In case you didn’t already know, Black women love Dubai. The glitz, glam and of course, the photoshoots for the ‘gram are just a few reasons why the desert paradise is a hit among travelers.
One trip to the relatively new city (the U.A.E as a nation is only 48 years old!) and you’ll quickly be in awe of the architecture, blended cultures and abundance of activities and adventures for visitors to get into. The affordability of Dubai is also a shock to many people who assume its flashy facade equals high prices. The truth is, however, that you can make your stay as budget-friendly or over-the-top as you’d like. That’s the thing about Dubai, the sky is the limit!
London-based jetsetter Rianna (@rianna_gallery) popped over to the futuristic playground for a visit and her adventures had us ready to catch a flight of our own. Grab a pen and a pad, and take notes because we’re about to instruct you on how to live your best life in Dubai.
Welcome to Dubai
The largest and most populated city in the country, Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). A mixture of profound traditions and a bright future, Dubai is a glamorous playground for visitors. Best visited from October through early May, the city is full of adventure for all ages, and despite its young age in comparison to other hotspots in the area like Jordan, there is still an amazing wealth of tradition and culture to be explored as well. 1 USD equals 3.67250 Emirati Dirhams (AED), so plan your budget accordingly.
Photo Credit: @rianna_gallery
You didn't travel this far not to live like royalty. The one thing we recommend you save up for and splurge on when you do finally journey to Dubai is an upscale hotel stay. From skyscrapers boasting incredible views to beachfront properties fit for a queen, options are endless and fabulous!
Photo Credit: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Since Emirati people were traditionally nomadic, their cuisine is influenced by a variety of flavors. Dates, camel meat, al harees, and qoozi are just a few of the local dishes to try on your trip. Due to the large expat population, you can also find cuisine from various parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as familiar commercial comforts like Shake Shack and Cheesecake Factory.
No trip to Dubai is complete without a quick trip down the highway to the capital city of Abu Dhabi. There, you can take in the splendor of the Grand Mosque, ride roller coasters and even enjoy a royal hammam moment at Emirates Palace before heading back to Dubai.