UAE Travel Info
Arriving in UAE
Visa Requirements and availability of on arrival visa vary based on nationality. Feel free to reach out to us regarding your visa questions, we will be glad to assist. International airports have a range of helpful facilities and public transport options. Money changing facilities and taxis are readily available, as well as car rental services, convenience stores and information desks for general queries.
he currency in UAE is the dirham, which is shortened to AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham). One dirham is divided into 100 fils. The dirham has been pegged to the US dollar since 1997, meaning the exchange rate never changes. One US dollar is worth AED3.67. However, exchange rates offered by individual currency exchange companies may slightly vary.
With a coastal location on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai enjoys a warm climate all year. The ‘winter’ months last from October to May with warm temperatures ranging from 20–35°C (68–95°F). The summer season lasts from June to September with hotter temperatures reaching the mid-40s (~110° F) – and the city’s wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities and attractions ensure Dubai is a year-round destination.
Navigating around the city, reading restaurant reviews and checking in with friends around the world – we all need to stay connected. You will receive a free prepaid SIM card from telecom operator, Du, on arrival at the airport. You can also check out the competitive roaming and data packages from Etisalat, Du and Virgin Mobile. Safe public Wi-Fi is available across the UAE at many top destinations. Simply sign up and surf away.
Embassies & Consulates
Nearly 100 foreign embassies are located in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital city, and Dubai is home to around 80 consulates. Embassies and consulates are typically open Monday to Friday (the UAE working week) and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as all public holidays of both the UAE and the embassy's home country. Opening times may vary so please check official websites, make appointments where possible, and arrive early with all the relevant paperwork.
In case of emergencies while on holiday in the UAE, call:
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Good to Know
Dubai is a cosmopolitan city and a diverse melting pot where almost all attires and cultural expressions are accepted. Swimwear is permissible at beaches, waterparks, public pools and spa areas but is not considered appropriate in areas such as business districts and shopping malls. Dressing conservatively is appreciated in Dubai's historic neighbourhoods and places of worship. There are specific requirements for entering a mosque, like wearing clothing that covers shoulders, arms and legs – and headscarves for women.
Greetings & Etiquette
Marhaba! Dubai is a warm and friendly city and you will come across many people who will greet you with a smile and wish you well. A handshake is customary, but do note it is typically accepted that this should be initiated by women.
Public displays of affection are best kept to a minimum. Holding hands is acceptable, but kissing and hugging in public areas is not permitted..
Alcohol is served in licensed establishments such as hotels, bars and specialised shops to those over 21 years of age. However, drunk and disorderly conduct and drunk driving are not acceptable. Use or possession of illegal drugs is also strictly prohibited.
UAE is home to hundreds of nationalities and both Arabic and English are spoken across the city. Learning a few Arabic words can certainly make the trip more memorable! As you explore the city you're very likely to hear Russian, Tagalog, Hindi, Urdu, Portuguese and many other languages.
Many medicines used worldwide are readily available in pharmacies and hospitals across UAE. If you are travelling with prescribed medication, remember to bring your doctor’s note with you. The prescription should also detail the quantity of medication you intend to carry. It’s important to check if the medicines are classified as controlled or not in the United Arab Emirates, which your doctor should be able to help you with. To carry controlled medication, you’ll need to apply for approval from the Ministry of Health (MoH) before your trip.
To tip or not to tip? The short answer is, there are no rules when it comes to tipping in Dubai. How much you tip varies from profession to profession, and is also largely down to personal preference. It is customary to offer a little extra in most cases, but it certainly isn’t compulsory. Everyone arrives in Dubai with their own customs and expectations, but one thing that's always consistent is the high level of service.