Dubai stopover during Ramadan

Spending 2 nites and one full day in Dubai stopover,don’t want to see sand dunes and ‘old town’ interested in the newer parts.Which area do I stay in,? my budget is $250/nite,do I stay in the marina,beach or downtown areas.Any must do’s?Any great tips will be appreciated.


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    Stay in Marina or near Jumeriah Beach Residences. You'll have access to the beach, visit bars (you can drink in Ramadan) and shopping malls like Mall of Emirates

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    We did Dubai in Ramadam; not the best time to be there. My understanding is you aren't allowed to be seen eating, during the day, outside the designated "heathen" areas. We had a very fine buffet lunch in a hotel associated with one of the malls. The Dubai dune buggy ride was actually great fun and the evening feast afterwards was also good; however, no dancers due to Ramadam. Can't help you with accomodation because I wouldn't recommend where we stayed. Do not change money at your hotel as the exchange rate will be rubbish. I was only interested in the dune buggy ride/feast and the Souks so I probably can't help you otherwise.

    • We agree, Dubai is not a good place to be during Ramadan, the locals do it tough with the restrictions and it rather puts a dampener on activities for Westerners!. We had a car and driver for a few hours drive around, but were a touch agitated if we were to break out the Fanta!. In the end, much to our relief, he stopped to buy an energy drink to keep him going. At least we could have our drinks in the hire car, and also feel safe without the possibility of the driver passing out at the wheel!!. Memo to self, avoid the place during Ramadan, and Qatar is a better and more authentic place!.

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