopover. This can be done up-to 48 hours before flying.
For those who have already arrived and wish to explore Dubai before heading for the next destination, can also do so. All they got to do is - visit ‘Hotels & Visas for Dubai,’ desk located at the arrivals section in the Dubai International Airport.
Do I Need a Visa?
Travelers from most countries are given a 30 day visit visa on arrival in Dubai, which is free and stamped on arrival at immigration. Travelers from few countries are required to pre-apply for a visa online, but there’s an eligibility for 96 hours transit visa as well. Emirates will also arrange visa as a part of their stopover program.
Less than 4 hours
For those who will be at Dubai for less than four hours can spend their time doing multiple things at the airport. Because they will not have time to leave the airport and return in time for the connecting flight. Dubai International Airport is a good place to spend time at. Travelers can go swimming in the pool, located on-site. Unwind at the indoor Zen Garden or relax in the pure luxury of the Business Class lounges. For those interested in shopping, the airport features 30,000 square meters of retail space. There’re stores for everything, from cosmetic and confectionary to electronics and book.
Between 4 and 8 hours
Since there’s little time to explore places, the best thing would be to head for downtown and check out few sights. Travelers can take a 15 minutes taxi ride to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. They should book in advance a time slot for its observation deck on level 124 floor to enjoy 360-degree breathtaking vistas of its surroundings. Located next to Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Mall, which features attractions like an ice-rink, and Vegas-style fountains to an ancient dinosaur fossil, and a giant aquarium.
Between 8 and 15 hours
After travelers have covered the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Mall, the next thing on the hit list should be a taste of old Dubai in the form of the traditional souks. If travelers are left with good time, they should visit Dubai Museum, the coffee Museum, and more, all of which are located within Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. Later, travelers should cross the Creek by traditional abra boat for only AED1 for more souk shopping. Featuring gold, spices, textiles, and fish in the winding alleyways, souks are the ideal place to pick up a souvenir.