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.