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Dubai is hot! I know - duh. During the "winter months", which is correlated between us, temperatures cool in the 80s with highs in the 60s. It is from November to March. Based on these temperatures, it is the tourist season in Dubai, so it is expected to be more crowded and prices are expected to be slightly higher if you plan your Dubai trip for this time period. However, in the summer months from June to August, temperatures average over 105!

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  1. Best places to live

There is no dearth of hotels in Dubai, especially luxury hotels. You can also check rental sites such as AirBnB. In terms of the best location, you must first think of Dubai as a long strip. I compare Las Vegas or Cancun if you have one of the two. We continued driving back and forth along the same main road. The most central location, and therefore the most crowded, is in the vicinity of the Dubai Mall where the Burj Khalifa is located. At the other end is the Dubai Marina with Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab. At the complete opposite end of this "strip" is Dubai Airport and Old Dubai. Much of this strip is filled with Jumeira Beach beach resorts, shops and restaurants. Depending on your interest, you may prefer to stay close to one of these places.

2 Getting Around Dubai

Like any major city and tourist area, Dubai has a lot of traffic. There is also hours of traffic here. You should be aware that the working week in Dubai is from Sunday to Thursday. Their weekend days are Friday and Saturday. It affects the time taken by car / taxi from one place to another. Traffic is very light on weekends.

3 cabs

For best prices use regular taxi cabs and not fancy Lexus cabs. Check to see if the taxi has a meter and you can also ask what the price will be from one place to another. For example, we were unaware of an automatic surcharge going from the metro station to the Dubai Mall on the Palm Jumeira.

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4 metro

The metro system in Dubai is very clean and easy to use. This may be your best bet based on traffic during the week and during the hour. However, the day we used it, we found that it was crowded (no seats available), we had to change trains and wait longer as it was a weekend day and the metro distance to Dubai Mall was quite long. was! It took us more than an hour to reach our place using the metro, so if you have to change trains, give yourself plenty of time. Trains run more frequently during the week.

5 hop on / hop off buses

This is another way to see Dubai and there are two systems available. Both are located in Dubai Mall for pickup and have separate routes that take you to all the main areas. Unfortunately, due to Thursday's rush hour traffic, we could not see as much as we would like to see in our bus. So, if you decide to do this, start early in the morning, do it on weekends or buy a multi-day pass.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah
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6 What to wear in Dubai

It is a source of stress for many people traveling in the United Arab Emirates, especially for those who are thinking of traveling in Dubai as a woman. I found this article before our trip which was very helpful. Originally, tourists and ex-patrons wear regular clothes. When I wore the traditional hijab and was visiting the Grand Mosque in Abaya Dhabi. I hope the same happens when visiting any mosque.

7 Clothing

While on the beach I was really surprised how skimp people dressed or didn't dress up 🙂 You are expected to have pants for women with your shoulders or while you dine in restaurants in Burj Khalifa and Burj Wear closed-toed shoes with long skirts. Al Arab. Publicly

8 P.D.A.

Before reaching Dubai my husband read that we could be arrested for public display of affection while in Dubai, so we refused. I later read that holding hands and a pinch on the cheek is fine.

9 How much is the trip to Dubai?

money Money money! Although I'm sure there is a budget friendly way to do Dubai, I find it expensive or at least comparable to the US. Their currency is called "dirham" or AED for the Arab Emirates dirham. You can see this short ad Dhs or DH. The dollar bill denomination features Arabic on one side and English on the other. There are coins as well.

The current conversion is equivalent to 1 Durham 0.27 USD. But then, once I did a conversion for taxis, food, tours, and our hotel, it was equal to or more than I paid for in the US. Keep in mind I am a luxury blogger so my activities include high tea in Burj Al Arab, staying in a luxury hotel in Dubai Marina and I did some personal visits. You can exchange money upon arrival at the airport, but we saw a slight improvement in the exchange rate at the mall. And there are lots of malls. In the context of US credit cards, most places only take MasterCard or Visa. Our hotel and Nike store in Dubai Mall accepted American Express but this was based on our experience