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Planning Your Trip

The exponential growth of Dubai in such a short time has turned this small city in the United Arab Emirates into a fabulous, powerhouse destination at the top of any world traveler’s bucket list. Below, a packing guide for your one-of-a-kind trip.

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Beach Vacation

Yes, it’s possible to spend an entire week just enjoying the pristine white sands of the Arabian Gulf. It doesn’t hurt that The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai has one of the most coveted private beaches in town.

 

 

  • Bring swimsuits, flip-flops and cover-ups. As long as you’re staying within the resorts, there are no specific dress customs to abide by.
  • Dubai has a hot desert climate. Prioritize sun safety by packing sunglasses, large-brimmed hats and plenty of sunscreen.
  • Take advantage of the sunrise yoga classes offered every Saturday just off the beach. Pack yoga clothes and other athletic gear.
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Exploring the City

Prepare to witness jaw-dropping feats of manpower everywhere you look. From the towering Burj Khalifa to the sprawling Palm Jumeirah island. Take the city’s high temperatures into account and dress for ease and versatility.

 

  • You’ll need comfortable sandals or sneakers while you’re out and about.
  • Dubai is one of the most liberal and westernized cities in the Middle East, but overly revealing clothes are still frowned upon. Leave the short shorts and crop tops at home and don’t forget to bring a shawl to cover your shoulders and hair when entering mosques.
  • The nightlife in Dubai is legendary. Ladies, bring your heels, cocktail dresses and statement jewelry. Gents, throw in a good pair of dress shoes, nice slacks and button-down shirts.
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Day Trips

You can’t come to Dubai without going on a desert safari, where you can sand board, ride a camel and take in nature’s wonders.

 

 

 

 

  • Fight the shade-less heat in lightweight, breathable cotton and plenty of coverage (showing less skin will actually keep you cooler).
  • Deserts are cold when the sun goes down. Bring a sweater or sweatshirt.
  • A pair of sturdy hiking boots will help you navigate the unsteady terrain of the dunes.
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Don't Forget:

Bring a camera! A trip to Dubai is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. And if the city’s rapid pace of change is any indication, what you see today may be completely different (or bigger) the next time you’re here. Also, consider buying a travel guide on the city to delve deeper into its fascinating origins.


With the world’s tallest tower (Burj Khalifa), its biggest mall (Dubai Mall), its biggest indoor theme park (IMG Worlds of Adventure) and its largest man-made island (Palm Jumeirah), Dubai is a city of staggering superlatives. Its ambition and extravagance also creates a place of great food and many things to see.

Dining Reservations

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Dubai has an impressive spectrum of cuisine from all over the world thanks to its ultra-diverse demographic (only 15 percent of the population are Emiratis — the rest are expats). The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai’s acclaimed Blue Jade has the best Southeast Asian food in the city, while freshly caught seafood grilled to perfection is the specialty at the laid-back, beachfront Palm Grill. Head to La Petite Maison for superb French fare and to Al Hadheerah for traditional Arabian cuisine, where your meal will be accompanied by belly dancers and entertainers. For the ultimate in Dubai decadence, book a table at At.mosphere on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa — you’ll literally be on top of the world.  

Spa Appointments

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Need a break from the dizzying excess? Retreat to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dubai and book a treatment (or two) that blends Eastern and European techniques. A hot stone or deep muscle massage will loosen overworked muscles, while a C+C Vitamin Scrub, which uses vitamins C and E, plus a sugar exfoliant, will instantly bring the glow back to your skin. Rich minerals and natural ingredients from the seven seas are used in the Arabia Felix, which starts with a foot scrub and ends with a luxurious full-body massage. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, book one of the three treatment rooms that have their own terrace.

Museum Tickets & Cultural Sights

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Start with a history lesson by visiting Dubai’s Old Quarter, where you might cross the creek on an abra (a traditional water taxi) and do some bargaining in the spice and gold souks. Then do a 180-degree switch by ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and the city’s crown jewel. From here, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the architectural masterpieces being built for the 2020 World Expo. After the sun sets, head down to the Dubai Fountain, a massive choreographed fountain system on the man-made Burj Khalifa lake, and be swayed by the beautiful show.  

Day Trips

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A desert safari is a must while you’re in Dubai. Along with activities like dune bashing, sand skiing and camel riding, you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of Bedouin culture and history. Plus, the sunsets here are magical. Also, the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi, is less than two hours away and well worth a day trip. Here, you can enjoy a quieter atmosphere with long walks on the beaches and a meditative stroll through the magnificent, gold-laden Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. And don’t miss the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2017.

Famous for its sleek skyline and the allure of its flashy nightlife, a closer look will prove that Dubai is as much a multicultural community as it is a luxury retail destination. From the cutting-edge technology used to build the Burj Kalifa and the city’s decadent dining scene to the ancient Bedouin culture and stunning natural beauty, Dubai is truly a jewel in the desert. Explore Dubai’s cultural mosaic through the lens of world-class museums, fine dining and innovative technologies, with The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai as your luxe home away from home.

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24 Hours In

In a short time, Dubai has transformed itself from a sleepy and humble fishing town into what is arguably the world’s most glamorous city. Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world, the biggest mall in the world and the largest man-made island in the world. But in juxtaposition to its hypermodernity, parts of Dubai still retain remembrances of its rich heritage in the form of bustling souks, historical districts and traditional architecture.  

 

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Perfect Weekend

There is no shortage of things to do in Dubai, but two days is just enough time to experience all this bustling city has to offer. From exploring the souks in Old Dubai to zooming to the top of the world’s tallest building to enjoying some sun on the beach, there is truly something for everyone. Get ready for some adventure, a bit of history and a lot of delicious food.

 

 

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