Dubai's glamorous appeal
Dubai is unique among the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is the most modern and progressive and has developed at a remarkable pace in the tourism and trade sectors.
Dubai - when go?
Dubai is a year-round destination with a subtropical climate. The best time to visit is between October and April when temperatures are more pleasant and range between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, temperatures can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius. Some important dates to keep in mind when booking your trip to Dubai include December 2nd which is their National Day. There are also a number of Islamic holidays to keep in mind, including Eid (dates vary).
Important information about your destination
Travellers with Indian passports will need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. Check with the Dubai Visa website for exact details. However, no Indian hand-written passports are accepted after November 24th 2015. Different types of visa regulations exist depending on the length and purpose of your visit. Also, be sure to check that your routine boosters and vaccines are up to date before travelling. During Ramadan it is strictly forbidden to eat, drink, and/or smoke in public during the day. There are also very strict rules about alcohol consumption in the United Arab Emirates. Friday is the rest day and so many shops and businesses are closed.
Local Dubai information
Dubai is a very expensive place to visit. Expect to pay around 30 AED for a simple meal. Budget accommodations in hostels is available for around 100 AED in dorms. A single hotel room will cost around AED 800. Make sure to book early during the peak season, which runs from September to May. There is cheap public transport available for around 4 AED per single ticket on the metro or bus - 50% cheaper with a red ticket. Taxis are much more expensive than public transportation. Metros run Saturday to Thursday between 6 am and 11 pm, and on Friday from 1 pm until midnight. It costs approximately 4 AED for one zone, 6 AED for two zones, and 8.50 AED for three zones. The red ticket is convenient and cheap for tourists, which allow for 10 journeys within 90 days.