The dream of many Brazilians is to visit the famous and rich Dubai, always when they said that when I went to Japan I passed Dubai via Emirates Airlines, their eyes opened to Dubai but they completely forgot about Japan.
It is even understandable, since we are bombarded with information about Dubai and its wealth, beautiful buildings, expensive cars, jewelry, gold, extreme sports, historic places, even a SKI track inside a shopping mall.
I was never interested in visiting Dubai, because I don't speak English and traveling alone to unknown places can be complicated. I happened to have the chance to stay 24 hours in Dubai when I scheduled my return from Japan and would like to share my experience and opinions about these 2 countries and their differences.
It would be unfair on my part to express my opinion, just because I prefer Japan and its culture. I had a great experience in Dubai, and I personally recommend you to visit both countries, doing a Stop Over.
Stop Over - When you visit 2 destinations in a single trip for the price of one, making a connection for several days halfway or on the way home.
You can get to know the main points of Dubai in a few days, while in Japan you can stay for years, which will still have many places to visit and admire. So I recommend whenever possible, stop over in Dubai on your way to or from Japan.
For those who do not have an American visa, the Emirates it is one of the best airways to visit Japan. So basically you can visit Dubai whenever you go to Japan or other countries in the east.
Japan x Dubai - Price and Tourism
I think everyone should be aware that Dubai's main problem is the price. I spent 24 hours in Dubai the equivalent of a week in Japan. Of course I spent it without thinking, because I wanted to make the most of those 24 hours.
Dubai's currency is the Dirham (AED), with a conversion equivalent to the real, but things are much more expensive. Especially because Dubai is a country of rich people, but at the same time it is an accessible country full of foreign employees and many Indians.
I paid about 140 reais to climb the tallest tower in the world Burj Khalifa, then I paid 270 reais to ride the tourist bus in 3 main points of the city. And to end my bankruptcy, I paid 200 reais on the cheapest plan to enter the Snow Track inside the Emirates Mall, fulfilling my dream of seeing snow for the first time in my life.
In order not to end up missing another flight, I had to stay in a hotel inside the Airport that cost me 200 reais to sleep 6 hours. I had to go without bathing, because I also had to pay to use it.
The food is expensive, a snickers bar cost more than 7 reais. However the Mc Donald's that I spent about 40 reais with extras and size L, left the Japanese size in the slipper. It looked like almost a liter of soda and the potato was almost a kilo.
During my day in Dubai I paid about 70 reais for Emirates to store my bags safely inside the airport. That is, Dubai is expensive! But it is mandatory!
Some believe that Japan is one of the most expensive countries in the world, but in reality traveling within Japan can be cheaper than traveling within Brazil. Knowing how to save it is possible to spend less than 100 reais a day on food, transportation and some tourist attractions.
The tourist spots are usually cheaper, one of the largest aquariums in Japan has an entrance fee of less than R $ 100, while the small Aquarium at the Dubai Mall costs more than 300.
There are many castles, temples and other historic places with free entry or a symbolic value. Gardens, mountains and many other options.
Japan x Dubai - Culture and Experiences
The Japanese are very polite and helpful, I have never been treated so well in my life as in Japan. In Dubai, I didn't have much contact with people, they seemed to be a little thicker, I didn't have that willingness to help and talk.
In just 24 hours in Dubai I found 3 families of Brazilians climbing the Burj Khalifa, so it can be easy to find accessible people. I also met a Japanese woman who worked at Emirates, and I had a great treatment.
I have nothing to complain about in Dubai or Japan when it comes to people, but in Dubai I had a greater sense of fear and isolation, but it may be because I don't have so much contact with the culture. I know that the country itself is more closed.
One of the advantages of Dubai is that now you don't have to pay or get a visa. You can enter the country only with a passport and stay for up to 3 months without the need to spend or chase after embassies and consulates.
I'll leave a video below with the few scenes I shot with the cameras. Unfortunately the battery was running out and the card was full, so I didn't have the ability to shoot much.
I personally recommend a longer trip to Japan, as it has many tourist options, but unfortunately a Stop Over can end up being more expensive than the price of a normal ticket. So depending on your interest, a trip to Dubai alone may be the best option.
Everything depends on priorities, what is your priority? Do you prefer a longer trip or a short trip? Do you prefer a cheap or expensive trip? Do you prefer a hot or cold place?
This is neither a tourist guide nor an article to compare highlights and sights of each country. Our website is focused on Japanese culture, but I wanted to quickly share my little experience in Dubai and what I think about this country.
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