Traveling to Dubai: First-Time Visitors Edition

Being a rookie is not always a pleasant thing but being a rookie in a new country is most certainly exciting. Whether it is a place in your country that you haven’t been to before or a whole new country, being a first-time visitor is always a lot of fun. New people, culture, new scenes, new things to try and to learn. However, to make the best from your first visit, you need to do a little research. As you are here, reading this article, I assume it’s your first time visiting Dubai. And you took my advice about researching, without reading my article, so I am not going to bore you with the side talk. Let’s get into things you should know about Dubai.


Before going to Dubai

Depending on where you are from, you might need a visa to enter Dubai. Check the visa requirements beforehand with embassy or consulate of the UAE in your home country. Visit Dubai sometime between October and April, otherwise, you won’t be able to do anything because it is extremely hot during spring and summer. Book the hotel beforehand because the ones that you like might run out of rooms really quickly. Besides, you might be able to book them at lower prices.

Once you get there

An important thing you need to know about Emirates is that their working days are from Sunday to Thursday and the weekend is Friday and Saturday. So, the traffic during the workdays is crazy in Dubai. For tourists, the best way to move around the city is a taxi. You could also use the Metro: it’s clean, simple, and safe. There are also buses available with multi-day passes in Dubai that start their route from Dubai mall.

Dress code

Tourists are not required to follow the dress code of the locals. You can wear swimsuits at the beach and loose clothes in public places. Try not to wear very open clothing like shorts or tank tops in malls, restaurants or other public places. To enter mosques, on the other hand, you need to be wearing special clothing. Fancy restaurants also have their dress code that you need to check beforehand.


Dubai is a dream city with its astonishing lights and blinding luxury. You will definitely enjoy your stay there just spend some time on research to avoid any unpleasant surprises.