Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with thousands making the journey there each year to experience its dynamic culture. I’m sure you’ve all heard stories about Dubai and have some pre-conceived ideas about the city and what to expect, so we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions travellers have about Dubai to make planning your trip just that little bit easier!
What can you wear?
Before heading to Dubai, I was concerned that I would always have to be covered up head to toe. There are lots of tourists and expats in Dubai, so the dress code was more relaxed than what I was expecting. Below the knee skirts/shorts are acceptable and many people get around in short sleeves and sleeveless tops when the weather gets hot. If you are visiting a mosque however, you will be required to cover up from head to toe out of respect. If you are planning to visit any religious centers or places you are unsure of the dress code, it’s best to check in advance before heading out.
What’s the weather like?
The best times to visit Dubai are from October to April. I travelled during December and the weather was perfect, around mid 20’s everyday. It generally stays like this till March/April. From May to October, the temperature can get up to 40 degrees so maybe avoid travelling during this period if you don’t handle the heat well.
Are public displays of affection in public allowed?
Dubai is a conservative country so avoid any overt public displays of affection out of respect for the local culture.
Where can you drink in Dubai?
Like in most countries around the world, you are not able to drink in public, however you are allowed to drink in hotels, restaurants and bars. The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21.
Where can you wear swimwear?
Dubai is a conservative country but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear your swimwear at the beach or the hotel pool. When going to and from the pool or beach however, you should cover up.
How do you get around?
Dubai has an extensive public transport network but it’s cheap to get around by taxi. If you are there for a few days, it’s worth contacting a company such as 1001 Events who can help you co-ordinate your transport, activities, etc, taking the stress off you! I can personally recommend Xavier De Noronha Da Costa as a fantastic guide! Not only was he knowledgeable about all things Dubai, but his friendly and outgoing nature meant he felt like part of our group!