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Dubai is a must-see for architects.

We bring you Dubai, your ultimate travel guide. Generally, a 3-day or 4-day visit should suffice to see the best of Dubai, but not if you’re an aspiring architect or already practicing. Add another two days at least.

Dubai is also known for its luxury shopping and lively nightlife.

Dubai landscape

What you should know about this desert hotspot before you go

Dubai considers some social behavior as unlawful. For example, PDAs (public display of affection) and consuming alcohol in public.

Keep your dress code conservative. For instance, cover your shoulders.

Time zone: UTC+04:00 (UAE Standard Time).

Currency:  AED, i.e. the United Arab Emirates dirham (also known as, Emirati dirham – abbreviated to DH or Dhs). The dirham is subdivided into 100 fils.

Best time to go to Dubai

May to September is very hot and it may be rather uncomfortable on a desert safari. November to March is the best time to explore Dubai because it is not unbearably hot. Winter temperatures are around 20⁰C average low in January.

Things to do; Places to see

Burj Khalifa

Go up to the 124th floor in the Burj Khalifa building. The building is known for being the tallest building in the world at 829.8 m. 

The gravity-defying view from the observation deck is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Dubai Fountains

Grab a light lunch or at least some coffee at a café near the Dubai Fountains (at the foot of Burj Khalifa). Sit back and enjoy the magnificent fountains with jets and lights choreographed to music.

The same team that was behind the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, was behind the Dubai Fountains.

Miracle Garden

Flora-lovers must go to the Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden located in Dubailand. The 72,000 sq. m garden features over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants! It’s a spectacle of colors and scents.

Dubai Burj Kalifa building amongst other skyscrapers
Dubai Fountains

 

Fun Fact: Dubai has the world’s longest driverless metro line in the world.

The 52 km red line combined with the 22.5 km green line makes for a Guinness World Record. 

Ski Dubai

If you always wanted to ski or snowboard but never had the opportunity, now is the time. At Ski Dubai, which is part of the Mall of the Emirates, you can play around in the snow. It’s about 22,500 m in size and even has a chairlift. Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Of course, it is not real snow, but it’s remarkably close to the real deal. Dress warm because you can expect temperatures of -1ºC to 2 ºC.

Burj Al-Arab 

Make a dinner reservation or stop for cocktails at Burj Al-Arab hotel. The hotel is not only the tallest hotel in the world, but it has an underwater restaurant. So, if dining amongst sea creatures sounds attractive to you, make your reservation well in advance to avoid disappointment.  

Museums

At the 18th century home of the Dubai Museum, the Al-Fahidi Fort, you’ll get to know about Emirati musical instruments, and the effect the oil boom had on the Emirates.

They also have a Coffee Museum where you can see coffee artifacts from around the world. Participate in a Bedouin coffee ritual, an Arab tradition.

Dubai Creek

The Dubai Creek divides this United Arab Emirates city into two towns. Namely, Deira (north) and Bur Dubai (south). Go see the Dhow Warfage, known for its fishing dhows.

Fun Fact:  Camel racing is one of the most popular sports in the city.