Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa’s 7 Tips Every First-Time Dubai Visitor Needs to Know
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With Dubai landing on the ninth spot of US News’ latest list of best places to visit, exploring the city is definitely on top of many people’s bucket list. And if you’re also planning to spend a holiday in this wonderful city soon, you have certainly made the right decision.
Choosing to stay at a top-rated spa hotel in Dubai is a good start to planning the perfect holiday here. Following some useful handy tips for first-time visitors in this city will also ensure you will enjoy a hassle-free and memorable stay in Dubai.
Below are seven tips you have to follow if you will be visiting Dubai for the first time:
1. Be prepared for the heat
October to March are the coolest months in the UAE and, as such, the best times to visit Dubai. However, since the weather is better during these months, October to March are also considered the city’s peak season. Flights, hotel rates, and fees to some popular tourist attractions tend to be higher during these months.
If you don’t want to contend with thousands of other tourists or your allowed vacation days fall during the hot months, you will do well to prepare for the heat during your visit.
This means conditioning yourself to be ready to face the heat when you have to go outdoors. This entails bringing lots of cool clothes or ones made of light, airy fabric to wear. Additionally, you also have to bring and put on sunscreen, and wear a hat or use an umbrella whenever you will be exposed to the sun.
2. Check if you need a visit visa
The UAE government allows certain nationalities to enter the country visa-free. These nationalities can arrive in the UAE without any prior visa; they will be issued one upon their arrival at the airport.
You can find out if you can enter Dubai without a visa or if you need one by checking with your travel agency, or getting information online. In case you do need a visa, you have to apply for one before you book your flight. You can do this online as well.
Make sure you find out if you need a visa for your visit to Dubai two to three months before your planned holiday. This is because it can take some time going through the whole application process.
3. Book your accommodation in advance
ince Dubai is already a popular tourist destination, you will do well to book your hotel two to three months before the time of your visit.
By doing so, you will be able to have more choices in terms of hotels and rooms. In addition, you will have higher chances of getting better Dubai hotel rates.
If you want to have more accommodation options to choose from that fall within your budget, start looking at the different hotels in Dubai (and your possible home for your vacation) as soon as possible.
4. Pack modest clothes
Although you may need to pack light, cool, and comfy clothes for your trip (if it falls during summer), you can’t bring revealing and flashy clothes either.
This is because the UAE is a Muslim country, so women are expected to wear modest clothes. Because of this, women cannot be seen in public wearing skirts that are too short and tops that are too revealing.
Tourists and locals, though, are allowed to wear swimsuits in private resorts and beaches.
5. Know your transportation options
Getting around Dubai is fairly easy since you have different options to choose from.
Taxis are fairly affordable and you can hail them in nearly any part of the city. There is also a metro system which you should try at least once. Lastly, there is a bus line that can take you to all the main areas of the city.
If you want to go around in style and luxury, you can hire a chauffeur service which many rental companies offer in Dubai. You can also check with your hotel if they offer this service.
6. Prepare an itinerary
Although Dubai isn’t a large city, you may be overwhelmed by the numerous tourist attractions you have to see here. To ensure you don’t forget to visit any of the city’s must-see places, make an itinerary before your flight.
Some of the places that you should put on your travel itinerary are:
- Burj Khalifa
- Palm Jumeirah
- Kite Beach
- Dubai Museum
- Al Bastakiya
- Dubai Creek
- Marsa Al Seef
- Deira Gold Souk
- The Dubai Mall
- Dubai Aquarium
- Mall of the Emirates
7. Explore the local food scene
Finally, Dubai has one of the most exciting food scenes in the world right now. The city is peppered with restaurants, cafes, bars, and eateries that you can easily head to whenever you feel hungry.
In addition, there are dozens of cuisines and dining experiences to choose from that you will easily fall in love with its food culture.
Whether you’re looking for luxurious fine dining experiences, fast casual restaurants, or affordable hole-in-the-walls that serve traditional Arabic eats, you won’t be disappointed by the myriad of choices.
If you want to enjoy your first holiday in Dubai, follow the tips above. And don’t forget to be flexible and open to new experiences during your visit. You will have a better, more memorable holiday if you do so.
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