Here are our answers to some of the usual questions that most tourists have about visiting Dubai. The information given below can help you have a more enjoyable and fulfilling time in Dubai.
Is it possible to drink alcohol in Dubai?
You can order alcohol from bars and clubs that have proper licenses. These establishments are usually physically attached to international hotels. Expat residents need to get a government-issued license to purchase alcohol from a licensed liquor shop.
As you may have already guessed, drinking and driving are strictly illegal in Dubai. Among the penalties for this act include spending time in jail (around 1 month) and getting a heavy fine. Don’t drink just anywhere as it’s illegal to drink in public, and you will get jail time if you break this law. Keep in mind that your blood alcohol content should be zero while driving in Dubai.
Is there a dress code in public areas?
Generally, residents of Dubai dress the same way as in other cities around the world. I saw some women wearing shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops, but most of them dressed modestly. This is a bit of a debatable topic. I know that there are some places that encourage women not to wear revealing clothing. In my case, I just wore basic clothing like jeans and shirts. I had to wear a sweater or a jacket when we went out because it was winter, and the temperature was cool. Keep in mind that, in general, Emirati locals dress much more conservatively than many of the expats living in Dubai. Just to be on the safe side of things, my advice is to dress modestly, which means avoid wearing plunging necklines, spaghetti straps, shorts, and short skirts.
Is it possible to wear a bikini on the beach in Dubai?
Tourists are allowed to wear appropriate swimwear when bathing on the beach. However, you are expected to wear normal clothing once you leave the beach area as a courtesy to the local Muslim population.
Are there train cars reserved for women in Dubai?
Like some countries, Dubai Metro trains have a dedicated section (a couple of cars) reserved only for female commuters. This policy is strictly enforced. If you’re a man and you find yourself in the female car, you have to move quickly so you won’t upset residents. Avoid the fines by staying in the appropriate area on each train.
What is it like during Ramadan (Islamic Sacred Month) in Dubai?
Dubai is run by an Islamic government, and thus the city observes the month of Ramadan or the month of fasting for Muslims. During this month, all restaurants are closed during the day. They only reopen during sunset when Muslims break their fast. During this month, eating, smoking, and drinking in the open are prohibited. If you can’t see yourself not eating in the open, don’t schedule your visit to Dubai during the month of fasting.
Can You Eat Pork in Dubai?
Non-Muslims can purchase pork from larger supermarket chains. There is a special section where it can be purchased. Hotel restaurants also have pork on their menus, and dishes with pork are labeled clearly.
What is Like During Summer in Dubai?
The average temperature between June to September is not the most ideal for tourists who would like to explore the city. During these months the average temperature is around 45 degree Celsius. It’s not just hot, it is also very humid at this time. The average humidity is 95.
For many people, Dubai is an amazing city to visit because of its energy and passion for innovation. It is important to remember that despite its openness to the world, it still has its own prevailing culture, closely linked to its official religion – Islam. Although tourists are not subjected to the Islamic civil laws that Emirati people strictly follow, it is important to remember that you have the responsibility as a visitor to respect norms and policies of the places you visit. Honestly, based on my experience, they are not over-the-top and definitely not difficult to follow. If you respect the local culture, then you will have a wonderful and stress-free trip to Dubai.
This list is our way of guiding travelers on some of the policies enforced in Dubai. This piece is not intended to be legal advice. If you want to learn more about specific rules and policies, please visit the UAE government site.
Where Did We Stay in Dubai
During our visit to Dubai, we stayed in two hotels which are owned by the same company – The Ibis Hotel. Some of the main reasons why we chose Ibis Hotels include their strategic location, price (which suits our budget), and the quality of their amenities and room in relation to their cost. See our full review of Ibis Hotel.
There are plenty of choices when in comes to accommodation in Dubai. To save you time, here is a list of hotels that have consistently earned great guest reviews from two of the most popular booking platforms in the world:
Top Rated Hotels in Dubai Based on Verified Guest Reviews
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|Star/Budget Range||Guest Rating: Hotel Provider 1||Guest Rating: Hotel Provider 2|
|Agoda.com (Dubai)||Booking.com (Dubai)|
|5 stars/Luxury||Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – 9.3/10||Residence & Spa, Dubai at One&Only Royal Mirage – 9.4/10|
|4stars/Comfort||Al Khoory Atrium – 8.9/10||Vida Downtown Dubai – 8.8/10|
|3 stars/Mid Range||Rove Downtown Dubai – 9.0/10||The Rove City Center – 9.3/10|
|2 star/ Budget||Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport – 7.9/10||Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport – 7.9/10|
|1 star/ Strict Budget||Sima Hotel – 7.0/10||Flordia Hotel – 6.9/10|
|Compare all room prices in Dubai using www.agoda.com||Compare all room prices in Dubai using booking.com|
- Properties rated based on ‘overall’ review scores from each respective website’s verified guests.
- Minimum of 50 verified guest reviews required to be considered eligible for comparison.
- All www.hotels.com ratings are originally out of 5, therefore, they are multiplied by 2 for comparision purposes.
- All star ratings and verified guest review scores are tallied at the time of writing, and therefore, are subject to change.
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