Dubai is a brilliant location for your next holiday and there are so many things for you to see and do there. There are plenty of safaris and the restaurant industry is booming. If you have never visited Dubai before however, then there are a couple of things that you need to know as this can really help you to prepare for your next vacation. Let’s get started!

Go During Winter

The best time for you to visit Dubai is actually between October and March/April. The main reason for this is because these are classed as being the winter months, but as Dubai is such a hot country, it won’t be anywhere near the winters that happen in other places. The weather will still be hot and the winter season tends to open up bright blue skies and brilliant conditions for going to the beach, the only difference is that you won’t have to worry about burning within half an hour of being outside. You also won’t have to worry about developing sunstroke or any other serious heat-related conditions as much.

Respect the Holy Month

Ramadan is always on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. A lot of Muslims in Dubai practice fasting at this point, so it is respectful not to eat in public or smoke during this time. This is only between sunrise and sunset, and although it is legal for you to eat outside, it doesn’t show much respect for the culture or the people who are celebrating. If this is going to be difficult for you or if you are worried about this then it may be worth avoiding this time when going on holiday, but if you really want to absorb some of the culture, you could even try and fast yourself to bond with the local community.

Handling the heat

It isn’t considered to be appropriate for a man to walk around without his shirt on in public, so even though the heat will be scorching hot at the best of times, you’ll still need to cover up. This is actually a good thing, as the body is able to protect itself and regulate temperature far better when clothes are worn. This may sound strange, but you’ll probably be cooler with a shirt than you would be without one! If you go on desert safaris then it’s even more important for you to wrap-up, because the dust can really agitate your skin and eyes if you’re not careful.

Tipping

A lot of people wonder if they have to tip in Dubai or not. It’s not expected of you at all, but it is quite common. A lot of restaurants will add a tip to your bill before they bring it to you. When you get in a taxi, you won’t have to tip and drivers don’t usually expect it. The people who bag up your items at the supermarket or even the people who carry your luggage will probably benefit from a small tip so do keep this in mind when you do make the trip. A little tip really does go a long way!

 

 

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