It is love at first sight for us in Dubai. From the moment you leave the airport, Dubai is a big one. We post about our fun camel-riding adventures, belly dancing, jumping up and down in the desert. We have told you about a cultural heritage tour that takes us beyond luxury to the heart of the Old Dubai region. I might have mentioned, more than once, how extraordinary experience of seeing a dancing fountain at the Burj Kalifa. Now some tips, guides, things to do, places to stay and more on our travel page and Dubai blog.


The problem with Dubai is, you need one month to see and do everything. We cannot say that we have been there all that time, but we have been there 3 times, every time in transit in Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, Kathmandu and so on. Every time we have fun. Every time we do the same favorite things and add some experience and travel. Here is our summary of things to do in Dubai to help you plan your Dubai trip.

We will definitely return to taste more, including beaches and water parks and to experience more high-quality accommodation, food and services that make Dubai a prominent destination. We will also take more tours, there is plenty to take out of Dubai to the surrounding area.


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Where to Stay in Dubai
This is a bit complicated because most are personal tastes. There are several beach resort hotels that are very luxurious for holiday makers but there are also thousands of choices in various areas of the city and at The Creek. It really depends on what you want to get from your trip. For a great Dubai experience, try to see Atlantis the Palm or Burj al Arab on Jumeira Beach, you will need a big wallet but it will be an experience that will never be forgotten.

We tend to go to apartment-style hotels for a few days' stopover. They include kitchens and washing machines, which make our lives easier and towards a more budget-friendly end. Golden Sands apartment series hotels in Bur Dubai are popular and usually have swimming pools. They are far from the beach but in the central area. Consider transportation options. As a family of four, we usually find taxis easier and cheaper than metro Dubai.

Drive around Dubai
Dubai has two metro, red and green lines, which cover most of the tourist areas in and around the city. The red line goes south as far as Jebel Ali. Ticket per zone. For tourists, you can buy a red ZERO card that allows travel on all metro, bus and tram networks. You can load your card first with the amount of money and zone you want to use. I don't really recommend to take the metro because for us it's always crowded. Every time we use it, we have to wait for a few full trains to pass before we can continue the journey. Women's special trains do not offer any benefits when traveling with family.

Taxis are a convenient way to get around the city if you only go to several places. For families with 4 people, it costs no more than the metro. All meters and you don't have to bargain. Be careful during peak hours when you can get stuck on one of the many big roads in traffic jams. Public buses throughout Dubai but unless you really know where you are going I will not be worried. The ZERO card will include bus trips if you want to travel.

Arrive at Dubai Airport

Dubai has two airports located at the end of the city. Dubai International Airport with the DXB code and the newer Al Makthoum International Airport with DWC code. Dubai International (DXB) is the main airport and is one of the busiest in the world in terms of international tourists. The total terminal is 3 and terminals 1 and 3 (specifically Emirates and Qantas) are connected by foot but terminal 2 is on the other side of the airport.

Getting into Dubai from DXB is easy with several options from taxis, private rental, buses and even metro trains that stop at terminals 1 and 3 or terminal 2 on separate lines. Transfers between terminal 1 & 3 and terminal 2 require a shuttle bus so that it allows a lot of time.

DWC is located about 50 km south of the old city and is not well connected to the transportation network. The easiest option on arrival is to take a taxi directly to your hotel. This is more expensive than a taxi from DXB. Not many airlines use new airports and the possibility of flying here is not high.

If you need to connect between DWC and DXB then you can take the metro line as far south as Ibn Battuta and then the special bus directly to the airport. Obviously it's the same in reverse. Please duplicate all this information for yourself, we do our best to stay up to date, but cannot guarantee this. I would not recommend this if you have a lot of luggage. Another option is taxis that are expensive and take a long time. Give plenty of time because traffic in Dubai can often be quiet depending on the time of day.

12 things that can be done in Dubai that are free (or almost non-existent)

From film and fitness to fun days and drinks that don't make you dirhams, we've put together some of the best free activities in Dubai ...

1. Watch free movies
Did you know there are several places around the city that offer free movie screenings? This is perfect for cheap dates (especially if you are BYO popcorn). Cinema Akil is brilliant at showing interesting art and documentary films throughout the year - see the schedule here. And during the cooler months, you can see free pop-up cinemas throughout the city.

2. Visit the museum
Dubai is full of unique (and sometimes just weird) museums that you can enter for free or very little. We love the Dubai Coffee Museum in Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, where you can admire centuries-old grinders, grills and pots from around the world. There is a Coin Museum in the same area, which is worth a visit even though you are not a serious numismaticist. Or if the words are more to your liking, you can visit the museum dedicated to poet Al Oqaili, which is located in the Al Ras area in Deira - it is housed in one of the most beautiful heritage houses in Dubai. Of course, there is also the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fortress which are very good, which only requires Dhs3 fees to enter.

3. Drive around the art gallery
Who says Dubai has no culture? You will find many inside the walls of a beautiful (and often free) city art gallery. The best place to start is Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, which is a hotbed of creative talent. There are always a large number of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and film screenings - just keep an eye on their website. Another good place for art lovers on a budget is Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, which is home to the beautiful Majlis Gallery, as well as Gallery XVA (which functions as a boutique hotel).

4. Take an abra trip across the river
We believe this is the best cruise in town, and the price is only Dhs1. The river is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of the Al Maktoum Bridge in 1963 - the first bridge in Dubai - the only way to go from one side to the other was a small rickety wooden boat called abra. This is still the most pleasant (and affordable) way.

5. Go to the beach
Unlike luxury beach hotels, they may not offer a Balearic soundtrack or free sunglasses cleaning, but Dubai still has some public beaches that are good enough to enjoy. The Beach at JBR is a timeless favorite - though make sure to get there early to get the best piece of sand, because it will be very busy. Kite Beach is another good item, named for kite surfers who often do it. But if you want to avoid the crowds, try Al Sufouh Beach (or 'Black Palace') - this place is rather difficult to find, but you will be rewarded with peaceful waters and beautiful scenery.

6. Watch dancing fountains
This is classic, and for good reason. The Dubai Fountain is the largest fountain choreography system in the world, carrying out water routines that appeal to people like Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, and Celine Dion. The show takes place every half hour at night from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (and until 11:30 p.m. on weekends). Here's a little tip: the Apple store in Dubai Mall has a large balcony that offers some of the best views of the fountain (don't worry - there's no need to buy an iPhone).

7. Have fun in the desert
Forget those expensive desert safari packages - you can have your own fun in the sand. We love the Al Qudra area, which is only a 30-minute drive from the city. You can take a bicycle and take a leisurely bike ride around the Al Qudra Cycle Track, or take a sand board and carve out some sand dunes. Also watch oryx and friendly wild gazelle.

8. Go bird watching for free
Why pay money to visit a zoo when there are some incredible wildlife right on your doorstep? We, of course, talked about the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Reserve, which is located at the mouth of the Dubai River. While more than 20,000 birds from 67 species inhabit this sanctuary, perhaps the most famous are the extraordinary flamingo herds. To see it, all you have to do is swing it to one of the three clear skins that are visible around the sanctuary. This is open from 9am to 4pm Saturday to Thursday, and admission tickets are free (there are also binoculars that can be borrowed).

9. Enjoy women's days free
If you are lucky enough to be a woman, you can get free access to some of Dubai's best swimming pools on certain days of the week. For example, every Sunday and Monday you can go to Barasti between 10:00 and 18:00 and enjoy free pool access, free towels and unlimited Frose, and 50 percent of the food and beverage menu. Click here for more holiday offers for women in Dubai.

10. Or night woman
There are so many women's evenings in Dubai so you can easily sip throughout the week without spending a single dirham. One of our favorites is Miss Independent in Ramusake at DoubleTree by Hilton in JBR, where on Wednesday you get unlimited wine from 19:00 to midnight. A word of warning - this stylish place has become so popular that reservations are very important to guarantee entry, and that place is often ordered a few weeks earlier. Click here to see more women's night offers in Dubai.

11. There is something for boys too
That's right, free is not just for women - try heading to the night of men. Qwerty at Media One Hotel offers two free drinks to men every Monday between 6:00 and 20:00. Not too bad…

12. Get free items on your birthday
Do you know there are many restaurants, bars and attractions around Dubai that want to treat you on your birthday, with big discounts, offers, and even free? For example, you can register your date of birth on the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark website and get a free entrance ticket to the epic water park. Click here for a brighter birthday offer in Dubai ...

10 of the best beach bars in Dubai

From luxury to simple, Dubai has it all ...
Too many of us find it easy on the beach in Dubai. Winter weather will disappear before we realize it, so now is the right time to get out and enjoy one of these beachside bars.

Here is the best beach bar in Dubai.

DRIFT Beach Dubai
The bar has plenty of seating, with comfortable sofas or shaded tables to enjoy lunch.
VIEW: Extensive Marina skyline, Ain Dubai, and Arabian Gulf all in one eye line.
FOOD: Healthy salads and international bites - tacos are a favorite.
GO: Afternoon feeling like you have left the city for that day.

Dubai DRIFT Beach, One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina, 10:00 to 19:30, every day. Tel: (04) 315 2200. Taxi: One & Only Royal Mirage. driftbeachdubai.com

Key West, Nikki Beach
Additional welcome to Nikki Beach Resort on Pearl Jumeirah, you don't come closer to a beachfront location.
VIEW: The restaurant and beachfront lounge extends to the beach, and you can watch the sun set over the water from the sand.
FOOD: The Caribbean meets the casual West American coast, it is a blend of flavors that you want to get caught up in.
GO: A little piece of luxury beachside.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, just off Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, every day 6pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 376 6000. Taxi: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. nikkibeachhotels.com

Jetty Lounge
One of the best-performing bars in Dubai, the Jetty Lounge is all about classy cocktails, relaxing songs and amazing sunsets. Order a table if you are a large group.
VIEW: Pretty special. Accessible via a winding road through the lush garden of One & Only Royal Mirage, the Jetty Lounge sits right on the sand, with views of the sea and Palm.
FOOD: snacks and mezze bar.
GO FOR: The Jetty Lounge is great for impressing visitors or celebrating special events - plus a photo opportunity of sunset pier screams.

One & Only Mirage Royal, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, 2PM - 2AM, every day. Tel: (04) 399 9999. Taxi: One & Only Royal Mirage. royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com

Breeze Bar and grill
Breeze Beach Grill on the Palm has a Mediterranean feel that makes you feel like leaving the coast of Dubai
VIEW: So take a view across Jumeirah to Burj Al Arab
FOOD: Mediterranean and Asian Fusion bites are perfect for snacking and sharing
GO: The owner of the sunset on the beach with his toes in the sand

Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Sat to Weds 11: 00-12: 00, Thurs and Friday 11: 00-1: 00. Tel (04) 568 3000. Taxi: Club Vista MARE. summeronthepalm.com

Mistral
The beach huts are located under the law of the vast beach club Rixos Premium, Azure. Wood structures and furniture provide an East Asian atmosphere.
VIEW: Close to Dubai city.
FOOD: Nachos and other snack bars.
GO: Family friendly bar with epic sunset views.

Mistral, Dubai Rixos Premium, JBR, 10:00 to 22:00, every day. Tel: (052) 777 9472. Taxi: Rixos Premium JBR. premiumdubai.rixos.com

Bliss Lounge
Abundant holiday vibrations in this beachfront lounge at Sheraton on JBR.
VIEW: Arched banquet enjoys uninterrupted sea views.
FOOD: sushi and tapas dishes that are ideal for sharing.
GO: Cocktails and snacks with friends.

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 18: 00-3: 00 Sun to Thur, 16: 00-3: 00 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 3995533. Taxi: Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort. blissloungedubai.com

Barasti
Beach bars that do not need introduction. Recently renovated a beach bar and added a sea swing and Gilli T style hammock for all photo opportunities.
VIEW: A group of cruise ships and jet ski riders occasionally show off to the crowd.
FOOD: The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
GO FOR: Sports directly on the big screen, festive lunch, and dance late at night.

Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Saturday to Wednesday 11: 00-1: 30, Thur and Friday 11: 00-3: 00. Tel: (04) 399 3333. Taxi: Le Méridien Mina Seyahi. barastibeach.com

Cove Beach
Bar Cove is remote from other beach clubs and stands in its own league. Rather a major attraction than an afterthought.
VIEW: With Ain Dubai on one side and the beach on the other, there are incredible views in all directions.
FOOD: Sushi, pizza and edamame.
GO: a pleasant place from day to night where the hours fly.

Cove Beach, Caeser's Palace, Bluewaters, outside JBR, 10:00 to 01:00 Saturday to Wednesday, 10:00 to 03:00, Thursday and Friday. Tel: (050) 454 6920. Taxi: Cove Beach, Bluewaters. covebeach.com

Shimmers
A minimalist bar with beanbags and lounge chairs on the sand that gives a luxurious feel to the beach.
VIEW: Three words - Burj Al Arab.
FOOD: Authentic Greek cuisine, suitable for choosing a few dishes and sharing.
GO: A romantic date night to watch the sunset.

Shimmers on the Beach, Madinat Jumeirah, noon until 12:30 a.m., every day. Tel: (04) 432 3232. Taxi: Madinat Jumeriah. jumeirah.com

RAS Beach Vibration
A busy and relaxed beach bar on the popular weekend destination of Club Vista Mare.
VIEW: Jumeriah beach and skyline in the distance.
FOOD: Breakfast, goat curry, jerk chicken and banana chips.
GO: Weekly live music performances and authentic Caribbean vibrations.

Race Beach vibrations, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, 8:00 to 2 am, every day. Tel: (04) 554 2665. Taxi: Club Vista Mare. rasbeachvibes.com