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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Can I do a bike tour in Dubai?

Picture this: It’s sunset. Black waves are gently rolling up the sandy shore. The sun descends into the horizon. And you? You’re cruising effortlessly over the packed beach sand and through the shallow waters on your specially-made, next-gen bike. Can you feel that fresh, beach air yet? There are a lot of ways to see [...]
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Native plants of Dubai

Dubai—with its big lights and fast cars—is sure to sweep you off your feet. If you fall in love, you won’t be the first. Indeed, from indoor skydiving to world-class malls, you don’t have to leave the city to have a fabulous time. But there’s so much more to see. Take a trip to the [...]
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How to Tie the Arabic Headscarf

You’ve seen the traditional Arab headdress before. Fashioned from a rectangle scarf usually made of cotton, the ghutra, as it is known (in Arabic, it’s كوفية‎‎ kūfiyyah), is commonly worn by men in the UAE. When visiting Dubai, understand the ghutra serves many practical purposes. It protects against sunburn. Typically the color white, the ghutra [...]
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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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Arabic Welcome: Coffee

For travellers, weary after a long journey, a Bedouin camp was an oasis in itself. You might be surprised to know that those Bedouin nomads loved taking in almost anyone passing through their area. For Bedouins, this was more than just a “nice thing to do”; Arabic culture is based on hospitality. For generations, people [...]
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Who is welcome in Dubai?

It’s sometimes easy to forget that people once looked at the cities of the Middle East the way we look at New York, London, and Sydney today; they were multicultural, international hubs, where everyone was accepted and ideas flowed freely. During the Middle Ages, cities like Damascus, Cairo, and Baghdad were ground zero for innovation [...]
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Despite Dubai’s rapid development in the last few decades, the emirate is not all skyscrapers and indoor ski parks. The government of the UAE knew early on that their land was special; focusing on sustainability has always been of the utmost importance. That’s why they established their first national park with the Dubai Desert Conservation [...]
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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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