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Dubai overview

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is also the name of the largest and most populous city in the UAE, the city is officially referred to as The City of Dubai.  

The City of Dubai is the business hub of the Middle East. It is home to the largest immigrant population in the world. Dubai is a desert city with superb infrastructure that has become popular for tourists because of its excellent amenities and numerous places of interest. It is a great place for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and sporting events. 

The City of Dubai has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Other tourist attractions in Dubai are; Dubai Creek, Bastakiya Quarters, The Souks, Heritage Village, The Dubai Museum and The Grand Mosque.

Several annual events and festivals hold throughout the year in Dubai such as;

the Dubai Shopping Festival
the Dubai Marathon
the Dubai Desert Classic – Golfing competition
the Dubai Tennis Championships
the Dubai Art Fair
the Dubai WorldCup – horse races
the Bride Show Dubai
the Dubai Festival of Taste – food festival
the Dubai International Film Festival
National Day Festival – UAE’s independence celebrations
the Dubai Rugby Sevens 

Best time to book a flight to Dubai

The peak season

Most tourists arrive in Dubai between November and April which is the cooler season. Several festivals hold at this time like the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival (March), the Dubai International Film Festival (December), the Dubai Shopping Festival (January-February).

At this time of year, flight and hotel prices are at the all time high.

 

The off-peak season

There is usually a drop in the volume of tourist during the months of Ramadan (June-July). This is because of the strict rules of Islam which are enforced at this time. Rules are applicable to such activities such as smoking, drinking and eating and staying outside for long hours. As a consequence, the rates of almost all the flight and hotels drop down up to 70% during this time where you are requested to follow the rules of the Ramadan.

Also, the Dubai summers, in general, don’t see many visitors, especially August which is the hottest month of the summer season. The temperature often reaches 41 °C with little or no rain.

The flight prices are affected by this as they see a significant decrease.

Best time to visit Dubai

Dubai Has A Hot Desert Climate. Summers In Dubai Are Extremely Hot, Windy, And Humid, With An Average High Around 41 °C (106 °F) In The Hottest Month, August. Most Days Are Sunny Throughout The Year. Dubai Summers Are Also Known For The Moderate To High Humidity Level, Which Can Make It Uncomfortable For Many.

To Protect Yourself From Heat Stroke, You Will Have To Avoid Spending Too Much Time Outside (especially At Mid-day), Wear A Lot Of Sunscreen And Drink Plenty Of Water.

Winters Are Warm With An Average High Of 24 °C (75 °F) And Overnight Lows Of 14 °C (57 °F) In January, The Coldest Month. The Rains Tend To Visit The City Somewhere In Between December And March.

All These Considered, There’s Really No Bad Time Visit Dubai. The City Is Heavily Air-conditioned, From The Buildings To The Vehicles.  Everything Is Designed To Keep The Heat Out. The Early All-year-round Summer Makes It And Easy Destination For Planes To Reach At Most Times Of The Year.

However, The Best Time To Go to Dubai Is in Between November And April, When The Hot Sun is At Rest And The Evenings And Night Time Are Cool.

Airlines operating flights to Dubai

Below is a list of popular airlines that fly to and from the airports of Dubai.

Dubai International Airport 

British Airways

Emirates

flydubai

Jet Airways

KLM

Lufthansa

Air France

Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

 

Al Maktoum International (DWC)

Finnair

flydubai

Qatar Airways

Wizz Air

How long is a flight to Dubai

Wondering how long it would take to reach Dubai by flight? Here’s a list of flight time to Dubai from various cities around the world.

 

City

Distance to Dubai (km)

Flight duration from Dubai (HH:MM)

Tokyo

9594.9

12:22

New York

11002

14:11

Sao Paulo

12216.7

15:45

Seoul

6805.1

8:46

Mexico City

14345.4

18:30

Kyoto

7600.8

9:48

Manila

6929.7

8:56

Mumbai

1930.7

2:40

Delhi

2206.8

2:50

Jakarta

6537.1

8:26

Lagos

5914.8

7:37

Cairo

2421.9

3:7

Los Angeles

13397

17:17

Buenos Aires

13617.9

17:34

Rio de Janeiro

11606.9

14:58

Moscow

3669.6

4:44

Shanghai

6421.7

8:17

Paris

5249.2

6:46

Istanbul

3022.6

3:53

Abuja

5374.5

6:56

Please note: the above table displays the approximate non-stop flight duration times from Dubai to other cities. The actual flight times may differ depending on the type and speed of the aircraft.

Dubai airport

The city of Dubai boasts two international airports, Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International aka Dubai World Centre.

 

Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Dubai International Airport was established in the year 1960. It is the primary airport serving Dubai.

Dubai International Airport is currently the busiest airport in the world with a passenger traffic of over 83 million people in 2016.  Dubai International is situated in the Al Garhoud district, in the centre of Dubai, and stretches over 7,200 acres of land.
Dubai International serves as the base of Emirates and flydubai airlines; the flag carrier airlines of Dubai. Emirates is the busiest airline at Dubai Airport; it handles about 65% of passenger traffic. flydubai, Dubai’s low-cost carrier, handles 11.6% of passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport.

 

Al Maktoum International (DWC)

Al Maktoum Internationa is located 64km from away from Dubai International Airport. It is also called the Dubai World Centre.

Al Maktoum International is located in Jebel Ali, UAE and serves Dubai. The airport is close to the developing areas of “new Dubai”.

Al Maktoum International at the moment is in itself still being developed. It is believed that once completed, Al Maktoum International will be the world’s largest airport with a capacity of 160 million passengers per year.

 

The table below displays airlines and average fares from some popular cities to Dubai.  The majority of the airlines listed below operate out of Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Airlines

City

Average Price

Korean Air

Tokyo

$636

Swiss

New York

$935

Emirates

Sao Paulo

$1,344

China  Southern

Seoul

$590

Emirates

Mexico City

$1,105

China  Eastern

Osaka

$578

Saudi Arabian Air

Manila

$556

Jet Airways

Mumbai

$300

Qatar Airways

Lagos

$630

Royal Jordanian

Cairo

$345

Eithad

Los Angeles

$1,300

Emirates, Turkish Airways, Qatar Airways

Buenos Aires

$1,800

Turkish Air

Moscow

$350

Aeroflot

Paris

$384

Pegasus

Istanbul

$360

Getting from Dubai airport to city centre

Staying in Dubai

To have a most pleasant stay in Dubai, it is important that you stay in an area that gives you access to all the sights and sound that are of interest to you and provides amenities that suits your needs.

Let’s help you make your accommodation decision by showing what each popular area in Dubai has to offer.

 

Deira – for the souqs
Deira is Dubai’s busiest area located at on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek.  If you are looking to visit the city’s souqs, Deira is the place for you because the majority of souqs are located here. From Deira you can also easily access the wharves are lined with traditional Arab sailing dhows.

The Heritage House Museum and the gold, spice and fish souqs in Al Ras, near the bank of Dubai Creek, take you on a journey into the area’s mercantile past.

 

Bur Dubai – for the history
Opposite Deira, on the other side of Dubai Creek, lies Bur Dubai. It holds a restored historic quarter, Bastakiya.  Bastakiya is a former fort house the Dubai Museum. Also in Bur Dubai is the Sheikh Saeed House, official residence of past rulers and now open to the public.

The nearby Heritage and Diving Village is a recreation of a Bedouin village. Shop for souveniers in the souqs and Indian market stalls or to the Grand Mosque. There are various malls available in Bur Dubai. Creekside Park another attraction in the area.

The neighbouring bargain shopping district of Karama borders Bur Dubai to the south.

 

Jumeirah Beach – for relaxation
Jumeirah follows the coast west of Dubai Creek.There are various resort hotels and beach clubs in Jumeirah, including the seven- star Burj Al Arab hotel, built on its own island.

The Madinat Jumeirah resort at Umm Suqeim is styled like an ancient Arabian citadel. Wild Wadi Waterpark makes a splash nearby, and the Palm Jumeirah and World residential developments rise out of the Arabian Gulf offshore.

 

Sheikh Zayed Road South – for the shoppers
The southern side of Sheikh Zayed Road holds to the massive theme parks under construction at Dubailand in New Dubai and on to the Abu Dhabi border.

Shoppers spend the day in the air- conditioned art galleries and the Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Buttuta shopping centres. Luxury hotels, fine-dining restaurants and residential towers cluster at the waterfront Dubai Marina development.

 

Sheikh Zayed Road North- for the sights
From here you can easily access World Trade Centre on the western edge of Karama. Various skyscraper hotels and homes line the highway. These buildings are however dwarfed by the 160-storey Burj Dubai the world’s tallest building. Shoppers also love the  Dubai Mall at Burj Dubai.

 

The type of accommodation and associated costs are also important factors to consider before choosing where to stay in Dubai. Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation is available in the city. There are many different styles of housing to choose from, with the main ones being:

Townhouses – are duplex or triplex and have a small garden
Apartments – smaller than a townhouse. They don’t have gardens but may have a balcony
Villas – free-standing large accommodation with a garden
You may also choose to stay at a hotel. There are different types/classes of hotels Dubai. The hotel prices are often determined by the location of the hotel and the time of year.

 

Hotels in Dubai

Burj Al Arab

from 4,500 AED

The Burj Al Arab is reputably the best and most luxurious hotel in the world. It offers the finest service and experiences throughout – right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.

It is distinctively sail-shaped. The hotel has become a model of Dubai defines the cities skyline.

Burj Al Arab boasts 202 luxurious duplex suites with 9 world-class restaurants and bars.  Five swimming pools (3 outdoor, 2 indoor) and a private beach. Guests at the hotel receive complementary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for the duration of their stay.

 

Park Hyatt Dubai

from 750 AED

Park Hyatt Dubai is a 5-star located on the banks of the majestic Dubai Creek. It boasts an inspired assortment of award-winning restaurants. Guests at Park Hyatt Dubai also enjoy its  6 luxury spa, a golf course, a swimming pool, private fishing.

Park Hyatt Dubai boasts 223 rooms including 34 suites, each offering panoramic views of Dubai Creek from a private balcony or terrace.

 

Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments

from 325 AED

Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments is a budget hotel in the Al Barsha district of Dubai. It is located close to the Emirates Golf Club. It holds 210 apartments with free wi-fi and parking. The hotel also has a swimming pool and fitness centre.

Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments is a walking distance from Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Jebel Ali Race Course and Dubai Maria.

 

Ja Oasis Beach Tower

from 450 AED

Ja Oasis Beach Tower is a budget hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach area. It offers 169 apartments with terraces that offer a beautiful view of the beach and its surroundings.  Ja Oasis Beach Tower houses 2 swimming pools, including a pool for children.

Ja Oasis Beach Towers locate close to Dubai Marina, The Beach and Marina Malls, Skydive Dubai and various other places of interest.

 

Winchester Hotel Apartments

from 320 AED

Winchester Hotel Apartments located in Bur Dubai and offers budget prices for quality service and amenities. The hotel houses 158 apartments with free wifi and parking.  Guests at the hotel have access to the rooftop terrace, outdoor pool and fitness centre the hotel has to offer.

The apartments have a kitchen stocked with kitchen utensils which guest may prepare meals for themselves.

Winchester Hotel Apartments is situated close to BurJurman Mall, Dubai Museum, the Grand Mosque and the Dubai Heritage Village.

Great places to visit Dubai

Dubai is a city of numerous sights, there’s something for everyone. From theme parks to beaches, the possibilities are endless. 

 

Sightseeing in Dubai

Burj Al Khalifa
from 90 AED

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at a height of 2,717 ft.  A tour of Dubai is incomplete without seeing the Burj up close. Take a step further,  to head inside and enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the Dubai from the 124th-floor observation deck with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The deck offers 360-degree panoramic views over the city.  You may also purchase souvenirs from the “At The Top” shop.

 

Al Bastakiya
The oldest residential district in Dubai dating to 1890, the area is significant for its old-time architecture. It is an untouched corner of Dubai’s culture. Visit Al Bastakiya for a look into old Dubai.

 

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a man-made canal city built to encourage luxurious lifestyles through exclusive waterfront constructions along the Persian Gulf shoreline.

You may take a boat ride across the Marina by rigid inflatable boats (RIB). Boat rides cost a minimum of 150 AED.

 

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is musical fountain show located on the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. Water is shot up in the air to an altitude of over 500ft and accompanied by classical & contemporary music from around the world.

The fountain has broken previous records, by far surpassing the previous record holders like the Jet d’Eau of Geneva.

 

Palm Islands

The Palm Islands are three artificial islands Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali. The islands take the form of a palm tree, topped by a crescent.

You can take a speed boat cruise around the island from 300 AED.

Cost of things in Dubai

Average cost of food and drinks in Dubai

Fast food
 

 25.00 AED
 


Beer

40.00 AED
 


Soda

 1.84 AED
 


Water

                                     1.24 AED

 

Average cost of transport in Dubai

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)                                  

5.00 AED
 

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)  

250.00 AED
 

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)                                                    

10.75 AED
 

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)  

2.00 AED

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)                              

40.00 AED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average cost of some common items in the markets

Milk  (1 liter)                                                                          

5.62 AED

Loaf  Bread (500g)                                                            

4.97 AED

Rice (1kg)

8.93 AED

Chicken  (1kg)  

24.31 AED

Beef Round (1kg)    

39.94 AED

Apples (1kg)                                                                          

8.80 AED
 

Banana (1kg)      

7.34 AED

Oranges (1kg)                                                                      

7.97 AED

Tomato (1kg)                                                                        

6.83 AED

Potato (1kg)                                                                          

4.38 AED
 

Onion (1kg)                                                                          

3.92 AED
 

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

2.25 AED
 

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)                              

37.80 AED
 

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)                          

39.11 AED

 

 

Average cost of accommodation in Dubai

Apartment (1 bedroom)                                      

6,312 AED

Apartment (3 bedroom)                                        

12,129 AED

Sublet Apartment                                                      

6,200 AED

 

Dubai tips/advice

Travelling with Children
Large hotels have a good selection of kids’ meals, especially in room service. Very small children do not normally eat out at night but are often welcome. Phone ahead to check. In any case, baby-sitting services are available in the main hotels.
Children under 12 usually qualify for discounts on admission fees to most museums, amusement parks, swimming pools and entertainment centres.

 

Women Travellers

The UAE is extremely safe for women travellers, nevertheless, women travelling alone are a novelty and you may find yourself at the focus of unwanted attention.

If you wish to avoid hassle or risk causing offence, do not wear tight or revealing clothes away from the beach clubs and resorts. You will also find that clothing suitable for the more cosmopolitan cities may not be comfortable or convenient for independent travel in rural areas. Loose trousers and a long sleeved cotton shirt will suit a wide range of situations.

 

Opening hours

Normal shopping hours are from 9:00 am – 1:00pm and 4:00pm – 9:00pm however many shops in Dubai stay open all day. Most shopping centres open from 10:00am – 10:00pm. Shopping centres and most shops are open on Friday, the Islamic day of rest, but they all close for Juma (Friday) prayers from 11:30am -1:30 pm.

 

Security Tips 

Dubai is reportedly a city one of the lowest crime rates in the world. So there’s not much to be worry about.  Unless you venture outside the city.

Flight from local city to Dubai

There are several domestic flights available to Dubai’s airports. The table below gives a quick overview of the domestic flights available from the Dubai.

City

Destination Airport

Airline

Flight duration

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Sudan Airways

30 minutes

Al Bateen

Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi

Sudan Airways

30 minutes

Ras al-Khaimah

Ras al-Khaimah International Airport

Qatar Airways

 

Emirates

Flydubai

3h+

Sharjah

Sharjah International Airport

Quatar Airways

 

Emirates

Flydubai

AirArabia

7h+

The average cost of domestic flights from Dubai Airport is $350 (1264 AED).

 

 

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