One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Glitzy, glam, over-the-top and a little overexposed, Dubai lives for attention. It is certainly beyond ones imagination what Dubai can offer. From enjoying a desert safari and a camel-ride on the sand dunes, adventure thrills on magnificent beaches to exploring the architectural heritage of Dubai and indulging in diverse shopping extravaganza. Take a sightseeing tour of Dubai city and explore the one of their luxurious malls with unimaginable architecture, visit best and highest prized horse-races and experience the rich cultural heritage showcased in many ancient forts and royal palaces of Arab Sheiks and some of their treasures well preserved in city museums. You can also unravel the mystic Arabian cuisine, Lebanese and Iranian food delicacies besides enjoying all the other international food chains.
Arabic food is very popular and is available everywhere in the city, from the small shawarma diners in Deira and Al Karama to the restaurants in Dubai’s hotels. Fast food, South Asian, and Chinese cuisines are also very popular and are widely available. The sale and consumption of pork, though not illegal, is regulated and is sold only to non-Muslims, in designated areas of supermarkets and airports. Similarly, the sale of alcoholic beverages is regulated. A liquor permit is required to purchase alcohol; however, alcohol is available in bars and restaurants within hotels. Shisha and qahwa boutiques are also popular in Dubai. Dubai is known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars are found mostly in hotels due to the liquor laws.
- Al Harees- Made with long preparation and hours, this dish is one of the most recommended dishes to try in the United Arab Emirates. The dish involves mixing a pinch of salt with wheat and adding meat. The mixture is cooked and baked for the perfect texture and flavor. The dish is commonly served during Ramadan, weddings and festivals.
- Shawarma- Famous in other Asian countries as well, Shawarmas are one of the most common dishes in UAE. It is a type of Middle Eastern sandwich. Vegetables, fries, pickles, tomatoes, garlic sauce, and meat are stuffed in the Arabic roti to fascinate your cravings.
- Stuffed Camel- On record, it is the largest food you can eat in the world. It is both a luxury and celebratory dish. Cooked camel is stuffed with chicken, eggs, fish, sheep and spices and cooked over an open flame. The large dish is usually served in large festive, cultural or family events.
- Al Machboo- This dish is meat, rice and onions seasoned with spices, salt and dried lemon. Its zesty flavors make it another popular dish in Dubai.
Dubai city has ample treasure attractions in its store to offer its visitors. Where else can you spend a vacation that combines sand dunes and Middle East culture with breathtaking high rise hotels commanding sparkling beaches and the warm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai is a shopper’s paradise. It is a duty-free zone and during its March Shopping Festival, two million visitors arrive looking for discounts on gold, electronics, clothing, and Persian carpets. The city of Dubai have numerous architectural mosques, museums and heritage attractions. On the fun side, the Wild Wadi Water Park is well worth a visit and Dubai land, when it opens, will add a whole new dimension to the city. Desert Safaris in Dubai are an amazingly refreshing experience and it is time to relish the desert feast. The tourists are served with traditional Arabian barbeque under the star-lit night on the camps that offers an unforgettable experience for a lifetime.
- Burj Khalifa- Standing 829 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. With 160 stories, you can bet that this skyscraper is a site worth seeing and visiting.
- Dubai Mall- Dubai not only has the world’s tallest building but also the world’s biggest mall. With 1,200 stores, the mall is not just a shopping center, it is a small city. There are plenty of acitivities for everyone to enjoy including shopping at the top global brands, visiting an aquarium, enjoying their indoor theme park and plenty more.
- Jumeirah Beach- Jumeirah is Dubai’s Malibu. Stretching across the southern coast of Dubai, the area is filled with amazing beaches, boutique shops, spas and clubs. Although there are private resorts, the public beaches along the coast are great as well. The beach’s white sand, bright rays and turquoise waters make it a beautiful stop.
- Desert Safari- Perhaps the biggest highlight of traveling to Dubai, visitors can take an unforgettable cultural experience in the Arabian dunes and desert. A luxury 4×4 picks tourists up and gives them a ride through the desert. The tour not only includes a ride and view but also a dune bash, camel ride, sand boarding, henna art and a BBQ dinner. This will make the ultimate cultural experience and adventure for travelers.
When it comes to nightlife, there are plenty of things to do in Dubai. It has claimed fame for its vibrant nightlife. As a result of their growth, many famous DJs and artists come from all over the world to perform. Famous clubs include Club 360, Rock Bottom Café and Boudoir.
Dubai’s nightlife scene has come along in leaps and bounds, most, if not all, of the clubs are open until 3 am. At which point the music stops and the lights come on, abruptly. There are apparently large fines levied on the establishment if music continues even seconds after the gong. During Ramadan check to see if they are open. Many will be closed, and the ones that are open will be very subdued – no live music or dancing is allowed then.
Men wearing local dress (dishdashas, kandooras) will usually be denied entry. Not because of nationality but because it is apparently against the law to wear local dress in bars and nightclubs in Dubai. Presumably the same applies to women in abayas. During Ramadan you may be asked what religion you are. Muslims will be requested not to enter Dubai nightclubs and bars during Ramadan. Like most countries, women and couples will have an easier time getting in to a night club in Dubai than men (solo or in groups).
The United Arab Emirates national currency is Dirham (AED). ATMs are widely available throughout the urban areas. Many businesses only accept the national currency so it is best to have local currency.
Go to Dubai!
Dubai is a fascinating experiment and a city-state that’s like no other. Dubai has always lived up to its reputation of being the best and most visited city in the world with its eye on new exploration and a unique experience that it can offer to its visitors.