Thursday, 7 December 2017

Travelling to Dubai: 10 DO's & DONT's

Do's & Dont's: Travelling to Dubai

Hello Kings & Queens, long time no blog post! I've been terrible lately when it comes to social media but I am finally getting back into the swing of things. For those of you that follow me on Instagram , you would already know that I recently went to Dubai. It was an amazing experience and definitely a trip of a lifetime. Make sure to stay tuned for a Youtube video that will be uploaded soon where I go into a little detail about my experience concerning money, activities, the culture etc but today's post is just going to briefly give those of you who may be planning on travelling to Dubai, a list of do's and dont's.

  •  DO NOT expect Dubai to be cheap because it is tax free. For some reason I had this misconception that Dubai would be super cheap and I would do tones of shopping because they do not pay tax. However, this is incorrect and I actually found it to be a lot more expensive (depending on what I was buying) than purchasing those same items in the UK. Many retail stores that we all know and love were alot more expensive and sometimes double the price I would have paid if I were to purchase it in the UK. This is one of the many reasons why I did a lot of converting when deciding to purchase anything just to make sure it was worth buying. Please bare in mind that I am referring to GBP so if you are not from the UK, it may actually be cheaper to purchase from Dubai but for all those from the UK, you are more than likely not going to buy anything from the malls. Its simply not worth it!
  •  Do not take pictures or videos without permission. I was obsessed with taking pictures and videos because I had to document EVERYTHING! However, if you see a sign that states 'no photography' I would highly suggest that you put your camera away and just take in the moment. I would be lying if I were to say I obeyed the warnings of no photography however a quick tip which saved me a lot of times when I had to catch moments on camera was I simply used me phone. Instead of taking out this huge DSLR camera, my Iphone was a lifesaver. Its a lot more discreet and if you put earphones in, it will just look like your face-timing someone. However, be mindful and respectful so do not video or photograph a mosque unless you have asked for permission, do not take pictures or videos of the locals and most importantly use your judgment. You will know when it is and is not acceptable to pull out your camera or phone.   
  •  Always be respectful of the culture and religion. Some people complain about the mosque and how loud it is especially early in the morning. Firstly, if you are going to complain about such a thing, simply do not go to Dubai.What did you expect in a muslim country!!! I actually found that to be very offensive and rude. I actually enjoyed being right next to the mosque but to each its own. If you know you wont like the early morning prayers, simply get a hotel that isn't near one. 
  • Wear what you want but again be respectful. I saw a lot of blog posts and YouTube videos of people saying, you cant wear shorts, you must cover your knees and shoulders etc etc. This is incorrect or at least completely incorrect to what I experienced. People were wearing anything and everything they wanted without any issues. When going to Dubai mall, we assumed we had to cover up because that was what we were told. I kid you not when I say people were walking around in booty shorts, playsuits, mini skirts, all of the above without a care in the world. I personally felt like people were taking it too far and were way over the top with their dressing. Just because you are not approached regarding your dressing, still be respectful of the culture and religion. A key example is, wear shorts, DO NOT wear booty shorts & crop top. Yes it's hot, but be mindful. Abu Dhabi is a lot more conservative than Dubai so you will have to cover up if you are visiting or staying in AbuDhabi 
  • If you have the opportunity to do so  book your activities before arriving. This will particularly help those of you who do not want to overspend. If you've already booked and paid for your activities, thats one less expense you have to think about and depending on the activity it can get expensive, so this allows you to know where your money is going and how much spending money you will need to bring.
  •  Plan what you are going to do each day. I stayed near the marina which was a great location with the beach being so near, the marina mall, pier 7 and more. Therefore, it would have been easy to just stay in that area and not branch out to other areas. This is why I say plan each day so that you experience different areas in Dubai and to ensure that each day is not being wasted. The time will go by so quickly that planning will be a life saver because before you know it's time to pack up and go home.
  • Bring enough spending money that way you will thoroughly enjoy your trip without having to worry that your'e running out of money. This is why planning each day and booking your activities before arriving is so great. Rather than just taking a load of money and figuring everything once you are out there, this will ensure you don't make unnecessary purchases which will in turn save you a lot of money.

(Check out my instagram to see more pics)

Lizzie x



  1. Thank you so much for the tips! They sound super usefull! Thanks for sharing!

    Olga from Myme

  2. Such an informative post and love the photos!

  3. These photos are so gorgeous!! I really hope I get to travel here one day :)

    Enclothed Cognition

  4. It looks so cool there, I would Love to go

  5. this trip looks amazing! my friend just moved, def need to visit soon

  6. OMG such beautiful photos! Love them! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

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