The fascinating city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is an exciting place to visit. It has spectacular architecture, boutique shopping malls, delicious cuisine and friendly people. Fashion and style sums up what Dubai is all about whatever time of year you decide to travel.
The cosmopolitan city of Dubai has an all year round sub tropical climate. The best time to travel is from the beginning of October to the end of April when temperatures hover between 25-35 degrees Centigrade. Temperature wise the summer months can be too hot often hitting 45 degrees C. To get a feel for the city why not travel in December so you can enjoy National Day on the 2nd? Islamic holiday days vary, ELD is the most important Islamic Festival marking the end of Ramadan (ninth month of the Islamic calendar).
British citizens can apply for a 30 day visa when arriving in Dubai. Note that there are fines for overstays. Make sure you visit your doctor to check if vaccines are up to date before leaving. During Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking are forbidden in public places during the daytime. There are very strict regulations in place on drinking alcohol in the UAE. The cost of living in Dubai is certainly cheaper than in London with restaurant prices being on average around 45% less. While European imported goods are more expensive, locally manufactured electronics cost less than in the UK. When visiting souks, the local markets, remember to haggle. Dubai is three hours ahead of London, GST Gulf Standard Time, which is UTC/GMT+4.
At Dubai International Airport terminals 1 and 3, the red line metro stops every ten minutes while the green line stops at the airport Free zone, near to terminal 2. Both metros run Saturday - Thursday between 6am and 11pm, Fridays from 1pm until midnight. Approximate prices are 1 zone = 4 AED, 2 zones = 6AED and 3 zones = 8.50 AED. Travellers would do well to purchase a red ticket, which is cheap and valid for a maximum of ten journeys within 90 days. Buses stop at all terminals from 6am until 10pm, bus numbers are 4, 11, 15, 33 and 44. Regarding accommodation, budget accommodation in hotels is available from approximately 100 AED in hostels. You can find single hotel rooms costing about 800 AED. It's probably a good idea to book early especially during the peak season from September till May. There's no problem seeing Dubai's many attractions when travelling by public transport. A single ticket on the metro or bus will cost you 4 AED. Take the opportunity to use public transport so you can visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Mosque and the awesome Dubai Mall. Taxi prices are certainly more expansive than public transport but still cost less than in the UK due to cheaper petrol prices.