A jewel of the Middle East. A marriage of tradition and urban. A go-to destination for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, beautiful beaches, and a lively nightlife scene as well as for adventure, culture, and throwback to the golden old days.
I’ll walk you through some ideas on how to get the most out of your trip to Dubai and also how to plan 7 days in Dubai (full itinerary provided).
Where to stay in Dubai ?
Historic and culture-rich areas:
- Al Fahaidi
- Al Seef
- Deira Dubai
- Bur Dubai
- Meena Bazaar
- Gold Souk
Luxury and ultramodern areas:
- Jumeirah Beach Residence
- Sheik Zayed Road
- Downtown Dubai
- Dubai Marina
- Dubai Festival City
- The Palm Dubai
What to see and do in Dubai?
There are plenty of beautiful places to see in Dubai and in the surrounding Emirates. Here are a few of our top picks. You can see photos of these locations below.
7 days in Dubai suggested itinerary
After settling in your hotel, head out to La Mer. Soak up the sun, sand and vibrant locality at Dubai’s eclectic beachfront in Jumeirah.
If you are feeling up to it, once you’ve gotten your dose of vitamin-sea, bid the beach farewell and step out to the bustling backstreets of La Mer, packed with over 50 of the region’s newest cuisine concepts, a waterpark and emerging street art in an overflow of fun for all. You’ll even find Dubai’s most iconic sites just moments away – so keep your camera at hand as you explore the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, all within easy reach.
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Places to eat in Dubai
For quirky and ultra-luxury dining spots head to:
1- Dinner in the Sky
2- Armani/Amal Restaurant
3- Gevora Lounge – Highest lounge in Dubai
5- Pier Chic
6- Buddha Bar Dubai
7- Friday bottomless brunch at White at the Palm Beach Club – ‘Atlantis’
8- Aisan Fusin on the canal at Zheng He
How to budget
Dubai is set to become the number one destination in the world for luxury tourism. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy Dubai on a budget. There are plenty of accommodation options, alternative transport modes, free activities to do and plenty of restaurants that won’t break the bank.
Cultural Expectations in the UAE
When visiting any country, it is crucial to be well-aware of local customs. This will help avoid any cultural faux pas and help you enjoy your trip and interact with locals, without offending anyone.
- Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar and is extremely important. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the holy month. When visiting the UAE during Ramadan it’s crucial to know not to eat, drink, smoke, or even chew gum in public. Aside from it being highly offensive to those who are fasting, it is also not allowed by law in the country.
- Under no circumstances should one take pictures of Emirati women. Additionally, it’s considered extremely offensive to stare at women in national dress. Although tourists may do so innocently and out of curiosity, this shouldn’t be done at all. Any sort of unwelcome physical contact is seen as a form of disrespect and even flirting with Emirati women is frowned upon.
There are a few public behaviors that are extremely frowned up – and sometimes even illegal in the UAE. Being drunk and disorderly is a big no-no and people can even be taken in by the police for doing so. Additionally, public displays of affection are deemed to be rather disrespectful to Emirati culture. Another thing to be mindful of as tourists are what to take pictures of. It’s illegal to take photos of women, in addition to military and government facilities.