Now that you have your airline tickets booked for your holidays in Dubai, it is time to start packing for your vacation.
If you haven’t been to Dubai before, you may have some questions about what you should pack.
With this summer holidays in Dubai guide, you’ll understand what to bring and what to leave at home.
How to Pack for Your Summer Holidays in Dubai
I want Dubai to be a place where everybody from all over the world meets each other, don’t think of fighting or hate, just love it, enjoy their sport, and that’s it. – HH Shk. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Summer Holidays in Dubai
First thing. Summertime in Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates is hot. I mean 40 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit).
This is serious heat and it can make you unable to breathe properly if you are not used to it. The good news is that it is a dry heat during the day, which makes touring the city a bit more comfortable. Humidity does start to creep in during the evenings, but you can change your clothing before you decide to go out for evening activities. With that being said, your essentials for holidays in Dubai revolve around this high temperature.
The second aspect to consider outside of the heat is that the United Arab Emirates is an Islamic nation. This means you dressing should be moderate and conservative.
While you might wear a tank top and shorts to other warm weather locations, this kind of clothing is not acceptable in some areas of Dubai, especially for women. Tank tops and shorts are allowed in the water parks and the beach areas, but in business settings or religious facilities, avoid this kind of clothing altogether. It is important to keep in mind conservative clothing is the name of the game here.
What to Wear
One of the most important pieces of clothing is what you wear first. This is basically what you wear on the plane when you land. It is tricky here because air travel can be cold, yet it is extremely warm in Dubai. You should dress in pants you are comfortable in. A long sleeved shirt works also.
You can consider packing a light sweatshirt just for the plane ride, although you likely will not need it (unless you plan on taking an overnight camping expedition into the desert, as the weather does drop down considerably at night in the desert.
Kinds of clothing you’ll need to consider includes:
Pants and Tops
A t-shirt and shorts, even shorts that cover the knees is generally not recommended. Even as a male visiting the city, shorts is not a great idea. With such extreme heat and direct sunlight, you will want to cover up as much skin as possible.
You’ll burn quickly, especially if your skin is not used to this kind of sun exposure. So, while you may decide to pack a pair or two of shorts (make sure the shorts cover your knees, and if you want a t-shirt for mall shopping, make sure it covers your shoulders), long, loose-fitting pants and shirts is your best option.
Breathable clothing so that doesn’t stick to your skin is best. A lightweight cotton top and pants are perfect. If you don’t have a lot of this kind of clothing at home, just pack a few pairs. You can pick up what you need in the many shops throughout Dubai.
Footwear is an important item of clothing to consider as well. First, if you plan on just walking around the shopping areas and malls, a comfortable pair of tennis shoes or even dress shoes is fine. If you are a woman visiting Dubai, flats work perfectly fine or something with a slight elevation, but normally just flats is the recommended kind of footwear. You are able to wear heels if you’d like, but it does take up a lot of space packing.
With the number of fantastic shopping outlets, it may just be easier to buy a new pair of heels for your visit. Now, if you plan on visiting mosques, wear something you can easily slip off. You’ll need to remove your footwear before entering most mosques, especially areas of prayer.
For this, loafers can work well, or even sandals you feel comfortable wearing. Should you decide on wearing socks, pack socks without holes. Some may find deteriorating socks as an insult, so keep this in mind.
Remember to come with sunglasses, caps and towels for the beach, tours or just to dry off.
Visiting any new city or country means you get to go out and pick up a few new travel accessories. It can be fun buying these items, and most of the time you won’t need to break the bank. Before making the trip to Dubai, make sure to stock up on a few of these items:
Beauty and Hygiene Products
First, pack sunscreen. You will need to stay out of the sun, but there likely will be activities you partake in while exposed to sunlight. You want to protect your skin, which means pack sunscreen. Now, you will be able to find this around town, but you should have some right off the bat before venturing out to the store.
In general, most standard hygiene products you use will likely be available. Now, if you are a woman you may want to pack tampons if this is your desired female hygiene product. Although available in some stores, pads are more widely available. Availability has increased as more American and European businesses have opened up, but just something to keep in mind.
Do you have any favourite local brands? You may have a favourite brand locally made. If so, bring it along. Dubai will have almost all international brands, but if there is a favourite shampoo or deodorant you have made for where you coming from, it is best to bring that with you but check with the airline if it is safe to do so.
In Dubai, you will find crime is likely far less of an issue than where you are from. This is because the penalty for theft is more severe than in the U.S. or Europe.
However, with that being said, crime can occur, so you may want to protect your belongings. If you feel safer with a money belt or money wallet you can pack such items. A money belt is never a bad idea where you can hold some extra cash when necessary. In general, as long as you have everything secured in pockets, you will be fine, but you can come with the extra security if you desire.
Essential Travel Technology
Bringing the right travel technology is important. A smartphone can prove beneficial, especially with the GPS maps offered. Of course, many carriers will charge international roaming rates, so you’ll need to do something about this.
You can buy either a Dubai SIM card or a travel phone either ahead of your holidays in Dubai or when you arrive.
This SIM is inserted into your phone and has a new local phone number. You can pay for data and minutes up front, which will save you money. Just make sure your phone is a GSM-based frequency. Ask your service provider what kind of signal is used. If you run CDMA you may be required to buy a travel phone.
While the camera in your phone is fine, make sure to bring a nice digital camera to really capture a beautiful picture.
A laptop or tablet will make it easier to work whenever necessary, and consider a mobile charger and charger adapter. The adapter depends on where you are travelling from, so make sure to look into the correct power adapter for your electronics while experiencing your holidays in Dubai.
Things You Won’t Need
There’s nothing wrong with packing a few bandages for your holidays in Dubai. However, you won’t need mosquito repellant or itch cream as this is not a problem. You also won’t need snake or poison removal kits, as the desert here is different from the Australian or Southwestern U.S. deserts.
Things to Do in Dubai in the Summer
There are plenty of indoor and outdoor water parks around town. Plus there are a number of indoor activities that are open in the summer and a great escape from the heat and sun. Bounce Dubai is a fun location for holidays in Dubai with kids. Ski Dubai is another great location to beat the heat and experience something uniquely Dubai.
Dubai Summer Surprises is open throughout the summer for family fun activities.
Dubai is like any other major business city. Just about any form of business clothing, you would wear anywhere else will work here. Conservative clothing is generally recommended, but in the major tourist centres, you can wear nearly anything you might typically wear. Just remember it is extremely hot with direct sun, so having most of your skin covered is recommended. And, as always, wear shoes you feel comfortable with while out.
With some extra preparation, you should have no trouble packing for your holidays in Dubai.
If you still need help preparing for your Dubai holidays after reading this article, contact me and I will personally help you.