Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.
The local currency is the dirham, which is pegged at AED 1 to 18 Indian National Rupee. Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan and all visitors are welcome. However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.
Our shoestring budget flight was Indigo which dropped us at Sharjah as a point of entry. Ensure you have a visa prior flying to Dubai since all the Indian Nationals require a valid tourist visa along with a passport to enter the Emirates region.
We took an internal shuttle which dropped us at DXB airport. The roads were smooth as butter but damn Dubai is hot throughout the year. There is a lot of construction work anytime of the year everywhere. The uniqueness of Dubai was no two buildings have used a same architectural form. This is an oasis for all the architects and civil engineers.
We enjoyed our early afternoon walk to Palm strip & covered the Grand Jumeirah Mosque. It was breath taking experience interacting with the locals and exploring the history of the Dubai.
The metro here is beautiful and well connected through out the city. Taxis do play a major role to commute compared to the buses. They are priced fairly at 10 AED as a starting reading and calculated as per your travel time and km. We also walked through Palm Atlantis and had a costliest shawarma ever in my life priced at INR 2500.