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Preparing your trip to Dubai: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Burj Alarab, Dubai 1. The best way to exchange currency is to use the services of private exchange offices. No additional documents are needed to make an exchange. Before you give the money you want to exchange to an office worker, make sure to check them for authenticity. If exchange office finds fake currency, it can lead to severe punishment, such as a large fine or even imprisonment.
2. Almost all major shopping centers and restaurants accept payments with credit cards of international standard. However, travellers who hope to get a discount when purchasing a product are recommended to get a sufficient amount of cash. Some markets and shops may accept U.S. dollars, but the exchange rate will be significantly undervalued.
3. Tips are not officially accepted in restaurants. They can be included in the total score only in elite institutions. However, if you want to thank an obliging waiter, you can add a small monetary reward in the amount of 10% of your order. It will be gladly accepted.
4. The attitude to drinking in Dubai is quite ambiguous. Despite the fact that every restaurant and bar serves a wide selection of beverages, their use is allowed in specially designated places only. Appearance on a street of the city in a drunken state is a violation of public order, and so in some cases such behavior can lead visitors to large fines.
5. Travelers should take into account a number of local rules of etiquette. When you enter a house or mosque do not forget to take your shoes off. Sending and receiving money, food and other items must be done with your right hand only. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. Tourists are not allowed to photograph local people without their permission as this will be considered a sign of bad manners and disrespect. Women dressed in long black robes cannot be photographed due to religious reasons. Also, tourists are prohibited to take pictures of strategically important facilities (police stations, the city’s airport area or sea berths).
7. Do not forget to choose your clothes carefully when going for a walk. Extravagant and colorful apparel as well as too revealing clothes can cause confusion among other people. Visitors wearing too open or revealing clothes may be prohibited to enter the territory of religious sites and other attractions.
The culture of local people and their national traditions, which have been developing over the centuries in Dubai, do not cease to amaze visitors with their beauty and originality. Virtually … Open
8. The best way to make phone calls to other cities and countries is to use special public phones that can be found close to all major shopping and entertainment centers. These pay phones are operated by plastic cards, which can be purchased at newsstands or in grocery stores. Calls from hotels are usually the most expensive ones.
9. The most suitable time for rest is the period from October to May. At this time of year Dubai is distinguished by most favorable weather. In summer the average temperature is around 40 degrees. This weather is perfect for beach rest, but it can ruin you excursion program.
10. Power supply voltage ranges from 220 to 240V. The majority of hotels are equipped with the standard English type sockets. Tourists can easily purchase electrical adapters in any supermarket or ask them in their hotel.
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What to visit being in Dubai - unique sights

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana

From the series “The world's tallest hotels”
The skyscraper was built in the shortest possible time and already in 2007 amazed city visitors with its perfect appearance. Rose Rayhaan by Rotana officially opened in December, 2009. It remained the world’s tallest hotel untill 2012. The hotel offers guests a choice of 482 rooms and penthouses. Regular guests traditionally book rooms on the top and the highest storeys of the tower. All the rooms of Rose Rayhaan by Rotana hotel are of impressive size, the smallest of them is 33sqm. … Read further

Top of Burj Khalifa

From the series “Breathtaking high-altitude observation points with panoramic views on cities”
Needless to say that the panoramic view of the city is simply mesmerizing. Compared with Burj Khalifa, all the surrounding skyscrapers and large-scale buildings seem quite tiny, and cars on the highways are barely distinguishable. One of the main features of the site is that it allows you to enjoy a circular panorama of the city. A part of the observation deck is open, so magnificent views of Dubai can be enjoyed outdoors. … Read further

SeaScape Villa

From the series “Fancy houses and hotels located on water or under water”
Floating houses have many different modifications, some of them are designed considering individual preferences of a future owner. The area of villas is from 70 to 170 square meters. In addition to usual rooms, a solarium or indoor pool can be equipped inside. It is also important to note that the SeaScape houses are absolutely environmentally friendly, they are completely constructed of natural materials and use the most modern systems of energy supply and water treatment. … Read further

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Travelling to Dubai - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Dubai. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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