A Quick Guide: Dubai

Visiting Dubai for the first time can be scary, especially when you hear so many stories and rumours, on what to do, how to dress, how to behave.

I put together a quick guide on what you can see for free, tourist attractions and laws.
Happy reading!


United Arab Emirates Dirhams

(Travel agents normally have to order in Dirhams, so definitely pop in or ring up to order to avoid panic and disappointment!)

To See For Free!

Observe the world-famous Burj Al Arab
Watch the beautiful Dubai Fountains
Be amazed by the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa
(not including going up to the observation deck)
Wander the Dubai Creek Waterfront
Explore the Dubai Gold Souk and Inhale the smells of the Dubai Spice Souk
Soak Up Some History and Heritage
Travel to Abu Dhabi and visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


Malls are free entry, have beautiful architecture and are open late in the evenings so you don’t have to worry about running out of time in the day! The list below is the malls I visited on my trip;

  • Dubai Mall
  • Battuta Mall
  • Mall of Emirates
Tours, Tourist Attractions and Tickets

There is so much to do in Dubai, you are constantly spoilt for choice. It would be a very long list, if I listed all the tours and tourist attractions which require tickets. The below is what I paid to do on my trip in May 2016.

Burj Khalifa
A visit to the observation deck on the tallest building in the world would last for about two hours. The best time to go would be 18:00, allowing you to have day to night views across Dubai, giving you the best of both worlds!

Skydive Dubai
Fancy a surge of adrenaline on your trip?
Check out Skydive Dubai for indescribable birds -eye views of Dubai and The Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai Desert Safari
Offering day and evening tours, you will have a well-organised tour, offering traditional Arabic food and drink, entertainment, sand boarding, henna tattoos and much more!



Even though Dubai is not as strict as they rumours you have heard, or the picture you may have painted in your head; there are still some laws which you should respect and be aware of before your travel.

  • Women should dress modestly when in public areas like shopping malls.
    (Ideally, the tops of your arms and legs should be covered
  • Swimwear should only be worn at the beach or swimming pools.
    (It is illegal to sunbathe topless!)
  • Swearing and rude gestures are illegal. You could be jailed or deported.
  • Kissing, holding hands or cuddling in public are also unlawful.
  • Do not take photographs of people without their permission.
    Avoid taking pictures of locals altogether. 
  • During Ramadan (Holy month) eating, drinking, chewing gum and smoking is not permitted in public.
  • Foreigners must abide by Ramadan in public areas.

(If you do not feel comfortable with the Ramadan rules above, research the date of Ramadan before visiting)


Thank you for reading!
Check out my other Dubai posts!



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