Dubai is the land of sun, sand, sea and dreams. It is one of those places you go to see what those on the other side of the world are up to. It is amazing what the rulers of the UAE have been able to achieve in just twenty-six years of rebuilding! Experiencing Dubai has always been on my bucket list so earlier this month, I finally decided to travel to Dubai ñ the land of dreams and fantasies. I was finally ready.
Without second thoughts, I packed the right wardrobe suitable for the weather over there: colourful, fashionable and comfy. Dubai is almost always hot so keep it light.
Fashion must-haves for Dubai
You should totally visit the Deserts. Everyone visits the Desert! The Desert is one of the most popular(and amazing!) tourist’s places to visit in Dubai. Make sure to enjoy the camel rides and music Arabic nights. When going to the Desert, you have to be really particular about your dressing. Sandstorms could be spontaneous. Wear a jacket or sweater to shield you from the sand bashing. Extreme weather temperature is not unlikely in the Desert, particularly temperature changes. Comfy covered shoes should complete your dressing.
My desert dressing usually includes closed shoes if the weather is cool enough.
Dubai is super big on a modest dressing. When doing street or Mall tours, keep it long. Wear a long skirt or shorts that exceeds the knee. Wear a shirt, long maxi dress or whatever you want that cover your arms, legs and head. I saw signages all over the public places about this dressing etiquettes.
Wear swimming trunks, bikinis or one-piece swimsuits on the beach or by the hotel pool. They are allowed. However, you must cover up the moment you leave the pool area. There’s no penalty for opening up but you don’t want those stares following you everywhere you go!
For men, long trousers(ankle length) and long sleeved tops or shirts should do. For the ladies, ankle length skirts/dresses paired with a long sleeved top is the appropriate cloth to wear when visiting the mosque. They are really particular about their religion and expect everyone(visitors included) to be dressed modestly. Go with a scarf or turban to keep your hair covered up.
Where to Stay - Rove City Centre.
It is really difficult to decide where to stay in Dubai. Everywhere is so beautiful! However, I had an amazing and relaxing experience at Rove City Centre, a 4-star property. Deira City Centre is the closest metro station to the hotel. It’s just a few steps away from the property. Deira shopping mall and Dubai International Airport is few kilometres from here.
At Rove City Centre, the rooms were comfy, clean and spacious with good ambience. The room has a huge super comfy bed and big screen TV. If you are a neat freak, don’t worry. The bathrooms are super clean. They provide coffee, tea and two complimentary bottles of water with your stay. Room service is top notch.
The property has a Cafe – The Daily. I love its tagline – Eat Global, Meet Localî. At this Cafe, you have had breakfast and sit with friends in the lobby. When next I am in Dubai. I’ll be sure to come again!
What to Eat in Dubai - Local or Restaurants
What to explore
Burj Khalifa – an 830m – a tall skyscraper with a dancing fountain under itís legs is an amazing place to explore. This is one place you shouldnít miss.
Burj Al Arab – a Sail – shaped 5-star hotel near the Wild Wadi Water Park and 4 km from Mall of the Emirates. Another must see.
The Dubai Fountain – Also known as the dancing fountain, it is the world’s second-largest musical fountain. The system is set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the centre of the Downtown Dubai. A 30-minute beautiful show of light and music.
Palm Jumeirah – The tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah Island is a must-see sight in Dubai. The Island is sightseeing filled with beautiful hotels, posh apartment towers and upmarket global restaurants.
Malls – such as The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world. Mall of the Emirates is also the largest mall in Dubai.
Souks – Dubai has a number of souks like the gold souk, spice souk, textile souk. A major attraction for tourists, buyers & sellers to get products. Souk Madinat Jumeirah is must-see souk.
When to Visit Dubai
P.S. : Opinions expressed here are truly my own.