UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DUBAI
Dubai is unlike anywhere else on the planet. With its bold architecture and adventurous style, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates is a distinct fusion of its Bedouin heritage and an ultramodern style. Dubai does not just live up to its reputation; It will completely exceed your expectations. Explore glitz and glam, and then uncover the ancient traditions of this multi-faceted city. Here is my ultimate Dubai travel guide!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN DUBAI
Language: While Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English is the language of business and is spoken by almost everyone in Dubai.
Currency: Durham (s). The exchange rate at the time this article was written is Dhs 3.67 to USD 1.
Credit card and bank: Cash is still king here. While most places accept credit cards, it is always best to make changes.
Climate: Summer in Dubai is extremely hot. Daytime temperatures sometimes exceed 106 degrees while nights are below twenty-eight degrees. Winters are more comfortable with tempers between sixty five and seventy five degrees.
Good to know: The minimum drinking age is twenty-one and there are areas where photography is prohibited, so watch for signs.
Dress Code: It can be very hot in Dubai, but you should know how to keep your clothes on the conservative side. Be sure to pack light layers with some long-sleeves and full-length bottoms.
Getting AROUND in DUBAI
From the Airport: Book a Marquee Bronze "Meet and Greet" service for fast track through the airport with zero hassle.
Public transport: Eating or drinking in the metro (and this includes chewing gum) is prohibited. Cabins are reserved for different categories, such as women only and gold class, so see the signs. Sleeping is not allowed in stations.
Taxi: Book a cab by calling 04-2080808. The taxi has a minimum meter charge of Dh12. If you need to go through the toll road, there is a Salic Fee.
Boats: There are a lot of attractions in or near the water in Dubai hence there are water ghats and taxis which are 10 AM, 12 PM. And 5:30 p.m. You can ride on a traditional "Abraham" boat down Dubai Creek or through the Souk Madinat Jumeira.
Bike: There are city sidewalks across the city that make the bike easy! You can rent a BYKY bike at a curbside station and return it when you are done.
You should Know before getting there
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