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Dubai: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lelo Patience Klaas on 24/07/2016
Dubai: What You Need to Know

Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with a large majority of the population made up of expats who have relocated from across the globe.

We have put together this short guide to help you brush up on your general knowledge of Dubai and what the city has to offer travellers and locals alike.

How to Get Around

Dubai has a very efficient public transport system that over time has only improved, meaning that there a number of transport links easily accessible for getting around the city.

Buses have existed for years in Dubai and are still the most popular form of public transport as they are cheap and reliable, however, the Dubai Metro has taken the public transport system in the city up a notch.

The Metro runs from the Dubai Airport to Jebal Ali on the opposite end of town, making up a whopping 75 kilometres of track and stopping at a number of different attractions, including the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Marina.

For those who would prefer to avoid public transport, there are an array of reliable taxi companies that are safe to use, as well as some hotels that have private shuttles and cars.

Popular Attractions

There are a number of popular attractions to explore while in Dubai on holiday, and depending on your interests you might want to see the view from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, have dinner on Dhow cruise boat, or buy something dazzling at the Gold Souk.

Dubai City
photo credit: ytimg.com

Other popular attractions include taking photographs in front of the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. It is one of the world’s most photographed structures, and the best place to get the perfect picture is on the public beach next to it as there is an uninterrupted view of the gran structure.

The Dubai Fountains is another much-loved attraction. Situated at the base of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains is the world’s largest dancing fountain, shooting jets of water as high at 500 feet in the air. 25 colour projectors paired with 6 600 WET Superlights create over 1 000 abstract attractions white the fountains dance to a selection of international and local music.

There are constantly new attractions popping up in Dubai, with the aim of attracting more tourists to the incredible city. Bollywood Parks™ DUBAI will be the latest edition to the city’s extensive list of ‘things to do’, this Dubai theme park will bring a slice of India to the UAE.

Bollywood Theme Park
photo credit: hotelandrest.com

Culture and Religion

Tourists from across the globe are welcome to visit Dubai. The city is a cultural hub with most of its popular being made up of expatriates who has relocated from a number of different places around the world.

The UAE is a Muslim country, and the culture of the country should be respected at all times. Travellers should cover their shoulders and knees in public places (for example, while shopping at the malls), and should refrain from showing public displays of attention.

Dubai Culture
photo credit: thenational.ae

For those travellers who would like to learn more about the UAE’s customs, culture, and traditions, there is an opportunity to learn and as questions at The Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Here they offer educational sessions over traditional meals.

Travellers should take some time to educate themselves about the places they are visiting. This gives them the opportunity to not only plan and get the most out of their trip, but to gain a great understanding of all that makes the country unique and attractive.