Blogger Manavi Siddhanti spent a week in Dubai and tells you about holiday essentials you need to carry with you.
Dubai is as versatile as it is said to be: it’s a great mix of culture, wealth, infrastructure and amazing food. I guess that’s why professionals from all across the world have shifted out of their homes and made one in Dubai. I actually had enjoyed a vacation in Dubai with my sister before the holiday season. So here are a few cues to help you pack and make the best of this amazing destination:
- Bags and more: I think most girls do this but I too, take a big shoulder bag with sturdy straps when I am travelling. This bag should be big but not bulky and can be zipped up or locked quite efficiently, so that I don’t have to worry about my lipstick falling out, on the X-ray machine. Also, be ready for a slightly elaborate security check-in process at the Dubai process. I like this bag from Viari Shoulder Bag in Powder Pink. You can put a cute, cloth bag for some beach time in your suitcase—I like this digitally printed beach bag. For dinner and hookah nights, pack a box clutch (or an envelope clutch) in a nude tone like this one from Trunk Label that goes with everything.
- All about Sole Comfort: Be it all the day hop-on-off tour or just going to The Dubai Mall or Mall of Emirates, you’re going to have packed days. So I suggest you pack really comfortable footwear. Check out these pair of Vans that’ll go with your denims, tees and more. I am really Desi so I feel more comfy in slip-ons and flats. You can stash a pair of block heels or peep toes like these if you wanna wear an LBD to dinner.
- Mallwalking Matters: So every time you enter the malls, there are signs that tell you to NOT show cleavage, shoulders, legs etc. But wearing shorts or skirts or dress are not going to get arrested. You can actually layer your outfit: like put on a light jacket over a crop top or wear a scarf around a strapless dress.
- Beach Bee: You won’t believe how clean and pristine the beaches in Dubai are (Jumeirah Beach is the most commercial one) and you can totally make the most of it if you’re a beach bee. You’ll find women dressed in a hijab too but having said that, you can soak up the sun in a bikini top and shorts. Just make sure you carry a change or wear a top before you leave the beach.
- Dine and Dash: I actually went to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club for a formal dinner and wore a dress ‘coz the place asked for it. Only thing is I didn’t know how breezy and cold Dubai gets in the night, so make sure you carry a jacket/stole every time you step out in the evening. If you’re dining at the mall after shopping (they have really cool places BTW), you don’t need to worry and just do what you here in India!
- Desert Safari and Souk Shopping: A major highlight of Dubai tourism is a desert safari. Since you’re going to be duning for about 40 minutes, I suggest you have a light meal. Wear a pair of comfy denims and a slogan tee. You’re literally going to be walking, sitting and chilling in the sand so make sure you layer up with a hat or a scarf. Some areas in Gold Souk and Spice Market are in older areas like Deira and Burdubai so there are people from all ethnicities. Try to be as respectably dressed to avoid extra attention and pay full attention to shopping J. Also if you’ve shopped at the Gold Souk, go straight home!
- Burj Khalifa: So I actually chose 5:30-6pm tickets to watch the sunset but you can go at any time during the day. It’s a great opportunity to make memories, take pictures and be a part of something so splendid. At the same time, its 124 floors high (even if you’re going to the first level) and the wind is really strong! Yes, your dress/skirt may just give too much away so wear sturdy lowers and carry a pair of sunglasses with you to avoid squinting in all your pictures. I like these pair of sunnies from Rayban.
Have a great time!