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Recently we had some friends visit us from the United States. Their trip was a little short but we wanted to be sure they got to do as much as possible while here.
Planning a trip abroad can be a little daunting as well as difficult. There are many factors to take into account when arranging your schedule. Sometimes people are afraid to travel here because they don’t know much about the area and what there is to offer. Questions that I receive about Dubai include: What do you wear, are you required to be covered fully? Is it safe in Dubai? What is there to DO? Can you use a credit card or is it all cash?
Some things to keep in mind:
How to fill your itinerary:
Are there any spots that you are dying to visit? Think bucket list! These are your top priorities. There’s nothing like it back home.
Are there smaller places that seem interesting that you can fill in time slots with?
Try not to wander around a mall just to “burn” time! There are plenty of filler options available. Festival City mall has a recently completed fountain show that includes imagery, lights, music, water, and fire. I believe it is an award winning display and certainly worth a visit in the evening.
Don’t be afraid to leave some time between activities either. There is always travel time to account for, and you will need it when you get stuck in Dubai traffic. It gets intense. Free space in your schedule isn’t bad either! On the itinerary in this post it leaves a dinner slot unlisted or just hours open space, that means I can fit in my alternate activities on the fly if we have time and if we are up to the challenge. Some alternate activities include: The Green Planet at CityWalk Dubai. A meal at Wok of fame in Business Square, Business Bay Dubai. Visit Kite Beach. Walk around Qasba in sharjah and ride the Eye of the Emirates. Visit Al Noor (Butterfly) Island in Sharjah.
Be ready to make adjustments to your schedule. Sometimes places will close down for maintenance and give no prior warning, it can be frustrating. Other times the hours of operation listed online will be false, and when you call ahead a staff member may give you wrong information because they are not being informed properly. So be ready to take a few breaths and move forward with a slightly different outcome or totally different outcome than planned. (Note: As much as I loved this itinerary we still made adjustments during our friends trip)
What is important to you while you travel? Are you the kind person who wants to sit by the pool all day and party it up all night? Or, do you want to see as much of the area as possible? It can be difficult to pick and choose what to do. Try to have one of each type, such as one water park, one mall, one theme park, etc. Choose the best option to fit your needs and your trip. I have seen some itineraries from others that have only one objective for each day, and that may be great for them and perhaps those activities are full day adventures! But, for me, this itinerary is one that I feel gets you MORE out of your trip.
What are some essentials to have on your trip?
Of course there are other basics that you will need, like underwear. And shoes. But I am not trying to tell you the most obvious. These are things that I often forget and wish that I had with me when I travel around Dubai. Except the selfie stick, I actually don’t have one but I occasionally remark “Man, I wish I had a selfie stick right now”.
I hope that this itinerary and some of the tips mentioned can help someone that is planning a trip to Dubai. The entire experience for our friends and my family was great, and I am glad that we could accomplish so much in just five days! Soon I will be sharing specific details about the places we went, the good, the bad, the ugly.
Have you ever visited any of these spots? What are some other great places to visit in Dubai (or any of the other Emirates?)?
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