Why it is better not to go on holiday in the UAE
People come here not only to soak up the coast (the state stretches along the Persian Gulf), but also to see first-hand its main sights: Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and also to visit numerous water parks and amusement parks.
The places are superb, but when going on a tour, you need to weigh the pros and cons.
Top reasons to refrain from traveling
The UAE is a country where Islam is practiced, which is the basis of legislation.Hence, strict laws and traditions, which are imposed on tourists. Their non-observance is regarded as disrespect. For this they can be fined or sent to prison.
If you do not want, try not to drink alcohol, do not smoke, do not gamble, do not eat pork, do not cuddle or kiss in public. Crossing the road in the wrong places is also not worth it.True, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi there are some indulgences for holidaymakers: for example, you can buy alcohol in some restaurants, but it costs there incredibly expensive.
By the way, good restaurants work mainly with expensive hotels. Meals there, respectively, are also not cheap.
Beaches and the sea
Most tourists travel to the UAE to soak up the coast, but in fact, finding a refined area with palm trees and beautiful lagoons is not so easy. You can only rely on amenities, and those are only on the beaches of hotels, which stand on the coastline. City beaches will most likely disappoint you. In Dubai, they stretch along the avenue of the metropolis. In addition, they are practically not adapted for recreation: “mushrooms” from the sun are rare, most of them do not have changing rooms. Larkov with water and snacks either.
And the sea, by the way, is not here. Instead, the Persian Gulf. Everything would be fine if in June the water temperature in it had not warmed up to +36 ° С. An unpleasant smell is added to the unbearable heat: hot water rots in the sun. Especially unpleasant to be at the palm islands, where the water stagnates. Interestingly, the wind can at any moment bring rot under the coast.
In Dubai, beaches stretch along the avenue of the metropolis
Comfortable water temperature at + 22–24 ° C is from December to March, but do not rush to order a ticket for the New Year holidays. The air temperature at this time also falls, so leaving the water uncomfortable. It may rain.
The climate in the UAE is desert. The air can warm up to + 50 ° С. It is possible to move around the city in such conditions only by transport. There are few options. In Dubai there is a subway, city buses go. However, to use them, to understand where to go, to find where and how to pay for travel, you need to know Arabic.
If you have enough money for the trip, you can take a taxi. But get ready to pay for its duration, landing. By the way, the distances between the sights are rather big (the length of the city is 70 km). When traveling from Dubai to Sharjah, as if, and from state to state, the fee for crossing the border is also automatically charged (it is impossible to see it, you just need to know that it is there).
There are more travel options: a guide with a minibus (the service is expensive, during tours the guide often drives to the most expensive places, as it has its own pullback), car rental. True, in the latter case, you must abide by the rules, since on the road – huge fines. For example, talking on a mobile driving will have to pay $ 217.
And here are some crazy traffic jams. The center of Dubai at rush hour is still a tourist attraction.
Speaking of entertainment.
There is not so much entertainment (not counting amusement parks) and they are also extremely expensive. For example, if you pay more than $ 50 at the entrance to the water park, be prepared to pay for services on site separately: rent a box for your belongings, etc.
Those interested can fly by helicopter, ride a boat or a boat on the bay, but the cost of such entertainment is also space. Even just to walk around the city will not work: firstly, during the tourist season it is very hot here, and secondly – there is no concept of “walk”. The local is not accepted – they go by transport. There are almost no Europeans.
Sheikh Palace in Dubai is also not to see – closer than 200 meters to it is not allowed.
Even the purchase of souvenirs can turn into huge expenses: in most stores there are no price tags on goods, as the cost is different for their own and for those who have a rest. And this is despite the fact that the cost of tours in the UAE is also cosmic.
Take snapshots here as well. You can not take pictures of Muslims who pray, and women in national costumes, however, as well as asking them questions or touching them.
And lonely girls up to 30 years old may not get to the UAE at all. The decision at the border is made individually. If a girl has a profession of a dancer or masseuse (indicated in the visa application form), permission may not be given.