When you talk about a tourist hub, Dubai is the first place that comes into your mind. Being one of the most visited places in the world, Dubai holds many records too. From the world’s tallest building to the busiest international airport to the luxurious residential places like Emaar Beachfront, Dubai got it all. Still, there are a lot of misconceptions about this lavish place. To clear some confusions about the place, down below are some things that you must know before visiting this place:
- Not just for millionaires
Dubai is cited as one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it can be heaven too for people who have a certain budget in mind. As you know that Dubai is hosting Expo 2020, this has made a budget-friendly food chain business boom. Places around Al Muraqqabat Rd and Al Rigga Rd are filled with cheap eateries. Fare of the taxis are cheaper as compared to the international standards, or you can ride a metro that will not cost you more than 3 Dirhams. As you land in Dubai, you will be provided with free sims at airports that will cut your roaming expense.
- Cultural Hub
Stereotypes have made us believe that Dubai offers nothing except shopping and luxurious buildings. If we look beyond this, we can see the cultural heritage that Dubai holds. It is a blend of Arab, Islamic and Bedouin traditions. For a short history lesson, visit the Etihad Museum and the Dubai Museum and then visit the Sheik Mohammed Center for an unlimited question and answer session on the culture of the Emirati. In the meantime, visit the thriving contemporary art scene on Alserkal Avenue and perform at the Dubai Opera.
- Not a dry place:
There is a misconception that Dubai is a dry place and you can not find amenities available in different parts of the world. This misconception is obviously wrong, as you can get anything you want here. There are licensed bars that serve you with the most premium alcohol, though the legal age of drinking is 21. Tuesdays are for ladies that allows them to get free drinks from most of the bars.
- Heaven for foodies
You can get the best dine-in experience in Dubai. The multicultural blend of Dubai allows you to enjoy everything from budget-friendly ethnic food and typical Emirati cuisines to fine French and molecular cuisine. Hip handmade foodstuffs such as Sum of Us and Salt are taking us away from multinational chains, while Frying Pan Adventures provides wonderful food tours across old Dubai. In 2020 Dubai is also having a Time Out food fair, where travellers can taste the best of the city and the first MasterChef restaurant in the country.
- No dress code
Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with about 85% of the population expatriates. You don’t have to cover your legs, shorts and T-shirts are perfect in many places and you can take a bikini at the beach or by the swimming pool. This is a fashionable place, so dress up for a brunch and a clubbing. In malls, mosques and souks it is important to honour local Islamic culture by modestly dressing, which includes covering the shoulders and knees.
- Dubai is unbelievably prospective
Forget thoughts of a city fueled entirely by black gold; Dubai has effectively diversified its economy away from oil to become a vibrant centre for shipping, commerce, finance and tourism. Moreover the government partners with technology firms to build self-driving aircraft, drone taxis and 3D organ printing. One of the most promising collaborations is Hyperloop One which creates a supersonic transportation system that will connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes.
- One of the safest cities
Despite instability in the region, the UAE is according to the World Economic Forum, the second safest country in the world. Compared to other major cities across the globe, Dubai is very well, and street crime is rare. Taxis are quiet at night and walking by yourself is nice in most places. The greatest risks are ruthless driving and crossing the road, with many vehicles unaware of the footpaths.
The above-mentioned things must have cleared a lot of doubts about the place. It is safe to say that with their projects like Madinat Jumeirah Living, Cityland mall, and many more, Dubai will be a tourist hub for many upcoming years.