Good to know
UAE is safe country to travel. Criminality in city is low, road safety is great - just pay attention, some drivers tend to drive fast (mostly at night). Orientation in cities might be difficult - new roads are being opened almost constantly and during winter months, the country is often covered in fog during morning, evenings and nights.
When to go?
We recommend visiting UAE between November and March, during this period, the weather is warm during the day and little bit cooler during night (especially from December to February) and there are frequent fogs that usually dissapear in late morning. Keep in mind that during summer, temperature is often above 40°C and usually does not go bellow 30°C even at night. This could be exhausting, especially during the month of Ramadan.
Price level in United Arab Emirates varies significantly, depending on preferences. You can get a decent accommodation in the city center for around 180 AED / night, hotels close to the beach tend to be little bit more expensive. The prices also depend on the season and are much higher during holidays.
You can find many cheap (mostly indian restaurants), where you can get lunch for less than 30 AED, on the other hand most of the restaurants in the city center are far more expansive.
Getting around is fast and convenient with great, cheap and clean public transport. Longer distance can be covered by buses, taxis, or you can get a boat or helicopter charter.
What to see?
As of 2018, the tallest building in the world with 828 meters. This building offers two viewing platforms at different levels. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance, due to crowds. In front of Burj Khalifa is the biggest dancing fountain in the world.
Burj Al Arab
Probably the most luxurious hotel in the world in a shape of sail offers private beach, luxury suites, great selection of restaurants (which can be visited even when you are not a hotel guest - upon prior reservation) and a private heliport.
The Palm Jumeirah
One of the man made islands in the shape of a palm tree located at the coast of Dubai. You can find here Adventure Waterpark, which is right next to Atlantis, the Palm hotel. To get there use monorail or taxi.
Dubai Gold Souk
Visiting Dubai Gold souk and surrounding areas (old city center) is a must. Along the canal are old traditional houses and museums, including Dubai Fort, House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum and others. Visiting the market during night is great.
Not far away from the city center, at the Mall of the Emirates is located an indoor ski slope. Equipment and clothes can be rented at sight. Just remember to bring your own gloves and hat.
Sort of a theme park located close to Dubai, where you have chance to shop products from different countries, experience local traditions and try different cuisines. In order to enter you need to purchase a tickets and dress modestly.
Little further from Dubai is Hatta, located in the mountains. Here you can visit for instance the Hatta Dam, Hatta Hillpark or Hatta Heritage Village. You can get there with a tour from Dubai or Abu Dhabi or by car.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
One of the most visited mosque in the country, located close to Abu Dhabi. In order to enter the mosque dress modestly, women will be in most cases required to wear rented clothes. To get there take a taxi, bus to Abu Dhabi or drive yourself.
Located close to Abu Dhabi, this island offer F1 circuit, water park and Ferrari theme park. Easiest way to get here is by car or taxi. Tickets to the theme parks can be purchased at sight.
Capital city of United Arab Emirates with nice promenade and palaces.