Dubai Travel Guide and Tourism

Often christened as the Pearl of the Gulf, Dubai concocts adventures for every kind of tourist. This is the city where glossy locales peppered with dazzling malls meets the the Bedouin life across the magnificent desert dunes. To make the most of your holiday in Dubai, start with understanding the emirate’s history at the Dubai Museum in the historic Al Fahidi Fort. Hop onto an abra (boat) and visit the Deira side of the Dubai creek for its bustling bazaars. Dubai’s tourism can be credited to the city’s Spice Souk, that is brimming with an assortment of spices, teas, dry fruits and flowers. If you are in the lookout for a local breakfast (especially, the falafels) by the beach, the sandy Jumeirah Beach is your best bet. Visit the Burj Khalifa to witness the magnificent view of the city, particularly after sundown. For that mandatory shopping spree, the glitzy Dubai Mall in the downtown section of the city should be the next stop in your Dubai tour. You can get all your Arab souvenirs from here. Downtown Dubai is also one of the most popular places to visit in the city primarily because of the al fresco dining scene, that boasts of some of the best baba ganoush and flatbread you have ever tasted. And as no Dubai trip is complete without a Desert Safari, book yourself a package that has it all - dune bashing, camel-riding, belly dancing, and a flavoursome dinner of kebabs. To make the most of what Dubai has to offer, budget between Rs.4000 to Rs.6000 a day. If your budget is tighter, read on for a more detailed travel guide and breakdown of your expenses in the land of dreams and fantasies.
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Top Attractions in Dubai

The land of dreams, fantasies, and opportunities has become a favourite among travellers from around the world for its unique cultural dynamism, innovative projects, and an amazing night life. There is nowhere in the world quite like it. Here are Tripoto's hand-picked list of places to visit that you absolutely cannot miss in Dubai.

Best Luxury Hotels in Dubai

Sample the lifestyle of the rich and the famous while sipping on champagne and savouring caviar at some of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai. Here are Tripoto's top picks

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Dubai

If you're looking to witness the magic of Dubai without burning a hole in your pocket, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will come in handy while booking your next stay.

Best Budget Hotels In Dubai

If you believe Dubai is an expensive place for a vacation, Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels will definitely change your mind.

Best Hostels in Dubai

Backpacking through the ultramodern Dubai just got easier. From Downtown Dubai to Deira, here is Tripoto's guide of the most interesting hostels with characterful dorms, great crowd and delicious food in the city.

About Dubai

At first glance, Dubai looks like a vast desert expanse with the monotony only broken by huge hills. But as you get closer and look beyond the palm trees, a futuristic urban sprawl made of glass, steel, and lights unfolds like a shimmering mirage in the Arabian Desert. Add leisure shopping to this and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday destination. Tourists from around the world flock to Dubai between the months of November and March to enjoy all that this city has to offer. The famous shopping festival also happens during this time.

Dubai is a beautiful conglomeration of age-old traditions and futuristic ideas and ambitions, making it one of the most interesting places to visit in the world today. For Indians, it is a great weekend getaway considering its proximity to the subcontinent. You can head to Bur Dubai for a taste of the city’s history or visit the more recently-developed region of Jumeirah for all your shopping and leisure activities. And if you think that Dubai is only a place for the rich and famous, think again! You can enjoy all that the place has to offer in a budget of as little as Rs.3000 a day. And of course, if you’re looking to spend more, the sky is the limit. Luxury holidays start at around Rs.6000 a day.

How to reach Dubai

Dubai is well-connected to the Indian subcontinent and rest of the world through most major airlines. In fact, Dubai is a very popular stopover destination and the Dubai International Airport is one of the fanciest and busiest airports of the world.

Nationals from 45 countries are eligible for free visas on arrival (valid for 30 days) in the UAE. These tourist visas can be extended once for a period of 30 days for a fee of Dh500.

Best Time to Visit Dubai

  • Peak Season is from November to March when Dubai sees the largest number of tourists in the city. The famous Dubai Shopping Festival also occurs during this season.
  • Off-season: April to October brings summers to Dubai. The tourist numbers tend to decrease during this period due to the heat and humidity.

Budget for Dubai

For Budget Travellers: INR 3000 - 4000 a day

  • Accommodation in basic hotels: INR 2000-2500 in the peak season
  • Food in cafes and street eateries: INR 350-900
  • Public Transport by the metro and ferries: INR 50 - 130

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 5000 to 7000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels, villas and homestays: INR 5000 - 7000 in the peak season
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 600 - 1500
  • Local transport in boats and local taxis: INR 200 - 500

For Luxury Travellers: INR 10,000 and upwards a day

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 10,000 and upwards in the peak season
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs, water taxis: INR 300 and upwards
  • Activities (Skydiving, Scuba etc.): INR 3000 and upwards

Visa Information for Dubai

Nationals of 45 countries are eligible for free 30-day visas on arrival in the UAE. Tourist visas can be extended once for 30 days, for a fee of for Dh500.

Citizens of India holding a valid US visa or Green Card do not require an advance visa for tourist purpose and can get a visa on arrival, valid for 14 days, from any port of entry. It costs AED 100. The US visa/GC must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of arrival. An extension is possible for another 14 days for an additional fee.

All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. It is generally not possible to enter with an Israeli passport, but anyone entering the UAE with an Israeli stamp in a non-Israeli passport should have no problem.

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