Dubai is a modern metropolis with historical impact reflecting its first inhabitants’ cultural heritage. However, since the vast majority of locals are expatriates, nowadays Dubai is a combination of different cultures and languages. You won’ get lost with multilingual sign-boards and will hardly be a real foreigner when hearing conversations in various languages. We have a few tips so you could make the best of your visit to this posh Middle Eastern city.
Local food to try
As much as its culinary scene is international and extremely diversified, the authentic local cuisine remains demanded as well – it’s just to be looked for among the plethora of foreign eateries. Emirati dishes usually include meat or fish coupled with rice or unleavened flat bread, and a delicious mix of spices. Try Al Machboos consisting of rice, onions and seasoned meat all cooked in boiling water until tender.
Keepsakes to take home
There is no shortage of souvenirs in Dubai, and the easiest way to find one is by entering one of the local marketplaces. A few truly eastern interior design pieces bought here will create a mysterious atmosphere and decorate your home. Look for frankincense with oud scent and traditional coffee pots – dallahs.
Tips to stay environmentally sound
Unfortunately, the Emirates have the biggest human demand on nature of all countries in the world, and measures are brought in to decrease it. So it’s crucial for guests to produce minimal influence on environment. This means it’s best to join ecofriendly activities such as sandboarding, buy locally produced food and use refillable water bottles.