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Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Dubai Guide for Digital Nomads

Dubai is a "City of Future" as people calls.

Only a real belief of human power could do as it is today, from how it was.

If we go back in time, there were only sands and stones on the current place where Skyscrapers are shining city in tall heights.

Advantages:

  • No Crime/Offense:

Dubai is peaceful almost all the time.

As the rules are strict, penalties are high and monitoring of city is too advanced with technology, there is almost no crime or offense happening anywhere around the city.

  • Strong Law:

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum explains in his principle about this situation:

“No one is above the law in Dubai, starting with the ruling family. The law does not discriminate between citizens and residents, rich and poor, male and female, Muslims and non-Muslims. Justice delayed is justice denied”

And I can personally confirm that is right that people are behaved same without giving advantage of anyone in front of other. This balance they keep makes everyone is equal and provide environment for a peaceful living.

  • Life Quality:

There are lot of cities in the world which are expensive but even development on different fields, they still have very low life quality.

Dubai is certainly not one of them, with a small detail.

"If you know how to live."

This matters a lot depend on each person.

  • Expats:

Around 200 nationality citizens are living in Dubai which it's making city one of the "Most Expat Living" place in the world.

  • Social Life:

It's extremely good social life over there with lot of activities to do for people who loves to socialize.

  • Cheap Electronics:

Probably one of the cheap electronics are on UAE due to low VAT rates (even cheaper than many Asian countries suprisingly!)

  • Cheap Cars:

When you are checking cars, you just can not stop yourself on idea to buy that car that moment. Yes, cars are extremely cheap especially when they are getting more than 5 years old. But for sure maintenance, insurance and other costs shouldn't be forgotten.

  • Language:

English is like main language so that you will never issue any problem to communicate as long as you can read what I wrote here. Also second common language over there is French.

  • 24 Hours:

Even Metro doesn't work after 12pm usually for most of stations, you can still find 24 hours Supermarket and Restaurants to eat.

Disadvantages:

  • Living Costs:

Living in Dubai has a "cost" more than a lot of cities in the world, for sure. Especially Housing Costs is very high around Sheikh Zayed Road and Business Bay area.

  • Weather:

In UAE, people calls seasons like "Spring, Summer, Hell" as three period. Overall in the country weather almost never goes lesser than 18C in any months including winter.

  • Air Pollution:

Unfortunately, UAE has one of the highest air pollution rates, not because of cars because of sands & stones from deserts most.

  • Traffic:

It's not all around and all the time but especially on the rush hours and weekends around popular regions, it's often traffic due to lights.

  • Jump Point:

Dubai Airports are flying all around the world and due to Asia is not that much far, you can enjoy this benefit whenever you want.

Recommendations:

  • Use "Zomato" application for Food Delivery and try to order with "Live Tracking" restaurants, so that you will be sure it'll come around estimated time. Especially promotions of Zomato can make you save time to time some money, if you are also eating outside often, you can buy Zomato Gold for special discounts and promotions. It's completely paying too much more than it costs.
     
  • Prefer to use "Careem" application whenever you need for a taxi ride. Even they bought by Uber, still their prices are better than Uber.
     
  • If you are an active person on Social Life and would love to hangout, you should try "Moonshine" application offering special deals daily in different restaurants, cafes, bar, pubs and revenues and helps you to discover new places with interesting offerings.

Places to Go:

  • At.Mosphere Burj Khalifa:

"From the top of Dubai", it's a must place to see. Instead of going top for view behind glasses, I recommend you to make reservation for At.Mosphere and spend your time over there.

  • Level 43 Sky Lounge:

Burj Khalifa has an unique view noone can deny! But when it comes to my favourite spot in Dubai, it's "Level 43 Sky Lounge" without any doubt with breathtaking panoramic view of Sheikh Zayed Road.

  • HuQQa:

If we speaking about Shisha in Dubai, there is only one place in Dubai people calls it best, it's "HuQQa" with amazing view of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.

They have also wide and delicious Turkish foods selections to try.

  • Flair No 5:

It's a popular place inside Ritz Carlton, hiding just behind back of noise providing outdoor sitting and Sisha with drinks.

  • Pier 7:

One of the good places in Dubai Marina that you can hangout with your friends.

  • Shakespeare (Souk Al Bahar):

Shakespeare is a good restaurant chain and especially this branch which is in front of Burj Khalifa have very nice interiors inside with a sweet ambiance.

  • Sushi Nations:

If you love Sushi, depend on my experience by trying Sushi a lot places "Sushi Nations" was the best I have ever been by taste without any rival!

They have very friendly employees and Pro Sushi Masters !

In case if you are interested luxury place with fancy interiors and people, this place is not for you. If you are looking for a Real Sushi in Dubai, just go ahead.

  • Broccoli Pizza & Pasta:

One of the best Pizza & Pasta maker in Dubai, it's also one of "hidden gems" without being fancy, but pretty sure doing Pasta more delicious than hundreds of luxury ones. Must be tried!

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