Why not go to the UAE for a vacation
The UAE is one of the fastest growing countries…
People come here not only to soak up the coast (the state stretches along the Persian Gulf), but also to see its main attractions: the Burj Khalifa, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, as well as to visit numerous water parks and amusement parks.
Places are great, but going on a tour, you need to weigh all the “pros” and “cons”.
Top reasons to refrain from traveling
The UAE is a country where Islam is practiced, which is the basis of legislation. Hence-strict laws and traditions that are imposed and vacationers. Their non-compliance is regarded as disrespect. For this, you can be fined or sent to prison.
If you don’t want to, try not to drink alcohol, smoke, gamble, eat pork, hug or kiss in public while traveling. Crossing the road in the wrong places is also not worth it. However, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there are some breaks for vacationers: for example, you can buy alcohol in some restaurants, but it costs absurdly expensive there.
Strict laws and traditions that are imposed on tourists
By the way, good restaurants work mainly in expensive hotels. The dishes there, respectively, are also not cheap.
Beaches and sea
Most tourists go to the UAE to soak up the beach, but in fact it is not so easy to find an ennobled area with palm trees and beautiful lagoons. You can only count on the convenience, and those are only on the beaches at hotels that are located on the coastline. City beaches are likely to disappoint you. In Dubai, they stretch along the Avenue of the metropolis. In addition, they are almost not adapted for recreation: “mushrooms” from the sun are rare, most of them do not have changing rooms. There are no stalls with water and snacks either.
And the sea, by the way, is not here. Instead, the Persian Gulf. Everything would be fine if in June the water temperature in it did not warm up to + 36 °C. an unpleasant smell is added to the unbearable heat: hot water rots in the sun. It is especially unpleasant to be near the palm Islands, where the water stagnates. I wonder what the wind may at any moment bring the rot under the shore.
In Dubai, beaches stretch along the Avenue of the metropolis
The comfortable water temperature at +22-24°C is from December to March, but do not rush to order a ticket for the new year holidays. The air temperature also drops at this time, so it is not comfortable to leave the water. It may rain.
The climate in the UAE is desert. The air can warm up to +50°C. to Move around the city in such conditions, you can only use transport. There are few options. Dubai has a metro and city buses. However, to use them, understand where to go, find where and how to pay for travel, you need to know Arabic.
City buses in Dubai
If you have enough money for the trip, you can take a taxi. But get ready to pay for its duration, landing. By the way, the distances between the sights are quite long (the length of the city is 70 km). When traveling from Dubai to Sharjah, as well as from state to state, the fee for crossing the border is automatically removed (it is impossible to see it, you just need to know that it is there).
Other options for travel: a guide with a minibus (the service is not cheap, during excursions, the guide often drives to the most expensive places, as it has its own rollback), car rental. However, in the latter case, you need to follow the rules, as on the road – huge fines. For example, talking on a mobile phone while driving will have to pay $217.
And there are crazy traffic jams. The center of Dubai during rush hour is still a tourist attraction.
Speaking of entertainment.
Entertainment is not so much (not counting amusement parks) and they are also insanely expensive. For example, if you pay more than $50 at the entrance to the water Park, be prepared to pay for services on the territory: rent a box for your belongings, etc.
Water Park in Dubai
Those who wish can fly by helicopter, go on a boat or on a boat on the Bay, but the cost of such entertainment is also cosmic. Even just a walk around the city will not work: first, in the tourist season it is very hot, and secondly-there is no concept of “walking”. The locals do not accept this – they go on transport. There are almost no Europeans.
The Sheikh’s Palace in Dubai is also not visible-closer than 200 m to it is not allowed.
Even buying Souvenirs can turn into huge expenses: in most stores, there are no price tags on the goods, since the cost is different for their own and for vacationers. And this is despite the fact that the cost of tours in the UAE is also cosmic.
Take pictures for memory here you also need to be careful. You can’t take pictures of Muslims praying or women in national costumes, or ask them questions or touch them.
And single girls under 30 years of age may not get to the territory of the UAE at all. The decision at the border is made individually. If the girl has a profession of a dancer or masseuse (indicated in the visa application form), permission may not be given.
Single girls under 30 years of age may not get into the UAE at all
The other extreme is the problem of settling in the same room for a man and a woman who are not married.
There are a number of other restrictions. You can not wear revealing outfits (those that leave your shoulders and knees exposed), chew gum in public places, import some medicines (review the first aid kit) , etc.