Dubai is an Emirati city, capital of the emirate of the same name, one of the seven United Arab Emirates. Dubai manages to have the most modern infrastructure today. The best architects have been hired to build the extravagant buildings and the extravagant luxuries. But why Dubai? Dubai has an excellent location in the Persian Gulf where there is a large amount of oil, this has made the city and the country of the United Arab Emirates one of the richest countries in the world and of course, a great attraction for tourists of all the world
Fly to Dubai
Many airlines fly to Dubai, an example from Stockholm, Sweden flies the Emirates airline, direct flight of 6 hours, Emirates tickets are usually 500 to 600 euros round trip with the Boeing 777-300ER. Norwegian also flies with cheaper prices but flies with smaller aircraft models (type B737-8) and a bit uncomfortable to sit for so many hours, the advantage is that Norwegian offers 2 hours of free internet and the disadvantage is that Norweigan has a few terrible schedules when flying Dubai and returning. What is not recommended is the cheapest price that is through the Ukrainian airline !, not recommended.
Qatar Airways traveled to Dubai via Doha, but with the conflicts that exist in the Persian Gulf, I doubt the time in which they will fly to Dubai again, since the comfort and comfort was at the maximum with the Dreamliner planes, the tickets were relatively cheap from 200 euros to 500 euros round trip.
Best season to travel
The climate of Dubai is characterized by its high temperatures throughout the year; in the summer the heat becomes even more intense so it is not a good time to visit it. The rest of the year is characterized by offering a warm climate that, saving the days with sand storms, will allow you to walk and enjoy this destination
High season: from November to April (+30 - +40).
Low season: July and August (very hot (+41 - +50).
Medium season: from May to June, September and October.
Conclusion, do you want to travel to Dubai? Go when you want but do not go in the low season months because the heat can officiate you
I recommend the Agoda.com company to make hotel reservations in Dubai, it offers very good prices and also in famous locations that are highly sought after among tourists.
I recommend the Dubai Marina, JLT and Downtown Dubai areas; all pretty cute. These areas are very luxurious but above all, areas where you can move quickly with the tram and metro. But if you want a luxury place, shopping center and beach, then nothing better than Dubai Marina Beach.
But not everything should be expensive and downtown, we stayed in a hotel called ATANA, it is located in a place where there are no shopping centers or nightlife to enjoy but it is only 8 minutes walk from the Dubai metro that can take anywhere in the city. Taxis are highly recommended tips, as they are relatively cheap in Dubai
Polite staff, clean and cheap cars. Automated service by phone to pick you up at the door of the hotel or apartment and very cheap prices is my opinion has close to the only taxis in Dubai.
In Dubai you can order a helicopter taxi if you want and they pick you up in less than 5 minutes, but you can imagine the price, right? Like Helicopters, limos and taxi ferraris, there are also local taxis, which to be honest, I have never seen so many taxis in a city. The thing is that the Dubai public taxi is defined in different categories (in colors), an example the pink taxi is only for women and the drivers are women while the red and yellow taxi are the cheapest, so if they are in a shopping center and want to travel from that place to another or to the hotel, because I recommend the red taxis, I swear they will not charge you more than 15 euros. Green and dark blue taxis are usually 1 euro more expensive, but it is because of the type of carriage that it is not the same. Personally I think that traveling by Taxi in Dubai is a good option, when you are there with the suffocating heat, you will see how rich it will be to sit in a taxi directly at the door of your Hotel
<recommendation>, before getting into a taxi check that the seat belts are in place since, although it is not normal, they may be disabled. In Dubai they like to run a lot on the streets and accidents are inevitable
The Dubai metro is fast, beautiful, clean and inexpensive. As an important novelty, the metro works fully automatically.
Although its coverage is quite limited, the truth is that the two lines that the metro has for now are well designed:
Red line: It starts in Rashidiya, next to the airport and runs through Dubai from north to south reaching Jebel Ali. It has stops at Burj Khalifa, Mall of the Emirates or Ibn Battuta Mall.
Green line: It runs through the most important points of interest in Deira and Bur Dubai.
You can transfer between the two lines at two of the stations: Union Square and Bur Juman.
There are four types of cards to use the metro:
Red: Indicated for a very short stay. The price per trip varies between 2 and 6.50 dirhams. It can be recharged for a maximum of 10 trips and the initial cost of the card is 2 dirhams. It is valid to be used on the metro or on the bus, but it is not suitable for use in both.
Silver: The price of the card is 20 dirhams and includes 14 dirhams of credit. The cost per journey varies between 1.80 and 5.80 dirhams and can be used both on the metro and on the bus. It supports unlimited recharges for 5 years and is our recommended option.
Gold: Same as the silver card but the cost per trip is double. Allows the use of Gold Class (VIP) wagons.
The cost per journey varies depending on the distance traveled. Up to three kilometers only the minimum rate is paid.
The Dubai Metro hours are from Saturday to Wednesday from 5:30 a.m. to 00:00 a.m. On Thursdays the hours are from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Although the above hours are the opening hours of the stations, it must be taken into account that the last train departs from the first station approximately one hour before closing.
Dubai Metro trains offer women-only carriages, family carriages, and VIP carriages (called Gold Class).
If you have rented a car and want to use the metro, the network has three free deterrent car parks: Rashidiya, Etisalat and Nalheel Harbor & Tower.
What to visit and do in Dubai
At 828 meters high, the Burj Khalifa, formerly known as Burj Dubai, is the most famous skyscraper in Dubai and the tallest building in the world.
The last floors of the tower (124-148) is a viewpoint, this is highly recommended as the views are incredible. I recommend that you buy your tickets in advance at https://www.getyourguide.com , there it costs 30 euros and is cheaper since on the official page the prices may be in the air.
Before climbing the tower you pass through a museum that the tower itself has created telling the story of
Burj Khalifa. Keep in mind that the queue to enter the tower can last an hour and even longer with the security control, do not carry knives or scissors, you will go through a control similar to those at the airport.
Burj al arab
The Burj Al Arab Hotel is the only 7-star hotel in the world and since its creation in 1999, it has been classified as the best hotel on the planet. You cannot enter the hotel if you are not a guest. You can also enter if you go to dinner in one of its expensive restaurants. Taking photos inside the hotel is prohibited. Remember that this area is protected and very careful. The best way to visit and swim at Jumeirah beach
The desert safari has become in its own right the most important tourist activity in Dubai. On the getyourguide page there are good deals for half a day to the desert. Find out more about what you should take or use before going to the hot desert, as we never were, we cannot recommend anything
Jumeirah palm tree
The Jumeirah Palm Tree is one of the best known attractions in Dubai. Learn about its curiosities and the best places to observe it.
Located in the heart of New Dubai, Dubai Marina is one of the most pleasant areas of Dubai and home to the most modern buildings.
Fountain of Dubai
The Dubai Fountain is the largest in the world. For Dubai, it's the same as the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas: one of the best shows in the world. Viewing it is completely free. The shows are every 30 minutes from 6:00 p.m. every day
Dubai Mall is the largest mall in Dubai and one of the newest in the city. It was inaugurated at the end of 2008.
Boat trip in Abras (traditional boat)
Abras are traditional boats that make it easy for pedestrians to cross Dubai Creek. It is the cheapest and fastest way to move between Deira and Bur Dubai.
There are currently two lines:
- Deira Old Souq Station (Deira) - Bur Dubai Station (Bur Dubai). It operates from 5:00 to 00:00 hours.
- Al Sabkha Station (Deira) - Dubai Old Souq Station (Bur Dubai). It operates 24 hours a day.
Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi Water Park is located between Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach, just a 20-minute drive from the city center. It is one of the best water parks, it has a wave pool, an adventure river with rafting rapids, a mini water park for children and a surf simulator.
Useful data Location: Between the Burj Al Arab Hotel and the Jumeirah Beach.
Admission: Adults: 215AED. Children up to 1.10m tall: 175AED
Hours: From June to August from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
From November to February from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rest of the year: from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Ski Dubai is the largest indoor ski slope in the world, where you can practice skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities. The dimensions of the track speak for themselves: 85 meters high, 80 meters wide and a maximum length of 400 meters. There are five routes with different levels of difficulty.
Like any ski resort, Ski Dubai offers ski and snowboard courses throughout the year. Useful information Location: Mall of Emirates.
Ticket: includes all necessary equipment except gloves.
Two hours: adults 180 dirhams; under 12 years 150 dirhams.
Full day: adults 300 dirhams; under 12 years 275 dirhams.
Snowpark: adults 120 dirhams; under 12 years 110 dirhams.
Hours: Sunday to Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Thursday from 10:00 to 00:00. Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
"Yellow Boat Tour" excursion
Visit my blog about the yellow boat
Apps for Dubai
Visa for Dubai
How to dress?
We never had problems, clothing must be appropriate and can be common as in our countries, only it is not allowed to walk with flip flops and women with short shorts that show their buttocks. Try to dress appropriately, depending on where you go, if you go to the cinema or theater, you should go in decent pants and shirt, if you go to the beach of course you go in a bikini, but you cannot walk in a bikini on the streets of Dubai, they can give you a fine.
Always think that you are in a Muslim country and you must personalize yourself to their customs. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at
Shopping Center (MAll)
The Dubai Mall, located next to the Burj Khalifa, opened its doors in November 2008 and immediately became the largest and most visited shopping center in the world. In its 111 hectares of extension, it has more than 1,200 for all tastes and budgets, from the houses of great designers such as Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Dolce & Gabbana, to international chains such as Zara, as well as books, watches, electronics stores , etc. It has a large aquarium, an Olympic ice skating rink, 22 cinemas, a SEGA and Kidzania theme park, an interactive activity where children develop adult professions, as well as 120 restaurants and cafes.
Location: Next to Burj Dubai.
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 00:00.
Transport: Bus: line 27. Dubai Mall has 12 free buses that leave from various hotels in the city. There is also a subway and a gigantic taxi base under the Mall.
The Mall of Emirates, is located in the Al Barsha district of Dubai and is one of the largest shopping centers in the world, which opened its doors in November 2005. Located in the heart of Dubai, this shopping center offers a wide range of shops, leisure and entertainment. Spread over an area of 6.5 million square meters, the center offers more than 460 outlets, 14 cinemas and a theater. In addition to owning about 520 international brands such as Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Bylgari, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, among others, the mall also has one of the first indoor ski resorts in the Middle East, an amusement park, the Kempinski hotel and the Puliman hotel.
Location: Sheikh Zayed road at the height of the Jumeirah Palm Tree.
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 00:00.
Transportation: It has free buses that leave from various hotels in the city.
After sunset, Dubai offers thousands of options to have fun, from the largest and most avant-garde clubs, to reserved rooms, bars and cafes, clubs with outdoor terraces and on the beach are popular here. The best-known places and those that are authorized to sell alcoholic beverages are found in the main hotels, which are open until 03:00. Happy hours in bars are quite common in city center bars, while Thursday and Saturday nights are the best for partying. A beer usually costs between AED 15-20.
The atmosphere and views make these bars the best places in Dubai for a drink or tea:
- Sky Bar (Hotel Burj Al Arab): Located more than 200 meters high on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab, this bar offers magnificent views of the Jumeirah and its palm tree and the various artificial islands. It is essential to reserve to access.
- 360 ° (Hotel Jumeirah Beach): Fantastic terrace located on the sea a few hundred meters from the coast. It offers the best views of the Burj Al Arab.
- Vu's (Hotel Jumeirah Emirates Towers): Very good views of the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road. They tend to be too picky about the dress code.
The main beaches in Dubai run along Jumeirah Road and the main activities include snorkeling, diving, scuba diving, jet skiing and fishing, and there are many spots in the city where equipment can be rented. Keep in mind that a large part of the coast is taken by hotels with a private beach, so if you are not staying in one of these, you can go to a public beach or pay for a beach club.
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Useful data - Location: 10 kilometers north of Deira. - Entrance: General entrance to the park: 5AED.
-Access to the pools: 10AED. Auto: 30AED
- Hours: Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Jumeirah Beach Park
Useful Data - Location: Jumeirah Beach Road. - Input: General: 5AED Auto: 20AED
- Hours: Every day from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Only women and children are allowed in on Mondays.
- Transport: bus: lines 8, 88, C10 and X28.
Umm Suqeim Beach
Located next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim Beach has the great attraction of offering, at sunset, the best views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, making it one of the most popular beaches in Dubai. Umm Suqeim Beach does not have facilities like other beaches, but it does have beautiful views.
Useful Data - Location: Jumeirah Beach Road,
Entry? : Free
Cuban Citizens: It is rumored that Cuban citizens can travel to the United Arab Emirates without a visa. This information is false and is not current.
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