Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Being a tourist in Dubai

Jump to last reply

I just returned from a trip via Emirates Air to Africa with a stopover in Dubai. I want to warn tourists that Dubai is NOT tourist friendly. All those beautiful and famous sights you saw on the internet? You can only see them from the outside. To get into the Burj al Arab, for example, you must make a reservation for an very expensive dinner. To get into the tallest building in the world, you must make a reservation at least 30 days or more in advance (unless you want to go up after dark). To get into the Sheik's palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, you must reserve ahead of time for a $150 English high tea. I was very disappointed, to say the least. It appears that the Emirates are for the wealthy Arabs and/or the international jet set. Lowly tourists must suffer through 115-120 degree (F) temperatures in the summer - only to have a glance at the outsides of buildings they've been wanting to explore. Sorry, Dubai. It seems that you're really set up for the very wealthy and/or inveterate shoppers with tons of money.

6 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Small Tented Camp under $350USD in Kenya??
  2. 2 New regulations for parents traveling to or in South Africa with children
  3. 3 Trip Report Zambia, A Scenic Arrival
  4. 4 Most affordable airfare to get to the Western Sabi lodges
  5. 5 Advice and Suggestions for Southern Africa - April or June / July?
  6. 6 Sabi Sand Game Reserve Expert (Skukuza, South Africa)
  7. 7 Looking for child friendly self catering house in Cape Town in March 2015
  8. 8 Some advice re driving from Durban to Capetown via Umtata
  9. 9 Ebola and Morocco
  10. 10 Trip Report Thompson Gazelle
  11. 11 Trip Report Overland in West Africa
  12. 12 Domestic flight to HDS/MQP from JNB??
  13. 13 boutique hotel in tel aviv?
  14. 14 Cape Town, Safari + Victoria Falls
  15. 15 Kenya,Tanzania and Zanzibar Travel Tips
  16. 16 Morrocco and Cash
  17. 17 Trip Report Don't go to Morrocco!
  18. 18 Car Hire Victoria Mahe Seychelles
  19. 19 Trip Report Kenya - July 2014 - Acacia House in Masai Mara area
  20. 20 Overland trip Iceland to South Africa
  21. 21 South Africa trip advices
  22. 22 Dubai transit with different connecting flights
  23. 23 Questions on 10 day Morocco winter vacation
  24. 24 Tour to Morocco
  25. 25 Rhino conservation in S Africa
View next 25 » Back to the top