Dubai is a place that I never thought I would be able to visit. Then, by pure luck we ended up being able to do a stopover and decided to take full advantage of it! Dubai is one of the emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. I wanted to see the beach (I was most excited to ride the camels on the beach, which Brandon made sure to make fun of me about), the architecture, the people, the culture, everything I could possibly absorb in just 2 days.
It was sooooo hot! So hot you should be in air conditioning of a building or vehicle, not randomly walking the streets…..guess what we were doing? Yup, walking. Mission number 1 was the beach. After hours of walking we got to the beach…….. NO! We got to a wall, a wall around the beach, a wall that went on for miles and miles, why would that be? Because the beach was CLOSED!!! 🙁 Still makes no sense to me, who closes the beach?!? Dubai; that’s who! They were remodeling and cleaning, I suppose the US could learn a thing or 2 from them but wow was I disappointed!
Even though we didn’t get to experience the beach we did enjoy our short stay in Dubai. We got to see Al Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world and Burj Al Arab a 7 star hotel known as the worlds most luxurious and expensive hotel in existence!
Travel tips for your time in Dubai
- There are many things to do in Dubai, but don’t forget that it is VERY expensive so plan on making a dent in your wallet.
- Enjoy exploring the city! They have lots of options for transportation. We were miserable walking, the benefit was that we could enjoy all the architecture and little shops along the way, but being drenched in sweat is not exactly fun. Grab a taxi or jump on a bus to go to specific areas you want to experience.
- You can’t go inside Burj Al Arab without being a guest of the hotel, which is thousands of dollars per night. One way to get around this is to make a reservation at one of the restaurants, don’t expect this option to be cheap, some of the restaurants require a credit card to even make a reservation. If you are looking for the most inexpensive option to get your feet in the door choose a brunch or afternoon tea time.
- Women are NOT equal to men. Be very cautious!
- Public displays of affection, married or not, are frowned upon by locals. Even something as simple as holding hands can be viewed negatively.
- Watch your mouth, swearing is not normal vocabulary.
- Dress modestly, you are not expected to be fully covered, but be respectful. If you go to the beach don’t wear your swimsuit when you leave the beach, at least throw on a cover up. Leave the daisy dukes at home.
- Don’t go out and be a drunken fool, this will not be tolerated. Monday is ladies night at many of the local bars, go out and have fun, but stay aware of your surroundings and handle your alcohol.
- Visit a water park. This will set you back at least around $70 per person, but if you love water adventure it’s worth the money! Do your research, some parks have certain days that no women are allowed.