Dubai - Paradise in the Middle East
Dubai is a rapidly evolving city with strong roots in culture and tradition, which makes it so unique. Described as the playground for the rich and famous, the city's attractions are countless.
Dubai at its most attractive
Dubai can be visited any time in the year thanks to its subtropical climate. However, the ideal time to time a visit is between October and April when the temperatures remain low at 25°- 35° C. It is not recommended to visit Dubai during the summer months as the temperatures may soar up to 45°C. The city celebrates the national day of UAE with great splendour, on December 2. It would be great to plan a trip during an Islamic festival, especially Eid which marks the end of Ramadan.
Useful things to know about Dubai
Travellers holding Indian passports require a visa for visiting UAE. From November 24, 2015, the country stopped accepting hand written Indian passports. The visa regulations of UAE vary depending on the purpose and length of visit. Also, before you travel, make sure to check that the boosters and routine vaccinations are all up to date for protection against against local diseases. If you happen to visit Dubai during Ramadan, please keep in mind that eating, smoking and drinking are not allowed in public during the day. The UAE government has strict restrictions on drinking alcohol. Many local businesses remain closed on Fridays. Dubai is costlier than the average Indian city. A simple meal in the city costs approximately 30 AED.
Local Information: Arrival, Accommodation and Transport
Travelling from the airport to the city's centre is quite easy. The red line metro stops at the terminals 1 and 3 every ten minutes while the green line metro is available at terminal 2. Both the metros are available between 6 am and 11 pm from Saturday through Thursday. On Fridays, then run from 1 pm till midnight. The approximates fares are 4 AED, 6 AED and 8.50 AED for one zone, two zones and three zones respectively. The red ticket, which is a convenient yet inexpensive way to travel in the city, is valid for ten journeys and ninety days. The city is well connected through trams, metros, buses and water buses. As for accommodation, budget dorms are available for 100 AED while a decent single hotel room costs nearly 800 AED. As September to May is the peak tourist season, you should book a hotel room well in advance.