I'm thinking of visiting Dubai. Where do I start?


First, give yourself a high-five, because you've made a fantastic choice. Dubai is a uniquely beautiful, clean, and very safe tourist destination. Are you planning a girls trip? A getaway with the lads? A family holiday or honeymoon? Perhaps a group vacation? Whatever your reason for travel, get ready for an exciting, culturally rich adventure you will never forget.


Because of the year-round hot weather, it is highly recommended that visitors come during the autumn and winter months.

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For the best travel deals, vacationers should look to visit during off-peak travel times, like September/October, and January/February. This can mean the difference between paying $130 per night at a luxury five-star hotel and paying as much as $700+ per night during peak seasons.



Despite its reputation as a playground for the wealthy, an affordable trip to Dubai is completely within reach for the average, working-class traveler. Good deals become available all the time. So don't be afraid to do the research and take the plunge. This is by far a journey worth taking.


And in case you are wondering, yes...there are many quality affordable hotels in Dubai. 



So the first step is pricing. One of our favorite tools is Airfarewatchdog. Besides great deals on hotels, they have experts that assess and collect the best airfare deals for all airlines, including airlines that sell their fares only on their websites. They even alert you when prices drop.  Click the blue box below to start pricing your dream trip to Dubai or other destinations.
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Many of those who are genuinely passionate about travel agree that the holiday begins the moment you leave home for the airport, and the flight is just as much an exciting part of the journey as the destination itself. So be mindful to dress comfy, because flights to and from Dubai can be very lengthy (as long as 17 hours, depending on your city of origin).



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Colour Me Dubai recommends booking  any airline that will allow travelers to bring two suitcases per person at no charge. Most airlines offer a greater luggage allowance if you book business class or higher.

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Etihad Airways allows two bags per person at no charge for flghtsto & from the US & Canada only



The airlines tend to offer a good flight experience on a journey this long. They feed you well, serve complimentary beer, wine and spirits, have good entertainment systems and on-board wi-fi. While Emirates Airlines is a popular choice, other airlines offer many if not all of the same comforts.

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No matter what the luggage allowance though, get the beat deal you can.


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So, if you haven't yet, become a member of discount travel sites like Airfarewatchdog, Travelzoo, or Kiwi.com, where they send special deals periodically via email. Sites like this tend to be the gems that deliver some of the best deals.

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If you choose to plan your trip a la carte, look for cheap flights months in advance as well as last-minute offers. Most travel search engine sites allow you to sign up to receive notifications when deals become available to the city of your choice. Others will alert you when prices drop. Sign up and let them bring the deals to you.



Next, familiarize yourself with the dirham, the official currency of the UAE. Head into your adventure with a solid idea of the conversion rate on your country's currency. This will be especially helpful as you negotiate pricing for goods purchased at local markets.




Finally, make certain your passport and travel documents are current and up-to-date. Travelers should be advised that passports must not be close to expiring when you visit Dubai. For example, if your holiday is scheduled for January, but your passport expires in July, you will not be allowed to enter the country, no matter how short your length of stay. Travelers must have more than six months validity on their passports to gain entry into the UAE.


Do I need a visa to visit Dubai?

If you are a passport holder from the following countries/territories, no special visas are required to visit the UAE. Once you disembark from the airplane, head to Immigration, and your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visitor visa free of charge.

Andorra
Mauritius
Argentina
Monaco
Australia
New Zealand
Brunei
People’s Republic of China
Canada
Russian Federation
Chile
San Marino
Hong Kong
Singapore
Ireland
Ukraine
Japan
United Kingdom
Kazakhstan
United States of America
Malaysia
Vatican City


If your country or territory is listed below, your passport will be stamped with a multiple-entry 90-day visitor visa that is valid for six months from the date of issue. When all 90 days have been used, you may apply for a paid pre-arranged visit visa.

Austria
Greece
Portugal
Belgium
Hungary
Romania
Brazil
Iceland
Seychelles
Croatia
Italy
Slovakia
Cyprus
Latvia
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Liechtenstein
South Korea
Denmark
Lithuania
Spain
Estonia
Malta
Sweden
FInland
Netherlands
Switzerland
France
Norway
Uruguay
Germany
Poland

Rules vary for other countries.



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  1. Good information on booking flight tickets, hotel accommodation, and fetching discount on travel sites. I haven't tried all the tips mentioned in the post though. Nevertheless, I got a good deal on http://www.onlydubaivisa.com/ during the Dubai Shopping Festival this year. I received my tourist visa in three days with 'OK to Board' status. Since the 'OTB' status on my airplane ticket was necessary, I was relieved of my travel anxiety and enjoyed the tour fealessly.

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