It’s been almost a year when I traveled like a tourist alone in Dubai. When I resigned from my first job in Kuwait last April 2012, I was entitled to an indemnity (which is according to the Kuwait Labor Law) therefore; I had more than one-month extra salary as my indemnity/separation pay. I’ve decided to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi as a tourist as the reward for working smart for almost three years! Here’s a guide for being a Filipino Tourist in the UAE.
I am holding a Filipino passport, but I had a valid residency in Kuwait with a Managerial position in my Kuwait work permit/iqama. Therefore, I can enter UAE anytime by getting the visa upon arrival which can be valid to stay in the country for 30 days.
Related Article: Visa Guides for Filipino here.
So, here’s my itinerary on my first and awesome short trip to Dubai-Abu Dhabi
Rent a car and go on a day trip to Abu Dhabi
Tip: Purchase your ticket in advance. Those who have pre-purchased ticket has a priority lane. Go to Formula Rossa early in the morning to avoid the crowd. Try the ride first before you go anywhere, then watch the show (I forgot how you called it, but it’s in the corner area. lol) then roam around the area. It only took me 3 hours to finish everything since I went there out of curiosity just to experience the “Fastest” roller coaster!
Then Go to the Grand Mosque
After a tiring and adventurous morning at the Ferrari World, you better relax and go to downtown Abu Dhabi then just grab an Arabic food. I had Lebanese food, lovely!
I love the personalized welcome note
It’s not Dubai if you will not party!
Go SKYDIVING! Imagine 13,000 feet
I booked my Skydiving 2 weeks before my arrival in Dubai. You can do it online! However, last minute changes with our sky diving location at the Palms because of the weather instead I did the skydive at the Desert camp which is far from my hotel, but that didn’t discourage me from doing it!
TIP: Since I was in a hurry to go to the jumping site (it’s too far from my hotel), I suggest that you guys don’t do a shortcut! You’ll end up wasting more time! LMAO.
After a morning skydive and if you’re hyper as me… then in the afternoon:
Of course, it was a Holy holiday so I couldn’t party like a rockstar..therefore, I’ve ended up chilling at the rooftop bar of my hotel– 43rd-floor baby!
I booked my entrance ticket to Burj Khalifa online, so I had the chance to choose the timing. I even checked when is the sunset so during that time it was between 18:30- 19:00. So I went up to the Top of the Burj Khalifa to watch the sunset.
My first Couchsurfing hosts
This is the first time I used Couchsurfing but not to get a host (since I wanted to have a luxurious pampering trip). I’ve met three awesome couch-surfers that night and watched a live band at the Music Bar. Until now these three cool guys are still my friends. Party with new Friends.. trust their taste!!
Book a room at Atlantis
Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure, Nasimi Beach all included!
Chill at the beach and have some Margarita
Watch a Football match at the biggest LCD screen in the Middle East
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