With temperatures getting up to the mid-30’s this winter, it’s no surprise that Dubai is such a popular winter sun destination for Brits as the cold weather closes in on our shores.
Not only is the temperature a welcome escape, Dubai is also home to some of the most extravagant buildings in the world from luxurious hotels, to ludicrous shopping centres all the way to the nosebleed-inducing Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.
FairFX are here with some top tips to make sure you get the most out of your time, and money, in Dubai.
BEST TIME TO GO
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dubai, but winter is the perfect time for some desert camping. Sit under the stars and enjoy some of the best sunrises and sunsets the region has to offer as well as the starry skies at night. It’s a camping experience like no other and November or December are the best times to go.
If you don’t fancy the camping element of the desert, but still want to take in the dunes, you can choose to speed around the sand in the comfort of a luxury car. It definitely beats the M25, just make sure you keep the air con on!
October sees restaurants around Dubai start to open up their doors again, allowing customers to dine outside for the first time in months after the intense heat of the Dubai summer has finally passed.
And you certainly won’t be short on options for dining outside with virtually every cuisine from around the world on offer, as well as the traditional and delicious Arabic dishes of Dubai itself. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, Time Out have all the best deals for food & drink in Dubai this winter.
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WINTER?
Dubai is famous for its stunning architecture and jaw-dropping aesthetics so you’re guaranteed to be blown away by Dubai Design Week that runs from 11th – 16th November this year.
Planning a trip around new year’s eve? Dubai, along with London, New York and Sydney has become one of the world’s main attractions as the clocks hit midnight with countless places to view the iconic light show and mesmeric fountains at the foot of the Burj Khalifa.
If you’re big on motorsport then you’re in luck. From Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December you can witness the F1 world descend on the Yas Marina Circuit for the final Grand Prix of this year’s Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi.
MAKE YOUR MONEY GO FURTHER
The currency in Dubai is the UAE Dirham and, at the time of this post, the exchange rate is 4.7232. Dirhams come in the form of banknotes, with values of the notes ranging from 5 to 1,000 dirhams, although the latter is incredibly rare.
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout Dubai although the likes of American Express are less likely to be accepted by merchants. Your best bet is to go with a prepaid Mastercard like FairFX’s as they are not subject to Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) – a profit-generating scheme where merchants can dictate exchange rates if customers opt to pay in the local currency.
The Dirham has fluctuated quite substantially over the last 12 months (10.77%) against the pound, ranging from a high of 4.8908 to a low of 4.4152. If you want to ensure that you get Dirham when the rates are good, sign up to our rate alerts today.
DUBAI PRICE GUIDE
|Purchase||Cost (AED)||Equivalent in GBP*|
|Meal for 2 (mid-range, 3 courses)||220||£46.59|
|Water (1.5ltr bottle)||2.28||£0.48|
|Bottle of wine (mid-range)||60||£12.71|
|Domestic beer (0.5ltr)||16.59||£3.51|
|Imported beer (0.33ltr)||16.22||£3.44|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||5||£1.06|
|1 night desert camping (tent)||350||£45.32|