We normally go on a holiday without knowing anything about the destination and depend too much on tour operator. Its right time that we know some basic about your tour to Dubai:
Dubai has become a shopping capital of the world, other than contemporary shopping in shopping mall like Dubai Mall and Mall of emirates, you can go for traditional shopping in old Dubai.
Souk Market of Dubai flaunts the traditional side of old Dubai and expose the shopaholics to a majestic and rare shopping experience during their Dubai Tour collection of rich Arabic scents and perfumes. The Gold souks captures the simplistic lavishness of the country. It’s an ideal place for the ladies to pamper themselves with the glittering metal with old traditional designs. Across Dubai Creek, wander through the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai to wrap yourself in the colors of Dubai and to smell the quality of the old woven threads. The spice souk market can certainly add flavor to your trip. Being the city, which never stops growing, the souk markets in Dubai are selling the Arabic tastes in the ultra-modern interiors nowadays. Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Madinat Jumeirah and Souk Al Bahar overlooking the Dubai Fountain both make great souvenir stops for the visitors.
As a matter of fact, Dubai packages are very affordable. It’s a destination which hypnotize you such an extent that you would mind the suffering of your pocket. It’s an all manmade land which definitely deserves attention of people around the world and in return it always holds its promise of not letting them go with disappointment! It’s a very accessible destination with cheap flight rates but grand flight experiences. Direct connectivity and good frequency of flight take offs per day adds to the bonus. It’s a gateway to your many “firsts” as it holds various tallest and largest records.
Doesn’t looking at the world from the tallest building enchant you? Dubai is about living life king size at very affordable prices in the hub of luxury hotels. It holds a large number of exquisite hotels with amazing quality service and food menus. Dubai is a land, sky and sea ultimate combination which can give you the best of the views. It lets you party in your own way. It’s a shopper’s stop which can’t let you stop! This is where you just burn your bucket lists without compromising on your budget. It brags its ultra-modern brands in the most traditional settings. You name it, you get it in Dubai. Along with shopping, parallel food chains never disappoint the tourists!
Rasoi Ghar - Pure Vegetarian Indian, Gujrati and Rajasthani
Serving Indian, Rajasthani and Gujrati flavors, Rasoi Ghar is like another home in the foreign land. The royalty being served in the exquisite interiors triggers the elite side of the Indians and makes the experience more majestic. The thalis are served with a tinge of traditional twist and the well-curated menu with high quality service helps you to relax and replenish. The thalis with Aam Ras are among the “must try” recipes of the restaurant. The one who values quality and innovation over the contents of the plate must ring the bell at their door!
Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge - Lebanese, Seafood, Mediterranean
It’s the best place to close your day at. With beautiful grainy desert around and ears catching the melodies of regional music, the ambiance can help you to relax and refill you reserves. With a friendly staff to cater to your whims and demands, the food served will never disappoint you. Crowned on the rooftop, it provides a serene view of emptiness till miles and this view is adorned at sunset. They serve Lebanese, Seafood and Mediterranean with stretched desert views, live Arabic music and of course, pizzas!
The Farm, Dubai- Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, European
The farm restaurant in Al Barari, Dubai is an exotic dining experience surrounded by naturally landscaped lakes, waterways and botanical gardens. Serving all day long, it offers you Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, European, Salad to stimulate your taste buds! The Arabic breakfast served in its ultra-modern interiors with a lot of other comforts and options, it makes it a beautiful place to be in. Although it costs a little higher than others, but it’s worth it and the quantities won’t dishearten you. The delicious food, the colourful surrounding and service deserves it all.
Arabian tea house café- Local Food
Travelling a city is not about travelling through their buildings but is about travelling their streets. Arabian tea house is just another road café on Al Fahidi Street serving Lebanese and Middle Eastern recipes. It is considered to be serving the best local meals in the city. The flat breads and humus have spelled magic over all the tongues. Even the falafels is a good dish to try over here. Bounded by charming smiles and mesmerizing surrounding, this place has its unique aura with traditional Arabic tinge.
Azure beach Resort - Evening Snacks and Beach Club
Set among the blues and greens, the beautiful Azure beach club offers you a perfect vacation idea. They serve sandwiches, starter salads, sushi, pizza and desserts. It’s a kid friendly place with shallow pools and staffed playhouses letting adults enjoy to the fullest. The beats in the pool sets your feet tapping while the crowd is just perfect to hang out with. The chill vibe in the desert is all a new experience for Dubai. The ladies day with various other events which keeps on going in the club just adds to the taste of delicious food being served here. The delicious aroma dissolved in the cool party vibe define the azure beach resort!
The currency of Dubai is Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) which is moderately expensive than Indian rupee. It is advised to convert your home currency to Dirham before boarding your flight!
Almost all major shopping centers and restaurants accept payments with credit cards of international standard. However, travelers who hope to get a discount when purchasing a product are recommended to get a sufficient amount of cash.
The single easiest place to exchange your currency is at the Dubai International Airport with currency exchange services readily available which do not charge a commission, and many even offer to buy back.
ATM machines are available all over Dubai and your home country bank card should work with no problem, but make sure to check how much your bank charges for international fees as they can add up very quick without you realizing.
For Indians, visa needs to be obtained before boarding the flight. For application, a form is to be filled with passport of 6 months of validity and two passport size photographs. Certain documents and IDs are also needed for proofs.
Tourist Visa is valid for a given period of time only with extension on permission basis.
Dubai is a very safe country with strict implementation of rules and laws. The crime rates are very low.
The travelers need to be fully aware of the country’s’ customs and beliefs and must follow them to avoid any legal action against themselves.
Pickpocketing is rare but still it is advised not to leave your valuables unattended. Basic precautions are needed on behalf of the travelers too.
Special focus should be given on not drinking in open or not wearing indecent clothes in public. The city of Dubai is quite strict regarding its laws and beliefs and you must respect them.
Abu Dhabi is one of the safest places on earth where “A woman can walk alone at midnight and nobody would bother her.” The security force is very efficient
SOME IMPORTANT NUMBERS to be remember during Dubai Vacations:
Fire Department 997
The ideal time to visit Dubai is from mid-November to March. If you want to skip the crowd and also enjoy the weather, opt for a trip between august and October .
To catch the mega shopping festival of Dubai, postpone the vacation to January. But this is the busiest month for Dubai streets but the best of weather and choices are being served during this time only.
From May to October, the weather is too hot and unbearable. It’s the worst time to plan your Dubai vacation
Good direct flight connectivity provided by Indigo, Spice Jet, Fly Dubai flights etc. from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, cochin, Jaipur…… etc. at affordable prices. Else, one stop flights are easily available from other locations.