Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, Dubai is a city constantly in flux and is growing at a rapid pace. Cultures and people from all over the world gather in Dubai, which is expressed through the culinary scene, fashion, music and shopping. While the city embraces modernism, it is still rooted in Islamic tradition and values. Dubai turns into a vibrant party after dark, with most of the nightlife centering around fancy hotels.

Women digital nomads should know that you won't be required to wear a buka, headscard or veil in Dubai. It is relatively safe to walk around solo in most areas and take taxis. You might, however, receive unwanted male attention and stares on public beaches. This is partly due to the fact that Emirati women are expected to be virgins when they marry, and in the eyes of some Arab men, foreign women are a chance to get around these norms without consequences. Even though you’ll see plenty of female tourists wearing skimpy shorts and tank tops in shopping malls and other public places (especially in Dubai), you should not assume that it’s acceptable to do so. On public transport, sit in the women’s section towards the front, and if you need help for any reason (directions etc), ask a woman first.

Dubai is not a digital nomad hotspot for many reasons: high cost of living, and a hot and humid weather.

The best period is November to March, when temperatures are in the low 30°Cs. From June to September, temperatures average 43°C with 95% humidity.

Coworking Spaces in Dubai

The Cribb

The Cribb

Football Center, 15A Al Manara Street, Al Quoz-1

impact hub dubai

Impact Hub Dubai

Saaha Offices(Old Town Island), Blk B, Core B, Unit 304

Astrolabs

AstroLabs

Cluster R Parkside Retail Level

Cafes with wifi

Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.

Places to exercise

Yoga

Womens-only Fitness Studios

In keeping with UAE’s cultural sensitivities, there are a number of womens-only gyms and classes.

Jogging

Jogging in Dubai

Jumeriah Corniche is a 14km track that starts at the Burj Al Arab and runs along the corniche from there.

Yoga

Friends of Yoga

Friends of Yoga conducts free yoga classes daily at various locations.