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General Info

As your flight descends into the UAE, it wouldn’t be surprising if you mistook the skyscraper dotted skyline for a city in Europe. Dubai, one of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates is a progressive nation, a role model for the Arab world, owing to its stable political environment and rapid economic development that has earned it global acclaim. Lying on the calm blue waters of the Gulf, Dubai is perhaps the most frequented destination in the UAE. From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for the visitor. The city of Dubai has something for everyone - for holidaymakers seeking a break from crowds to shopaholics yearning for a binge at the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. An ultra modern city, Dubai is both a dynamic international business centre and a laid back tourist escape. Whatever you want, from couture to coffee pots, you will find it here!

Business Hours

Banks are usually open Saturday to Thursday, 08.00 to 13.00 hours and are closed on Fridays. Shopping centres are open Saturday to Thursday from 10.00 hours to 22.00 hours and on Fridays; the larger shopping centres such as Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates Dubai & Ibn Battuta Mall are normally open from 10.00 hours to 24.00 hours.

Language

Although Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken.

Communications

Global links, including GSM mobile telephones, pagers and internet are world-class and inexpensive. Local and foreign television, radio, newspapers, magazines and books are readily available.

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are generally accepted in hotels and larger stores but some retailers offer better bargains for cash.

Currency

The UAE Dirham (AED or Dhs) is made up of 100 fils. Coins are in denominations of AED 1, 50 fils, 25 fils, 10 fils and 5 fils. Notes are in denominations of AED 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000. The Dirham is fully convertible and is pegged to the US dollar at a current exchange rate of USD 1.00 = AED 3.67.

Dress Code & Guidelines for Ladies

No restrictions are imposed on visitors but modest dress is recommended in public places. Beachwear is acceptable at beach clubs and hotel pools.

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Climate

The UAE has a sub-tropical climate with a sunny, hot and dry weather most of the year. In January, temperatures range around 24 C during the daytime and 14 C during the night.

Electricity

The electricity is 220/230 volts A/C and most sockets are three-pin. Although adaptors are available in most hotels, you may want to purchase one at your departure airport.

Safety

The UAE is considered to be one of the safest places in the world to visit with a very crime low. It is however advisable to take out travel insurance and to take the normal precaution to safeguard yourself and your valuables.

Time

The local time in Dubai is GMT + 4 hours.

Tipping

Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. Where no service charge is included, it is customary to leave 10% as a tip to the service staff.

Useful numbers

Country dialling code: +971

Dubai area code: (0) 4

Fire: 997

Ambulance: 998

Police: 999