What to Pack for Dubai

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Dubai is an intercultural metropolitan city which is a dream for every traveler around the world to visit. When traveling to this city of dreams, a common misunderstanding is the culture and traditional customs of the city should align with your wearables.

The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country who follow the Sha’aria law. All tourists and residents are required to dress modestly, no matter how hot the climate. That is why a lot of people wonder how to dress in Dubai before they book their trip.

And that’s where we come in. We’ll give you the best materials and styles to ace your Dubai look on Instagram.

Dubai is a stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic visions, wrapped into starkly evocative desert splendor.

Dubai and UAE have varying degrees of tolerance to clothing styles from across the world. Nevertheless, dress code in Dubai is fairly liberal, in comparison to several other states in the Middle East. There are legal guidelines about what is acceptable, but in general, people are mostly allowed to wear whatever they like.

Tip #1: Keep it cool

The summer temperatures during the summers are a blazing 30°C/86°F to 47°C/117°F during the day! It is not just the heat but the high humidity that makes it unbearable. Very cool, loose, summer clothes are the best items for your Dubai packing list, as the humidity can make clothes feel tight and uncomfortable. Cotton, linen, and silk are best fabrics.

Keep in mind that anywhere indoors can be very cold - air-conditioning is always full blast! So it’s still a good idea to pack a jacket, cardigan, or pashmina to keep the chill at bay.

On the contrary, winters vary from warm to cool. Summer clothes are still ideal for your Dubai packing list, but bring a cardigan, jacket, and pashmina for the cooler evenings. Jeans, trousers, jackets, and boots are worn at this time of year.

Tip #2: Cover up

In places like the historical quarters of the city, and in Mosques and places of religious worship, you should dress conservatively, and the clothing should cover shoulders, arms and legs. Headscarves for women are required too.

Tip #3: Colors for Day and Night

No matter what the season, Dubai’s sun shines brighter than it does in several other places in the world. Thus, wearing lighter, cooler colors during the day is ideal. For a night out on the town, pack elegant, royal colors to embrace the Dubai style.

Tip #4: Bring a little GLAM

Regardless of age or gender, accessories are what make us feel unique and confident. They’re just as important as the colors and fabrics we choose.

Accessories might differ on the basis of what you are planning to do in the city. The daytime essentials? Sunglasses and hats are a non negotiable to incapacitate the excessive sunlight, heat and warm breeze (containing dust and sand particles). A light scarf to cover up your head and bare shoulders for exploring the historic Muslim architecture. A cross-body bag, stylish backpack, or tote for exploring the city during the day.

As for the evenings, pack at least one pair of heels and a glamorous clutch if you’re heading for the clubs. All in all, be sure to pack your statement piece accessories to glam it up for Dubai.

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