Travel Tuesday: Dubai-The Crowning Jewel Of The Middle East
Hello people. Happy Tuesday. This week Travel Tuesday is Dubai. Middle East most cosmopolitan city
Dubai is an emirate in the United Arab Emirates federation. The main city of the emirate is also called Dubai. The emirate is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country
I travelled to Dubai in March and it was one of the most exciting adventure of my life to date. I will advice everyone to try and make it to Dubai someday. It is really hard to explain the energy and how unreal everything is there. It one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It truly an experience of a life time.
Here are few things to know when traveling to The United Emirates
English is Everywhere
It is hard to tell that you are in a country half way around the world when English is so common. There were quite a few times where if I was placed in Dubai without knowing it, I would have a hard time thinking I was outside the US. I was kind of hoping for a bit more Arabic culture, but it sure makes it easier to get around.
The Population is Diverse
I wasn’t sure what to expect when visiting Dubai, but I can surely say I was not expecting what I found. Only about 20% of the population are native citizens, where the rest are from other countries around the world. Many people living in Dubai are from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Ethiopia, Some Europeans countries and even the US.
Do Not Plan on Becoming a Citizen
You cannot become a citizen of the UAE. Even if you work in the country for years and have kids in Dubai, neither you nor your kids are able to become citizens. To stay in the country, as a non-citizen, you have to be employed. Those who are not employed are deported (you do have some time to find a new job if you are fired).
Crime is Low
Because there are not many people wandering around without jobs, plus the possible punishment of being deported if you commit a crime, Dubai is very safe and crime is low.
Alcohol is Limited, But Exists
One is quite limited in where someone can drink alcohol. Unless you have a special drinking license, the only place one can drink is at a hotel. Do not worry, there are plenty of restaurants in and connected to hotels that will let you get your buzz on
Do Not Drink and Drive
This is probably a pretty good rule to have no matter where you are . But at least countries like the US will let you have a bit of alcohol in your system legally (0.08%), but in Dubai there is a 0.0% tolerance. You will cut your trip very short if you drink anything and then drive, so just take a cab, public transportation or do not leave your hotel.
Next week, I will suggest to you all places to stay. We stayed at Towers Rotana. Stay tuned for all the details on this beautiful hotel!
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