Dubai is sooo overrated.
I am always a believer that you shouldn’t take on what someone says about a place, destination or anywhere in the world. Why? Well, because everyone’s experience is and can be completely different from mine or anyone else’s.
For example, I remember while travelling in Cambodia and briefly discussing with a friend on what Vietnam was like. He had commented on how much he hated it and that it was racist! Now we all know the racism that I have experienced in the past, but I have to be honest. I can tell you all that when I travelled to Vietnam myself, I didn’t once experience racism and very much enjoyed myself. But honestly, guys, can you imagine if I took on his word? I wouldn’t have gone!
So you’re rightly wondering where I am going with this right?
This is a post that is very much an ‘unpopular opinion’. I write this post with a strong line that I think Dubai is overrated. Yes, I said it, and if you want to understand why and willing then I would suggest you continue reading this post.
Why do I think Dubai is overrated?
Before I get into this. Please understand why I say I am only speaking from my own view. Just because I think Dubai is overrated doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. Read when I talk about this in a recent blog post – Travelling Perceptions & Safety: Why I don’t Allow the Experiences Stop me From Seeing The World?
I travelled to Dubai five years ago and although I enjoyed myself with a few hiccups (cause everywhere has a few hiccups when travelling). Honestly, after all the 35+ countries I have been too, I guess Dubai is overrated for me.
Listen BEFORE YOU JUMP ALL AT ME! Please hear me out!
There is no uniqueness to Dubai
I have grown up most of my life in a city (London) and travelled to several cities in the world. Travelling and living in cities has made me realise that cities don’t fully represent a country. I love to experience the cultures of a country, I like to see the difference between the upper and working class (whatever they call it in their countries). And I love to understand the politics of a country.
When I went to Dubai, I didn’t really feel the countries uniqueness. It came across to me as a money pumped place.
Glorified living in Dubai
My other reasons for seeing Dubai as an overrated destination almost links to my first point. There is almost a sense of a glorified way of living when you are over there. People go there to style and do the absolute most! Which for me removes the feeling of real reality.
I also hated that smoking was allowed in all the clubs! And it was gross! My weave, my clothes everything stank of smoke and it was disgusting! Clubs also all finished at 3 am- way too early for me ( a girl still wanted to party).
Indoor Ski Paradise
Another thing that makes me feel like Dubai is overrated was the indoor ski paradise! I mean what????? It made me really uncomfortable seeing a country in the middle of a desert with an indoor ski paradise. It’s no wonder that Dubai has the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world!
Migrant work like slaves
The city has so much money and big bling boats, skyscrapers and skylines. When you are there you will see a number of migrants working on these infrastructures. This saddens me that it’s built by migrant workers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, which I am sure they all live in slave-like conditions.
Overall, I think Dubai is overrated because it lacks real culture because again it is a man-made city. The country is one big shopping mall! I never really got the sense that there was a real religion of Islam while I was there.
Dubai came across very business and materialistic like. A place that is heavily revolved around making money, driving fancy cars. For me, Dubai exists as a place that is fit for those that like to appear to live the high-end materialistic lifestyle.
Again, I don’t think this means you should not go! I wanted to state my opinion (and glad I did)! I am sure I will go back again to see what has changed since I first went there, but for now, I think everyone should express how they feel about a country.
RandolphSeptember 10, 2020
I couldn’t agree with you more…. I have lived here for 5 years – mainly for my job. But in terms of quality of life it is pretty low.
I have lived for 15 years in Hong Kong and have travelled across the globe and have encountered different cultures from economically developed to developing. But i can say that the richness and high end living way of life here is not genuine.
There is racism and the economic gap between those who have money and those who are at the bottom of the workforce is vast. One just needs to have a chat with taxi drivers to understand how difficult it is for them to make ends meet – compared to the super luxury car status flaunted by society in public.