The most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, Dubai is a city constantly in flux and is growing at a rapid pace.
Cultures and people from all over the world gather in Dubai, which is expressed through the culinary scene, fashion, music and shopping. Yet while the city embraces modernism, it is still rooted in Islamic tradition and values.
After dark, Dubai turns into a vibrant party, with most of the nightlife centering around fancy hotels.
Women digital nomads should know that you won't be required to wear a buka, headscard or veil in Dubai. It is relatively safe to walk around solo in most areas and take taxis.
You might, however, receive unwanted male attention and stares on public beaches. This is partly due to the fact that Emirati women are expected to be virgins when they marry, and in the eyes of some Arab men, foreign women are a chance to get around these norms without consequences.
Even though you’ll see plenty of female tourists wearing skimpy shorts and tank tops in shopping malls and other public places (especially in Dubai), you should not assume that it’s acceptable to do so.
On public transport, sit in the women’s section towards the front, and if you need help for any reason (directions etc), ask a woman first.
Dubai is not a digital nomad hot-spot for many reasons, including the high cost of living, and a hot and humid weather.
The best period is November to March, when temperatures are in the low 30°Cs. From June to September, temperatures average 43°C with 95% humidity.