It’s no wonder that Dubai is fast becoming the must-see destination of the Middle East. From the world’s tallest tower to man-made islands, Dubai’s architecture is innovative and interesting, bound to astonish even the most jaded of travelers.

Dubai Marina
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Ready to go? Here’s what you need to know:

Dubai is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city, but it’s important to remember that you need to be culturally sensitive. Don’t even consider drugs, nudity, or public affection. It’s also important to remember that drinking is only allowed inside hotels. But that being said, as long as you follow the local cultural norms, then you can expect to have a wonderful time in Dubai! Here are a few great options for Dubai excursions:


Burj al Arab

This 5-star hotel has become one of the most famous structures in the city. It was designed to symbolize the sail of a boat and the progress of Dubai’s urban transformation.


Burj Duabi

This building holds the record as the tallest structure ever built, with the most floors, the longest travel distance elevators, the highest nightclub and restaurant, and highest New Year fireworks display.


Dubai Marina

Enjoy a nice long outdoor walk at this expansive marina. Plenty of restaurants and shops will keep you entertained as you enjoy the views.


Dubai Museum

This great museum is home to the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787. Enjoy meandering amongst old maps, beautiful courtyards and exquisite artifacts.


Old Dubai

Old Dubai is nothing less than stunning, and a beautiful representation of Arabic architecture and culture. Take a stroll through the narrow lanes and you’ll very quickly feel transported in time.


The Beaches

The United Arab Emirates boasts more than 1,300 kilometers of coastline, and the city of Dubai offers picture-perfect beaches with cool, sparkling water. While bikinis and board shorts are common on the sands of this deeply religious city, they’re only appropriate on the beach. If you leave the sand, be sure to cover up.

Al Mamzar is a blue-flag beach near the edge of the city, which means that it has met stringent standards for water quality, safety, environmental activities and services provided. Mini palm trees and thatched umbrellas dot the beach, providing shade, while the two pools and playground provide ample fun for all ages.

Other options include Umm Suqeim, also known as Sunset Beach and home to Surf Dubai, as well as umeirah Open, also known as Russian Beach.


Take A Helicopter Trip

What better way to explore Dubai than from the sky? Take a 15 minutes helicopter ride to explore the magnificent architecture and beaches.

Dubai is still relatively new on the international tourist trail, but it is definitely a destination that warrants a visit! This is just the start of all the exhilarating things to experience in the city. If you’ve been before, then we want to hear from you!


What did you think of your trip to Dubai? What suggestions do you have for other travelers headed to this unique part of the world?