The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Dubai

Dubai, known as the “city of gold,” offers a perfect blend of modern and traditional experiences that cater to every traveler’s preferences. Do futuristic skyscrapers, gorgeous beaches, and shopping festivals excite you?

If yes then pack your bags, it’s time for a trip to the city of gold!

Everything about Dubai screams opulence.

From the magnificent architectural marvels and boundless shopping hubs, the city truly caters to every need. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or traveling solo, this glitzy city is literally one of the most touristy places on the planet.

While exploring a new country can often feel intimidating, UAE’s glittering hub will surely make you feel right at home. You’ll find people from all walks of life and the locals are super friendly.

Dubai is known to be one of the safest cities and as a solo female traveler, you have nothing to worry about. Some tips, however, can ease your experience while exploring the vast metropolis of Dubai. Let’s dig deeper:

Safety in Dubai as a lone traveler

Safety comes first, always, don’t ever forget that.

When it comes to Dubai, the city has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but one must always be careful. No matter how or where you’re going it’s important to stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and make smart choices especially if you’re alone. 

Respect the local laws and customs

Just like traveling to any other country in the world, tourists are expected to abide by all the laws and follow the rules of the country.

Even though ex-pats make up 70% of the United Arab Emirates population, it’s still a Muslim country and you need to respect the Emiratis and follow the local traditions.

One such rule, for example, is that alcohol is prohibited in public places except in some hotels and private clubs that own a license to serve alcohol. Do your research to know the laws of the land!

Research Your Accommodation

Dubai has some of the best hotels and resorts in the world, but it’s always better to research your accommodation before booking. Look for hotels that are safe and provide easy access to public transport.

Additionally, reviews are always a good idea to help you from ending up in strange places and hotels. You can also look for hostels that welcome female solo travelers and there’s a good chance you’ll make friends along the way. 

Shop your heart out

Home to some of the most luxurious shopping malls in the world, Dubai is a haven for all shopping lovers. From Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, and BurJuman to Dubai Outlet Mall, you’ll find high-end fashion items and brands from all over the globe there.

Apart from the malls, you can also visit the popular Dubai souks featuring several shops selling a vast array of trendy items.

The most popular amongst the ladies is the Gold Souk though. If you’re planning to visit during January, you might also be able to enjoy huge discounts offered during the Shopping festivals. Plan your trip accordingly!

Get Your Papers in Order

As you gear up for your upcoming trip, don’t forget to give your documents the attention they deserve. Take the extra time to review them not once, but twice – or even thrice – before packing them away.

And don’t forget to make photocopies of your essential papers, such as your passport and driver’s license.

Plus, it’s always wise to have a Covid vaccination certificate on hand, just in case. Finally, remember that visa requirements can change without warning, so it’s best to touch base with your local embassy before setting off on your adventure.

Getting around Dubai as a solo female traveler

If you’ve done any research on the UAE before, you might already have an idea about the various mobility solutions available in Dubai. You’ll find everything here, ranging from metros and buses to private taxis and Uber, convenient, no?

With so many options available for you to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the perfect one.

If you’re comfortable with traveling in groups and following fixed schedules then go for the buses or metros without any second thoughts. If you prefer some privacy and flexibility then renting a private vehicle might work the best for you.

eKar – Self-drive Mobility Platform

Get the eKar app and get on-demand access to a network of thousands of cars via this self-drive mobility platform.

Need a ride to your hotel late at night? You’ll always find an eKar within walking distance. Walk up to your eKar, unlock it using the app, and start driving within minutes. It’s always safe to have a carsharing solution accessible while traveling solo.

Now that everything’s sorted out, book your tickets. It’s never too late to fly solo! Bon voyage!