Tips you need to travel to Dubai
Dubai is the most modern city in the Middle East and one of the most expensive cities in the world. This beautiful city with tall buildings, luxury hotels, attractive shopping malls, and various entertainment, hosts many tourists from around the world annually. If you are planning to travel to this city, we suggest you read this article before your trip to get acquainted with the top practical tips for traveling to Dubai that you must know before traveling to this metropolitan.
How to travel in Dubai
Use a taxi
Taxis are one of the most convenient means of public transportation in Dubai and are not very expensive. Several companies work in this direction, and each of them has its brand and characteristics. You can easily find these taxis in the main squares of the city, in front of shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, etc.
Nol is an electronic ticket card for all means of public transport in Dubai. With this card, you can take buses, subways, trams, water buses, and even taxis and use it to pay the fare. The Null Card is also used for public car parks, Dubai Public Parks, the Etihad Museum, and more than 2,000 shops across the city.
Use the subway
In addition to taxis, you can also use the metro and trams for intercity transportation. From the very beginning of your arrival in Dubai, enter Terminals 1 and 3 of the airports and go wherever you want in the city. Just buy a subway card and charge it so that you can use it on other days as well.
Use the bus
The Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority have 1,518 buses that cover 119 lines and cover all areas of the city. Note that you cannot pay the bus fare in cash and you must have a zero card.
Use of Monorail
Dubai Monorail has its ticketing system and is not integrated with other public transportation systems. Depending on where you want to travel, you can get single and return tram tickets from the station and board the train. Please note that tickets purchased are only valid on the same day. Trains run from 9 am to 10 pm and depart every 11 minutes.
Internet taxis are another option for intercity transportation in Dubai. You can use the global Uber app or the local Careem app to do this.
Car rental in Dubai
If you want to drive yourself, you can rent a car from the relevant companies and explore the city streets. Most car rental companies also have branches at the airport and even provide car reservations online for their customers. The cost of car rental in Dubai depends on the model of the car and the duration of the rent.
Driving license in Dubai
To rent a car and drive in Dubai, you must have an international driver's license.
Of course, citizens of GCC countries, the United States, Europe, or Australia do not need an international driver's license and can drive in Dubai with the same license they received in their home country.
Driving rules in Dubai
Dubai has very strict driving rules. If the driver violates more than a certain limit, his license and even his car will be confiscated. In the first violation, the driver's license is suspended for 3 months, in the second violation, it is suspended for 6 months, and in the third violation, it is suspended for one year. Violation more than three times also results in the complete rejection of the license by the traffic police.
Dubai busy hours and places
The UAE working week is from Sunday to Thursday and is the busiest hour in Dubai from 7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 7 pm. Most people live in the northern part of the city and the Deira area, on Dubai and Neda, and move to the southern part of Dubai, the Barsha, Takum, and Marina areas.
So, if you do not want to be stuck in traffic, do not travel north-south and vice versa during these hours. Friday and Saturday are Dubai weekends. Shopping malls and parks are at their busiest these days.
Walking in Dubai
If you want to save money or walk the streets of Dubai and connect more with the people of this city, instead of using cars and other means of transportation, you can walk short distances. Of course, remember that Dubai is a hot and dry city. Walking is tolerable from December to March, but from April to November the temperature is high and the heat of the city becomes annoying.
One of the most important things to consider when traveling to Dubai is to get travel insurance. Good travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, etc.
Security and safety in Dubai
Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world and the crime rate is very low. In addition, pickpocketing and petty thefts occur in limited numbers in the city. If you have valuables with you, take good care of them and do not worry about anything.
- City Police: 999
- Ambulance: 998
- Fire station: 997
The perfect time to travel to Dubai
The best time to visit Dubai is November to April (early fall to early spring). The weather in Dubai is cooler at this time and it is very suitable for the safari in the desert. Of course, travel is more expensive during this time. September and October are also the best times to swim and do water sports in Dubai. At this time, Dubai is more secluded and prices are lower.
Buy SIM card
When you travel to Dubai, you can put your phone in roaming mode and use it, in which case your costs will be very high. To reduce your costs, we suggest you buy UAE SIM cards. The country has two main operators called Etisalat and Du (Du), each of which provides excellent services to tourists.
Use of free internet
In Dubai, like any other country in the world, you need the Internet to use online taxis, routing programs, and online guides. Due to the high cost of the internet in the UAE, we suggest that you use the free internet in public places to do your work. Free internet is available at airports, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls.
Taking photos without permission in Dubai
In some cases, Dubai has strict laws. One of these is taking pictures of people without their permission.
This is illegal and is considered a crime and can be prosecuted. If you take a picture of a stranger without your permission, you will have to pay a heavy fine or even imprisonment.
Drinking Alcohol in Dubai
The UAE is a Muslim country and the production and consumption of alcohol in its public places is prohibited. Alcohol consumption is allowed only in restaurants and places that have received a license to do so. Therefore, if you are found consuming or even drunk outside of these places, you will be considered guilty and fined.
Eating and drinking during the holy month of Ramadan
Eating, drinking, and smoking in public are prohibited in all cities of the UAE. The country's restaurants and eateries are also closed during the holy month of Ramadan and have no customer service.
Carrying medicine at the airport
Many of the over-the-counter medications you receive in Iran are illegal to ship in the UAE. Please note that it is forbidden to bring painkillers, codeine, or sedatives at Emirates Airport. If you need these medications, be sure to bring your doctor's prescription to avoid problems.
The transportation and consumption of drugs in Dubai are also limited and will be dealt with severely if observed. This prohibition applies even to certain drugs that use drugs.
How to wear clothes on a trip to Dubai?
Men and women don't have to cover themselves in parks and recreation centers, Dubai beaches, etc., but it is recommended to wear tight clothes in places such as shopping malls, cultural centers, etc., considering the cultural and social values of the people of this city. Or avoid shorts. Be careful, wearing these clothes is not forbidden and is only a form of respect.
Suitable clothes for entering religious places
To enter the religious places and mosques of Dubai, you must have a cover following Islamic standards. This issue is fully reflected in the brochures and travel guide to Dubai for Westerners and has been emphasized a lot.
Tips in Dubai
Rewarding is not customary in Dubai and is quite a matter of taste. You do not have to pay more than what is specified to the waiter or driver, but if you provide good service, you can show them your satisfaction with some reward.
The UAE is a Muslim country where Islamic law is observed. Therefore, most of the restaurants in this city and even restaurants that are branches of European and American brands, serve halal food to their customers.
Shopping in Dubai
Due to Dubai's numerous and luxurious shopping malls and electricity, it is impossible to travel to this city and return empty-handed. If you are looking for a variety of goods at reasonable prices, we suggest you visit the traditional markets. These markets are open every day from 7 am to 12 noon and in the afternoon from 5 am to 7 pm.
Tax for Dubai tourists
In Dubai, there are no taxes for tourists in this city, but some restaurants include a 10% municipal tax and 10% service fee on their prices.
Festivals in Dubai
There are several festivals and festivals in Dubai, the most popular of which are shopping festivals. Winter shopping festivals are one of the most popular festivals in the city, which are held from January to February.
In addition, other festivals and competitions are held in this city, among which we can mention jazz music festival, Tomorrowland, food festival, color festival and sports competitions such as camel riding, horse riding, marathon, tennis, etc.
Each country has a special and unique diet according to its cultural and historical characteristics. Considering that tasting the traditional food of each region is one of the attractions of the trip, we suggest that when traveling to Dubai, be sure to visit the traditional restaurants and eateries of this city and dishes such as camel meat, Harris, Mandi, Tabouleh, Mahlabiyah, Qozi and Shawarma.
Souvenirs in Dubai
If you are planning to buy souvenirs in Dubai, it is better to buy things that are specific to this city. Agar bark bark extract is one of the souvenirs of Dubai that is used both as incense and perfume.
Spices, woolen shawls, Arabic lanterns, the statue of Burj Khalifa, dates, and camel milk chocolates are other souvenirs of this city that you can prepare as a souvenir or gift.
The best place to stay in Dubai
Dubai has many luxury hotels located in the best parts of the city and has full facilities. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the only 7-star hotel in the world located in Dubai. If you are looking for cheaper hotels, you can choose 4-star or 3-star hotels in this city for accommodation. These hotels are also very clean and stylish and provide good facilities to customers. Dubai also has good hostels that you can choose from for your stay.
Charger for electrical appliances
Another thing to consider when traveling to Dubai is charging electronics. The voltage of electricity consumption in Dubai is 220 to 240 volts and its power sockets have three branches. So be sure to bring a triangular converter with you on the trip.
The language of the people of the UAE
The official language of the UAE is Arabic, but if you know English, you can easily communicate with the people of this country. Most of the UAE's population is made up of immigrants, most of whom speak Persian, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, and Bengali, and are fluent in English and Arabic.
What to do in Dubai?
Go to the Marina beach
Marina is the most luxurious and luxurious area of Dubai, surrounded by tall buildings, stylish hotels, beautiful sidewalks, numerous resorts, restaurants, and cafes. If you travel to Dubai, do not miss visiting this area in any way.
Visit Dubai shopping malls
Dubai shopping malls are among the most important attractions of this city. Many people travel to Dubai just to explore the luxurious and luxurious markets and shopping malls. All reputable and international brands in the world have branches in Dubai shopping malls and offer the latest products in their branches.
Visit the old quarters of Dubai
Visiting Dubai's Old Quarters, strolling through the city's back alleys, shopping in small shops, boarding traditional wooden boats, and eating at local restaurants are some of the things we suggest you do in this city.
Visit the Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the attractions of the UAE, located near the city of Abu Dhabi. A magnificent white mosque that was built between 1996 and 2007 and has more than 40,000 daily visitors.
Excursion to Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah is one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai. This mosque was built during the Fatimid caliphate and combines the architecture of North and Polar Africa. What makes this mosque different from other mosques in Dubai is that it can be visited by all people of any religion.
Whatever your religion, you can go to Jumeirah Mosque and worship there.
One of the attractions of traveling to Dubai is going to the beach and its various sea activities. You can rent a boat and catch pearls and fish at sea. Booking yachts and cruises are also one of the things we suggest you do.
Go to Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Dubai, which attracts many tourists with its white sands and bright sunshine.
You can relax for a few hours on this beach and go for a walk along with it. This place is one of the best places in Dubai for family sightseeing with its diverse and entertaining entertainment.
Visit Medina Al-Jumeirah Bazaar
Al-Jumeirah is a commercial and entertainment complex located off the coast of Jumeirah. Here, in addition to numerous shops, you also have the opportunity to buy from the traditional Arabic market. You can explore the waterways and try local food at its restaurants.
Do not miss the Dubai nightlife.
Dubai's nightlife includes night safaris, beaches, nightclubs, street walks, and Dubai waterfalls. If you are a night owl, stand up, do not miss these entertainments.
Visit the Palm Islands of Dubai
Dubai Palm Islands are artificial islands that are considered a kind of engineering and architectural masterpiece. We suggest you visit these islands and enjoy watching the architectural masterpiece of the world. There are numerous shopping malls, Atlantis Promenade, Aqua Venture Water Park, Restaurants, Bars, and Clubs in this area that you can visit and entertain yourself.