By now you must have seen me post plenty of pictures about my trip to Dubai. There just isn't enough content for me to really describe my time there. But before I close that chapter, there are a few crucial things I wanted to share here on the blog that might help anyone who is planning their next trip to the U.A.E. This blog was supposed to go up several weeks ago, but life definitely happened. Enough about my excuses, shall we begin?
- Visa: If you are not an American citizen, you need to apply for a visa before landing in Dubai. The U.A.E embassy does not normally apply visas for tourists. They suggest you ask the hotel you will be staying at to apply a visa for you. If not, a friend or family member can apply for you as a sponsor. Finally, if you are flying via Emirates, they do apply visas for their non-American citizen passengers. Make sure you know the visa requirements for your respective country if the above does not apply to you.
- Be aware of the laws and regulations: U.A.E is one of the safest countries in the world, yet the strictest. They have an array of strict laws and regulations. It is quite important that you acquaint yourself with some of them to be on the right side of the law. A few of them include:
- You cannot share a hotel room with a partner who you are not married to.
- You need to have a drinking license for you to purchase alcohol.
- There are certain areas where photography isn’t allowed.
- Take advantage of travel agents: While it can be overwhelming to plan a trip abroad, let alone to a place you have never been before, trying to plan your adventure itinerary can add on to the stress. That is why each hotel provides you with a travel agent, who can help you make your stay there easier and enjoyable. They will take their time to book tickets to certain tourist attraction sites, help you put together your itinerary so that you get to tour as much of the attractions sites as your stay can handle. They are also able to save you some coins, by giving you discounted prices.
- Be mindful of the season: The U.A.E is known to have very high temperatures that are not conducive for people to be out and about. The best times of the year to travel are between November to March as the temperatures are not too hot. Those times too are tourist peak seasons as a majority of the tourists are running away from cold temperatures.
- Do a little research when planning your itinerary: Why I say this is because different attractions sites have different rules and regulations or they might not be open because it's probably a day of worship. Let me give you an example, we went to visit one of the biggest mosques in U.A.E, the Sheikh Zayeed Grand Mosque. While it's an attraction site, it is still a house of worship where it is required for you to dress in a certain manner. If you are a lady, you should have your hair covered and only your face, hands and feet can be seen. You have the option of wearing a long-sleeved shirt and loose pants. You can also be provided with a burqa if didn't have any of that packed. For men, your legs need to be covered. The other thing, Friday is a worship day for Muslims, therefore some of the attractions sites or other businesses might not be open. Those are some of the things, one might need to research about when planning your itinerary.
Hope you found this piece as informative. If you have any more questions, leave them below in the comment section below. Till next time ✌🏾