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Packing for a Dubai Holiday - Packing Essentials for a Dubai Vacation

As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Middle East, Dubai welcomes travellers from around the world. From short stays to long tours here are some must-haves when heading to Dubai.

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Appropriate Attire

When it comes to packing clothing for a Dubai holiday travellers must be aware of the diverse dress codes that exist in various parts of the city. Beachwear and sun dresses for example are welcome in resort hubs and on the beach but such clothing is not allowed in malls or local restaurants. Although the city employs a large number of foreign expats the dress sense remains modest when compared to other holiday hubs in the Middle East. Bearing shoulders and knees are a faux pas and as such packing decent or modest clothing can be a rule of thumb especially for female tourists. Layering is also a great idea as a sweater of shoal can provide coverage when needed. Light and airy clothing are ideal for Dubai's scorching temperatures.

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Footwear

Forget boots and platforms Dubai's climatic conditions and the amount of walking involved leaves room only for comfortable sneakers and sandals. Flip flops and open toed shoes are perfect to beat the heat and walk for hours without aching feet.

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Sun Protection

Sun Protection

As a tourist destination in the desert average temperature in Dubai can reach up to 35°C during summer months and 20°C in winter. As a city that enjoys more than its fair share of sun screen and other creams, lotions used for sun protection becomes must-pack items to not only thrive but survive a holiday in Dubai. Sunglasses, visors and wide brimmed hats can also help keep the sun a bay and Caucasian tourists must take special precautions in this regard.

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Activity Items

As a city that offers a wide range of exhilarating and relaxing activities packing essentials for the activities one hopes to enjoy on holiday is equally important. Whether tourists are going camel riding, dune bashing, sand boarding or hiking in Dubai packing clothing, gear and other necessities required to the activities is key. Visitors based in an activity hub such as PER AQUUM Desert Palm or any other boutique hotels Dubai counts among its best vacation bases can enjoy a plethora of sports and activities on-site in the resort.

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Currency

Currency

Although currency exchanges and ATMs are omnipresent in Dubai having a significant amount of Dirham in hand can make the first few hours in Dubai a lot less complicated. From paying the airport taxi fare to purchasing food or essentials from a local supermarket on arrival to tipping a service provider keeping a few Dirhams might be wiser than relying solely on credit cards.

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Other Essentials

Other Essentials

Regardless of the location all holiday packing lists contain a few essentials no vacation abroad would be complete without. These include toiletries, gaming devices, books or other reading material and a few favourite snacks to munch on between meals.

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Electronics

Electronics

Never underestimate the power of smart phones and other electronic paraphernalia in Dubai as these will provide to be invaluable tools during the holiday period. Whether it's checking maps, booking taxis or finding good restaurants having an internet accessible device is very useful. Regardless of whether it is a tablet, laptop or smart phone having these cross platform devices are a fantastic way to make the most of one's vacation.

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Medications

Medications

Prescription medication should be at the top of the list in this regard while other must-haves such as painkillers, allergy medication, eye drops and American branded medications should also be purchased and packed before travel. Dubai retails mostly British brands when it comes to medication and tourists with a preference for a specific brand name should have the medications on hand.