A Guide to Dubai – Travel Tips, Visa, Tours, Attractions and Activities

Dubai is known as one of the most vibrant and unique cities in the world. Besides being UAE’s (United Arab Emirates) most populous, it is a high-end tourist destination with tourism, hospitality and retail as its major offerings. The development of this futuristic city has been rapid in the previous decades – from a small fishing village in the 18th century to a remarkable cosmopolitan metropolis of the 21st century. Due to the strategic planning and investments by the Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion Board (DCTPB), Dubai is a prominent city on the world map.

Dubai Has Developed into A Global Leader in Tourism, Hospitality And Retail Experiences

Dubai’s spectacular rise as a tourist destination has resulted in the development of unique tourist attractions such as the constructed landscape of palm-shaped islands, iconic buildings glittering its skyline, science fiction emulating flying taxis, and unrivalled shopping malls and complexes. Add to it the theme parks and resorts, entertainment complexes, exemplary fine dining experiences and memorable street food, you have an Arabian adventure unlike any other. Tourists could visit as many times and still discover something new depending on which part of Dubai they want to experience.

Dubai Is An Exceptional Mix Of The Traditional And The New Cosmopolitan Culture

Dubai’s eclectic mix of the traditional with the cosmopolitan offers a myriad of choices to tourists– whether it be staying at a waterfront luxury hotel or lying under the desert sky in the Arabian desert – Dubai offers it all. Tourists can visit Dubai at any time of the year although many prefer to visit during the milder months of the year in January and February. Tourists can travel to Dubai with or without Visas depending on their country of citizenship.

How Can You Get A UAE Visa To Travel To Dubai?

Tourists of most nationalities can apply for a visa upon arrival at the international airports in Dubai. However, passport holders of certain countries may have to apply for Visa before their entry. There are a variety of Visa options available for tourists– short-term and long-term offering single or multiple entry with 30 -90 days eligibility. Specific Airlines, Luxury Hotels, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, UAE residents, Companies and Organizations can apply for the Visa on behalf of the traveller.

The Several Types of UAE Visitor Visas Are As follows Which Are Eligible For 30 – 90 Days.

  • Tourist Visa – valid for 30 days. Single entry or multiple entries.
  • Tourist Visa – Long Term – valid for 90 days. Single entry.
  • Visit Visa – Long Term – valid for 90 days. Multiple entries.
  • Service Visa – valid for 14 days. Single entry.

Short stay visas for 48 hours and 96 hours are also available depending on your nationality. UAE Visas are valid for entry for up to 60 days from the date of issue.

How Can You Apply For A Visa To The UAE? Can Anyone Apply On Your Behalf?

  • Airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, FlyDubai
  • Hotels – three, four, five stars, where you are booked to stay during your visit
  • Travel Agents and Tour Operators – Licensed. If you have planned your trip with them
  • Residents of UAE – if they are your friends or relatives
  • Companies and Organizations

Makes Sure You Have Relevant Documentation Before You Apply For Your Visa

  • Passports should be – machine-readable, valid for 6 months before your date of departure, should not be handwritten (unacceptable)
  • Coloured photographs of appropriate size
  • Confirmed flight/travel booking
  • Additional documents as per the type of applied visa

Always check for current information on the website of the Dubai Department of Naturalization and Residency (DNRD) to find out more details about the visas, sponsors, hotels and companies.

The Tourist Attractions In Dubai That Should Be On Every Tourist’s List:

  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo: The world’s largest Aquarium with over 140 species of aquatic animals including several endangered ones in the 10 million litre water tank.
  • The World Islands: An artificially constructed archipelago of islands in the shape of the map of the world in the Persian Gulf.
  • The Gold Souk: A traditional market with over 300 retailers dealing with an estimated 10 tons of gold daily.
  • Desert Safari: Morning Safari, Afternoon Safari and Overnight Safari

There Are So Many More Tourist Attractions And Experiences To Choose From In Dubai:

  • Burj Khalifa: The skyscraper standing at 829.8m. An architectural icon fused with traditional and modern design.
  • The Dubai Fountain: The largest fountain in the world on the 30acre Burj Khalifa Lake costing over USD 218 million. Perfectly choreographed to music and illuminated with 6,600 lights.
  • Dubai Miracle Garden: A flower garden with over 70 species and 50 million in DubaiLand, arranged in spectacular arches and patterns sprawled over 72,000 sq m.

Desert Safari Dubai: A Memorable and Unique Experience For Every Traveller

No experiential trip to Dubai is complete without a Desert Safari adventure. A typical Desert Safari Dubai shouldn’t be limited to viewing a desert landscape. It should include a morning safari to experience the mesmerising sunrise or an afternoon safari for the visual feast of the fiery sun setting in the dunes. On the other hand, an overnight desert safari is incomparable – feel the calmness of the moon and the stars as you lie on your back in the desert sand.

Tourists are truly spoilt for options while planning their sightseeing trips to Dubai.  It stands apart from other cosmopolitan cities like New York and London because of its unparalleled uniqueness.


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