A quick guide to Dubai
Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates is well known for it’s extremely luxurious lifestyle, ultra-modern designs and sunshine all year round. Developments started in Dubai in 1966 taking it from very much nothing to the place it is today. It really is like no other place on this Earth, so here is my guide on Dubai!
A few things to bare in mind before booking a trip to Dubai:-
- Summertime in Dubai can get extremely hot, with day time temperatures reaching as high as 45 degrees, not falling very far to around 30 degrees in the night. The best time to visit would be between October to April where the temperatures are still high but much more bearable.
- Minimum age for drinking alcohol in Dubai is 21. This won’t necessarily put everyone up nor down but all you 18-20 year olds out there thinking of going might want to bare that in mind.
- Dubai is a religious country and doesn’t allow public displays of affection, especially in couples who are not married. Also when it comes to dress code don’t show too much skin. This is something I worried about going to Dubai as like I said previously it is very hot, but just covering your shoulders and not wearing dresses or skirts that are too short is all they ask. Just be respectful.
Some of my top trips and excursions
- The top of the Burj Khalifa :- The Burj Khalifa is a famous sky scraper in Dubai and is currently the tallest building in the world, standing at a staggering 830 meters. Tickets are available to visit the outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, or take it even further and go sky level on the 148th floor. Visits are available in the day time or the evening, and the views are spectacular. I would highly recommend, but maybe give this one a miss if you have a fear of heights.
- Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark :- Be sure to take a taxi out to the palm to visit the Atlantis hotel for its fantastic water park. By far the biggest and best waterpark i have been to, it would be silly not to include this in my top trips and excursions. This waterpark is like no other i have been to. Start the day by grabbing a locker to keep all of your belongings, then head down to the pool, grab a rubber ring and off you go. The layout of the waterpark allows you to travel along a lazy river and choose what you would like to do along the way whether that be the rapids, wave pool, lazy river or a number of slides/flumes. There are plenty to choose from, however there are a few that can’t be reached this way and have to be made on foot. This includes the ‘Leap of Faith’, a slide that is 9 storeys high with a near vertical drop through the centre of a lagoon filled with sharks and stingrays. I think it is safe to say the whole waterpark must have heard me scream going down this one, but the thrill was so worth it. You also have the option of an additional charge to swim with dolphins or sea lions.
- The Lost Chambers Aquarium :- Once your fun at the waterpark is over, be sure to visit the aquarium inside the Atlantis. With 21 exhibits to visit and the chance to go diving with sea creatures, it is a great day out. Also be sure to check out the ‘Ambassador Lagoon’, a tank holding 11 million litres with an array of sharks, sting rays and fish.
Some of my favourite dining experiences:-
- The Jumeirah Beach Hotel :- Set on Jumeirah beach this hotel will not disappoint when it comes to its choice of eateries and bars. With a total of 13 different restaurants to choose from you can’t go wrong. From British to Asian, Mediterranean to Latin American, Seafood to light bites, you are spoilt for choice. Once you have finished your meal head down to the beach to one of it’s bars and watch the sunset over the Burj Al Arab.
- CLAW BBQ :- Situated in Souk Al Bahar, CLAW is am American style diner with a TGI Fridays kind of feel to it. Great music, a buzzing bar and even better food. If you are into meat and shellfish, you will love this place, and well it is safe to say manners go out the window whilst eating here as diners are given plastic bibs to tie around their necks when tucking into their delicious grub. From BBQ grilled meats, whole fresh lobster and seafood buckets filled to the brim, it is hard not to go back for a second time around (we did and it did not disappoint).
- SALT :- If it is fast food you are fancying but want fresh and tasty ingredients, then head down to Kite Beach and try out SALT. Famous for using the best ingredients, they make the juiciest and tastiest burgers & fries. Get your order then sit back, relax and take in the views of this beautiful beach.
Where to stay in Dubai? :-
- The Marina & Jumeirah Beach Residence :- This is an area that has been built to suit a more westernised culture. With more pavements than other areas in Dubai, you can roam more freely visiting bars, restaurants and beaches close by. This area is further away from downtown Dubai though so if you fancy a shopping trip or visit to the Burj Khalifa, you will need to rely on public transport or taxis.
- Downtown Dubai :- Downtown Dubai is the most popular area to stay in Dubai with most tourist attractions on your doorstep including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. This can be the most expensive area to stay in, but there are hundreds of hotels to choose from so with a little research I’m sure you can find something in everyone’s budget.
- The Palm :- One of Dubai’s most famous landmarks, this is a palm shaped island with luxury accommodation. If you are quite happy to spend most of your time by the beach or in your hotel, then this would be a good choice for you. However it is really quite disconnected from everything else in Dubai so not great if you want to see the sites.
All in all I would say Dubai is a really cool place to visit, with lots to see and do. The food is out of this world and the hotels are incredible. I wouldn’t recommend choosing Dubai if you are on a budget as generally it is quite expensive, however there are ways and means around these things. I hope you enjoyed my guide on Dubai!