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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 28, 2016
dubai hotel and to-do  (6 Answers)

Hi! We'll be going to Dubai this October for 5days, can you recommend hotel (budget to moderate type) that's in a great vicinity to shopping, restaurants and any landmarks? And also what can you recommend a must-do or visit for first timers?

Thank you so much guys!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 25, 2016
Voltage Converter  (2 Answers)

Guys I have a 33watt 110V hair straightener, would a 80watt voltage converter be sufficient to convert 220V to 110V voltage in Dubai? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 24, 2016
Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Departures - Location of Duty Free Shop  (4 Answers)

I haven't been able to get a straight answer on this. Arriving Terminal 3 - In transit lounge - then departing Terminal 3. So not staying or going through Customs or collecting luggage. Is there access to Duty Free Shop in the transit /departure are Terminal 3?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 21, 2016
Dubai to Abu Dhabi  (3 Answers)

Is there a direct bus service from Dubai to Abu Dhabi ? Staying in Bur Dubai area. Also does anyone know how much it would cost by taxi ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 18, 2015
Dubai bound in 3 minus.....  (6 Answers)

I will be in Dubai for 4 days. I want to take some nice photography pictures and buy the cheesy keychains, shot glasses, magnets for my mates and family. I also need about 50 post cards. I leave Saturday. Yes this was a last minute impromptu trip because my husband just woke up bored one day lol. Thanks for any and all suggestions. What is the day by day shop i keep hearing about.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 18, 2015
VOIP Calls in Dubai  (2 Answers)

Hi guys!

I will be travelling to Dubai in two days.

Can i know which iphone apps are not banned for making VOIP international calls?

Are Wechat and Whatsapp banned?

Many thanks!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 16, 2015
Travel options  (2 Answers)

Friends, Question is for expats in Dubai , expect for the ones who have been given a car by their Company. How do you travel ? is there a facility for sharing a cab or bus service to all major locations , at least to and fro nearest Metro stations? I am looking at certain economical options to begin with, I will be at Media City. Appreciate your response.

-- Love Andy

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 14, 2015
Beer rates in Bars  (5 Answers)

Fellas ,
I will be in Dubai from next month n I am beer lover.
would be interested in knowing prices of same in economical bars around Dubai
for bottle / Pint of
1) Budweiser
2) Heineken
3) Corona


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 06, 2015
Dubai accommodation - long term. Where, how and how much?  (3 Answers)

Dear all,
I'm not sure if I'm in the right place to ask such questions, but I will try.
I received a job offer, so I am moving to Dubai for one year (maybe more) in August. Even though I have been to Dubai for a very short trip last year, I didn't realize how expensive this city can be, especially regarding to the accomodation.
And because my contract is more or less an internship with a relatively limited salary, I am looking for a shared flat, where I can have my own and fully furnished room (ideally but not necessarily with enclosed bathroom). I will work in one of the Dubai free zones, next to Jumeirah lakes tower (so very close to Dubai Marina), so in case there is a close and not that expensive neighborhood for living, in a walking distance from metro/bus station, it will be more than appreciated.
Anyway I have absolutely no idea about prices and cost of living. I only found 3 advert webpages offering a shared accomodation (DubaiClassified, Expatriates, Dubizzle) with price range from 2500 up to 7000 or even more dirhams. I don’t know what is considered to be too cheap and too expensive, however as I am limited with my expenses, I am willing to spend no more than 4000 AED for an accomodation (ideally between 2500-3700 AED for a single room). So I am not sure, if my expectations are not set up for a disappointment.
I also found that it’s pretty difficult to find the shared accomodation with western expats roomates (it’s not my preference though) and most of Asians living in the Dubai diaspora are not willing to share their flat with someone from a different culture (I understand why).
So, I would like to ask you about your experiences and picks. For instance, can you tell me which neighborhoods are the most convenient, in your opinion? Are my expectations too high? What should I take care of when searching for an accomodation in Dubai? Someone told me that accomodation is a fast moving comodity in Dubai, so it’s almost impossible to find one before I arrive. Is it true?
So, to make it clear, my preferences are (in this order):
- single and fully furnished room
- enclosed bathroom
- convenient location (in the meaning of a public transporation)
- Internet and DEWA included
Do you think, it’s real to find a deal and offer like this, for 3000-3700 AED?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 27, 2015
Connecting flight via dubai  (4 Answers)

Hi All. This is my first flight. I am travelling to San Francisco from India via Dubai. I have only 1.5 hours between my connecting flights.Both flights are emirates only. My friends told me I might go out of the security check if am a bit careless and that it might lead me to missing my flight.This has increased the pressure on me. Would really appreciate if some one can brief me on the process involved .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 03, 2015

Hi all...

we are a couple on a 12 hour (flight to flight) layover in dubai from 6.30 am to 6.30pm Sunday 21st June(RAMADAN)
I have the following itinerary: arrive by cab from airport to madinat jumeirah/burj al arab zone and have breakfast there somewhere, any hotel recommended? As at Ramadan no restaurant serve food I guess, if any, please advise?

After breakfast I thought we will head out for photos near beach and burj al arab since it is going to be still early and we'd better aim to the places who do not have opening time first.. and hopefuly being early morning it would not be super super hot...

then cab to the dubai mall which i guess opens at 10am even at ramadan? and spend there the hottest hours of the day...

then jumairah mosque for more pics and end the day with the souks/creek, at that point we will be closer to the airport and won't need rush that much

We need to be at the airport by 4.30, so this is a 8/9 hrs itinerary...

If anyone can recommend a place for breakfast with maybe nice views next to the burj al arab it would be much appreciated. Does anyone know how much could cost to cab everywhere approx?
Will a t shirt and long pants be decent clothing for me (girl) or do I need to cover my elbows..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2015
Dubai in July  (10 Answers)

My wife and I will be in Dubai for 3 days in early July. As it will be super hot any tips on what to do / how to sight see without melting?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2015
stopover at dubai  (2 Answers)

I am planning to travel Nigeria-Dubai-Bombay soon (on any airline suitable)
I will be visiting my relative in dubai. I want to know how it is possible and what both of us need to do for making this possible.

I plan to get a transit visa for 96 hours if possible.

I need to know exact specifics on the following:

1) I want to visit a reletive in dubai who is prepared to arrange for visa. On an Indian Passport will I get the 96hr transit visa at the airport after landing. What are the fees.. again different sites quote different fees?

2) Is a confirmed hotel reservation required What other documentation may be required? I will have an e-ticket for the forward journey.

4) Is medical insurance required even for the 96hr transit visa?

If anyone with Indian passport has done this kinda stopover at Dubai recently pls let me know the exact procedure/your experience! Appreciate your answers! THANK YOU

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 25, 2015
Need help for Fun-filled Vacation.  (1 Answer)

Hello Everyone. So initially I planned a vacation in Istanbul - However, due to time restraints I've to delay my trip to Istanbul. So thought Dubai would be a good alternate for the few days I have.
Okay So what I'm looking for is, the day I land(this Friday), I'd need company to hit the club. How do I go about that? I tried Travbuddy but over 90% of their members in Dubai section aren't active for over a month. Any other options?

Secondly, I'd like to play some Tennis and Snooker. Would be great if you're interested in either sport or know someone who might be interested in Marina area. Also let me know if there's some sports forum for Dubai where one could find partners.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 23, 2015
Dubai Airport to Sheraton Abu Dhaby  (3 Answers)

I am landing in dubai at 3:30 am, and i need to get to sheraton abu dhaby.

taxi's and private cabs are too expensive and i want to take a bus.

how much would the metro or taxi charge me from dxb airport to Bur dubai bus ternimal?

when i get off in abu dhaby bus station, how long is it to sheraton abu dhaby? and what are the costs with metro or taxi?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 02, 2015
How far is old Dubai  (4 Answers)

How far is Old Dubai city from the New Dubai? can I take a cab there?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 19, 2015
Astoria Hotel  (1 Answer)

how is astoria hotel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 13, 2015
Rent a car?  (2 Answers)

Is it wise to rent a car in Dubai for longer period? like monthly basis?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 10, 2015
best budget hotel  (2 Answers)

Hi, I am a solo female traveler intending to visit Dubai in March. Pls which hotel is best in Deira. Am on a budget

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2014
Auris Plaza Hotel  (1 Answer)

Which one is a good hotel- Auris Plaza or Tamani Marina?
Appreciate your reply.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 24, 2014
need some advise in planning my trip to dubai  (4 Answers)

I will be travelling to dubai in first week of march with a child(2.7 years old). Keeping in mind that my husband would be taking care of her... can you suggest places to visit with the toddler.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 15, 2014
12 hour layover in Dubai  (3 Answers)

I have a 12 hour layover between a flight from Kochi, India, to Atlanta in late January. I hold a US passport. I'd like to get out to see a bit of Dubai but it's looking to me like I can only get a transit visa if I have a hotel reserved in Dubai. Am I correct about this? (I haven't seen other people mention this in my research on the subject).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 09, 2014
Marriage without parents - single woman

Is it allowed for a single woman to get married without the presence of her parents and any mahram in UAE? I am a muslim convert from Europe. Will they create problems for me?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2014
Is it safe?  (4 Answers)

Always dreamed of recreation in Dubai. My choice stopped on the Dubai, Al Quoz 4, Wirehouse. Please tell me how much it is safe and advise you this hotel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 14, 2014
Good hotels  (3 Answers)

I'll be stopping over at Dubai during End December, after Christmas and would like to seek some recommendations on hotel(not appartment) close to either Mall of the Emirates or Dubai mall(within walking distance) and my budget is 200-250USD, preferably 5*, if not 4*. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 09, 2014
Choc & Nut  (1 Answer)

I heard of this outlet, and would like to visit it during my trip, i am staying at the Galleria Residence, Al Khaleej Road, what is the easier way to get to this place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 09, 2014
dinner dhow cruise dubai  (3 Answers)

Is it worth doing the dhow dinner cruise. I have mainly read very negative reviews on the tripadvisor website.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 05, 2014

If i want see fire works new eve in burj khalifa...What transportation after that to my hotel in The Marco Polo Hotel ?
What time I must go to Burj Khalifa for see that ...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 24, 2014
Dubai itinerary 3 days- year end 2014  (1 Answer)

HI all..I am planning to have 3 days tour to Dubai from 30th Dec...days avaialble to explore city are 31st,1st and 2nd...please suggest me itinerary for 3 days where I can cover best of Dubai and also give suggestion to celebrate new year eve...thanks in advance...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 12, 2014
Saturday Night 6hrs stopover : 1/11/14  (1 Answer)

On the way back from Mumbai on route to UK I have 6 hours spare in Dubai. I understand I can take metro to markets and spend 2-3 hrs. What can i do and see there and buy ?

Are there good cheap local places to eat and what currency will they accept?

Thank you

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