We will soon be able to travel again, and thinking about the places we’d like to travel to is both something to do and something to keep us looking forward! If you’re thinking of visiting Dubai for the first time, then this is the post for you!
Dubai is a wonderful destination that draws millions of tourists every year and it is a city that is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.
Here are Five Things to Do On Your First Visit
The skyline of Dubai is full of outstanding architectural pieces and skyscrapers. For example, the Dubai Rotating Tower will have rotating floors that give occupants views of the desert, city, and sea all from one place.
Other popular structures you’ll be astounded by here are the 830 meters high Burj Khalifa as well as Marina 101. The skyscrapers will catch your eye as you explore the city, so plan ahead to take a taxi around at some point so you can safely focus on the skyline.
With sand, sea, city, and sun in the distance, you’re rewarded with incredible views if you make up to an observation deck.
Dubai is foodie heaven! You can find cuisine from all over the world in Dubai, including Arab, Persian, Pakistani, Afghan, French, British, Italian, Japanese cuisine, and more.
If you are visiting and really want a meal from your home country, chances are very high you can find it! However, to experience other cuisines and of course, the local Arabic cuisine is a must. This is a great place to try something new!
A desert safari is an experience of a lifetime and an absolute must while in Dubai. In fact, to go to Dubai and not go on a desert safari would be to avoid the standout unique activity of the city.
You can take a safari tour via land cruiser and experience the deserts of Dubai over a sunset or do some activities such as dune bashing, sandboarding, and a camel ride.
The Luxe Life
Dubai is a city where you see and can experience the luxe life. From the layout of the city with the manmade island to convey beauty, and all the luxury cars, hotels, and homes you will see, the city almost seems to be its own little world.
You don’t have to be a millionaire here to experience the luxe life, either.
Dubai is a shopping paradise, and if you love to shop you could spend days here exploring and shopping as you go. You’ll find luxury and high street shops here, set for any budget. The city is actually known for its extravagant shopping malls, as they are not just for shopping.
The Dubai Mall, for example, has an indoor zoo and hotel.
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The City is Very Big
When visiting Dubai for the first time it’s important to know that it is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, and the layout of the city is spread out. It will take time to get from one place to another, and the city is not particularly built for walking.
You’ll want to have an idea of what you want to do and where you want to go before arriving in the city, so you don’t spend extra time with unnecessary travel. Taxis and private cars are the easiest way to get around, just remember to tip your driver! In case you are fond of long-distance road trips, renting a car in Dubai is one of the best and most effective ways to travel in the emirate, this is especially true when travel is together as a family.
The City is Extremely Diverse
Dubai is a melting pot of culture, and the diversity here is unmatched. The only other city that is almost on the same level as Dubai in terms of its diversity in New York City.
Over 90% of the population in the city is made up of expats from different countries. This makes Dubai a global city at its core, and it will introduce you to people and cultures from all over the world on a trip to just one city.
Be Respectful of the Culture
Probably one of the most important things for those visiting Dubai for the first time to commit to memory is that you should respect the local culture.
As in every destination that you travel to, it is important to respect its local culture. The UAE is a Muslim country, so covering up is important as well as remembering the rule of no PDA.
While shorts and t-shirts are acceptable in many places, you’ll want to be prepared and have modest clothing, as it is mandatory for other places, such as shopping malls.
Call of Prayer
You will hear the Adhan called out five times during the day to signal the call of prayer. Be extra respectful during this time, and be prepared for some restaurants and shops to not allow entry during and a bit before prayer.
Book Restaurants in Advance
With it being such a big and populated city with people constantly out and about, the restaurants are often full. Be sure to book a reservation in advance in order to secure a spot and experience the restaurants you have your heart set on dining at.
If you’re visiting Dubai for the first time, you’ll be well on your way to an epic adventure with the information provided in this post! Stay healthy!
Have you ever been to Dubai? What was your experience?