This year in June I went to Dubai , it was a surprise birthday trip for my boyfriend actually. I have never been to Dubai before but loads of people told me it would be super hot. I wanted to write a short article on what you should know if you plan on visiting Dubai on Ramadan, and there are also some photos from my trip.
WEATHER IN JUNE
Dubai in summer is as close as you will ever get to Hell’s temperatures. It is incredibly hot, and incredibly humid. I have never ever experienced such wet air except in maybe Bali, but still not to that extent. I have seen hot but this was unbearable. I wasn’t sure if I was sweating or if I was just being sticky by humidity.
Most places you will go to will have air-condition on -100 celsius , so if you don’t want to have a heart attack, walk in to rooms ,slowly.
Sea is amazing though. It is like a really warm bath, and all pools are cooled so it is kind of a great mix. And the sand… it is really nice.
BOOKING A HOTEL IS CHEAPER WHEN YOU LAND
Because it is so hot in summer, it is not a popular destination in those days. I booked a hotel before going there ,but when I checked on booking.com prices were cheaper , a lot cheaper when I landed. My advice is to take a leap of faith and book a room when you land
It is so easy to get upgraded as hotels are empty. I went from lagoon room to water villa just by asking.
Because it was Ramadan, we could not drink alcohol in the beautiful pool bar, which was very disappointing, but we respected the rules and drank in our room, which was also nice.
During those heat waves you should think about booking a hotel In the city or the marina. I stayed on the palm and it was exhausting. Everywhere we wanted to go, we had to book a cab, and the journey from the palm is not a short journey and by the time you get to the city you are a sweat sponge.
KNOW THESE THINGS WHEN VISITING DURING RAMADAN
Be respectful and wear long dresses with sleeves. Sure you are a tourist but respect their religion, don’t walk around like you are in Miami, you will get dirty looks.
No drinking, smoking or eating – don’t even try. You can get in a lot of trouble. Dubai is empty during the day as everyone is fasting and it is hard to survive that heat with no water. Stay in your hotel until sunset then you can do what you want.
DON’T MISS VISITING…
Malls – they are awesome, amazing and huge. If you like shopping you will be in heaven, not only are they interesting they have great offers and brands.
Burj Khalifa – Don’t pay to go to the view point, rather go for a drink in atmosphere. It will cost you just as much and you will be able to enjoy epic views of the city. I even tricked the staff of Armani hotel to believe I was staying there and they let me on the terrace to watch the fountains.
Fountains are epic!!!! You need to see them, I even cried how beautiful they were.
Marina – take a walk down the marina, it is really pretty and the architecture is just so impressive you will not be able to stop taking photos.
AND of course…..relax.