Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates located in the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the second largest and has the biggest population of 2.1m people with 92% expatriates. It is known for its year round sunshine, luxurious hotels, big shopping malls, beautiful beaches, bustling metropolis, out of this world construction projects, sporting events and of course, the awe inspiring desert. It has emerged as a business hub of the Middle East and a global city in a considerably short amount of time.
Although Dubai is a young destination, it continues to climb the rank as a popular international travel destination currently at top four behind London, Bangkok and Paris. With its high rise building and skyscrapers, it earns the title as one of the futuristic cities in the world. Moving to Dubai soon? Read our guide below!
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When to travel?
Dubai is a great city to visit at any time of the year but November to April is generally the best time when temperature is between 24 and 35 degrees Celsius during the day and between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius at night.
However, if you wish to visit Dubai on other months, all hotels, shopping malls and other commercial complexes are well equipped with air conditioner keeping the heat off.
Citizens of the following countries (including all 28 EU member states from 22 March 2014) are eligible for a free-of-charge visit visa at all UAE airports or other points of entry: Australia, Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United States of America, United Kingdom with (Right of Abode in UK) and the Vatican. The visa is valid for 30 days, renewable once.
Short term/Tourist/Visit visas can be applied by those not included in the list for a fee, approximately USD 100/-. If you’re from the Philippines, go to your trusted Travel agency (We will be publishing an article soon about the process and requirements)
Cheap Flight Routes – from USA, Europe and Philippines
Dubai is visited by millions of travelers every year, it handled 70.5m visitors in 2014, making it the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic as well as the busiest hub for the Airbus A380.
- Emirates the world’s biggest international carrier operates flights to 148 cities in 78 countries across six continents.
- Fly Dubai the low cost carrier flies to and from Middle East and Eastern Europe.
- Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have a daily flight to and from Dubai.
There are over 80 flights that arrive and depart Dubai giving tourists easy access to this cosmopolitan city
The most excellent way of getting around the city is by Dubai Metro, it is cheap, accessible and always on time. Get a silver Nol card that you can top up and can be used for five years. However, if you prefer to go from one place to the other quickly, taxis are readily available. They can be flagged down on the street or pre-booked by calling 04-2080000.
You can also rent a car, most of the large car firms are represented in the airport, hotels or through internet booking. There are also abundant buses as well as water taxis if you want a scenic tour.
Where to stay?
Dubai is populated with many hotels, from budget to five star, from those located in the city or by the beach. One will be spoilt for choices in this magnificent city.
As a first timer, it is advisable to stay in a hotel near the metro. Not only it is economical but easier to navigate the city.
Deira – considered as the oldest part of Dubai and famous for its creek and wooden dhows
Bur Dubai – traditional and less modern area of Dubai where one can find the Dubai Museum.
Al Barsha – one of the new residential communities where Mall of the Emirates is located and a short drive to Burj Al Arab.
Planning for a luxurious stay, here are the choices:
For the complete list of Luxury Hotels in United Arab Emirates – including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain, and Fujairah. Check this article.
***Note: These hotels are walking distance to Dubai Tram which is connected to Dubai Metro***
Jumeirah Beach Residence
- Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach – check the latest hotel deals here and hotel reviews here.
- Amwaj Rotana – check the latest hotel deals here and hotel reviews here.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Jumeirah Beach and Park.