Tips for Traveling in Dubai

Dubai City-UAE
City Of Dubai, UAE (Photo taken by my aunt.)

There are some tips that foreigners should be aware of when traveling in Dubai. It’s good to be aware of customs, social expectations, ways to save money and more when visiting a new place outside of your own country. Here are just a few of the basics regarding travel in Dubai.


Some of you may not be aware that lodging in Dubai can be quite expensive. However, there are ways to find cheap hotels in Dubai if you know where to look. Some neighborhoods are known for being home to less expensive hotels. Deira is one such neighborhood, and it is located a bit north of Dubai. Its location makes it convenient for exploring old Dubai, rather than the newer and pricier new areas of Dubai. Historic marketplaces and other such attractions make this area desirable for tourists. Bur Dubai is another area where travelers can find less expensive lodging. On the western side of Dubai Creek, this historic neighborhood offers a picturesque and traditional atmosphere.

Eating and Drinking

The most popular nights for going out to socialize and eat at Dubai establishments are Thursdays and Fridays. Ladies’ nights are often scheduled for Mondays, but they tend not to be overcrowded with men looking to find dates. So ladies can just enjoy a free night of fun with their friends. While the temperatures in Dubai can be quite hot be prepared with a sweater when dining out as restaurants often crank the air conditioning up high. Groups of men may be looked down upon in some higher-end establishments. Public drunkenness can have severe penalties, including jail time so be aware. Drunk driving is also strictly enforced. Violators are usually found guilty and jailed. during Ramadan eating and drinking before sundown are not allowed, and establishments may close during other religious observances, as well.

Getting Around the City

The address system in Dubai is obscure. Even cab drivers may not know where to find the smaller streets and establishments. Always call ahead to learn the nearest large landmark for navigation purposes. If the Dubai Metro connects to your destination, it’s the way to go, as it’s clean and inexpensive. Cabbies are paid poorly, so it’s nice to leave a tip. Be careful when crossing the street as a pedestrian; drivers do not always follow the rules. Women should dress modestly in public, and couples will want to do little more than hold hands to show affection.

These are just a few basic tips when it comes to visiting Dubai. Enjoy your trip!