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Dubai Travel Guide

Holidays to Dubai are increasingly popular, thanks to the hot climate and state of the art visitor attractions. Dubai is a city featuring world-class hotels, shopping plazas and outstanding sports facilities. Dubai Creek divides the city centre into two parts: Deira on the northern side and Bur Dubai to the south and each has its fair share of souks, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and fine mosques.

Dubai's attraction as a holiday destination lies in the contrast between the ultra-modern and the enchantingly traditional, which gives the city a personality like no other. From desert sands and unspoilt beaches, camel races and Bedouin tents, to top-class shopping opportunities and the finest international cuisine, Dubai has more than enough depth to satisfy even the most seasoned of travellers. 

Holidays To Dubai – Things To Do

One of the city's top attractions is its excellent shopping. As an open port with low import duties, Dubai can offer an incredible range of top brand names at cheaper prices due to the tax-free environment, and 'shopping tourists' are drawn from around the world to this paradise of malls, souks, boutiques and modern department stores. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping centre and is home to around twelve hundred retailers. No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Dubai Mall.

The souks, or traditional markets, are popular with bargain hunters as well as sightseers and photographers. The most famous is the Gold Souk, where the narrow streets are lined with shops selling everything golden, from 24-carat bars to rings and elaborate necklaces, and all at low prices. The tiny lanes of the traditional spice souk are scented with sacks of cinnamon, incense, spices, and dried fruit.

Shopping aside, another reason holidaymakers flock to Dubai is to take advantage of the stunning beaches. If visitors aren't staying somewhere with access to the sand and sea, then Jumeirah Beach Park is a brilliant alternative. The park section of the beach is equipped with barbeque facilities and seating areas, and a life guard is on duty at all times.

Take a visit to the stunning Jumeirah Mosque, the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim guests six days a week. Jumeirah Mosque, is large enough to hold up to 1,200 worshippers, and was built entirely from white stone. When it's lit up at dusk, the intricate beauty of one of the most recognisable and photographed landmarks in Dubai, is simply breath-taking. Join a tour hosted by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and learn about the Emirati culture and religion in a relaxed and open atmosphere. Please be aware that women are asked to wear a scarf when visiting. 

Cruise Holidays From Dubai

A cruise holiday from Dubai is perfect when you want to escape the stresses of modern life and experience the highlights of the Middle East. The Royal Caribbean International Splendour of the Seas is an incredible ship that won’t disappoint and there’s no shortage of entertainment on board. Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas also has cruise packages from Dubai to Khasab, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

You can take in the sights and sounds of Dubai and other incredible cities such as Khasab in Oman, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. As one of the Middle East's oldest cities, Muscat boasts beautifully manicured parks, long, unspoiled stretches of beach, and an ancient stone moat that surrounds the area. Khasab has been frequently dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia’ thanks to its stunning views filled with fjords and crystal clear waters. Visit Bassa Beach and relax on the clean sands or take a dolphin tour with one of the locals.

Upon docking in Abu Dhabi, you may feel like you’ve entered another world. The breath-taking skyscrapers and luxury hotels are a far cry from the mosques and bazaars which you might have got used to seeing in Dubai. Thrill seekers should head to ‘Ferrari World’ for a ride on the Formula Rossa – the fastest roller coaster in the world.

For more information or to start planning your cruise holidays from Dubai contact us today.

Holidays To Dubai – Local Customs

The Emirates states are all Muslim, therefore alcohol is not served except in hotels. It is an offence to drink or be drunk in public and penalties are severe. Dress and behaviour should be modest, particularly during the month of Ramadan when it is disrespectful to smoke, drink or eat in public between sunrise and sunset. Women's clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs.

Cohabiting, adultery and homosexual behaviour are illegal in the UAE, and it is an offence to swear or make rude gestures, or show a public display of affection. In general, the country has a tolerant approach to Western visitors, but local laws and sensitivities should be respected.

Holidays To Dubai – Best Time To Visit

If you’re fair-skinned or dislike hot weather you’ll want to avoid visiting Dubai in August when the daily average temperature is a sizzling 36°C. The most popular times to go are October (29°C) through April (26°C). Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot and hotter, so whenever you plan a holiday in Dubai make sure to pack your sunscreen!

Holiday To Dubai - Offers

The Travelmood team includes several destination experts who can create a bespoke itinerary for your holiday to Dubai. Our travel experts have all visited Dubai and the UAE and have personal experience of the local customs as well as accommodation, attractions and tours that they recommend. As well as creating custom holiday itineraries, we have a great selection of holiday packages to Dubai choose from. Why not call us today and start planning your visit to Dubai!

United Arab Emirates Contacts

Dubai Department of Tourism: +971 4 223 0000 or
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Washington DC, United States: +1 202 243 2400.
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, London, United Kingdom (also responsible for Ireland): +44 (0)20 7581 1281.
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 565 7272.
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Canberra, Australia (also responsible for New Zealand): +61 (0)2 6286 8802.
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 342 7736.


United States Embassy, Dubai: +971 (0)4 311 6000.
British Embassy, Dubai: +971 4 309 4444.
Canadian Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 694 0300.
Australian Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 4017 500.
South African Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 447 3446.
Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi: +971 2 495 8200.
New Zealand Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (also responsible for the United Arab Emirates): +966 1 488 7988.
Emergencies: 998/999

Customs

The Emirates states are all Muslim, therefore alcohol is not served except in hotels. It is an offence to drink or be drunk in public and penalties are severe. Some prescribed and over the counter medicines from outside the country may be considered to be a controlled substance within the UAE and will not be allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health Drug Control Department (DCD). A passenger arriving with such medication without permission may be subject to prosecution. Dress and behaviour should be modest, particularly during the month of Ramadan when it is disrespectful to smoke, drink or eat in public between sunrise and sunset. Women's clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs. Cohabiting, adultery and homosexual behaviour are illegal in the UAE, and it is an offence to swear or make rude gestures, or show a public display of affection. In general, the country has a tolerant approach to Western visitors, but local laws and sensitivities should be respected.

Passport/Visa

All visitors to the United Arab Emirates must hold a passport that is valid for three months from the date of entry, or six months if visiting for longer than 90 days. All passport photographs are to be recent colour photographs. Visitors must hold documents and confirmed tickets for their next destination and have a sponsor in the UAE to cover their stay. Holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamps, need to obtain a clearance issued by the C.I.D. (Crime Investigation Deptartment) before arrival. It should also be noted that UAE citizenship is only ever granted to persons whose father is from the UAE. The way a person becomes a UAE citizen is through paternity. (The UAE does not recognize dual nationality and all UAE citizens are required to enter and exit the country using UAE passports.) This means that regardless of how long a person has lived in Dubai, they will never be granted the same status as a citizen of the UAE and residence permits either by way of property ownership or employment remain the only option for a long term residence in the country. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.