Dubai Beyond the Crowds: A Solo Traveler’s Perspective


June 1, 2023

4 min read

Dubai is renowned for its extravagant attractions and luxurious resorts, drawing millions of tourists annually. During a solo trip, you have the freedom to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture, explore its iconic landmarks, and indulge in luxurious experiences. From wandering through the spice-scented souks of old Dubai to marveling at the architectural marvels punctuating the skyline, Dubai promises an unforgettable experience for solo adventurers. Dubai has a lot of cool things to see if you’re on your solo trip.

View Dubai's Skyline from the Burj Khalifa

This is a must-see while visiting Dubai, whether you go alone or in a company. The amazing views of the Dubai skyline from its observation decks on the 148th and 158th levels are the main draw of this attraction. With its optimum height of 555 meters above sea level, the Burj Khalifa observation deck on the 148th floor provides some of the greatest views in Dubai, making it the tallest observation deck in the world—at least for the time being! Additionally, the Burj Khalifa, which is currently the tallest structure ever built by humans and the highest building in Dubai, has shattered records.

Shop away at the Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall should be at the top of your must-see list if you’re traveling alone to Dubai. Because it is one of the biggest malls in the world, there is always something to do. Explore the stunning underwater zoo, try your hand at ice skating at the Dubai Ice Rink, indulge in some retail therapy by perusing more than 1200 boutiques, and take a few pictures at some of the city’s free attractions including the famous Human Waterfalls and Dubai Dino. Add visiting the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to your itinerary if you’re going there. Its underwater environment, beautiful coral reefs, and 750 different types of aquatic life will mesmerize you.

Explore the Deserts

Dubai’s surrounding desert offers a unique and exhilarating experience. The Desert Safari in Dubai greets you with this beautiful landscape and you will be in for some adrenaline-filled experiences like Dune bashing in a 4WD vehicle or even a fun-filled Camel ride. The Pearl of the Gulf designation for this region of Dubai is well-deserved given the breathtaking scenery and large expanses of sand that glisten during the day and at night. A safari in the Dubai deserts is a must-do activity that transports you to a different part of the city where there are no elegant skyscrapers or immaculate beaches, just a vast expanse of golden land. You can choose between an array of safaris like morning, evening, or even an overnight safari with each of them offering a totally unique experience for you. 


Cruise through Dubai Marina on a Dhow

One of the finest ways to explore the local culture while living in the lap of luxury is to board a dhow, which was once utilized by the Emirati people for pearl trading. Take in the magnificent architecture, luxurious yachts, and beautiful waterfront scenery of Dubai Marina at its best! Join a dhow cruise through Marina, which combines magical vistas, mouthwatering cuisine, and captivating entertainment. Take a two-hour cruise down the elegant Dubai Marina, which is designed to replicate a Venetian-style canal, for an unusual dining experience. The traditional wooden dhow gives fascinatingly unique views of contemporary Dubai. Enjoy mouthwatering fare of international cuisines presented in a sophisticated atmosphere that nevertheless radiates traditional charm as you take in the magnificent views of the opulent architecture of the mansions.

Visit the Dubai Miracle Garden

One of the coolest things to do in Dubai alone is to lose yourself in the sheer splendor of millions of flowers in the Dubai Miracle Garden. Here, you may find flowers in a wide range of hues, flavors, kinds, forms, sizes, and patterns, It is, after all, the largest natural garden in the world. Over 200 different plant species can be found on 50 hectares of land! It’s a fantastic opportunity to escape city life’s bustle and give your mind a break while learning new things. However, this garden is only accessible from November to April and is only open then. It takes you to a flowery utopia in the middle of the desert for a small price of just AED 40.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Dubai safe for solo female travelers? 

Yes, Dubai is a cosmopolitan country with many nationalities and it’s changed so much in the last few years. Dubai has been named the third-safest city for solo female travelers in a study from the travel insurance website InsureMyTrip. There are Dubai’s women and family-only taxi that helps women travelers feel safer. Plus, Dubai has local female guides to accompany you to attractions and help you understand Emirati culture. Overall Dubai has a very low crime rate and is considered a safe place to travel as a woman, with the majority of public transport in Dubai offering a ‘women’s only section’. It should be noted that it’s essential to research Dubai’s laws and strict dress code ahead of visiting, as women are required to dress modestly when in public areas.


Where to stay in Dubai?

You don’t want your stay to be in a commercial office area that shuts down early in the evening. Dubai has plenty of bustling areas for you to stay in, but it would be best to find an affordable stay in Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina. This gives easy access to restaurants, shopping destinations (like The Dubai Mall), Metro Terminals, and nightlife too. There are many hostels within the city offering both mixed and female-only dorms for those wanting to spend their money on experiences instead and wanting to meet others. 


What is the best way to get around in Dubai?

Getting around in a cab, especially when traveling solo, can be quite a costly affair. We suggest you get yourself a Nol Card when in Dubai to make sure you have an affordable as well as a safe journey. Plus, the RTA transport in Dubai is CCTV monitored and pretty safe.


Best time to visit Dubai?

Dubai is a year-round destination thanks to its desert location but the weather can change in the winter months. The summer months in Dubai can be extremely hot. When traveling to Dubai alone, the best time is between October to March. Or visit between mid-December and January for the annual Dubai shopping festival.


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    Dubai, UAE

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