Top Tips for an Enjoyable Trip to Dubai

How to best enjoy your trip before and during your stay while celebrating Dubai Shopping Festival 2018!

Dubai Shopping Festival is held from 26 December 2017 until 27 January 2018. For just over a month, the city’s malls, markets, general retail stores offer huge discounts to amazing deals, as well as competitions and prizes. Residents and tourists have multiple opportunities to get their hands-on fashion, toys, furniture, vehicles, jewellery and even dining offers.

Here are some tips and tricks for a safe, fun-filled, effortless holiday and safe travel in Dubai:

1. When to Visit
Dubai enjoys a warm climate year-round. October to April is prime holiday season and the best possible period to enjoy the country. Known as ‘winter’ in Dubai, this time of year brings endless blue skies and calm beach weather. There will be the very occasional rain showers but that will not disrupt the fun, as there are plenty indoor activities around town.

2. Applying for Your Tourist Visa
Indonesian tourists and visitors traveling to UAE on Emirates Airline can apply for their UAE visa at the Dubai Application Center VFS Global Kuningan. Visas are valid for 30 days from date of issue and passenger can apply for his/ her visa a maximum of 30 days prior to the date of travel. Be sure to visit for further information regarding the visa application process. It takes three to four days to process the visa from the date of application.

3. Travelling with Children
The UAE is a family oriented environment and welcomes children of all ages. There are plenty of family- friendly activities, and children under 12 usually qualify for discounts on admission fees to major attractions, including most museums, amusement parks and entertainment centers.

4. Dress Modestly
Religion plays a significant role in the culture of Dubai. Therefore, while traveling it is important for visitors to have an awareness of local Arabic culture and way of life. 
In the UAE, women have a much more liberal lifestyle than many of their Gulf counterparts. However, female travellers should be aware Dubai is a society which has strong traditional roots. If you do not want to risk causing offence, refrain from wearing tight or revealing clothes in public places such as shopping malls. Having said that, this does not mean that you need to cover everything everywhere you go. Dress as you would, but do keep in mind to keep it modest and respectful. Swimwear is acceptable at the beach or around the swimming pool, but visitors should dress more conservatively outside of hotels. When visiting mosques, religious sites or older parts of the city, both men and women may feel more comfortable wearing loose- fitting clothes that cover shoulders, arms and legs. Women will usually be required to wear a headscarf 
when entering mosques or other religious sites.

5. Ask Permissions Before Taking Pictures of The Locals
Refrain from taking a picture of or with a stranger without their permission, unless you’re taking a scenic shot of a tourist area. Never take a picture of a Muslim woman without her permission as this could make them feel very uncomfortable.

6. Public Greeting
Courtesy and hospitality are important virtues in the Arab world, and visitors will enjoy the friendliness and warm welcome provided by the locals. When greeting a member of the opposite sex who is Muslim, it is important not to offer to shake hands unless they extend their hand first – both men and women (more commonly women) may prefer not to shake hands with the opposite sex due to religious reasons.

Text and photos courtesy of Dubai Tourism