A Filipino Tourist in the UAE: 5-day itinerary on my first visit to Dubai -Abu Dhabi

By Kach Umandap - Howe May 15th, 2014 Posted in Asia, DIY Travel, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 49 Comments

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.

VISA Issue:

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.

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So, here’s my itinerary on my first and awesome short trip to Dubai-Abu Dhabi

DAY 1.

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

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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!

Then, drive back to Dubai. Before my arrival in Dubai, I already booked my two-night stay in Four Points by Sheraton on Sheikh Zayed Road.
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I love the personalized welcome note

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It’s not Dubai if you will not party!

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TIP: Know the Bar before you will go there. They might think you are a new competition in the business.. if you get what I mean. lol

DAY 2

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!

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Go on a Desert Safari

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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:

In my case, I booked the trip in advance. I purchased the voucher through Living socials and had a good discount including hotel pick – up with the personal driver.
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If you have a nice hotel, then take the chance just to chill and relax in the morning after having a buffet breakfast.

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!

DAY 3

MEETING RELATIVES

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Go to Burj Khalifa and watch the Fountain show

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.

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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!!

DAY 4.

Book a room at Atlantis

Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, Aquaventure, Nasimi Beach all included!

Only if you’re willing to spend 500 USD for an overnight stay (without food nor drinks) then book a night at the Atlantis. I was very curious but it’s good,  I maximized everything there! Atlantis is not for a solo traveler like me; it’s good for Family. I asked my Aunt and cousins to join me since the kids will enjoy the facilities.
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Chill at the beach and have some Margarita

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Watch a Football match at the biggest LCD screen in the Middle East

Since it was a weekday when I went there. The famous bar at the Atlantis was closed good thing it was during that night when there’s an important match in Eurocup.
DAY 5.
Checked out at 12NN, had a very yummy Filipino lunch prepared by my Aunt at their Dubai’s house, finished some of my Smirnoff ice then headed straight to the airport to go back to Kuwait and become a corporate slave!
REALIZATION:
Traveling alone would be fun but not in a place like Dubai! After this trip, I went to Dubai a few times and the last one was when I’d attended my first Sundance party- will put in another post. Yay!!
Next post… Awesome things to do in Kuwait, who said there’s no life out there? =)
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49 thoughts on “A Filipino Tourist in the UAE: 5-day itinerary on my first visit to Dubai -Abu Dhabi

  1. Hi Kach ask ko lng Coz im working here in Kuwait and planning to go to Dubai also, need pa ba ng re entry visa pag babalik ng Kuwait?

    1. Hi Liezel, as long as you have a working visa in Kuwait, you don’t need to apply for a re-entry visa 🙂

      1. Hi Kach.

        I am going to UK for a vacation. I am currently based in Sydney. My question is, do I need to obtain transit visa for UAE? My flight from SYDNEY-HEATHROW has stopover to DXB for 1 hour and 45 minutes. It’s going to be the same plane though, we are just going to stretch our legs. Thank you kindly for your input on this.

  2. What I really wanted to do in Dubai is to sky dive from that 13k feet because I wanted to beat the hell out of me, LMAO…. Great tip for a Filipinos.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 120 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and is now on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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