My Dubai Guide

My Dubai Guide is a humble effort on my part to give back to the city that has returned me my life. Dubai is one of the most happening cities in the world, and it is growing with exponential progress. With the Smart City Strategy, Dubai has taken modernity and efficiency to another level.

Yet, the majority of expatriates remain unaware of the diversity of services and applications provided by the Dubai Government. In the time I have lived here, I have discovered that there is a jarring communication gap between the expatriate population and the government.

It is my simple wish to address this gap by creating a knowledge portal, through which expatriates have better awareness of government programs, accessibility to different services, as well as security during their time in Dubai.

My Dubai Guide is meant to be a reference for individuals living or planning to migrate to the United Arab Emirates. The information provided on My Dubai Guide is gathered from credible sources, is duly referenced and credited to the concerned sources. At the same time, My Dubai Guide encourages individuals to examine other information avenues before making any crucial life decisions.

Note: My Dubai Guide section covers topics related to medical, legal and social services, as well as the recent COVID-19 pandemic. For sightseeing ideas and things to do in Dubai and the UAE, please visit:

My Story | Embracing Islam

I have always believed spirituality is a personal journey, where one continuously evolves in their quest for a higher truth. After studying Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism, I have finally found my peace. I have converted to Islam.

Travel Dubai like a Local

Discover Dubai through the eyes of a local. Explore top things to do, the best places to eat, and the finest hotels to stay in.

23 Dubai Laws You Should Know

Home to over 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Hence, it is important to become familiar with Dubai laws before visiting or relocating.

Al Ayala | Emirati Folk Dance

One of the most famous of the Emirati traditions, the Al Ayala symbolizes the unity and cooperation of the Bedouin tribes.

Falconry in the UAE

Known as Al Saqarah in Arabic, Falconry was practised for 4,000 years in the Arabian Peninsula, including by the Bedouins of the UAE.

Islamic Calligraphy and Quranic Arts

Ancient Quranic arts brought to life by Islamic calligraphy scripts, silk embroidery, and contemporary designs.

Using Calling Apps in the UAE

What calling apps are legally allowed in the UAE?

Traveling with Medication to the UAE

Traveling with medication, both prescription and over-the-counter, requires approval from the Ministry of Health.


Literally translated as “bite size” in Arabic, Luqaimat is a popular treat in local homes across the Gulf region.

Dar Al Hai Souq

Combining the modern with the traditional, the Dar Al Hai Souq brings Emirati artisans into Ramadan shopping.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Residences | Al Barsha, Dubai

Amma and I had a beautiful staycation at the DoubleTree Al Barsha in Dubai. Here is my detailed review of our stay.

Why Yemeni Honey is Unique

For more than 3,000 years, Yemeni honey dominated the spice trade between Europe and the East.

Medical Services

Medical System in the UAE

One of the first things that everyone should keep in mind when relocating is the medical system of the destination country.

Government Hospitals, Specialized Institutes and Health Centers

From specialized hospitals for children to inherited blood disorders, become acquainted with the government medical facilities in the UAE.

Private Hospitals

Equipped with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art medical complexes, private hospitals in the UAE are one of the best in the region.

Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare in the UAE

The UAE has excellent medical facilities for maternity and pediatric care. Both Emiratis and expatriates should familiarize themselves with the laws addressing reproductve and sexual healthcare.

Palliative and Hospice Care

What are your options for palliative and hospice care in Dubai?

Home Care in Dubai

What are the government and private home care facilities in Dubai?

What is Thalassemia?

According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, 1 in every 12 individuals in the UAE is a carrier for the thalassemia gene.

Legal System in the UAE

Familiarize yourself with the customs, judicial process and legal system of the UAE.

23 Dubai Laws You Should Know

Familiarizing yourself with these Dubai laws takes only a little bit of your time and is helpful in the long run.

Types of UAE Visas

Learn more about the types of UAE visas and their application procedures.

Government Services in Dubai

Find out about the government services available in Dubai for getting all your legal paperwork done.

Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra (PBSK)

PBSK is an initiative by the Government of India to provide support to the Indian Expatriate community.

Social Services

Social Services System in the UAE

With one of the largest economies in the Arab world, the UAE is committed toward a responsible and efficient social services system.

Crisis Hotlines

Crisis Hotlines are all the numbers you need for both emergency and day-to-day situations in Dubai.

Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC)

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is the first licensed nonprofit organization in the UAE created to provide protection and support to victims of violence.

Hemayati | Child Abuse App

Developed by the UAE Ministry of Interior, the Hemayati smart phone app is the world’s first comprehensive application for reporting child abuse.

Environmental & Animal Welfare

Want to know more about environmental and animal welfare projects, shelters and charities in the UAE?

Government Social Initiatives

Discover the different government social initiatives in the UAE for both Emiratis and expatriates.

Volunteering in Dubai

Thinking of volunteering in Dubai? Have a look at this list of organizations.

COVID-19 Pandemic


Protect yourself and others by understanding the facts about Coronavirus Disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 Hotlines

Familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 Hotlines available in the UAE.

Top UAE Apps to Combat COVID-19

Download these UAE apps to combat COVID-19 effectively, thus keeping you and your loved ones safe, healthy and prepared.

COVID-19 Testing in the UAE

What are some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing in the UAE?

What is Self-Isolation?

If you start showing signs of COVID-19 but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, UAE health guidelines emphasize self-isolation.

COVID-19 Stress | Here’s What can Help

Outbreaks of any disease bring with them an overwhelming surge in fear, anxiety and panic. Here are some tips for coping with COVID-19 stress.

Struggling in COVID-19 | Where to Find Help

COVID-19 has left people without jobs and salaries, as well as stranded many owing to travel restrictions. Scroll through to see where to find help.

Being an Effective Remote Worker in COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies and businesses have placed high priority on health and safety, thus leading to the rise of the remote worker.

How do I Join the Fight Against COVID-19?

Whether it be volunteering, certification, donations or even simply staying home, there are many ways to join the fight against COVID-19.

Measures Taken by Dubai and the UAE for Combating COVID-19

The following topics discuss the various measures taken by Dubai and the UAE in combating COVID-19.

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