When to Go
The most pleasant time to visit is in October and November or February and March. In summer, temperatures are too hot to really enjoy yourself, and the December/January high season can be crowded and cloudy.
The easiest way to get to Dubai is by flying into Dubai International Airport. Emirates airline uses this airport as a hub. If you fly into Abu Dhabi, you can easily catch a local bus or taxi to Dubai.
Be sure to check out Dubai Creek, the Grand Mosque, Deira Spice Souq, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Museum and Heritage and Diving Villas.
Haggle in Deira's Gold Souq before hopping on a water taxi to jet across Dubai Creek. Dubai's main activity is shopping, but if you've got the money, a hotel or tour company can arrange parasailing, kite surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, desert four-wheeling and other activities for you.
The glitz and commerciality of Dubai can be grating after a few days. If you need to escape, a great day trip is to Hatta in the Western Hajar Mountains. You can also head to the more conservative town of Sharjah to get away from the noise, skyscrapers and continual construction of Dubai.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.