Travelling is great, but doing a bunch of research prior to the trip isn’t. We figured we’d help make the process a little simpler for you with some tips on how to get the most out of your trip to Dubai while staying in one of our 3 star Dubai hotels.
When to visit
Dubai is HOT! Summer is the cheapest time to visit Dubai, but get ready to burn! Temperatures can easily go over 50 degrees Celsius in July and August.
The Dubai winter, however, is gloriously perfect! It’s ideal for outdoor activities and exploring. October to March would be the ideal time to plan a visit.
Where to stay
Citymax Hotels are located in Bur Dubai, Al Barsha and Sharjah (with new properties soon to open in Ras Al Khaimah, Business Bay and Al Barsha). Warm and friendly service, a comfortable bed, good food and entertainment, all at an affordable price! We love being a part of our guests’ memories (and their insta feeds). Why don’t you come and try us for yourself?
Just like any major city and tourist area, there is a lot of traffic in Dubai. The working week in Dubai is Sunday to Thursday, and Fridays and Saturdays are weekends. Taxis are easily available as are Ubers and Careems. The Dubai Metro is a great and cost-effective way to get around, especially if you want to avoid traffic! The Government’s Road and Transport Authority (rta.ae) operates all public transport in Dubai, including the Dubai Metro and Dubai Bus services. Routes, timetables and fare information are available on its website. If you’re interested in hop-on hop-off buses, our team will be more than happy to provide you with the necessary information.
What to wear
This is a source of stress for many people traveling to the United Arab Emirates. Dubai isn’t as strict about modesty as some other Gulf countries, but it would still be advisable to dress modestly. Women should wear skirts to the knees or longer, tops with sleeves, and nothing too tight or revealing, whereas men should wear trousers/jeans and tops with sleeves. Swimsuits are acceptable only at the beach or swimming pool. If you plan on visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (which you should), you should opt for more modest clothing.
Public Displays of Affection
Please refrain from public displays of affection while you’re in Dubai, to avoid being told off by security or police officers.
The currency in the United Arab Emirates is called Dirham or AED (Arab Emirate Dirham). You may see it abbreviated ads Dhs or DH. The notes and coins depict the value in Arabic on one side and English on the other. Most places in Dubai accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards.
Most people in Dubai are fluent in English, and the street signs, menus, and other signage is in both, Arabic and English, making it easy to navigate.
Food and Alcohol
Dubai is known for multicultural cuisine and you’ll be able to find pretty much anything you’re in the mood for. If you’re craving Indian food, make sure to check out Claypot in Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai! Make sure to try authentic Middle Eastern dishes such as shawarma, hummus and falafel. Dates are also very popular with Arabic coffee. Since this is a Muslim region, do not expect to find pork in most restaurants. However, there is plenty of seafood, lamb, beef and chicken. Tourists are allowed to drink at licensed hotels, bars and restaurants in Dubai. Make sure to check out The Huddle Sports Bar in Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai and Al Barsha for some great drinks and pub grub!
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police – 999
Ambulance – 998 / 999
Fire Department – 997
Useful Arabic Words
Hello – Salam W’alaykum
Good Morning – Sabah El Kheer
Goodbye – Ma’a salama
Thank You – Shukran
Yes – Na’am
No – Laa
Hopefully you now feel a little less stressed and a lot more excited about your trip to Dubai!