Over the last few years, due to massive investments made toward encouraging tourism, Dubai has emerged as one the prime destination for Australians looking for a terrific holiday. Dubai offers a unique blend of the ancient and the ultra modern, with traditional arts and craft vying for your attention alongside modern monoliths like the Burj-al-Arab, the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Jumeira. And now, with Emirates starting direct flights to Dubai from Adelaide, it’s easier than ever for the good old Aussies to visit this Middle Eastern paradise. With more Australians making plans to visit Dubai than ever before, we’ve put together some tips on what to expect on your first trip.
- Dubai is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and as such has something for everyone. It boasts a large variety in terms of food, accommodation and entertainment and you’re sure to find something that suits you. The city is pricey, however, so depending on your taste be ready to part with some of your hard earned cash.Travelling is easy and convenient, taxis are cheap and the metro even cheaper. However the city being basically a long fertile strip stretched out along the coastline, it can take some time to travel from one end to the other. Also, prepare to encounter a decent amount of traffic. It’s not one of the most visited cities in the world for nothing
- Accommodation is generally expensive. Quality hotels offer you a lot for your money if you’re willing to spend but they aren’t within everyone’s budget. There are, however, plenty of apartment hotels which offer good value for your money.
- Food is plentiful and available in a wide variety of cuisines including Lebanese, Indian, Pakistani, Yemeni and Somali, and once you get away from the ostentatiously up market districts, you can gorge yourself on exotic cuisines to your satisfaction without burning a hole in your pocket.
The biggest hurdle many Australians face is the culture. Although the most liberal place in the Middle East, Dubai is still predominantly Muslim in culture and there are rules that must be adhered to, but nothing too stringent or impoverishing. Modesty of dress code is a must, and alcohol is rare and expensive. But as long you have respect for the local culture, you’ll be able to have a good time.
For this and many other exciting holiday experiences, please speak to Kym, Adona and the team at Victor Travel & Tours.