Dubai is fast becoming one of the foremost holiday destinations in the world, with people from all walks of life flocking there for a variety of different reasons. From business trips to family fun days, Dubai really has it all. The flight pact between India and Dubai will make it much easier for Indian travellers to head for Dubai in the near future. So if you’re planning a trip, here are a few things to bear in mind before you go. When it comes to comfortable, stylish accommodation, Dubai hotels are among the finest in the world. If you’re looking for luxury then why not check out the Burj Al Arab? Known for its distinctive sail-shaped exterior, it stands as a renowned monument of modern Dubai and is an outstanding taste of Dubai’s culture.
The local population of Dubai is largely varied, with just 17% made up of Arab UAE nationals, and Dubai is a hot destination for Indian expatriates who are looking for somewhere that will present with them new opportunities. A few highlights of life in Dubai include zero income tax, short travel times between India and Dubai (around 2.5 hours) and a huge, multicultural range of languages. Dubai also has a fantastic travel network, both within the city itself and to other parts of the Emirates. The Dubai Metro is the world’s largest automated service and the bus service is fantastic for anyone looking to avoid paying pricey taxi fares.
In terms of food outlets, Dubai may just be a home from home for Indian visitors. While there are a number of global brands throughout the city, including McDonalds and Pizza Hut, there’s also a wide range of Indian brands such as Maakhan Bhog and Bikanervala. Food here is very affordable and comes from all over the world, so the choice is near endless!
For keen shoppers, the Dubai Mall is definitely worth a visit. As the world’s largest shopping mall, there’s certainly something for everyone here. Alongside the shops, visitors can check out the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, as well as the Dubai Ice Rink, which can accommodate up to 2 000 skaters! Back in 2009, SEGA Republic was opened here. It is a 76 000 square feet indoor theme park dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog – certainly somewhere that adults and kids alike will have tons of fun together and relive memories of the most famous hedgehog in video game history.
So if you’re taking a short holiday or considering a more permanent move, Dubai is a world-class city laced with plenty of Indian culture. Home is where the heart is, and you just might find your own in Dubai!