Dubai Travel Guide for First Time Travelers

Dubai, a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates, is known for elegance, ultramodern architecture, vibrant nightlife, and luxury shopping. The city of skyscrapers, ports, and beaches will fascinate tourists.


Apply for a Travel Visa

There are different travel visa rules for different nationals. Citizens of GCC countries are exempted from Visa or permit travel in UAE. Citizens of certain countries do require visas on arrival. Those travelers can get a 30-day or 90-day visit visa for single or multiple entries.

However certain nationals must acquire a visa before they depart for the UAE. The government of UAE has a website providing all the requisites to travel.

Things to take note of,

  • Book Flight tickets in advance to get access to affordable rates
  • Book accommodation in lieu of duration of visit
  • Check the list of banned items on travel to Dubai
  • Get a sim card at the airport

Travel Around Dubai

  1. There is a lot of traffic in Dubai. There are times the traffic gets peaked. Sunday is a working day and weekends are on Friday and Saturday. Traffic is less on weekends.
  2. Tourists can use regular taxi cabs. Taxi fares are comparatively inexpensive to other destinations in the world. Taxi services are available everywhere. You can book one by phone or via app services.
  3. Dubai has an effective metro system. The metro stations are located near major attractions, sites, cities, and malls. The Red Line starts near Dubai International Airport and travels along the city highway. The green line travels from the Al Twar area to Dubai Creek. It is the world’s largest driverless train system, has comfortable seating, affordable prices, and is fully air-conditioned. Buy a Nol card, keep it topped up or buy a ticket at the starting station.
  4. Bus are low-cost options. You can hop on a bus at Dubai’s Airport terminals with routes intersecting every major neighborhood and are available for 24 hours. You should buy a top-up NoI card in advance as drivers don’t use cash.


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Not Permitted in Public

If you are visiting Dubai for the first time do abide by the rules set by the authorities. You have to dress conservatively in public places. They don’t tolerate people flaunting their skin in public.

Have to be well-behaved in public meaning no display of affection, no swearing in public, no alcohol consumption in public, and taking photos only with due permission, Unmarried couples are legally banned from cohabiting. During the month of Ramadan, you are prohibited from eating, drinking, or smoking in public during fasting hours

The outdoor attractions in Dubai are best experienced in the winter season, as summer is extremely hot to venture out.

Must Visit Attractions in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world and a global icon. The building represents the conceptual heart and soul of the city. The towering structure is based on an abstraction of the Hymenocallis flower, with three sections around a center. Viewed from the top it looks like an onion-dome design found in Islamic architecture. The base of the tower is for entertainment and dining, and Dubai Mall and musical Dubai Fountain nearby attract a plethora of tourists from around the world.

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Admire the splendid architecture of Palm Jumeirah island literally shaped like a palm tree. It is an iconic man-made island. Palm Jumeirah island has posh towers and classy global restaurants. You can marvel at Palm Fountain, the world’s largest dancing fountain. All towers offer majestic views of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai skyline, and Burj-Al Arab.

Museum of Future

museum of future

Museum of the future is a modern-age museum dedicated to the exploration of the future showcasing how the world will look in 2071. Explore digital amazon exhibits and discover rainforests. The architectural expertise of Shaunkilla in the walls of the museum is engraved with Arabic poetry.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

The underwater tunnels at the aquarium are home to thousands of marine species. Endangered tiger sharks are preserved in ginormous tanks of the underwater zoo. You can visit the king crocodile exhibit. Try your experience at cage snorkeling.

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Marvel at the tallest dancing fountains in the world and take an Abra boat ride during a fountain show to catch the marvel from marine water. You can enjoy lavish meals at high-end restaurants. Many tourists come to catch a glimpse of the fountain.

Do grab the chance to visit the high-end city during the vacation for unforgettable memories.

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