Ramadan in Dubai

The holy month of Ramadan is almost upon us. This year Ramadan should fall in between 16th May - 13th June 2018. During this (lunar calendar) month-long period, the social and cultural climate of the city transforms. Work days shorten, shops change their hours of operation, and things generally slow down. This is all in [...]
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When is the best time to visit Dubai?

You want to go to Dubai? We don’t blame you. But what’s the best time of the year to visit this desert oasis? The answer is a little more complicated. It depends on what the “best time to visit” means to you. Do you mean the best time to shop? The best time to hit [...]
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How to use TripAdvisor like a Pro

Recently TripAdvisor has come under scrutiny with well publicised cases of how easy it is to use fake TripAdvisor reviews to cheat the results. Can we still trust TripAdvisor in 2018 ? We say yes, as long as you are savvy and know what to look for. Amongst the many corrupt companies faking it on [...]
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Can I trust TripAdvisor in 2018

Today, hardly anyone plans a vacation without taking at least a cautionary glance at TripAdvisor to see how one should spend their valuable time and money whilst abroad. Why not hear some honest feedback from likeminded travel bugs? It sounds great in theory and perhaps it was in the early days of TripAdvisor. Recently, however, [...]
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How to get around in Dubai

You’re coming to Dubai. Congratulations. Welcome to the pearl of the desert. ...But now that you’re here, how do you get around? You want to get acquainted with the local transportation options as soon as you touch down. Don’t worry, there are lots of options available (and almost all of them are air-conditioned). No matter [...]
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Can I drink the water in Dubai?

Can I drink the water in Dubai? Water: the element of life. If you’re from the West, you probably take it for granted. But when you’re in the desert? That’s a different story. There are many myths and misconceptions about the quality of Dubai’s tap water (hair loss, dry skin, and premature aging) So visitors [...]
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Should I tip in Dubai?

To tip or not to tip? That is the question. And it’s a big question in Dubai—a city that’s famous for excellent service levels. You can literally have all your needs delivered to your doorstep (yes, even a mobile salon service will come to your home or hotel). In Dubai, the short answer is both [...]
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Dubai: The Romantic Getaway

Most people know Dubai as a high-tech, high-cost metropolis (and perhaps the ultimate rags-to-riches story ). So, the desert city might not be the first place your mind goes when you think of a romantic getaway. You might opt to go to more glamorous areas, like the old cities of western Europe, the ancient pagodas [...]
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How to Stopover in Dubai on Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airlines is often hailed as the world’s best airline, and with good reason. With a focus on comfort, entertainment, and even showers, Emirates makes strides to truly offer an experience, in addition to getting you from point A to point B. If you do choose to fly Emirates, your layover will be in Dubai [...]
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2-3 Days in Dubai

If you had 2-3 days in Dubai, what could you do? As it turns out, there’s quite a lot to do in this desert oasis. Dubai is a dynamic city that offers something to visitors of all walks of life. Whether you’re an adventurer seeking new thrills, a lover of culture, cuisine, and art, or [...]
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