Solo Travel in Dubai

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Solo travel in Dubai – it might not have been your initial pick. But travelling alone to this country can be very exciting, offering special opportunities and memories you won’t forget.

A woman doing solo travel in Dubai, walking along a beach

Is it Safe to Travel to Dubai Alone?

Dubai is widely regarded as a safe destination for solo travellers due to its low crime rate and strict law enforcement. However, even in a safe environment, it’s essential to remain vigilant during your visit.

Conflicts in the Middle East may impact the UAE. According to, there are increased terrorism threats, especially against military bases. Stay alert, avoid protests, follow local media and be ready to adjust travel plans.

Respecting Dubai’s customs and rules is also key for a positive experience – it helps you stay out of trouble and connect well with the locals.

Where to Stay in Dubai as A Solo Traveller

Dubai has amazing accommodation options for every solo traveller, from luxurious beachfront hotels to more affordable hostels. Consider areas like Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina or Jumeirah Beach for a central and convenient stay. Avoid unsafe areas, like Hor Al Anz and Al Quoz, which are known for higher crime rates and poorer living conditions.

How to Get Around in Dubai

Dubai has reliable transportation options like the metro, buses and taxis, making it easy to get around the city also as a solo traveller. For a smooth ride on public transport, it’s a good idea to get a Nol card which are smart cards that make it easy to pay for the service. Taxis also are a secure mode of transport in Dubai, equipped with taximeters, offering transparency and reliability. This makes them an excellent choice for those seeking a comfortable and stress-free way of getting around the city. With these options at your disposal, navigating Dubai as a solo traveller becomes not only convenient but also a fun and enjoyable experience.

Tradition With a Modern Touch

Dubai’s culture combines tradition with a modern and inclusive atmosphere, embracing core Islamic values like hospitality and respect. Islam is the predominant religion and followers adhere to principles outlined in the Quran.

Many tourists find Dubai’s welcoming and exciting culture reflected in its blend of tradition and modern aesthetics, evident in architecture, large malls and a lively arts scene. The city preserves cultural traditions but is also great for solo travellers exploring new things.

Some of the most iconic cultural landmarks in Dubai include:

  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Dubai Museum
  • Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
  • Bastakia Mosque
  • Old Souk

Dining Solo in Dubai

Your options include eating out at restaurants, dining at your hotel or cooking for yourself in your apartment. If choosing to dine solo at a restaurant, explore local gems like Al Mallah for authentic, affordable and famous food like shawarma, and head to the quieter corners of Al Karama to discover other budget-friendly options.

Note: Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish featuring thinly sliced, seasoned meat, cooked on a vertical rotisserie and served in flatbread with various accompaniments. Don’t leave Dubai without sampling this delicious meal!

Be mindful of local customs during Ramadan – and avoid eating in public until after sunset. Note that certain restaurants will remain open in Dubai throughout the day also during Ramadan, so you should be ok to visit these either as a solo traveller or together with your non-Muslim friends.

While visiting traditional souks, including the Spice Souk, engage with locals to find the best eating spots. Dubai has a big mix of international foods to spice up your dining. Try scenic restaurants for a great solo experience.

Go Solo on Your Next Dubai Adventure

Here are some popular activities in Dubai which you can enjoy on your own:

  • Desert safari with dune bashing: Experience the thrill of driving over sand dunes in the vast desert surrounding Dubai.
  • Skydiving over the Dubai skyline: Take a tandem skydiving plunge for a breathtaking view of the iconic cityscape from high above.
  • Hot air ballooning over the Dubai Desert: Enjoy a serene and picturesque ride over the desert, providing a unique perspective of the landscape.
  • Jet skiing in the Arabian Gulf: Ride the waves along the coastline, taking in the stunning views of the city and sea.
  • Indoor skiing: Ski Dubai is an indoor skiing facility in the heart of the city. At over 5 acres, it is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Shopping By Yourself in Dubai

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, with its extravagant malls and bustling markets. Indulge in a solo shopping session at places like the Mall of the Emirates or the Dubai Mall. Choose yourself where to shop and how long to browse before moving on.

Connect with Other Travellers

Solo travel in Dubai doesn’t mean you have to be alone the whole time. Join travel groups, attend local events or use social media platforms (e.g. Insta) to engage with groups or other solo travellers. Dubai is a multicultural City so you can be sure you’ll meet people from all walks of life. You may even want to apply for residency if you love it here!

Disclaimer: Information in this article is general in nature and current at the time of publication, and no warranty is offered as to its accuracy or completeness.

Gopher Burrow