Today we’re making a trip to sunny Dubai. As usual, I have interviewed a local who gave us a lot of information about what to do and what to see in the place who has become one of the most visited in the world lately.
1. Let’s get to know you better: where are you from and what are you doing now in Dubai?
I’m originally from Isle of Man and I moved to Dubai last year to work in the Digital team at Emirates airline. As well as my full time job, I share my adventures on my travel and lifestyle blog, While I’m Young, and I also run a meet-up group for Dubai’s many female expats.
2. What do you like the most about Dubai?
That’s easy – the lifestyle! Back home in UK, everybody just goes to work then comes home to sit in front of the TV. Here, it’s totally acceptable to go out during the week, and weekends are spent at the beach or at a lavish brunch in a fancy hotel. I also love how easy it is to make friends here, because everyone’s an expat.
3. Let’s suppose a very good friend of yours will come visit this beautiful place. Could you please make a 3 days program to include all the must see places?
There are loads of attractions in Dubai, but it’s relatively easy to pack them in to a few days. For your first day, I’d recommend going to Dubai Mall. I wouldn’t normally tell people to go to a mall on holiday, but this is a tourist attraction in itself! At sunset, head outside to watch the magnificent Fountain Show, then have dinner in one of the restaurants at Souk Al Bahar.
On your second day, sample one of Dubai’s glam beach bars. You’ll need to dress up to fit in, and don’t forget your sunscreen. In the evening, Souk Madinat is a beautiful place to wander around and grab a bite to eat.
For your final day, I urge visitors to discover ‘real Dubai’ at the Creek. Here, you can ride a traditional abra for a tiny fee (it’s the cheapest attraction in Dubai), then take a stroll through the Spice Souk and Gold Souk.
If you have more time, I’ve created a five day Dubai itinerary detailing all the must-sees.
4. What touristic attractions in Dubai you think are a bit overrated?
Hmm, I think they’re all worth seeing at least once but I think that when it comes to going to the top of Burj Khalifa, once is enough. Any expat who’s had to go up and down every time they’ve had visitors will be with me
on this one!
5. I think you already had some time to integrate through the locals. Could you give us some advice to be able to know more about their preferences?
Obviously, the UAE is a Muslim country so it’s important to respect local culture. That being said, it’s one of the most accepting and progressive of the Muslim countries! While massively outnumbered by expats, Emirati people
are friendly – they must be, to open their country to so many foreign people. They’re also very big on food, and you should definitely sample some Middle Eastern cuisine if you visit Dubai.
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