Best Time to Visit
Few locations this glitzy boast hot beaches in mid-winter, but Dubai is the go-to from all around for sunbathing in the cold season. All Dubai’s big events take place November through March too, so choosing the season to go is a real no-brainer.
What to Pack
Beachwear is for the beach only, the culture in Dubai frowns upon exposed skin in restaurants and malls, while at local sights and temples you’ll need to cover up completely. Pack for adventure if you plan to try Ski Dubai or dune-bashing in the sands.
As part of the UAE, Dubai has a centuries old tradition of music and dance, including Khaliji music featuring the oud and tabl drum, and Yowalah traditional dance.
In recent years in has become the center point of the Gulf region for modern music shows too, and has been running the Dubai International Film Festival for more than ten years, representing mostly Arab, African and Asian productions.
When it comes to art, a thriving modern art scene has attracted international attention and seen Art Dubai, which takes place each March, become one of the world’s most important.
A rival Art Fair Dubai takes place at the end of October.
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