When is the best time of year to visit Dubai?

In terms of weather, the “best” time to visit is between November and March when the average temperature is 25 degrees. However, Dubai can be enjoyed all year round as temperatures rarely drop below 24 degrees. Even at the height of summer (July and August) when temperatures can reach 40 degrees, everywhere has air conditioning, and all swimming pool areas have shaded areas so it is still a viable destination.

Is Dubai a country or a city?

Dubai is actually one of the Emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. On The Palm Dubai can organise day trips and tours to explore the other Emirates such as Abi Dhabi and Al Ain

Do I need to modify my dress in Dubai?

The religion of the United Arab Emirates is Islam and most Emiratis are practicing Muslims. When out of your hotel/resort, women are expected to dress appropriately. This means covering your shoulders and ensuring that skirts and shorts cover your knees. Within your hotel/resort, normal beach wear around the pools is absolutely fine. Most hotels on The Palm will require men to wear collared polo shirts or shirts in their formal restaurants. If in any doubt, check with concierge at your hotel and they will be more than happy to help you. Should you wish to visit the famous Jumeriah Mosque, head coverings are provided.

I want to try some Arabic food. What should I order?

The Emirates is famous for its cuisine and you can pretty much get whatever you want in Dubai including fish and chips and a British style roast dinner! However, don’t miss the opportunity to try some fantastic Arabic dishes. The On The Palm Team especially love:

  • Mezze, a selection of small dishes that’s great for sharing, it includes
  • Tabbouleh (a salad of chopped parsley, wheat, tomatoes and mint)
  • Hummus (chickpea sesame seed dip)
  • Waraeinab (stuffed vine leaves with rice)
  • Tahini (sesame seed paste, yoghurt lemon dip)
  • For a snack, try a shawarma – grilled lamb served with salad in a pocket of Arab bread.

What sort of souvenirs can I buy in Dubai?

You can buy just about anything in Dubai from designer goods to locally made handicrafts. For authentic souvenirs head to the souks by Dubai Creek. Top buys include gold jewellery, rosewood tables and boxes, brass coffee sets, hand-carved wooden dhow models and ornaments set with turquoise and lapis lazuli. On The Palm Dubai can book you a tour of the Old Souks that include shopping opportunities and advice on how to haggle! Ask us about this when you book. Another good value purchase in Dubai is tailor-made suits and dresses. These can be made to measure in a few days at a fraction of the price that you would pay in the UK. Ask your concierge to recommend one near- by.

What is the currency in Dubai?

The Dirham. There are ATM machines all over Dubai which generally give a better exchange rate than traditional Bureau de change but check with your bank before you travel.

What Language is spoken in Dubai?

Arabic but English is widely understood.

Do I need a visa?

Currently, visas are not required for UK passport holders.

How much should I tip?

In most restaurants, a service charge of 15% is added to your bill. If your taxi driver has been friendly, a small tip is appreciated.