The Best Time to visit Dubai (a resident’s guide)

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The best time to visit Dubai is in the cooler months when the days are breezy and invigorating and nights are fresh and nippy. During this time your Dubai itinerary will overflow with things to do and places to see without the fear of heatstroke or dehydration.

The United Arab Emirates with Dubai as it’s glamorous poster child, has always been at the forefront of innovation in architectural marvels, improvement of it’s infrastructure and the standard of living for the benefit of it’s residents. In one generation Dubai has gone from a sleepy fishing village with pearl diving, weaving and regional trading as it’s main sources of income, to the City of Gold where everything is bigger, better and shinier and expats come to fulfill their dreams.

Nothing can prepare visitors coming to Dubai for short breaks or a Dubai layover for the beauty, prosperity, modernity and goodwill that they will encounter during their Dubai visit. In this city of convenience, comfort and exceptional customer service there is so much to see and do that you may regret not staying longer than a 96 hour stopover.

Whether you are a solo traveler, newly weds on a Dubai honeymoon or coming on Dubai family holidays, the Dubai weather in December makes it the best time to visit. Dubai excursions are more enjoyable and there are so many things to do in Dubai with kids outside of the malls. This essential insiders Dubai vacation travel guide includes everything you need to know to plan your city break in Dubai.

The best time to visit Dubai for outdoor activities

When friends and relatives ask what is the best time to go to Dubai for a vacation or stopover, I always recommend visiting between November and March. By November the heat starts abating and cooler temperatures prevail with occasional rain showers. This also coincides with the peak season when accommodation is in demand and prices can be higher in popular areas.

  • Dubai weather in December, January and February is ideal for outdoor activities in the city’s many parks, beach and creek side recreation areas. Barbecues and picnics are very popular in the beach parks at this time.
  • The weather is mild and the temperature seldom goes above 28-30 degrees Celsius making it possible to walk around outside without fear of a heatstroke or dehydration.
  • The more temperate weather makes sunbathing and water sports like kayaking, canoeing, fly boarding as well as recreational fishing more bearable.
  • Christmas in Dubai is an awesome time to visit because the city goes all out to make non-Muslim residents and visitors feel at home during the holiday season. Malls have beautifully decorated Christmas trees and hotels have special events for non-Muslim children to experience the holidays.
  • This is also the best time to visit Dubai because it coincides with the annual Dubai Shopping festival (DSF), the Dubai International Film Festival, the Commemoration Day and UAE National Day celebrations.
  • Many seasonal attractions that are mostly outdoors like Global Village, Dubai Garden Glow and Dubai Miracle Garden are only open during the cooler months.
  • Schools and colleges have their year-end vacation and many families take the opportunity to visit their home countries to spend the festive season with family.
  • Many visitors from the Northern hemisphere visit Dubai to escape the cold in December, and it is advisable to book everything from hotel accommodation to tickets for the Dubai Opera or even dinner reservations in advance.

Summer in Dubai

Nothing will prepare you for the extreme heat and humidity during the summer months in Dubai. When I arrived for the very first time in October 2006, it was still quite warm and my first breath outside the confines of the air conditioned airport caught in my throat because it was so humid.

  • Summers in Dubai are very hot and most residents take the opportunity to enjoy the summer Dubai holidays in cooler climates in other parts of the world. A decade ago Dubai was practically deserted during the summer months from June to August. That has changed since the emirates have been promoted as a haven for sun-seekers, and cheap holidays to Dubai are advertised in foreign markets.
  • During summer in Dubai the hot and dry desert winds, known as shamal, blow sand and dust from Iraq and Turkey down through the gulf states for 3-5 days at a time. This results in huge sandstorms carrying very fine dust that settles onto everything and significantly reduces visibility on urban and desert roads. People may suffer from respiratory distress if they breathe in the fine dust and it is advisable to refrain from outdoor pursuits during this time. There are many indoor activities at malls, museums and other places of entertainment.
  • The best time to visit Dubai for low prices is between June – August when it is high summer and average day time temperatures reach 40 Celcius and higher.
  • Cheap holiday packages to Dubai are usually offered by travel agents during the hottest summer months and may include the cost of visas, flights, airport transfers and accommodation. It should be noted however, that the high humidity and temperatures often make any Dubai excursions and outdoor pursuits very exhausting.

Things to know before visiting Dubai

My Dubai vacation travel guide will assist you in choosing the best time to visit Dubai while making the most of your Dubai short breaks. Whether it is taking Dubai day tours, fun activities or finding the best places to visit in Dubai. It should be noted that Dubai is one of the safest solo female travel destinations and also one of the best places to travel alone as female.

Read more: Top Solo Female Travel Destinations

  • Modesty – Always be respectful and maintain your modesty and personal space in public, especially when visiting places of worship.
  • Sun protection – Remember to carry a sunhat and wear sunblock in summer months and also during the winter months when it is still very warm.
  • Malls – Many activities are indoors inside malls to enable residents to enjoy it year round. This includes ski slopes, aquariums, cinemas, jungles, ice skating rinks.
  • Bargain hunt –  Visit and haggle in the markets and souks to secure a discount. Most Mall stores have fixed prices unless discounted during sales. Steer clear of sellers of counterfeit clothing, handbags and perfume in souks as their prices are ridiculous.
  • History and culture – Venture outside of your hotel and the well known tourist attractions to learn more about the history of the emirate and how it’s location has shaped the economy and culture of the people.
  • Transportation – There are taxis, uber, busses, metro and tram lines to get you around the city. There are even air-conditioned bus stops so you don’t have to break into an unnecessary sweat.
  • Alcohol – This is not available outside of licensed hotels, pubs, clubs and restaurants and their license covers Non-muslim patrons. It is not advisable to be in public in a drunken state as this may result in arrest or prosecution under the UAE Penal code. Tourists may now obtain a free alcohol license for legal purchases of alcohol and consumption outside of the licensed hotels, pubs and clubs. Click here for more information.
  • Eve teasing / sexual harassment – This is prohibited by the UAE Penal code and carries a maximum fine of AED 10,000 or one year imprisonment, if convicted of molesting a woman by words or actions in a public or frequented place.
  • Public displays of affection – Many visitors to the United Arab Emirates overlook the fact that it is essentially a Muslim majority country and that they should also observe modesty in behavior when out in public places. Visitors should not offend the cultural sensibilities of local residents by engaging in indecent public displays of affection. Kissing and other overt sexual behaviors are frowned upon especially in public places frequented by families. Complaints may result in arrest or prosecution under the UAE Penal code. This includes shopping malls, supermarkets, cinemas, theaters, outdoor markets, parks, tourist attractions, the public areas of hotels and government offices and institutions.
  • A number of new rules that you should know about have been implemented and you can click here for more information.

For information for your Dubai vacation I recommend that you familiarize yourself with general information about Dubai before visiting.

Read more: Pros and Cons of Expat Life in Dubai

best time to visit Dubai in December

Dubai public beach view of Burj al Arab

How to apply for a Dubai transit visa or tourist visa

  • Travelers who are not eligible for visa free entry or a Dubai visa on arrival must apply for a tourist visa or transit visa by completing a Dubai visa application form.
  • Transit and Tourist visas may be applied for online through Emirates Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways when booking onward flights with those carriers. Click here for more information on visa types, prices and duration of the visas obtained through Emirates.
  • Tourists may also apply for a Dubai visa through local licensed travel agents and hotels who will require that you make your travel booking or hotel reservation with them.
  • The visa validity may be 96 hours (transit visa), 30 days or 90 days and you can check the Dubai visa price here.
  • Passports must be valid for six months from the date of travel to Dubai and must be machine readable.

How to travel to Dubai for the first time

Dubai has two international airports welcoming visitors coming for their Dubai vacation or stopover.

  • The oldest and busiest is Dubai International airport which is the main airport with it’s three terminals located between Umm Ramool and Al Qusais in the city limits. This is the main hub for Emirates Airlines.
  • The newer airport is Al Maktoum International airport located in Jebel Ali, approximately 37 km south of Dubai city center. This airport is used by many regional carriers and low cost airlines.
  • Etihad Airways flies into Abu Dhabi International Airport and provides complimentary inter-emirate shuttle coach services for economy class passengers from the Abu Dhabi International airport to Mazaya Centre in Downtown Dubai. First and business class passengers may avail of complimentary chauffeur services.
  • Air Arabia flights come into Sharjah International and Ras Al Khaimah International Airports. There are metered taxis from these airports into the city of Dubai. There are also coach services between Sharjah and Al Ghurair Centre in Dubai (AED 20 / US$ 5.45).
Dubai Al Seef creekside view

Dubai Al Seef

Finding free wi-fi in Dubai

  • When you arrive at Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport you will see signs with instructions on how to connect to the free wi-fi service within the terminal buildings.
  • There are also free wi-fi services on the metro as well as in the Dubai Metro stations. This map of the wi-fi hotspots will be helpful.
  • Many of the city malls have free wi-fi that is available after registration on their site.
  • A number of cafes and quick service restaurants like Costa and Mugg and Bean offer 30 minutes or more of free wi-fi with every order.

Best time to visit Dubai and how to get around

  • Airport taxis are available at designated areas in the arrivals terminals and charge a higher starting rate of AED 25 plus a per km rate for all trips originating from the airport.
  • Metered taxis operate throughout all areas of the city and can be hailed or ordered via the Dubai Taxi service operator.
  • Commuters using public transportation in Dubai use a NOL smart card that allows the holder to utilise all the public transportation modes operated by the Roads and Transportation Authority (busses, metro, tram and marine services).
  • The red and green metro lines connect all areas in the city and the Dubai International Airport may be reached via the red line.
  • Car rental companies operate at Dubai International Airport and various locations in the city. Rental car bookings can be made online in many cases or in person. They will require an international driver’s license as well as a passport and valid visa to issue the vehicle.
  • There are also Uber and Careem e-hailing services that can be ordered via their apps. These services may now access the airport terminals as well as the malls throughout the city.

Read more: How to get around in Dubai public transport

Best time to visit Dubai and what to wear

  • Dubai has very hot summers and mild temperate winters that sometimes require a cardigan or light shawl in the early mornings or evenings during the cooler months.
  • Flowy dresses or wide leg / loose fit trousers with tops are the most comfortable in summer and the cooler months. Cotton, linen and other natural fabrics are preferable in the heat as they are lightweight and breathable and less clingy than synthetic fabrics.
  • Shorts, culottes and capri pants are also comfortable as long as it is not too short (hot pants).
  • Always pack a hat and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the harsh sunlight, even in the cooler months.
  • Sunblock or a high sun protection factor sunscreen is essential throughout the year to prevent sunburn and sun damage.
  • If you suffer from dust allergies it may be advisable to carry a mask or fabric respirator during a summer visit when there may be sandstorm conditions.

Read more: What to wear in Dubai – The Dubai dress code

What to wear in Dubai

Where to stay in Dubai

Every neighborhood in Dubai has it’s own charms and there are countless options for visitors who want to experience the best cultural activities, resorts, restaurants and leisure facilities.

  • Dubai four and five star hotels are some of the best in the world in terms of value for money, comfort, spaciousness and customer service.
  • There are however also many cheap hotels in Dubai suitable for all budgets and comfort levels, especially in the older historic areas of the city like Deira and Bur Dubai. During the summer months this area is very crowded and the humidity can be unpleasant to experience.
  • Although the premier hotels can cost an arm and a leg there are many that are located near to the main attractions for a more reasonable rate.

Read more: Where to stay in Dubai for all budgets

Best time to visit Dubai for a food experience

Dubai is a multi-cultural melting pot with residents from all over the world who have come to make their fortune and their home. This makes the city abundant with exotic cuisines that can be found in road side cafes, independent restaurants, mall eateries and fine dining hotel restaurants.

  • One of the most common complaints I always hear from friends and relatives on their Dubai visit is that they did not expect the food to be so affordable. I suspect that because the city has the reputation for luxury, glamour and excess, travelers automatically assume that everything is expensive. Although that may be true for highly regarded hotel restaurants fronted by celebrity chefs, there are many establishments that cater for the average man on the street.
  • The best time to visit to Dubai and get amazing deals from the best restaurants is during the annual Dubai Food Festival held during February and March every year.
  • The farmer’s markets operate between October – April and offer a wide variety of locally grown produce from the farms in Dubai and the neighboring emirates. This is the time to reduce our carbon footprint and buy local because fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful and bounteous.

A few of my favorites are on the blog and there are many more on our Instagram feed:

Read more: Dubai Food Festival

Mezzerie - Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

Seafood on the buffet at Mezzerie – Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

Places to visit in Dubai for free

  • The Dubai Aquarium – located in Dubai Mall, you can view the tank directly in the mall without buying a ticket. The only additional benefit from buying a ticket to enter the aquarium would be to see the staff feeding the fish and penguins.
  • The Dubai Mall fountains display – entrance to the mall is free and the fountain show is a synchronised dancing fountain show during the evening.
  • Fossil Rock – Located in Maleha and accessed via Al Awir on the Dubai Hatta Road, this pristine dessert area has fossils that are millions of years old and is best seen during the day.
  • The Dubai Festival City music and light show – This takes place at the Festival City Mall promenade and uses 30 fountains for a fantastic display of artistry with lights, water and fire.
  • The Coffee Museum – Located in Villa 44 in the Al Fahidi Historical district it showcases coffee roasting and brewing techniques from various regions via live demonstrations. This is near Al Seef, an instagrammer’s delight.
  • The Camel Museum – located in Al Shindagha historical district, the museum is dedicated to camels and their impact on life and economy of the UAE and the Arabian people. They offer free guided tours and free entry.
  • The Horse Museum – located in Al Shindagha historical district, the museum is dedicated to the history of Arabian horses and famous breeds. They offer free guided tours and free entry.

The best time to visit Dubai for shopping and where to go

The annual Dubai Shopping Festival, a five week extravaganza takes place from end December to the end of January. It includes raffles, weekend deals, flash sales and more, with between 25-90 % discounts in many stores. During the sales there are also frequently offers like ‘buy two, get one free’ and they may run concurrently with a deep discount.

For those who choose to brave out the summer in Dubai, the city puts on the Dubai Summer Surprises, a two month shopping experience that rivals the year end shopping festival. It also includes flash sales, weekend deals and discounts of between 25-90 % in participating stores.

What to buy in Dubai

BEST MALLS IN DUBAI

There is no shortage of mega malls and these have a wide variety of leisure activities, retail as well as dining and entertainment options. A number of them are accessible via metro / tram as well as taxis, uber, Careem and self-driving. My favorite mall by far is the Mall of the Emirates as it has user-friendly parking, valet parking, as well as awesome bargains throughout the year.

  • Mall of the Emirates (metro) – Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Dubai. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • Dubai Marina Mall (metro and tram) – Al Marsa Street, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • Dubai Mall (metro) – Financial Center Road, Downtown, Dubai. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • Gold and Diamond Park (metro) – Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, Dubai. Self Parking available.
  • City Walk – Al Safa Street, Satwa. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • City Center Mirdiff – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Mirdiff, Dubai. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • City Center Deira – 8th Street, Deira, Dubai. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • Ibn Battuta Mall (metro) – Sheikh Zayed Road, Discovery Gardens, Dubai. Self Parking and Valet parking available.
  • Dragon Mart – Al Awir Road, International City, Dubai. Self Parking available.
  • Dubai Outlet Mall – Dubai Al-Ain Road, Dubai. Self Parking available.
Best time to visit Dubai Mall view from Souk al Bahar

Dubai Mall view from Souk al Bahar

DUBAI SOUKS AND MARKETS

The inner city souks in Deira and Bur Dubai seldom have available parking nearby and visitors are recommended to use taxis, uber, Careem, the metro or busses to reach those areas.

  • Spice Souk – Baniyas Street, Al Ras, Deira, Dubai
  • Deira Covered Souk – Al Ras, Deira, Dubai
  • Gold Souk – Al Khor Street, Deira, Dubai
  • Perfume Souk – Sikkat Al Khail Road, Deira, Dubai
  • Naif Souk – Deira Street, Naif, Dubai
  • Meena Bazaar – This Indian bazaar district is located between Mankhool, Al Fahidi and Al Ghubaiba Streets in Bur Dubai.
  • Textile Souk – 57 Ali Bin Abi Talib St, Bur Dubai
  • Deira Waterfront market – Al Khaleej Road, Deira Corniche. Self Parking available.
  • Souk Al Bahar – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai. Self Parking available. This is a premium price recreation of a traditional souk and most things can be bought elsewhere for cheaper. It has excellent eateries, many with views over the Dubai Fountains.
  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah – Al Sufuoh Road, Al Sufouh. This is another recreation of a traditional souk with views of Burj Al Arab. Self Parking and Valet Parking available.
  • The Market at The Beach – JBR, Dubai Marina. Self Parking available.
  • Farmer’s Market on the Terrace – Bay Avenue Towers, Downtown, Dubai (operates from October through April only). Self Parking available.
  • Ripe Market – Dubai Police Academy Park , Umm Suqeim Street (in cooler months); Dubai Festival City Mall; Springs Souk. Self Parking available.

Best time to visit Dubai for Events and Festivals

NEW YEARS EVE IN DUBAI

The highlight of the annual calendar is New Years Eve, when residents come out in droves to witness the spectacular fireworks displays across the city to usher in the new Gregorian calendar year. The fireworks displays are usually held at Atlantis the Palm, Burj al Arab, Burj Khalifah, Dubai Festival City and Dubai Creek. You should note that the roads to and from the high traffic areas are closed from 5 or 6pm until after midnight and many revellers either use public transport or park their cars and take a taxi or walk to the nearest vantage point.

Restaurants and cafes with a view of the fireworks charge premium prices for a meal and a seat for a few hours until after midnight.

  • Eateries around the Dubai Mall Fountains charged from AED 1500 per person for unlimited food (burgers, hotdogs, french fries, milkshakes or sodas) for window seats or outside seating with a view of Burj Khalifa.
  • Karma Kafe Dubai had a few packages with the lowest starting at AED 499 for an open bar.
  • Hurricanes Grill offered a five course meal with soft drinks for AED 795 (indoor, limited view) and AED 995 on the terrace.

GLOBAL VILLAGE

This seasonal multicultural shopping complex and festival park opens between October – April of the following year. There are exhibitors from all over the world as well as international food, entertainment and cultural experiences.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

This celebration of Arabic cinema takes place annually in December and draws talent from across the Arabic speaking world as well as international celebrities.

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The 4 day golf tournament is held in Dubai at the Majlis course of the Emirates Golf Club. It is held in January every year since 1989 and is a big draw card for top ranking international golf champions.

DUBAI JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Dubai Jazz Festival has been held every year since 2003 and is one of the premier events on the Dubai annual events calendar. It features jazz artists from all over the world, attracting tens of thousands of fans every year and usually takes place in February.

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

This annual event is held over two weeks February every year since 1993 and draws the world’s top tennis players to the city. Previous winners include tennis champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Venus Williams.

DUBAI FOOD FESTIVAL

The Dubai Food Festival is a city wide extravaganza of the best food the city has to offer. It includes Taste of Dubai and Dubai Restaurant Week and takes place in February and March.

  • Taste of Dubai is held in the Du Arena in Dubai Media City over a weekend and many of the city’s best restaurants take up concession stands to offer their unique delights to the public. There are also cooking shows and demonstrations by world renowned chefs, celebrity tv chefs and producers.
  • During Dubai Restaurant Week the city’s top restaurants offer a three course menu at a fixed price to discerning diners via online booking. My favorite restaurant Social by Heinz Beck is the one to book during this time.

DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL

This shopping extravaganza takes place across the Emirate and is marked by radical discounts and offers in all the big malls. It usually runs from December through January. Many malls put on entertainment as well as special prizes to woo customers.

DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES

Like it’s Winter sibling, the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) is a shopping extravaganza during the summer months and usually lasts for about six weeks. There are great deals on entertainment and shopping between late June and early August. Some of the best deals combine 3 for 2 offers with 30-70% discounts.

RAMADHAN IN DUBAI

Those planning a Dubai vacation during Ramadhan may be in for a surprise. Though public consumption of food and drink is prohibited during fasting hours, the city becomes very festive with residents and visitors alike eagerly anticipating the iftars and suhoors on offer at restaurants and hotels throughout the city.

Ramadhan is a month of spiritual significance for Muslims and visitors to the country during this period should maintain the utmost respect and decorum in dress and behavior. During Ramadhan it is prohibited for adults to consume food, beverages or tobacco products in public during fasting hours and failure to observe the prohibition may result in fines or jail time if caught in the act.

Many restaurants and cafes continue to operate during the month of Ramadhan and are licensed for delivery and take-out services, even though they may not be licensed to serve food to the public during business hours. The fully licensed hospitality operators are obliged to cover their windows to ensure that their day time customers may enjoy their meals undisturbed.

EID IN DUBAI

For 2019 and 2020 the government has announced four (4) day holidays for Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha. It is still during the summer months and there are usually good offers on flights and hotels, as many of the expatriate residents exit to their home countries for Ramadhan and Eid.

During this time a number of malls in Dubai may be licensed to operate for 24 hour shopping and there are offers and bargains galore.

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    desert safari dubai
    November 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    it’s nice article

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    Summer
    September 2, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    What a really comprehensive guide! Dubai is on my list to hit next year with a couple friends, so I’ll be bookmarking your post for sure.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      September 2, 2019 at 11:27 pm

      Come in the cooler months so you can enjoy the outdoors and beaches.

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    WanderlustBeautyDreams
    September 2, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Never considered going to Dubai during Christmas time! I would love to go never been yet but it’s so high on my bucketlist!

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    Fae Celine
    August 31, 2019 at 5:55 am

    I’ve never been to Dubai yet but it’s on my bucket list. Your photos are so beautiful!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 31, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you Fae. You should definitely come and enjoy the city and all it has to offer.

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    Niry
    August 30, 2019 at 8:56 am

    I went to Dubai one New year and to be honest I would not suggest this time. It was super crowdy, all the restaurants in the main areas were always full!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 30, 2019 at 9:16 am

      New Year’s eve is one of the most expensive times of the year and many go out to see the fireworks displays so everything is at a premium. That is true though in most countries where NYE is a party time.

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    Medha Verma
    August 29, 2019 at 11:34 am

    That is a very comprehensive post on Dubai and since I live here, I can vouch for the fact that you’ve pretty much covered everything that a first time visitor to this place might want to know. The summer here really is unbearable and we kind of float through it, waiting for October when the temperatures finally begin to cool down a bit. I love November and April the best actually because for me, the weather is just the right balance at that time. I find the sea water a little bit cold for my liking in December and January.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 29, 2019 at 11:46 am

      I must confess that after all these years here in Dubai I can feel if the temp drops even one or two degrees even in summer. The AC is turned up so high in the offices and malls that it actually feels pleasant to go outside in 40 degree weather sometimes 😂

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    Stephanie
    August 26, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I’ve visited Abu Dhabi, but have not made it to Dubai yet! I would for sure visit in winter time though because I did Abu Dhabi in the summer and that heat was no joke! I really like that you included guidelines for behavior in Dubai. I feel that many tourists probably feel that Dubai is a lot like home and therefore they can behave as such and then be bitter when faced with consequences. There seems to be a lot of confusion from tourists as to what is acceptable and what is not in the UAE. Thanks for sharing!

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 26, 2019 at 8:00 am

      You are most welcome Stephanie and thanks for the feedback. Down the line there will be a more detailed post about what not to wear. Very often, the line between appropriate and inappropriate is very thin but with a few guidelines it’s not that hard.

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    Susan
    August 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Wow! This is such a helpful post. I didn’t realize there were so many cool festivals and events in the winter months. I’d def want to go that time of year based on your recommendations. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      There’s something for everyone whether it’s music, food or sports.

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    Daniela
    August 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Super useful information, will definitely avoid the summer haha!

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 25, 2019 at 11:32 pm

      My mum preferred to visit in the summer even though her birthday was in December. She especially loved the late night mall hours during Ramadan and the bargains during the summer surprises.

  • Reply
    Lauren
    August 25, 2019 at 6:05 am

    What a comprehensive list!! Dubai is on my bucket list (one day!!) and you have made it even more so. Pinning for future reference.

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    Stephanie
    August 24, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    This is a great detailed post. It definitely makes me feel more confident about visiting in the future.

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    Albína Mrázová
    August 24, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I’m impressed by how many information did you manage to get in just one article, it is very helpful, especially with the times to visit and even all the malls. Besides your pictures look incredible!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 25, 2019 at 11:29 pm

      I find that certain information is useless to a reader if given on its own, so I try to include the details I would like to know.

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        Kelly
        August 30, 2019 at 4:58 am

        This is an amazing detailed overview of Dubai. I would have never thought to go in the winter months. I just assumed it was hot year round. It was also good to read about the alcohol rules. I had no idea. Great article thank you!

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    Becki
    August 24, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Wow, this is a thorrough post, there’s so much information on here. I’m certainly tempted to visit during the winter months in the UK to make the most of a warmer climate out there.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      Many of my colleagues bring their families out during winter so they can enjoy the warmer weather over the festive season and catch a tan 😂

  • Reply
    Amanda Martin
    August 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Dubai intriges me so much! One of my co-workers grew up there and has told me all about the Dubai Shopping festival!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 23, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Haha the shopping festival has some awesome shopping bargains and is one of the reasons people plan their trip here in December – January.

  • Reply
    Melanie williams
    August 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Love all the piccys and it seems that there is so much to see and do. Dubai looks like a lovely holiday destination x

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    Marjie Mare
    August 21, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Every year, my sisters-in-law and I do a girl trip, one of the places selected is Dubai, we are going to vote on it on September 1, when we are having our ladies brunch, hopefully, it’s Dubai.

  • Reply
    Lia
    August 20, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I really never thought of visiting Dubai in December, it’s a great idea! Thanks for the tip. Lovel guide too 🙂 pinning for later travel planning!

  • Reply
    Jess Howliston
    August 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    This is such a great post and in depth guide to visiting Dubai for anyone thinking of visiting! It sounds like somewhere that has so much to offer for everyone and I would love to visit with my family one day, Christmas time especially sounds pretty amazing! x

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      The kids love Dubai at Christmas time. The malls have special events and many of the city hotels have a Christmas party for kids.

  • Reply
    Candy
    August 20, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderful guide! I would love to visit this part of the world someday!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      My friend visited with her mother in June and said that even though she was here for 6 days it was still not enough to see everything the city has to offer. They left here already planning for the return trip.

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    Jade Braham
    August 20, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    WOW! I knew that Dubai is a once in a lifetime experience but I had no idea that it had to offer so much. I love the idea of going there when one of the festivals are on – that’s got to be amazing! Thank you for sharing this! It’s so helpful, I’m going to bookmark the page!

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Although the hot temperatures make a difference to how much outdoor activities one can do and how tolerable they are in the heat, the city is wonderful throughout the year. My mother always wanted to come during Summer for some obscure reason and said it was pleasantly less crowded and everything is cheaper or on sale 🙂

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    Chris
    August 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    What a great list of things to know before going to Dubai.

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      This is only the intro and there is so much more to follow in the coming weeks 🙂

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    maysz
    August 20, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Dubai is on my Bucket list great to read this guide tips that I can use in the future! Love your photos!

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Maysz. I lost amazing photos of Dubai when I crashed my external hard drive last year and have been slowly building up my photos over the past year. There are no filters, what you see is what you get 🙂

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    Michael
    August 20, 2019 at 9:07 am

    We are either going there next year or in Canada. Nonetheless, both are nice places so looking forward to it. Saving for future reference

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    Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    August 20, 2019 at 3:07 am

    This is a really good resource for people traveling to Dubai for the first time. I can’t believe it gets that hot there! Is that 40C actual temperature or “real feel” temperature? Goodness. Our summers here reach around 36C and I complain about it! Anyway, if I do get the chance to visit, I may choose some other time except summer. I know it will cost more, but that is okay. Dubai looks like an exciting place to visit!

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

      I left home this morning at 7:45am and the outside temperature was 34 Celsius. On very humid days it feels a few degrees warmer than it actually is. At 2:30pm the temperature in the shade was 41 Celcius.

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    Komal
    August 20, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Wow! This guide is very in-depth! I want to go someday and I won’t have to look any further than this post. Thanks!

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

      This is only the first in the Dubai series, with more to follow on where to stay in Dubai; the Dubai dress code and what to wear and more.

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    Jaana McEntee
    August 19, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for this guide how to visit Dubai, such beautiful place. I wouldn’t mind to experience their summer’s heat 🙂

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      Razena Schroeder
      August 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      My friend didn’t mind the heat either when she and her mum visited in June even though outdoor time was limited 🙂

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