Traveling alone has a lot of advantages. You can follow your own schedule and itinerary, without making space or time for anyone else. You get to explore places and things that interest you, in your own space. In short, solo traveling liberates and empowers you. However, when it comes to solo travel, safety is one of the most common concerns that people have, especially women. The beauty of the place and its rich experiences would amount to nothing if you do not feel safe somewhere. Luckily, there are several cities in the world which are known for its safety for women, and Dubai is one of them. Here’s how to do Dubai as a Solo Female Traveler
Things to do in Dubai for Women Solo Travellers
If you are traveling to Dubai as a woman solo traveler and are not sure what you should see and do, here are some of the important experiences that you should not miss as a solo traveler in Dubai.
Go on a Sunrise Desert Safari
The desert safari is one of the ultimate experiences that you can have in Dubai. However, the thought of spending your evening in the desert in the company of a whole lot of strangers (although it is very safe) does not appeal to you, it would be best to opt for the sunrise desert safari. While you do not get the frills of entertainment, what you get is a chance to view a beautiful sunrise and the surreal beauty of the golden desert dunes. To make your experience even more unique, you can opt for a hot-air balloon ride. Apart from this, the morning desert safari offers desert adventures like camel riding, dune bashing, quad biking, etc. Before the sun becomes too hot to handle, enjoy a scrumptious Arabic breakfast before heading to your hotel in the city.
Explore the Burj Khalifa
While you cannot explore the entire Burj Khalifa, alone or in a group, you can surely visit the observation deck on the 124th floor of the building called ‘At the Top’. With the tickets to Burj Khalifa, you can visit the museum on the ground level where you would be able to see the story of the development of the building through a series of photos and audio-visual presentation. This is followed by a ride in the fastest elevator in the world which takes you to the 124th floor from where you can view the entire city in all its glory. To give you more thrills, you can also step into the open balcony on the 124th floor. Also, if you want to enjoy the view for some more time, you can check out the restaurant on the 122nd floor to treat yourself with a meal and a glass of champagne.
Discover the Nightlife of Dubai
You may love your own company but solo traveling can sometimes be boring. If you are craving the company of others, even if for a few hours, you could go clubbing in the city. Dubai is a conservative city but has a really happening nightlife. If you are in a mood to socialize, hit one of the nightclubs and bars of the city. Right from the private hotel beach resorts to the luxury hotels, there is no dearth of nightclubs in the city. To make the most of it, you must go clubbing in Dubai on Wednesdays when most clubs organize Ladies night. Ladies not only get free entry but also get to enjoy drinks on the house.
Go on a Shopping Spree
There is rarely any woman in the world who does not like shopping. And in a city like Dubai, it is possible to go crazy as it is a major hub for shopping. Moreover, as you are traveling alone, you can shop at your own pace and without any distractions. Dubai Mall with its 1200 retail stores is surely a haven for lovers of shopping. You would find almost major international brands under this roof. But the Dubai Mall is not the only mall for shopping in the city. The Mall of Emirates, the Marina Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, Ikea, etc. are a few others which offer a huge variety of shopping options. However, do not limit to the modern malls when shopping in Dubai. In the old side of the city, you would find gold and textile souks as well as traditional markets where you can buy anything from souvenirs to gold jewelry at great prices.
Get Pampered at a Spa
Solo traveling gives you the ‘me-time’ every woman craves for. So, this is the time to set aside all your worries and responsibilities and really pamper yourself, and what better way to do than going for a spa treatment. Luxurious spas are everywhere in Dubai. You would find one at the hotel you are staying at too. Book an appointment for a complete body massage, a facial and maybe even a manicure. Lie down and relax and let the experts work their magic on the body. Whichever spa treatment you choose to do, you would definitely feel refreshed and relaxed. What more can you expect from your holiday!
Try Sky Diving
Traveling alone need not be only about sightseeing. Rather, you must take this opportunity to do something you have always wanted to or maybe something that you never thought you would. Dubai offers several adventure sports and skydiving is one of the best ones. You can either skydive over the desert or even the Palm Jumeirah, the latter being the most popular one. This is definitely one of the best ways of checking out the shape of the Palm Island. You do not need any special experience or even training to skydive in Dubai. You would be accompanied by a guide during your jump who would take care of everything. All you need to do is get ready for an adrenaline-inducing experience, something that you can always be proud of.
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Tips for Solo Female Traveller in Dubai
While now you know some of the best things that you should do in Dubai as a sole traveler, here are some tips that you should know to make sure that you have a safe and incident-free trip in this Emirate city of the UAE.
- Check if You are carrying a proper UAE Visa for your trip
- Although the UAE is not as strict as other Muslim countries in terms of clothing, it is still a bit conservative. It is best to keep your arms, knees, and cleavage covered at all times, especially if you are visiting a place of religious importance.
- You can wear whatever you wear in clubs and bars. But make sure you cover yourself when you travel back and forth from the place. Swimwear should be restricted to beaches and hotel pool areas.
- When you visit bars and nightclubs alone, do not accept drinks from others. Always buy your own to be on the safe side.
- Drinking in public is strictly a no-no. Restrict drinking alcohol to bars, pubs and your hotel room.
- Public transport, like taxis and buses, is really safe. You would also find female taxi drivers in Dubai.
Dubai is comparatively a safe city and hence great for solo traveling for women. So, if you have been wishing to travel on your own but never felt that confident, Dubai is the best place to start with. The place with its modern luxuries and traditional cultures would surely satisfy your wanderlust and at the same time make you crave for more of such adventures.
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