Tips to escape tourist crowds in Dubai

June 7, 2020

Nothing destroys the fun out of a trip to a city like long lines, packed sidewalks and crowded restaurants where you can’t even hear yourself speak.

The Emirate of Dubai has become a tourist destination, bringing visitors from all over the world to the city. During peak season, flights are full, hotels are fully booked, traffic is slow and most of the places to see in Dubai are crowded and have long waiting lines. Therefore, it would be helpful to know a few tips to help escape the crowds and see Dubai in the most efficient and hassle-free way possible.


Dubai’s top attractions, like Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, are all very popular, especially during peak season, so it is recommended to book entrance tickets in advance. Most of the time, booking in advance allows you to select time slots before they’re booked up which saves you time and hassle while you’re in the city. In addition to this, some advance tickets also give you skip-the-line access, so you’ll spend less time waiting in lines outside.


There is nothing wrong with visiting Dubai’s staple attractions like the Wild Wadi. However, visiting such attractions may involve long waiting lines and crowded spaces. So, if you really want to avoid the crowd, include visiting uncommon attractions to your ‘what to do in Dubai’ list. These non-touristy experiences give you the chance to make the most of your time in the city and get the chance to see Dubai from an entirely different angle.


Big shopping centers might be one of the places visitors want to avoid if they don’t want to be lost in the crowd. Visitors will be better off shopping at any of the city’s average-sized malls like the Mercato Mall. Mercato is a community mall, serving the needs of residents in Jumeirah and surrounding areas. The mall is home to more than 140 shops and service outlets and prides itself in offering customers a superb variety of international fashion and lifestyle brands, a comprehensive selection of service outlets and a mouth-watering choice of cafes and restaurants.

Furthermore, smaller shopping malls won’t be as crowded as the bigger or major malls will be, which will make them an optimal place to shop in-store and avoid crowds at the same time. Additionally, smaller malls oftentimes boast offers and discounts you won’t find anywhere else.


Malls are a weekend favorite for Dubai’s residents. On weekends, most of the shopping places in Dubai are full of people shopping, eating or just walking around, looking for something to kill time. Shopping on weekdays or early in the morning may be less hectic.

In conclusion, when you sit down to plan out your trip to Dubai, take all of these factors into considerations to help you avoid the crowd and get the most out of your visit to the city.