Let’s be real, Dubai was never on my bucket list, not even close. I love old cities, cobbled streets, indulging in the local cuisine and immersing myself in culture. But, as stubborn as I can be and may never like to admit it, I did like the city and was surprised by what it offered. There is something for everyone and it can suit whatever lifestyle you lead.
Here I share with you 5 reasons why you should visit Dubai and what it may offer for you.
Dubai Is Safe
When most people think of the Middle East, the word safe hardly springs to mind. As the city of Dubai is ultramodern, the skyline tall and the businesses booming, they take pride in investing money into travel and tourism. Despite being situated in the middle of the desert, it is very westernised and therefore citizens are used to expats and visitors enjoying what the city offers. Whether we walked alone in the day, in pairs in the evening or as a small group of women, we never felt unsafe. This may be due to the streets being packed at all times and the buzz of the motorway never ceasing. A top tip though, you may feel a little unsafe in a taxi due to their inadequacy to indicate or drive within the speed limits. Take it from me, hold your breath, look out the window and count to 10!
People Are Kind
Since experiencing the kindness of strangers in Dubai, I dread to think how people feel when visiting London. Everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile, unlimited kindness and never felt unwelcome or different. The love and respect they show for their elders never went unnoticed too, in particular towards my grandmother. As she was in a wheelchair we were initially apprehensive of how disabled friendly Dubai would be and how others would perceive her. Nevertheless, people always offered a helping hand, gave us VIP access when available and took extra care to ensure she was looked after. The kindness of people in Dubai still amazes me and something I will treasure.
Dubai Never Sleeps
The city of Dubai never sleeps, and I don’t mean due to boozing and partying, I mean shopping! Everything is open late; restaurants until 11pm, Malls until midnight and supermarkets open 24 hours a day. You can get your American fix from fast food chains and make up stores like Sephora, feel at home with a Waitrose and New Look as well as get a taste of middle Eastern cuisine with impeccible Arabian restaurants. If shopping isn’t your jam (it wasn’t mine) head to Jumeriah beach at night, take in the views over the palm and sip on a fruity mocktail – it works a treat!
There Is Some Culture In Dubai
Despite Dubai being new and lacking in century old ruins, they have created culture through their attractions. Global Village is a great way for locals to get a feel for places around the world and enjoy delicious cuisines, traditional clothing and entertainment all in one place. We watched stunt shows, tried traditional Iranian spices and indulged in the wonderful smells of Oud. It can be related to the likes of theme parks in Florida yet on a gentler and more cultured note with less screaming children. For only 15 AED entry (around £3) it sure is an experience not to miss.
Dubai Is Hard To Describe
Dubai is such a difficult place to describe to those who have not visited. One minute it can feel like central London with the hustle and bustle of the cars, the tall buildings and incessant beeping horns yet in another it can feel like America with a Wendy’s and Starbuck’s on every corner. The desert haze and vast horizons contrast with the modern buildings and pristeen litter-free streets making it feel a little surreal. But that is what makes it so unique, is like no other place on Earth. In how many cities can you sunbathe on a roof and simultaneously hide amidst the shade of a 40 story skyscraper?
Even if Dubai isn’t on your bucket list, if the chance arises I’d say hop on that plane – you won’t regret it.