Traveling alone is great and when it comes to Dubai, it feels totally mystic. Visitors are guaranteed to never feel alone as the country is always popping and moving, full of people from across the world for travelers to meet and socialize with. Although Dubai is fun, there are certain things to follow to get the best out of your solo vacation.
To help in your way, we have provided some simple tips that will make your sole trip to Dubai even more exciting and easy.
Nine essential tips for solo vacationing in Dubai; stay in the know
1. Read up on UAE’s rules and laws
This should be a must when visiting any new country. Dubai is very firm with the rules- be it traffic or other. Usually, hefty fines are imposed on the offenders, and to avoid such situations make sure to read up the basic rules.
2. Book all tours in advance
Dubai is considered a tourism hub, that is why tours most of the time are fully booked. If you are thinking of visiting Dubai, research about the city like best deals, major attractions, things to do, and places to eat. To avoid the hassle, book the tickets in advance. Also, don’t forget to rent a car at Dubai airport in advance so that you can reach your place on time and relax for a while.
3. Find where to stay
When traveling alone, the place you choose to stay can make or break a vacation. It’s crucial for the solo traveler to Dubai to choose a hotel that is in a busy area where you can easily find restaurants, shops, and things to keep busy. Known for its luxurious hotels such as the Burj Al Arab – classed as a 6-star hotel in Dubai, you may think that accommodation here will cost a small fortune but you can find reasonable accommodation if you are on a budget. There are hostels within the city and although they may not be close to the beach, they are easy to access to some of the city’s sightseeing.
4. Save the emergency contact numbers
Although crime rates are low in Dubai it certainly is not zero. It is always good to keep the emergency numbers handy. Ideally, this tip should be followed wherever you go, not just in Dubai. Here are emergency numbers in Dubai that might come in handy.
Tourist security: 800 4888
Fire Department: 997
Emergency services: 04 223 2323
Al Ameen (to report criminal activity or harassment): 800 4888, ext: 4444
Additionally, you must also keep the phone number of your hotel with you.
5. Download Local apps
It is important to download the local apps that may be useful while you are traveling. Here are my top 6 picks.
RTA App: The RTA app has a ‘Journey Planner’ that lets you plan your journey across public transport like buses, metro, marine transport, and taxis.
The Dubai Metro: if you are someone who prefers visiting places via public transport, the Dubai metro app will provide you info about the train timings and stations.
Skype: Now who wants free video calls?
The Dubai Mall: This might sound ridiculous, but once you’re there, I’m sure you’ll thank me.
Dubai Tourism: The official app of the Tourism Department provides information about major attractions and events. The app is handy as it can help in case of an emergency like you can contact emergency services or you can even rent a car in Dubai, UAE through this app.
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6. Take a local SIM
You should get a local sim card in Dubai to be in contact. Since you are traveling sole, buying a sim card will ensure that emergency services are at your fingertips. A local SIM card in Dubai will cost you around AED 50 to AED 80.
7. Make use of free WiFi
Most of the places in Dubai offer free WiFi services. You can drop in WhatsApp, check Google Maps, search for a place, and much more with this facility. Do bear in mind that no internet calls work there, except for Skype. WhatsApp, FB Messenger, and Hangout calls are all blocked.
8. Dress appropriately
To be respectful to the culture of UAE, prefer to remain covered to the knees in public places. The skimpy dressing can attract some attention on the road. However, if you are inside the mall or hotel, it should not be a problem. However, you can wear whatever you want as long as you stay inside the tourist places.
9. Stay aware, stay alert
Not all those who stare have tough intentions. But staying alarmed in all situations is the best you can do to avoid trouble. Keep those emergency numbers handy and accessible so that you can make a fast and smart move.
Is it safe to travel solo in Dubai? Yes, unreservedly. Dubai is considered among the top 10 safest countries for solo travelers, so there is no need to hesitate before getting that Dubai visa. Traveling solo in Dubai could be the most enjoyable and fulfilling experience you can ever have. It provides a path to be independent, broadens your horizons, and lets you be who you are. Plus you never have to feel lonely while achieving all these. Share your experience if you are a solo traveler or just want to be the one. We will love to hear from you.