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7 Must-Know Things Before Travelling to Dubai

7 Must-Know Things Before Travelling to Dubai

Dubai is a city that is talked about quite often, but unless you’ve visited before it’s hard to know what to expect. The day-to-day life is not totally unexpected, but there are a few cultural norms that should be addressed. These are some things to take into consideration before traveling to Dubai.

How to Dress

Dubai is nestled in a Muslim country, therefore it is wildly important to consider bringing some clothes that will allow you to dress modestly in specific areas. In public areas such as malls, airports, cafes, and public transportation, it is expected of men and women to dress in a modest manner. Shoulders covered and not too much leg, butt, or boob should be out. While you will not get arrested for showing too much skin, it’s much better to let people see you respecting the local culture.

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Hotels are known as “international zones” where beach, holiday, and hot weather dress is appropriate. The lobby of the hotel wouldn’t be the best place for this, but it is absolutely okay by the pool and beach. A great travel tip is for women to keep a kaftan or cover up with them for the hotel, and a pashmina for public areas.

Booking Restaurants

It is not easy to be spontaneous in Dubai, so when thinking about grabbing a bite to eat out for dinner, make a reservation. It is also not easy to walk into an eating place and get seated without a reservation, especially in the more upscale restaurants. The restaurants are the hottest places to visit in Dubai, so it is likely that reservations are made weeks in advance.

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Alcohol

None of the restaurants in Dubai have a license to serve alcohol, but almost all of the hotels with restaurants do. Alcohol is permitted in these international zones, and many of the well-known restaurants inside of hotels are serving alcohol. You don’t even need to be staying at one of the hotels to be able to eat at the restaurants located within. It is not uncommon for visitors to walk into a hotel and ask for directions to a club, bar, or restaurant—so go for it!

Taxis

Similarly to London, taxi rides are very affordable. This makes it easy to use a taxi to get around the city. The city is full of taxis that are waiting for passengers, so it will not take more than a few minutes to track one down. The meter starts at 5 dirhams ($1.36), and always make sure that your driver restarts the meter and knows exactly where you are headed.

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The Call to Prayer

The Call to Prayer can be heard from almost anywhere in the city of Dubai, and all of the mosques in the city are hooked up to a public speaker system. It is heard from the minaret a total of 5 times per day.

Depending on your proximity to a mosque, it is possible to hear the call through the night as well.

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Tipping

This is custom in Dubai, but it is not expected and is not near as obligatory as the United States. Do think about the quality of the service that was provided, and do not feel obligated to tip if it was bad. Approach tipping as a case-by-case basis.

Nightlife

There are so many trendy bars and clubs in Dubai that it would be impossible to visit them all. They are all located inside of hotels, making them feel like sort of a secret hideaway. There is no main area of the city for nightclubs, so when planning a night out, you’ll need to know where you are going and where it is located. More than likely it will be either at the top of a skyscraper or hidden through the lobby of a hotel.

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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