Travelling Solo in Dubai

The UAE has something for every type of traveller. There are tons of fun family attractions to keep large families hooked. There’s enough romance in the air to keep couples and honeymooners hooked. Solo travellers never had it so good in the Land of Gold either. It’s such a vibrant country, even solo travellers feel they’re in good company here.  There’s a steady traffic of tourists and business visitors plus expats. As a solo traveller, you can meet and socialize with plenty of people from different walks of life, which is what makes travel so very rewarding.

Why Travel Solo In Dubai?

Dubai is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a city that welcomes and encourages multiculturalism. Almost 80% of Dubai’s population is made out of non-UAE residents. These are people who’ve come to Dubai from all over the world and from all walks of life. In Dubai, you’ll get to observe various cultures – Emirati, Arabian, English, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Pakistani, Somalian, American, Spanish and many others.

The best part is that Dubai, despite the huge foreign population, is one of the safest countries in the world. It’s a multi-cultural country where people live together peacefully, with respect and tolerance for each other’s differences. So no matter what your background, you’ll feel at home in Dubai.

Know How to Put the Right Foot Forward

On your solo travel in Dubai, you must have a good understanding of the country’s laws and social rules. The UAE has a very unique culture; there are several regulations that you wouldn’t know offhand. Make your trip as pleasant as possible by understanding and following Dubai’s rules according to our Dubai Solo Travel Guide.

  • Do not drink and drive. Yes, it’s the same rule all over the world, but in Dubai, you could be severely fined or even imprisoned for this offence.
  • Stay away from PDA: Yes – feel the sudden need to hug a friend and plant a huge kiss on him or her? Don’t do it in public. Just do it in the privacy of your hotel room. We’re serious.
  • Be careful not to swear: Yes, we are serious about this too. Do not swear while in public in Dubai. Be careful not to swear in your social media interactions either.
  • Do not dish Islam: You don’t have to attend the mosque or sit for the prayers, but you do need to respect the religion. In any case, whatever your personal opinions or thoughts are with regard to the UAE’s religion, do not publicly say anything negative.
  • Do not dish Dubai’s rulers: This is another rule to be careful about. Dubai’s people love their ruling family and will not take kindly to public disparaging of them. So be careful what you say.
  • Dress modestly: You can wear bikinis on the beach (just make sure it’s allowed on the beach where you’re at). However, wearing something very revealing, even if it is just to deal with the heat, is a strict no-no. Keep shoulders and knees covered at all times.
  • Tipping is expected in Dubai, about 5-10% of your bill, so be prepared to dish out.
  • Prices are fixed at malls, but you can bargain to your heart’s content in the souks.

Getting There

The UAE has several indigenous airways including Etihad Airways, Emirates, FlyDubai and others. Getting to Dubai from any country is easy, as almost all airlines land in Dubai International Airport regularly. If you choose to travel by a UAE airline, you could benefit from a healthy discount as well. Never hurts to check. As we’ve already mentioned, Dubai is an incredibly safe city, so you can boldly travel solo to Dubai, with your UAE Visa in hand.

Find the Right Place to Stay

When travelling alone, you need to stay at a place which is connected to restaurants, shops and attractions. Look for good hostels, apartments and hotels in Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina. These two areas are connected to a vast array of bars, malls, restaurants, and tourist attractions. Plus, these areas are also well connected to the Metro services. As a solo traveller, you might be interested in meeting other tourists and sharing their experiences. Staying at a budget hostel in the Al Barsha or Downtown area is the best way to meet other solo travellers.

Find Out Ways to Meet People

Meeting new people and sharing in their adventures is one of the perks of solo travel. And where do you meet exciting people? At pubs, bars and clubs, mostly. Dubai has a vibrant nightlife, despite its strict regulations. You’ll find a bar or club to suit your budget anywhere in Dubai. Barasti Beach is a beach bar where you can enjoy live music and a thriving atmosphere. There’s also Stereo Arcade Club, where you can enjoy live rock and DJ music for every taste. There are plenty of nightclubs in Downtown Dubai and around Dubai Marina.  

Pre-book Your Tours and Activities

As a solo traveller, you want to know your schedule ahead of time to get the best out of your travel plans. You also want to meet great people while enjoying the sights and attractions. The best way to do this is to pre-book your tours and activities.  

Dubai has several excellent travel agencies through whom you can book various tours. Evaluate various tour companies and choose one for all your tours. That way you get to enjoy freebies and discounts and combo tours that help save money. Plus, using the same company for a number of tours is a sure-fire way to build relationships and make future plans with other visitors.

Experience Never-ending Activities!

In Dubai, you can experience literally every kind of activity there is. These amazing experiences are well worth your UAE Visa.

  • If you love the sea, engage in snorkelling, diving, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, kite-surfing, paragliding and even banana boating.
  • If you just love the water, enjoy the rides at Dubai’s water parks – Aquaventure Waterpark, Wild Wadi Water Park and others.
  • Have a blast in the cartoon world of IMG Worlds of Adventure – it’s an imaginative, immersive and highly entertaining amusement park. Then visit the Dubai Frame to enjoy the view of both old and new Dubai. Visit the Dubai Creek, the markets of Bur Dubai and Deira and old Dubai to get closer to the UAE culture. Visit the Love Lake and feel immersed in the romantic magic surrounding it.
  • If you prefer an overland adventure, why not book yourself into a desert safari? Enjoy some intense 4×4 dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding and camel riding. If you want to add a splash of culture to your desert escapade, book an evening or overnight desert safari. You’ll get to enjoy an amazing buffet dinner along with cultural entertainment as well.
  • If you love shopping, be sure to explore Dubai Mall, Emirates Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and the Marina Mall, among others. Bargaining for spices and locally-made textiles at Bur Dubai and Deira will give you new understanding into Dubai’s culture.


Dubai is an extremely safe and friendly city for solo women travellers. There’s the Dubai’s women and family only taxi that helps women travellers feel safer. Plus, Dubai has local female guides to accompany you to attractions and help you understand the Emirati culture.

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