The Dubai is Fun team is made up of dedicated, fun professionals from South African and the UAE. We know our way around both the beaten and less travelled tourist attractions.
Our tour packages cater for any Dubai holiday experience that you can envisage. We pride ourselves in our efficient, straightforward and competitively priced holiday visa services.
With our Individual Tours, we offer a personalized experience. Whether you prefer fine dining, adventure or luxury. Marvel at the sunrise over Burj Khalifa, savour a romantic 5 star meal at the Dubai Fountains or dive into an exhilarating deep sea fishing expedition.
Our Dubai VIP tours cater for the more discerning traveller. Enjoy the blue sky and azure water of Musandam Oman with a dhow cruise, or red carpet desert safari in the middle of the desert.
If you are looking for a place to host an event or conference, our Group Tour option can provide an exclusive venue, hotel, food and even a round of golf.
We look forward to meeting you and creating your perfect Dubai experience.
The United Arab Emirates, often referred to as the U.A.E, is a federation of seven states on the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. The emirates making up the U.A.E are; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain. Each emirate, unique and rich in tradition, is an essential component necessary for making up the whole of this country.
Prior to the discovery of oil in the 1952, the U.A.E relied upon its coastline and the fishing and pearl industry. In 1962 Abu Dhabi became the first of the emirates to export oil, and in doing so brought around dramatic changes to the U.A.E both socially and economically. National infrastructure, education and healthcare reaped the benefits of this new revenue. An influx of foreign workers, along with expatriates were drawn into the country and now make up three quarters of the population.
The abundance of the oil trade have lead to a construction boom with bustling,cosmopolitan cities, ultramodern malls, opulent hotels and showpiece skyscrapers piercing the horizon. The lesser known side of the U.A.E boasts towering desert dunes and craggy, awe-inspiring valleys in the north-east. Though Emiratis are traditionally conservative, the U.A.E is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs generally tolerated, especially in Dubai.
Whether it's the whisper of sand sweeping over silent dunes, or the neon lights of city-sized malls and luxurious hotels you seek, the U.A.E boasts something for every intrepid traveller and serves as a popular gateway for travels into the Middle East.
The words ‘first, tallest, deepest, most expensive, lavish, outlandish’ could have been created for this city. Dubai is the leading center for tourism and business in the Middle East and viewed as the most progressive of the seven states.
The past 10 years have witnessed incredible growth throughout all sectors of the Dubai economy. Dubai’s economy is no longer reliant on oil, but is more diversified, relying heavily on trade, services and finance sectors. With its central geographic location between Asian and European markets, Dubai has worked hard to establish itself as an integral part of the global trade mechanism. Its central location has also allowed Dubai to become a popular and accessible tourist destination.
As well as priding itself on its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, Dubai is also a paradise for sightseers. The diversity of architecture is awe-inspiring, ranging from traditional Arab houses to magnificent modern towers of steel and glass. This is a haven for those seeking adventure. Sweep over vast sand dunes in a hot air balloon, or cruise through the Dubai Marina and World Islands on a luxury yacht. A rich mix of heritage, culture and ambitious futuristic visions make this the leading tourist destination in the United Emirates.
Dubai is in a Muslim emirate, so opt for conservative attire over anything revealing. Revealing clothing, like short skirts or spaghetti strap tops are big no-no’s. Women can wear bikinis and bathing suits while on the beach, but should not wear them in public (even on the way to and from the beach). And boys, keep those shirts on at all times.
Use proper money exchanges
Never have your money exchanged for the local currency on the street. Not only could you get short-changed, you might end up in a dangerous situation. Your best bet for exchanging money is a bank, a hotel or an ATM at the local shopping centre.
Avoid public displays of affection
PDAs are considered offensive in the UAE, as are displays of homosexuality. Because Dubai falls under Sharia Law, some travel sites even go as far as recommending that unwedded couples book separate hotel rooms.
Electrical sockets for three-pinned plugs of 13 amps each are the standard throughout the UAE. But we recommend buying an electrical adapter just in case you run into a problem.
Avoid drugs and check your prescriptions
It goes without saying, but the consumption of illegal drugs and trafficking drugs is strictly prohibited. If you are caught with illegal drugs, you’ll spend quite a bit of time behind bars. Double check with your embassy to make sure your prescription drugs are permitted. In some cases, you may need to carry a note from your doctor.
Avoid public alcohol consumption
Alcohol itself is not banned in Dubai, but it can only be purchased at a few duty-free stores on your way into the city. As a tourist, you won’t be able to purchase alcohol from a bottle shop. You can purchase drinks in restaurants and bars, but keep in mind that public drunkenness is strictly prohibited, as is drinking and driving.
Think before you click
Never take a photo with a stranger without asking for permission first. Unless you are in a tourist area where photography is expressly permitted, avoid taking pictures of government buildings, airports, docks, military installations etc. And never, ever, take a picture of a Muslim woman without permission.
Driving in Dubai
There’s no shortage of public transport options in Dubai, but if you plan on getting behind the wheel, you’ll need an international driver’s license. If you plan on taking up residence in Dubai, you’ll eventually need to get a permanent Dubai driver’s license. Don’t panic if you are in a car accident; simply remain with your vehicle, without moving it from the place where the accident happened, and wait for the police.
Check your visa
Will you need to have a visa on hand before visiting Dubai? Citizens from some countries are allowed to enter the UAE by purchasing a tourist visa upon arrival. Others must have a visa in hand at the time of arrival. Check with your country’s embassy before leaving home to ensure you have the right documents in hand.
Buy health insurance
Most health insurance companies won’t pay your expenses when travelling out of country. Check with your own carrier before you leave to make sure you have coverage. If not, purchase some travel insurance. While in Dubai, it is generally easy to get medications from pharmacies, but if you end up hospitalised, the costs of treatments or getting home can add up very quickly.