What can I do in Dubai?
Dubai is the UAE’s flagship city, where tourists can shop ‘til they drop, indulge in fine dining, tour the excellent museums and galleries, and learn about the fascinating Bedouin culture that once inhabited the desert dunes.
First visit the Burj Khalifia, the tallest building in the world, which offers the best views in the city. Or embark instead on a cultural tour, and hop on a traditional dhow boat down the Dubai Creek. On the south side you will discover the local restaurants of the city serving delicious and varied Emirati cuisine. Then visit the Dubai Museum and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Learning. Both attractions will promise you an insight into Islam, and the birth of this cosmopolitan city.
Shoppers can hit up the lavish malls or the bustling marketplaces, and holidayers looking for sun and something to eat can go to Jumeirah, where cafes and restaurants line the golden beach that runs along the shoreline.
What airlines fly to Dubai?
- Emirates, Qantas, British Airways, Air Canada, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and many more airlines operate routes to Dubai.
When is the best time to book?
- Booking about 7 months advance is preferable for long-haul flights out to Dubai. However, if you need to book sooner than that, we have a few tips around how to save money when booking last minute.
What are the visa requirements?
- Australian travellers are issued a 30-day visa on arrival, though conditions of entry can change quickly, so please double check the travel requirements on the Smart Traveller’s information page on Dubai.
How long is the flight?
- There are non-stop flights available from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, and the duration of the flights are between 11-14 hours.
When is the best time to visit Dubai?
- February to April is when the temperature is warm and dry, but not stifling, with daily temperatures in the high 20s.
What are the average costs in Dubai?
- Purchasing a cappuccino in Dubai will cost 16.50AED ($5.85).
- The currency is in Emirati Dirham (AED)
What airport will I arrive at?
- The Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. The 3 terminals in Dubai’s airport include features like ATMs, bureau de change services, duty-free shopping, restaurants, bars, internet kiosks and free WiFi.
How do I get from the airport to Dubai?
- Buses and metro services run between the airport and the centre of the city.
- Taking a taxi to central Dubai will cost you 45-60AED ($15-21).
Any useful tips?
- Alcohol is prohibited in a lot places, but some hotels, bars and restaurants do sell it. Please be aware though that drinking in public, or being under the influence of alcohol in public is against the law.
- Please note that whilst you are able to wear swimsuits and bikinis by the pool and the resort beaches, it is advised that you change into modest clothing when leaving these areas.
Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of August 2017
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