Best at Dubai
The Skyline is the best at Dubai, the most impressive skyline in the world. It is amazing if you realize that only after the oil was discovered in 1966, the country started to develop.
Till then Dubai was just a small country with the main income from the fishing industry and under the control of the United Kingdom. An UAE visit is not complete without visiting Dubai.
Areas in Dubai
The areas Bur Dubai and Deira are the “old Dubai” and are completely different than the newly build areas. Think here about Jumeirah and Jebel Ali. In our opinion is also the “old Dubai” defiantly worth a visit. The Gold Souk or for example the Spice Market. It is not the area to book your hotel for your vacation. The quality is for sure less, and hotels are way older.
With the decision to build from the oil income, a city that attracts business and turism, it is amazing how fast this country has been transformed and is still going on.
Things in Dubai became expensive over the years. Alcoholic drinks are in general very expensive. But also, food in a restaurant in a better area is rather expensive. Taxi`s are also not as cheap anymore as these uses to be. There is Uber in the meantime but is the same price as a taxi.
What is the best at Dubai is that you are not bothereed contiously be streeet vendors or other people who want to sell you something or get you into your restaurant.
The fountains at the Burj Khalifa
There is no lack of hotels in Dubai. You find hotels in all categories. From very basic and cheap to the most luxurious. In the hot summer months prices are relatively low, but you need to be able to bear the heat.
Hotels on the beach are rather expensive. We stayed one time at the Hilton Dubai The Walk. The hotel is on a very good location in Jumeirah. However, the beach area is rather small and gets very busy.
During another stay we stayed at the Movenpick IBN Battuta gate. This is a bit further out towards Jebel Ali and is not on the beach. However, they have a shuttle to a beach club which takes like 20 minutes.
If you are purerly looking for a beach vacation, in our opinion Dubai is not the best. The beaches at the hotels are not to large and get very crowded. Maybe you could consider in this case also vacation in Abu Dhabi. Prices are also on the expensive side. On the other hand the nice thing about Dubai is that you have things to see and visit. Ad there is also a large choice of restaurants and nightlife.
The summer months can better be avoided. Temperatures will go up till 50 degrees, and durng the day it is almost possible to be outside. On a recent short visit in Dubai in August, the glue of my shoes just melted with walking a few hundred meters during the hottest of the day.
is something which you do not have to worry about. It is most likely one of the save countries in the world. Strict rules and high punishments make sure that people do not even think about committing a crime. Also, the standard holiday scams are quite rare in Dubai.
Terrorism is something which Dubai also got refrained from so far. We have been told that the secret services in Dubai are very present, although you do not notice this, and make it therefore safe in terms of terrorism.
The beach in Dubai
Food and drinks:
You have a huge choice. From very fancy restaurant with nice views, to food courts in the mall and kebab places around Deira and Bur Dubai.
The fancier restaurants come with a price. Expect to pay quite a bit more than you will pay in Europe, especially if you also drink some alcohol with your meal.
The good thing is that you also have plenty of cheap options. At the foodcourts in the Mall you can have for example have some good Lebanese food.
Culture and people
The locals in Dubai are in fact a minority. There are many, many different nationalities living in Dubai. The expat community is huge in Dubai. To feel the Middle Eastern culture, you either need to go to the old Dubai or visit one of the other Emirates, where tourism is not that prevalent. Dubai has for example a compete different culture than Cairo Egypt, wherre there is much more hazzle on the streets.