Dubai: Luxurious Desert Oasis
With a seven-star hotel, luxury shopping, and futuristic architecture, visiting Dubai is an unforgettable experience. Immense flower gardens, a huge "dancing" musical fountain, and the world's tallest building make lasting impressions, while dune buggy trips, open-air market bargaining, and camel races provide desert enjoyment.
For the Best Dubai Experience
Visitors arriving between October and April will enjoy cooler temperatures in this subtropical city, from 25° to 35° C. Dubai is a year round destination, but summer temperatures rise up to 45° C, so be prepared.
Dubai Entry Requirements and Local Knowledge
Indian passport holders entering the UAE must have a visa. After 24th November 2015, hand written Indian passports are no longer accepted. Visa regulations vary by purpose of visit and length of stay. Visitors should ensure that their vaccines and boosters are up to date. Visitors during the month long Ramadan should note that public smoking, drinking, and eating are not allowed during daytime. The UAE observes very strict regulations concerning alcohol at all times. On Fridays, shops and businesses are usually shut for a rest day.
Arriving, Accommodation and Dubai Transport
The Red Line metro services terminals 1 and 3 every 10 minutes, while the Green Line arrives at the Airport Free Zone by terminal 2. Both lines run 6am to 11pm Saturday through Thursday, and 1pm until midnight on Friday. Typical price for one zone is 4 AED, two zones 6 AED, and three zones 8.50 AED. Get a "Red Ticket," popular with tourists and valid for 90 days, for up to 10 trips on a single mode of transit at half price. Taxis are much more expensive than transit. For bus service from the airport from 6am until 10pm, use bus numbers 4, 11, 15, 33 and 44 which stop at all terminals. Budget hostel stays start around 100 AED for dorm accommodations. A single hotel room costs from 800 AED per night. During September through May, peak season, be sure to book early.