Must-Haves for your Trip to Dubai (for Female Travelers)
- The weather is extremely hot and humid for most of the time. Like it goes up to 50 degrees Celsius in summer.
- The United Arab Emirates is an Islamic country, but Dubai is surprisingly modern.
Dubai is a multicultural, international, cosmopolitan city, where the locals, although conservatively dressed themselves, are used to seeing tourists and expats wearing just about anything.
In terms of clothes, I can assure you that there’s no need to get stressed. You can wear bikini’s at the beach, short tops and dresses in bars and restaurants.
Dubai is as fashionable as any destination in Europe – sometimes even more.
There are only a few places where you should be a bit more considerate, such as shopping malls. And of course, things get more strict during Ramadan.
Simply pack a pashmina or cardigan and a pair of long pants and you are good to go.
In addition to clothes, have a look at below list. It might give you some inspiration what ite,s you need to pack for your upcoming Dubai trip.
Most of these must-haves are especially for female travelers.
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A combination of strong sun, high temperatures and humidity puts your skin at a higher risk in Dubai compared with other countries. So no matter what skin type you are, don’t go for anything lower than SPF 50.
People often forget to protect their lips. Lips have no melanin, which makes them more susceptible to sun damage caused by UV exposure. And yes, there is something called lip cancer. With SPF 45 you are best prepared for the strong Dubai sun.
Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. They are an important protection for your eyes against the damaging rays of the sun. Of course there’re many designs and brands to choose from, but this Ray Ban is one of my favourites.
Sandstorms and high humidity steal the moisture away. Use a lightweight gel-cream that can add and lock in moisture at the same time. I know, when it comes to face cream, we all swear by different formulas. I swear by Neutrogena Hydro Boost.
Always carry a pashmina or scarf that you can drape around your shoulders. Most places keep the air conditioning quite cool to combat the heat outside, so your scarf will come in handy for keeping warm.
‘Desperate in Dubai’ is a bestselling novel based in Dubai about Arab and Muslim women. It was originally a Dubai based blog. Yes, it kind of perpetuating the stereotype of Dubai and its residents, but UAE’s answer to Desperate Housewives is kind of a fun read.
Sun loungers on Dubai’s public beaches are certainly not free of charge. Save some bucks by bringing your own beach mat as a base for your towel. It keeps the sand away, is water-resistent and super easy to fold.Dubai has plenty of sun, so why not use it? This pocket-sized dual power bank and solar charger keeps your devices charged while you chill at the beach. Of course, you can also charge via USB.
Mineral powder works two-fold to shield your complexion from UV rays and simultaneously absorb excess oil for a smooth, matte finish. Each tube is small, comes with a built-in, self-dispensing brush, so it’s easy to use on the go.