Dubai’s 5 Most Common Myths – Busted

“When you think 'tourist-friendly holiday', Dubai might not be the first destination that springs to mind”

There are lots of myths surrounding this middle-eastern metropolis, but we're here to set the record straight……

  • Dubai’s 5 Most Common Myths – Busted

    When you think ‘tourist-friendly holiday’, Dubai might not be the first destination that springs to mind. There are lots of myths surrounding this middle-eastern metropolis, but we’re here to set the record straight…

    Myth #1 – You can’t drink in Dubai

    What’s the truth?
    Drinking in licensed establishments like bars, restaurants, clubs or hotels is absolutely fine for tourists. In fact, we’ve got some favourite party spots of our own – you can read all about them here. It is, however, illegal to be under the influence of alcohol in public, so stick to the licensed premises only. Basically, as long as you drink responsibly and stay out of trouble, you’ll be fine.

    Myth #2 – Everything costs a fortune

    What’s the truth?
    Dubai might be full of glitz and glamour, but you can still do it on the cheap. In fact, some of the main attractions are free. Watch the epic fountain display by the Burj Khalifa, wander around the 19th-century Bastakiya Quarter and see one of the world’s largest aquariums in the Dubai Mall – all without spending a penny. There are also free galleries, beaches and events to keep you entertained. Ladies’ Night is a regular thing in Dubai, where you can take advantage of free drinks and even free food. Time Out Dubai is your go-to guide to the best events.


    Myth #3 – You have to cover up all the time

    What’s the truth?
    The rule here is to be sensible with your clothing – just as you would in any other parts of the world when visiting churches or religious sites. In tourist and expat areas like the marina, it’s absolutely fine to wear shorts and t-shirts, but if you’re going to the mall or visiting the old quarters, you’ll need to cover up a bit more. When it comes to packing, think maxi skirts and light denim – leave the hotpants at home.

    Myth #4 – It’s too hot to do anything

    What’s the truth?
    You don’t have to spend your holiday sat in an air-conditioned room. Most of the time, the climate is perfect for getting out and about. If you hate the heat, avoid going between June and September, where the mercury hits a sweltering 40 degrees. In autumn and winter, sunny days are practically guaranteed and temperatures are somewhere in the mid-20s, so you can make the most of all the outdoor activities without melting.


    Myth #5 – There’s nothing for kids to do

    What’s the truth?
    Dubai is just as exciting for kids as it is for adults. A lot of the events and activities are family-focused and little ones are welcome everywhere. There’s the Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium for family fun, Sega Republic and sand-boarding for the older kids, and a huge KidZania. There’s even a brand new Hunger Games theme park set to open in Winter 2016, which you can read all about here.

    What are you waiting for? Book your holiday to Dubai today.

Author: Selina Akhtar