Dubai Travel Tips

The top sights in Dubai

If you are only making a short stopover in Dubai , then you should not miss these 3 sights:

Burj Khalifa

The highest building of the world

At 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world . Imagine the Berlin TV tower is not even half as high.

So if there’s one thing you absolutely must visit in Dubai, it’s the Burj Khalifa. 54 elevators take you up the tower in the skyscraper. The fastest can do 500 meters in less than a minute.

Burj Al Arab

The ultimate luxury hotel

A hotel as a sight? But hello! The Burj Al Arab is located on an artificial island off Dubai – you can book an overnight stay for just under 2,000 euros.

If the overnight stay is too expensive for you, our article on the Burj Al Arab will tell you how you can admire the luxury hotel from the inside for less money.

Dubai Mall

More than just a mall

Imagine an area of ​​1.1 million square meters – that’s about 154 football fields – and that as a shopping mall. All we can say is: Welcome to the Dubai Mall.

There’s nothing that doesn’t exist here: over 200 gold shops, a giant aquarium with real sharks and a 24 meter high water cascade. We’re not really fans of shopping malls , but the Dubai Mall is just great.

3 important information about entering Dubai

  1. Direct flights from Germany take around 6 hoursand 30 minutesand there are many cities including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Munich and Hanover.
  2. To enter Dubai you need a valid passport, which is still valid for 6 months after your trip. This allows you to stay in Dubai for up to 90 days without a visa .
  3. Attention! The controls at entryare very strict – especially when it comes to medication. So either get them on site or have a doctor’s prescription issued beforehand.

Dubai city tours and tours

Since Dubai is not a city where you can let yourself drift through the streets, a city tour really makes sense here. As a rule, your guide is also your driver at the same time, so you don’t even have to worry about transport.

Getting around Dubai

According to Gradphysics, Dubai is definitely not a pedestrian city. This is unfortunately the case and is not least due to the often unbearable temperatures.

Public transport in Dubai

The Metro is a good means of transport to explore Dubai. Depending on the distance, single tickets cost between 2 and 4 euros and day tickets around 5.50 euros – so it’s worth it!

Taxi driving in Dubai

Taxis in Dubai are cheap and can be found everywhere. You drive with a taximeter and a trip usually only costs a few euros. Even for longer distances you rarely pay more than 10-15 euros.

Hop on hop off bus

We’re not really big fans of hop-on hop-off buses, but they come in handy in Dubai. The hop-on, hop-off buses drop you off at the doorstep of the main attractions – while the metro stations are usually a little further away.

How to get to the city from Dubai Airport

The easiest way to get to the city from the airport is to take the red metro line . It runs daily between 6:00 a.m. and midnight. The journey is quick and only costs a few euros.

A good alternative is a taxi – especially if you arrive after midnight.

Dubai stopover: Dubai in 1-2 days

We can only recommend a stopover in Dubai when flying to another destination. 1-2 days are enough to see the most important sights in Dubai .

Our tip: Book your flights with Emirates!

You always have to change trains in Dubai anyway, so why not stay for a day or two? Conveniently, Emirates flights don’t get more expensive if you plan a longer stopover.

And something else is handy: Emirates flights are always the cheapest on the Emirates website .

Whether you stop in Dubai on the way there or back is up to you. On the way there, it’s very convenient because the stopover in Dubai reduces jet lag and allows you to get more out of your vacation.

The coolest things to do in Dubai

Are you in Dubai for a longer period of time and would you like to get to know other facets of the desert city? We introduce you to some really great activities and excursions for Dubai .

Desert safari

On the way in a really cool desert place – it’s more than just a good idea to take a trip in the middle of the sandy landscape.

On the safari in the desert of Dubai you also have a lot of extraordinary activities to choose from. Whether camel riding, sandboarding, culinary dances or simply drinking a delicious Arabic coffee – a suitable desert safari is guaranteed for you.

Try scuba diving at Jumeirah Beach

Would you like to try something new, such as marveling at coral reefs and colorful fish during an introductory diving course? Because Dubai is not only beautiful over land – the underwater world will also make your eyes shine.

The diving tour in Dubai is also perfect for complete beginners .

Dubai Fountain Show and Boat Ride

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t miss the show of the world’s largest fountain , right?

But watching the stunning choreography of the Dubai Fountain from the water? And escape the crowds at the same time? You can only get this special experience on a boat trip on Dubai’s water taxis.

The best time to travel to Dubai

The best time to travel to Dubai is between November and April . During this time, the temperatures in Dubai are pleasant. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s cold. You can walk around outside in a t-shirt at any time and you can also go swimming.

From May to October it is extremely hot in Dubai and that is meant literally here. Here the thermometer often climbs over 40 degrees – and you really can’t stand it outside.

For a stopover to the most important sights, you can also go to Dubai in summer. The rooms of the sights are mostly air-conditioned.

Dubai: money and currency

In Dubai you pay in Dirham (AED). The conversion rate is around 1:4, which means that you get 4 dirhams for 1 euro. There are many ATMs in Dubai.

Our tip: We always use the free credit card from the DKB bank and can only warmly recommend it. You can use the card to pay anywhere in the world and withdraw cash free of charge.

You can find out more about this in our article on the best travel credit card .

Overall, Dubai is not a cheap place. If you really want to party, you can quickly splurge a small fortune here. But if you’re content with a basic hotel and local food (delicious!), it doesn’t get that expensive.

Frequently asked questions about Dubai

What is Dubai actually – city, country or emirate?

Dubai is an emirate of the United Arab Emirates (VEA). Dubai City is to be distinguished from this. This is where you will probably spend most of your vacation. 85% of the emirate’s residents live in Dubai City.

How many residents does Dubai have?

The population of Dubai has grown rapidly in recent years. In 2021, over 3 million people were already living in the emirate.

Is Dubai dangerous?

No, Dubai is considered one of the safest travel destinations in the world. The crime rate is practically zero. We felt very safe at all times.

What do I have to consider as a woman in Dubai?

Even as a woman you don’t have to worry too much in Dubai. You can easily walk around the city on your own. But what you should pay attention to is your clothing. In general, you should not dress too tightly. While there are no official rules, out of respect for the locals, leave your miniskirt at home.

What is the best thing to wear in Dubai?

First you can take a deep breath. There are no dress codes in Dubai. However, you should not dress too revealingly. You can’t go wrong with clothes that cover your knees and shoulders, and you show respect for the culture.

What language is spoken in Dubai?

The official language of Dubai is Arabic. However, you can get very far with English – the city is super international and full of expats.

Burj Al Arab