If you’ve never been there, Dubai probably conjures up images of tents, camels and Bedouins smoking sheesha’s in your mind. While all of that can still be found in certain places, modern Dubai is as far from that image as possible. Towering skyscrapers, cutting edge technologies and opulence by the bucket load is what you can expect now if you visit there.
First of all you should be aware that you are visiting a Moslem country. Therefore you should be prepared to hearing the call for prayers regularly throughout the day and especially before Sunrise. You should also be aware that most establishments close for a period of about four hours every day, around midday.
Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, so make sure that your wallet is well stocked. It is home to he world’s third largest shopping mall and the world famous Gold Souk. The Gold Souk is unparalleled in the world and nothing can prepare you for the sight of tons of gold jewelry stretching out in every direction when you get there. Dubai has many great hotels and restaurants which are designed to cater every kind of palette. It is a fun destination for kids as well, with amusement parks, a great zoo, indoor ski slopes and whole host of other activities designed to keep them captivated for hours.
Before you go there, check up on the weather as it can hit all sorts of extremes (heat, cold, rain etc.) depending on the time of the year.