You must have seen Dubai with your own eyes. Spectacular luxury hotels, mega-shopping malls and utopian construction projects have turned the Arab trading center on the Creek into a global village of superlatives. The tallest building, the world’s largest artificial waterway, artificial islands visible from space, the largest airport – more unprecedented construction projects are constantly being announced and implemented in the shortest possible time. Whole districts, surrounded by lakes and marinas, have been built on sand, developed by multi-lane highways with mirrored skyscrapers lining them; the opening of the seven-star hotel Burj Al.
Dubai continues to push back the desert. 25 km outside the city center lies Dubai Marina, a new spectacular district, whose special features are a huge, artificially created marina and (after completion) around 200 exceptionally designed high-rise buildings. The rapid expansion of the megacity is partly due to the dwindling oil reserves. In 15 to 40 years, according to forecasts, there will be no more oil flowing in Dubai. The financial and trade center is therefore making provisions and developing new sources of income such as international tourism, which already generates over 25 percent of Dubai’s income. Sunshine all year round and well-kept, light-sand beaches make a beach holiday in the emirate a pleasure.
Car & Rental car
In Dubai you are often stuck in traffic jams, and parking is a problem in many places. Since taxis are inexpensive. For a rental car (from 30 Euro/day), for a trip to Oman the international one. If you love sports cars and can afford to rent for a few hours or a day, you can contact any Lamborghini rental dubai. It is usually cheaper to book a rental car from home, petrol is cheap and the wide motorways are well signposted. Maximum speed 120 km/h, in towns 50 or 60 km/h. The roundabout (Roundabout = R/A) has right of way; in case of accidents you have to wait for the police. Zero per mille applies.
Banks & Money
One changes quickly and without any restrictions at money exchanges, which is generally cheap; to change in banks (cumbersome) and in the hotel (bad rates) is less advantageous. Cash machines (ATM) can be found on every corner. Credit cards are very common.
Women, traveling alone
No problem in Dubai – as long as you follow the usual rules of conduct. When dealing with Muslim men, open-hearted flirting should be avoided, this already includes looking men in the eye! Women should not dress too open-heartedly, exception: beach hotels and clubs.
Vaccinations are not mandatory, but recommended against tetanus and polio, as well as hepatitis A protection. A malaria risk exists only in remote wadis with stagnant water. Even in simple restaurants the hygiene is impeccable; however, because of the unfamiliar food you should take a remedy against intestinal problems as a precaution. The medical care in Dubai is excellent.
Places of interest
If you want to explore the old Dubai, the best place to start is the metro station Saeediya (Green Line). From there, you can set off for the restored historic Bastakiya district. Not far is the way to the shore of the Creek, into the heart of the original Dubai, and to the Dubai Museum in the old Al Fahidi Fort. The modern part of Downtown Dubai – a. with the highest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, the huge Dubai Mall and the artificial Dubai Lake – can be reached from the Dubai Mall (Red Line) station.
Shops of famous designers are located on the Fashion Avenue of Dubai Mall, the second largest mall in the world, which you can reach from the Dubai Mall metro stop (Red Line). The modern shopping paradise also offers electronic goods or young fashion labels. Oriental bazaar atmosphere prevails in the opposite souk Al-Bahar, where you can find high-quality Arabic souvenirs. If you are interested in traditional bazaars, you can visit the Bur Dubai Souk between the Abra Stations at the Creek of Bur Dubai at B.
In the evening
There is no special nightlife district in Dubai. A good start is Madinat Jumeirah: Have a drink in one of the noble bars of the souk of the same name – the Madinat Rooftop is beautiful – and visit one of the in-discos of the district around midnight. Dubai Marina also offers a chic nightlife: Expatriates can be met at Bar 44, while the Buddha Bar is more for business people. The shopping boulevard of the Emirates Towers attracts the hip local youth with Harry Ghatto’s, while the Vu’s Bar is where locals and tourists meet.
Summer clothing is sufficient for the very warm weather, even in winter. But for the hotels, restaurants and shopping malls that are strongly cooled by air conditioners, one needs a sweater or a jacket. The dress code of the Orient forbids short trousers, bare shoulders and for women anything that is tight, short or even transparent. A thin scarf to cover the head, shoulders or arms should therefore be included in the suitcase.
Climate & travel time
On the coast it is hot and humid (around 40 degrees Celsius) in summer, inland it is dry. The main travel season is therefore the winter months (October to April) with a mild climate and sunny days, with maximum daily temperatures of 25 to 35 degrees Celsius, and 17 to 20 degrees at night.
Banks: Sun-Thu 8-13; public authorities: Sun-Thu 7:30-14:30; Shopping malls: Sun-Thu 10-22, Fri 2-22; Shops: Sat-Thu 9-13 and 16-20
Dubai is very safe, fraud and harassment are rare. Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing has a special free complaint telephone number for tourists: 8 007090.