If you are flying from North America, you probably have to fly via Europe or Asia. It may be troublesome but on the positive note, this makes the flight cheaper and also gives you the chance to explore Europe with typical stopover in Paris, Amsterdam or London.
The main airlines for Dubai are Emirates airlines, Gulf Air and Air Arabia flies out of neighbouring Sharjah. Many people who don’t mind spending more time on the plane and wants to save more money fly Gulf Air airline via Bahrain, or even Qatar airways via Doha. You should remember that connecting flights can be inconvenient even though they are hugely affordable – you may find yourself loitering around airport lounges for many hours doing endless waiting followed by endless queuing. The question you should ask yourself is that is it really worth it to save that few dollars?
Air tickets to Dubai tend to be more expensive in the June – August period and also over Christmas. In fact, it’s expensive from the beginning of December right through the end of January. So, do try and avoid flying at these times if at all possible – remember prices in the UAE are regulated, there are definitely no bargain bucket shops or last minute deals. Therefore, it is a good idea to book your flight well ahead in advance to get best price.
I would recommend you to fly on Emirates airline because they have a perfect safety record, they are not the cheapest airline but they are regarded as having superior service and that safety record is something worth taking into consideration for your journey to Dubai.
Dubai international airport is the busiest airport in the Middle East, there are about 25 million passengers last year and it’s increasing rapidly every year. Recent news said that the government is investing over $2.5 billion in expansion and upgrading of the airport due to rapid growth of tourist traffic. We should see Dubai international being listed as one of the world’s busiest airports in the very near future.
Once you are at the airport, travelling around is very easy. There are numerous ways you can get around Dubai. You can choose from Municipality buses, airport buses, taxis or limos. Additionally, a number of decent hotels, particularly those on Jumeirah beach, will offer free transfers to and from the airport. It would only costs around Dh1.50 for the bus but a taxi will cost around Dh 60 to the Jumeirah beach area.
There are a few important points that you should pay attention to before planning a trip to Dubai – technically if you have evidence of travel to Israel in your passport you will be denied entry without any chances for any explanation. You must also have at least 6 months validity from your date of arrival. Assuming you meet these requirements, a 60 day visa is available free on entry from the airport.
Lastly, you should try to learn their basic language as you never know when you would need them. Here are some simple words you may find useful – “Marhaba” means “hi”, “al-salaam alaykum” means “May Peace be upon you” and “shukran” means a simple thank you.