Travel Talk … Dubai and the UAE
If you’re planning a trip to Dubai you’re in for a treat! The key word is planning. Make sure you do the research before you leave…especially since you’re going to a country where the culture and laws are probably dramatically different from yours.
Dubai is a very cosmopolitan city so it’s easy to get caught up in the wild & crazy side. You’ll have a blast but make sure you’re always considerate of the local customs and learn the laws that govern UAE residents and visitors.
Travelling in this region brings an endless spectrum of experiences that change dramatically as you cross borders, real and imagined. Crossing the border from the curry-scented older sections of Karama and Satwa into the sparkling new avenues winding around the financial district and the spectacular fountains of the Dubai Mall, feels like you’re entering a different country. The same ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’ feeling hits as you drive north through the different emirates, seemingly going back in time as the roads narrow, the shops become more rustic and the ratio of Emiratis to expats does an about face.
If you’re feeling adventurous (and you have Omani insurance on your rental car), cross the border into Oman for a little off-roading or exploring the fjords of the Musandam… BUT that probably belongs in the highlights but there’s so much to do we just get excited and can’t help ourselves!
So, let’s get back on track…
Getting There, Then Getting Around
- Getting to Dubai is easy. Several international airlines have daily service to Dubai and Abu Dhabi alongside two major UAE airlines, Emirates and Etihad.
- The airlines, tour companies and hotels can provide assistance in obtaining a visa in advance and some tourists can get one on arrival.
- Making your way around town is made simple with the Dubai Metro and buses, tons of taxis, private cars and even water taxis.
Knowing the Basics
- Your time in the UAE will be awesome as long as you follow the law and learn the Do’s and Dont's.
- There are plenty of places to exchange money as soon as you arrive at the airport or in any of the currency exchange companies located in every mall.