Tips for happy holidays in Dubai

  1. Dubai-metro is a cost effective way of travelling within the city. Eating inside the metro is not allowed.
  2. Do carry travel insurance although it’s not mandatory while applying for visa. This will also help you in the event of unforeseen sickness as medical services in UAE is extremely expensive.
  3. Do Not litter at any public place. This can result in heavy fine, imprisonment or combination of both.
  4. UAE has very strict policy against the drugs. Do visit the below site for more awareness.Link for UAE drug policy

    Carry prescription of medicines for personal use and the quantity should not exceed for a period of 30 days of treatment

  5. Poppy seeds are banned in UAE so avoid accidentally carrying bakery or any product that might contain such seeds.
  6. Each attraction in UAE offers number of things to do on the basis of which entry ticket fee varies. Do your homework before planning the visit else you may end up spending more money and time than you intended.
  7.  Tips to have budget holiday in Dubai
  8. Do carry a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, comfortable walking shoes and either of a hat/cap/stole.
  9. Always carry cash when riding in a taxi. Most of the cab drivers do not accept cards.
  10. Always bargain while opting for quad biking and other add on services during desert safari. The prices are never fixed and there is always scope for reducing the cost.
  11. Once you’ve reached your destination via taxi/cab, open the cab-door only when the driver has given the signal to off board. Not doing so may result in fine charged to the driver for opening the door in moving vehicle.

Dunes Hotel Apartments Dubai – A place which redefines hospitality

I was travelling to UAE for the first time with my family and my parents who are senior citizens. I researched on various travel portals like Trip Advisor, Make My Trip, Yatra, Goibibo, Air B&B for room quality, cuisine offered in-house and nearby restaurant, distance from tourist attractions and airport. Finally I narrowed down to Dunes Hotel Apartments.

I must say I was proud of the choice made. Mere 10 KMs away from the airport, it proved out to be an excellent host. They offer studio, 1 and 2BHK service apartments.

I was looking to rent wheelchair for my parent. As soon as I informed the reception desk, they offered me one free of cost.Coming to hospitality I’ll cite an incidence, I booked a taxi from the hotel travel desk to Dubai mall to accommodate 7 people. An innova came but since my mother was on wheelchair, it couldn’t be adjusted into the taxi. Immediately they called in for a mini van to accommodate the chair without asking for an extra penny. Now if that’s not taking care of your guest, what else it is.

Amenities within the apartment:

  1. Full HD television in all the bedrooms and living room.
  2. Free Wi-Fi
  3. Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, oven, 4-burner induction stove, electric kettle, toaster. Cutlery including full and quarter plates, tea-cups, saucer, spoons, folks. Cooking utensils, serving bowls and microwave gloves.
  4.  Toiletries
  5. King size bed in master bedroom and queen size bed in child room.
  6. Fully automatic washing machine and iron board.
  7. Living room comprises of sofa set, television, intercom, dining table, balcony with cloth stand.

How they maintain the balance between home-stay and a hotel?

  • 24-hour reception and housekeeping service
  • health club consisting of swimming pool, gym and steam bath
  •  in-house restaurant serving variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisines.
  • Travel desk where you can get discount coupons for various attractions. Also you can make bookings for taxi, air, packages if needed.
  • Offer complimentary shuttle to Dubai mall and Mall of Emirates once a day

I got a pretty good deal from one of the travel sites and as a result I received 25% off on every meal ordered from in-house restaurant.

Nearest metro station: Oud Metha

Walking time to metro station: 15 mins.

Grocery store: 2 stores across the apartment

I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

Tips for happy holidays in Dubai