Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dubai's a Safe Bet If You Play by the Rules; Kristy Muir Enjoys the High Life in Dubai

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Dubai's a Safe Bet If You Play by the Rules; Kristy Muir Enjoys the High Life in Dubai

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THINGS TO DO

Desert Safari

Shop 'til you drop at one of the malls

Old and new town tour

Dine at a traditional Arabic restaurant

Take a boat ride on Dubai Creek

Visit Dubai Museum

Hot air balloon flight

Laze by the pool

Hit the ski slope in the Mall of Emirates

The Observatory at Burj Khalifa

Afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab

Helicopter ride or skydiving

IT HAS never been clearer than it was the day I touched down in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, that people fear what they do not understand or know.

For years, I have been operating under the misconception that for a young, single, white female, Dubai was not safe.

I don't know who started the rumour that led to such a massive blunder but in all honesty, I felt safer walking around this Arabic city than I do walking around any city in Australia.

There is no doubt in my mind the reason for the almost non-existent crime rate in the city is due to the strict monitoring of liquor licences, work visas and alcohol consumption.

The tour guide who took me around the city actually showed me where the jail used to be.

It was abandoned some time ago because there were not enough prisoners to justify having one.

If only Australia could say the same thing.

These tight rules and regulations can be daunting for any traveller, but at the end of the day you just need be mindful of the cultural and religious differences and respect them Co and don't break the law.

The only change I made was to cover up a little more than usual and quite frankly in 36 degree-plus heat, it was a blessing (I didn't get sunburnt at all).

Most of my time in the sandy city was spent in the air-conditioned comfort of my hotel, the mall, restaurants or on the tour bus.

But on the occasions I did step out into the sun, the heat was bearable. …

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