Dubai is both a dynamic international business centre and a laid-back tourist escape; a city where the sophistication of the 21st century walks hand in hand with the simplicity of a bygone era; a cosmopolitan society with an international lifestyle combining the comfort and convenience of the Western world with the unique charm and hospitality of Arabia.
“If you are looking for a unique destination that is both a dynamic business center and a tourist paradise, offering more attractions, shopping, fine dining, and quality hotels, it’s definitely Dubai”.
The heritage and culture of Dubai are at the heart of its appeal.
From its origins as a pearl fishing port to today’s pioneering city which is home to the world’s most iconic skyline. It is a true land of contrasts.
While in Dubai you should embrace all that is has to offer. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) introduces visitors to the traditional, values, and culture of the United Arab Emirates.
A range of fascinating activities are available to you including guided tours of Jumeirah Mosque with opportunities to ask questions about Islam; traditional meals prepared and hosted by local Emiratis; walking tours of the historic Bastakiya district; Arabic classed and even Iftar feasts during Ramadan.
Dubai is so much more than a city break destination. Make the most of your trip by seeing all four corners of the emirate, including the expansive desert which is home to traditional nomadic communities. Experience desert safaris showcasing local food and entertainment alongside the adrenaline-fuelled sand-sports or relax and absorb the stunning coastline which offers a whole host of refreshing watersports and views of the breathtaking Palm Jumeriah.
While in Dubai, Do respect local customs and traditional
Do enjoy a drink and a dance in licensed facilities
Dubai has hundreds of licensed restaurants, pubs, and clubs where drinking and dancing are enjoyed. It is home to some of the world’s most recognizable names in dining and entertainment, as well as, other authentic, local ventures.
Remember that your need to be 21 years of age or older to drink legally in Dubai and alcohol is only permitted in licensed areas. Being drunk in public is not tolerated.
Do check your medication before your trip. Like most countries, narcotic drugs are illegal in Dubai.
The emirate has a clear policy helping it retain an unrivaled reputation with one of the world’s lowest crime rates. Guidelines exist to ensure visitors’ and residents’ safety. Some medicines do appear on the Government of the United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Health’s list of restricted controlling medicines. This includes various over the counter medicines such as those containing Codeine. For a trouble-free visit, if you are traveling with any of the listed medications, carry a doctor’s note or prescription, keep medicines in original packaging and only take an appropriate quantity for the duration of your trip. For more detailed information visit www. moh.gov.ae
Do behave yourself in public
Dubai wants every visitor to enjoy their stay. Of the millions of people who visit each year and the vast majority have a trouble-free stay and thoroughly enjoy themselves. Dubai’s laws and culture promote
Unfortunately, the actions of a few can may the experience of others, so please make sure you treat the destination with the respect it deserves. Similarly, you will din the streets are safe and pleasantly free of litter and graffiti.
Dubai offers a genuine year-round cultural getaway. Do make the most of Dubai during the Holy Month of Ramadan
During Ramadan, while Muslims are fasting from dawn to dusk, the majority of activities run normally during the day with slightly shorter opening hours.
Non-Muslims can easily eat and drink in many hotels and restaurants and often by the pool or on the beach. Out of respect for those who are fasting, these areas are screened off during the day.
Alcohol can be purchased after sunset and there is also a host of culturally interesting activities for the visitor to participate in and enjoy, including the magnificent After feasts at sunset to celebrate the daily braking of the fast. Ramadan is a great opportunity to sample Dubai’s rush and authentic cultural offering, which is still to be discovered by many visitors to the region.
Do wear respectful clothing .
Clothing should be kept considerably more modest at this time of year.
You can travel to the emirate safe in the knowledge that you do not require any specific vaccines, jabs, or health checks.
Advice your hotel in advance if you are traveling as an unmarried couple and they will make the necessary arrangements to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.