Dubai is a popular family-friendly as well as a honeymoon destination. Not many consider Dubai for Solo Travellers. However, unlike popular belief, it is a great spot to visit alone and one of the top Destinations for female Muslim solo travellers.
Firstly, Dubai is crime-free, making it a 100% safe place. Moreover, with amazing transportation and infrastructure, it is easy to move around on your own, without any problems. Apart from all this, the city has amazing cultural, architectural and modern attractions that can entertain everyone. If you are thinking of visiting Dubai on your solo trip, this blog post would certainly help you.
Before you make preparations, it is important to know about your Dubai visa requirements. While citizens of some countries are given visa on arrival, many others have to apply for them beforehand. Check with your local travel agent to know if you are eligible for visa on arrival or evisa and start the process accordingly. You can apply for a visa through a travel agent, airline or even a registered hotel in Dubai. Here is some info about Saudi Arabia will begin offering tourist visas.
Where to Stay
When you are travelling one, it is necessary that you make your accommodation bookings beforehand. This is because you need to show a proof of your hotel booking at the time of applying for your visa. When it comes to accommodation, Dubai offers a wide range of options, right from AirBnB and hostels to ultimate luxury hotels and resorts. Some of the best neighbourhoods to stay in Dubai are Business Bay and Downtown, Deira, Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, etc. Choose a place as per your interests and budget.
How to Travel
Travelling within the city of Dubai is a breeze. Getting a cab in the city is not at all difficult. However, cab fares can be expensive for solo travellers. Nevertheless, public transportation in the city is quite efficient, making it easy to travel to popular attractions easy. One of the best ways to travel in Dubai is the metro. The metro is cheap and at the same time one of the quickest ways of travelling in Dubai. If you have to travel to a place where there is no metro station, the RTA (bus) is a good option. Apart from this, there are water taxi services too. Do not forget to take the NOL, which is a smart card that works for all transportation.
Things to Do
There is no dearth of things to do in Dubai. In fact, there are so many interesting things to do here that you would get confused about what to do and what to miss.
When it comes to sightseeing, you would be spoilt for choices in this city. Right from the tallest building in the world to some of the most awesome beaches, Dubai is constantly coming up with new and innovative buildings and places. The Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Frame, Dubai Museum, Dubai Eye, Dubai Miracle Garden, Jumeriah Beach, etc. are some of the best places to visit in the city.
Dubai offers a plethora of fun activities: the best one being the Dubai desert safari. The Dubai desert safari brings together adventure and entertainment. You also get to visit the amazing desert and enjoy some delicious dinner. Apart from this, there are also an array of amusement parks like VR Park Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Ski Dubai, Atlantis Aquaventure, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Wild Wadi Water Park, etc. where you can spend an entire day.
Dubai is a city that offers world cuisine to you. Emirati, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, Greek, Italian, are just a few of the cuisines that you can try here. The best part about Dubai is that you would easily find both small restaurants with reasonable prices and fine dining restaurants for every cuisine here.
Dubai is truly a food lover’s delight. For a unique dining experience, you must try the dhow cruise Dubai, where you would get to enjoy a scrumptious dinner while sailing on a traditional dhow.
Although Dubai is a part of an Islamic country UAE, the nightlife here is simply amazing. Solo travellers would love to visit some of the most happening bars, lounges and nightclubs in the city. Some of the best nightclubs of Dubai can be found at Dubai Marina, Al Barsha, Jumeriah, etc. Note that you need to be above the age of 21 to drink in Dubai.
It is a known fact that Dubai is a haven for lovers of shopping. There are numerous shopping malls in the city; some of the best include Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates, Marina Mall, etc. Apart from this, there are the souks as well where you can shop for everything from jewellery to the local souvenirs.
Things to Remember
As a solo traveller, you need to keep certain things in mind while visiting Dubai:
- Remember to dress modestly while going out. Dubai frowns upon skin show, so keep your knees, shoulders and neckline covered.
- Drinking in public and drinking and driving are illegal in Dubai. If caught, you would be fined, jailed or both.
- As the temperature in Dubai is always high, wear light, cotton clothes. Also, remember to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
- It is always better to have a first kit with all the essential medicines for emergencies, as medicines are quite expensive in Dubai.
If you have never been on a solo international, Dubai is a good place to start, you can plan a quick stopover in Dubai. On the other hand, even if you are a seasoned solo traveller, Dubai, although a bit touristy, is a place that you would love and enjoy.