Tips for Planning a Stellar and Memorable Vacation to Dubai

Tip to plan a vacation in Dubai
Dubai, these days, finds a spot on almost everyone's wish list. And why not? It has something interesting for every kind of traveler. So, if you're planning a trip to Dubai, this Buzzle post is a must-read.
Leave your prejudice behind!
Do think of Dubai as more than just the shopping haven that it is. It's got gorgeous beaches, happening nightspots, lovely architecture, and even a ski resort! Think extravagance, and the only city that comes to mind is Dubai. But it is only on closer inspection that this city reveals its secrets―and the fact that it is a perfect confluence of two extremes. It's the city of the uber glamorous Palm Jumeirah, with its beautiful white sand beaches, lined with some of the most expensive properties in the world.
So, how do you get to planning a Dubai holiday that covers it all? It's actually quite easy. We've compiled a list of dos and don'ts that will help you chart a stellar itinerary.
Travel Tips and Information for Your Dubai Trip
Travel Tips and Information for Your Dubai Trip
Budget Your Vacation
Budget Your Vacation
Again, you'd be mistaken to assume that Dubai is a hotspot for the crème de la crème. This incredible city has so much to offer for every person who steps on its soil. Dubai is well-connected with airports from the world over, so finding plane tickets that are easy on the pocket should not be too tough. Just make sure that you book them in advance.

As far as staying options are concerned, there are far too many to choose from. From the ditzy Burj Al Arab (with its gold plated faucets), to the more modest hostels, you'll find your choice of accommodation here in Dubai.

Whatever your budget may be, one just can't stress enough on the importance of booking early. By doing so, you not only save money, but are also spoiled for choice, and nothing beats that when you're planning a vacation.
Know About the Visa
Know About the Visa
You'll obviously be needing a valid passport and a visa to enter Dubai. Travelers arriving from certain countries are issued visa upon their arrival, whereas some require to enter with a visa. You can get the necessary information from any trusted travel firm in your city, or contact your country's embassy in Dubai for more details.
Be Insured
Be Insured
Never, ever, underestimate the importance of travel insurance. Hospitalization can take a toll on your pocket, so carrying travel insurance is highly recommended. Not to say that you will be needing it, but it will do you a world of good to purchase it anyway. On a related note, pharmacies in Dubai are easy to find, in case you require any prescribed medication.
Understanding Dubai's Cultural Ethos
Dubai is a city full of contradictions, which becomes more evident when you land here. You'll always find its liberalism tinged with the slightest hint of conservativeness, which is a gentle, yet iron-clad reminder of the fact that you are in an Islamic country. Therefore, to make your stay hassle-free and pleasurable, it is best to abide by their cultural norms, as you are, after all, a guest in this country.
Attire
Attire
Do not worry too much about the clothing when you're coming to Dubai, especially if you're a woman. Regular beach wear (one-piece or a bikini) is acceptable at your hotel's pool, but refrain from donning those itsy-bitsy pieces of swimwear when you're visiting the public beaches.

Short skirts and pants, along with minis, or scooped necklines are fine when you are in the posher districts, or are visiting any of Dubai's splendid malls. But dress modestly on any excursions to the old quarters of Bur Dubai; revealing attire will only attract uncomfortable stares here.
Behavior in Public Areas
Dubai is quite uptight about public displays of affection, and they've even made it illegal. Stop yourself from going hanky panky in any of the public places, as it may take you straight to jail, and attract a heavy fine.

Dubai does not take too kindly to alcohol-fueled misbehavior at all. Drunk driving, as we all know, does have disastrous consequences the world over, and Dubai is no exception. Also, if you plan on getting drunk, do so in the confines of your hotel, or in clubs and bars, but never in public places.

Dubai has extremely strict anti-drug policies, so don't even think of getting stoned, or keep anything suspicious on you, or in your baggage. Prescription drugs are fine, as long as you are carrying the requisite documentation. It is highly recommended that you keep yourself informed about the regulations that govern prescription drugs.
Plan to Have Fun!
Dubai, among several other things, has a considerable number of idiosyncrasies to boast of. These are things that have D-U-B-A-I stamped all over them in bold, so it would be a sin to miss them-

  • The gold ATMs at the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, or Atlantis that dispense gold nuggets in exchange of the requisite amount of cash.
  • Plucking dates (the edible kind ;)) from trees that line the roads.
  • Visit Ski Dubai, a full-fledged ski slope, smack dab in the middle of the desert, replete with penguins and all.
  • Outstanding examples of modern architecture that will have you crane your neck every time your eyes try to take in their full measure.
Dubai, as you must have guessed by now, does have a little something for everyone. All you need to do is to find your little something, and fly down, ASAP.
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