If your next-door neighbour’s overachieving child was a city; they would be Dubai, in the best way. This opulent oasis in the Arabian Desert is situated on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Dubai always strives to build the best, biggest and most luxurious; obtaining records of the tallest building in the world, the tallest hotel in the world, the highest restaurant in the world, and the largest shopping mall in the world. While basking in all its swanky glory, the city also holds its heritage in high regard, reminding you that you are still in the vibrant Middle East.
Dubai is one of those destinations that people choose for spontaneous trips, owing to the exhilarating nature of the city’s activities. So, pack your bags for a thrilling 48-hours through Arabia’s City of Gold!
Getting in and around
Dubai International Airport is the international hub for the city, which connects Dubai to wherever you are in the world. Dubai has great road infrastructure, and most tourists use the cream-coloured taxis to get around. However, traffic is an issue in Dubai, and it is a task to hail a taxi during rush hours. The other efficient option to get around the city is the Dubai Metro, which runs across the coastline connecting all the major localities. The bus system is efficient too.
Best time to visit
As Dubai is in the desert, it really only experiences warm-hot weather. Thus, the winter months between November and mid-March are the best times to go with temperatures going down to around 15°C in the night, although it is the peak season and is, thus, most crowded. The rest of the year, temperatures can soar up to anywhere between 37°C and 40°C.
Budget (upto INR 5,000 per night): Holiday Inn Express Dubai Jumeirah, Holiday Inn Express Dubai- Internet City, Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Ibis Dubai Al Barsha Hotel, Jumeira Rotana, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha, Rove Healthcare City.
Mid-range (INR 5,000-9,000): M Hotel Downtown by Millennium, DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay, Villa Rotana – Dubai, Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai.
Luxury (INR 10,000+): Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Taj Dubai, The Oberoi Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Palace Downtown, The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai, Fairmont The Palm Dubai, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.