The Middle East is an intriguing destination that conjures up visions of expansive desert sands, beautifully detailed Mosque domes, exotic spice markets and camel safaris. The local Emirati people are famous for their warm hospitality, and you’ll be sure to be served the traditional welcome refreshments of coffee and dates while here. Dubai itself is the top tourist destination in the region, with futuristic towers piercing the skyline, the city really comes to life at night with an incredible dining scene and world-class events. For first time visitors we've curated some Dubai travel tips that will be sure to help your next visit go smoothly.
Check out our top Dubai travel tips below:
Visit during the cooler ‘winter’ months
The fantastic thing about Dubai is that it’s always sunny and warm, even in winter it can hit 25-30 degrees during the day which still makes it perfect beach weather.
This means that in summer temperatures soar into the 40s, which calls for compulsory air-con! While there are plenty of amazing things to do in Dubai during the summer, and you can take advantage of summer offers and budget-friendly hotel pricing, if you’d like to get outdoors and explore the coast it’s best to travel between November to March.
The Dubai Fountains are best seen at night
While the daytime performances are inspiring, to get the best experience you really need to visit at night – then you’re able to see the fountains dance every half hour until 11pm.
There are constantly changing LED light shows that continue surprise and delight visitors too - especially around big events like New Year’s Eve. If you’d like to enjoy dinner while watching the show check out our blog of restaurants with fountain views and make a real night of it.
A visit to Dubai Creek is cheap and cheerful day out
Dubai often has an image of being expensive and extravagant, but that’s not always the case. If you want to enjoy a day out without breaking the bank, explore Dubai Creek. You can visit the Dubai Museum for just 3 AED entry, then afterwards take an Abra across Dubai Creek to the Gold and Spice Souks for 1 AED. Walking through the souks won’t cost a thing, but the street vendors will do their best to get you to part with your cash. The beautiful jewellery, scarves, and sweet dried fruits make for wonderful gifts. If you’re going to buy something be sure to barter first, it’s all part of the fun. To really get to know Dubai’s history and culture, it helps if you have a local guide – find out more about our private heritage tours here.
Book your Burj Khalifa tour in advance
Visiting the Burj Khalifa is a must for many visitors. But, the tallest building in the world tends to have a queue due to its popularity, and the most sought after viewing sessions sell out in advance. If you want to catch the ultimate sunset viewing session you’ll need to book well in advance, especially during peak travel season over December and January. There’s also a new At The Top SKY experience that offers even higher viewing platforms than the regular offer, priority access and welcome refreshment – this is an essential Dubai travel tip if you have a busy schedule.
Always pack a scarf or long-sleeved top
Dubai is a fairly international destination, and you probably won’t notice much difference in how people dress compared to other cities around the world. However in certain places, such as government buildings or mosques, you will need to be covered and having a long top or scarf on hand is handy. This is also useful for wandering the air-conditioned malls and attractions, or even simply visiting a restaurant as many places have the temperature on cool, which can make it feel like you need an extra layer to be comfortable.
The best views of Dubai are seen from the sky with us!
To really get a sense of the futuristic architecture and incredible feats of engineering, the best views of Dubai are from the sky. Our award-winning seaplane tours show off all of Dubai’s iconic attractions, plus you get to feel the thrill of a water take-off, which a complete experience in itself. You’ll soar high over the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah coast, look upon the quaint Dhow and Abra boats crossing historic Dubai Creek and see the World Islands from a unique perspective. The snaps you can take from 1500 ft high are simply stunning and bound to boost your Instagram credentials.
On our Silver Seawings tour you see all of Dubai in 45 minutes – perfect if you’re only visiting for a short time. Of all the Dubai travel tips this is definitely our pick!
Fly with us
Get in touch with us to book your seaplane tour today, or talk to our team to find out more about our scenic flights and Dubai sightseeing tours. We’re also happy to share our Dubai travel tips with you too, we’ve been operating our tours for more than a decade and have plenty of great advice for your next visit.