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DUBAI             Middle East & Mediterranean Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

Dubai, one of the largest of the 7 United Arab Emirates, is a fascinating world of contrasts. Exciting and diverse experiences wait in this cosmopolitan, state of the art modern city.

Surrounded by awe-inspiring desert dunes, Dubai is where old meets new, east meets west. The modern skyscrapers of the new city rise alongside the mosques and wind towers of old Dubai, so rich in history. The old souks offer a dazzling array of shopping opportunities with traditional silver Bedouin jewellery, carpets, exotic spices, Arabian coffee pots together with the modern shopping malls offering hi-tech electronic goods, cameras, textiles and perfumes. Lush green parks, exquisite sandy beaches, hotels and resorts, traditional Bedouin villages, belly dancing, space age entertainment and numerous sports are all here in this vibrant city.

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WEATHER                  Back to top

Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. The hottest months are between June and September, when temperatures can soar to 45°C and more during the day and humidity levels are very high. Even the sea temperature touches on 40°C during the summer months, and swimming pools at hotels are usually cooled to be refreshing. Temperatures are only slightly more moderate the rest of the year, the coolest time being between December and March. There is very little rainfall in Dubai, but when showers do fall it is mainly in the cooler months.

Dubai

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

23

23

10

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

36

Rainfall (inches)

0.9

0.9

0.4

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.4

1.4

Min Temp (°C)

12

14

16

18

22

25

28

28

25

22

18

14

Max Temp (°C)

23

24

27

30

34

36

38

39

37

33

31

26

Min Temp (°F)

54

57

61

64

72

77

82

82

77

72

64

57

Max Temp (°F)

73

75

81

86

93

97

100

102

99

91

88

79

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Approximation of what things cost?

  • Glass of wine:          AED35
  • Beer:                      AED30
  • Bottle of water:        AED1
  • Coldrinks:                AED2
  • Light lunch:             AED15

Sport & Activities
Indoor skiing
Golf
Shopping

Time: GMT +4.

Electricity: 220 and 240 volts, 50Hz. The most frequently used plugs are the square three-pin type.

Money: The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. There are no currency regulations in the UAE and all major currencies are readily exchanged at banks and large hotels. The Dirham is fixed against the US Dollar. The best exchange rates are found at private moneychangers who operate throughout the territory, particularly in the more popular souks (markets) and shopping centres. All major credit cards are accepted, as are travellers cheques (best carried in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling). ATMs are common throughout the UAE. Banking hours are generally Saturday to Thursday from

8am to 1pm, but some are also open between 4pm and 8.30pm.


Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

AED 1.00

AED 5.00

AED 10.00

AED 100.00

AED 1,000.00

AUD 0.36

AUD 1.82

AUD 3.63

AUD 36.31

AUD 363.09

CAD 0.31

CAD 1.53

CAD 3.07

CAD 30.67

CAD 306.72

NZD 0.44

NZD 2.22

NZD 4.44

NZD 44.44

NZD 444.37

GBP 0.15

GBP 0.74

GBP 1.48

GBP 14.78

GBP 147.77

USD 0.27

USD 1.36

USD 2.72

USD 27.22

USD 272.18

ZAR 1.94

ZAR 9.70

ZAR 19.39

ZAR 193.95

ZAR 1,939.47


Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.
                                                           

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to the United Arab Emirates must hold a passport that is valid for three months from the date of entry. All passport photographs are to be recent colour photographs. Visitors must hold documents and tickets needed for their next destination.

Language: Arabic is the official language of the Emirates, but English is widely used.

Getting around: The most common way of getting around Dubai is by taxi; they are cheap and easy to find. Metered taxis are recognisable by their uniformed drivers and cream coloured cars. Public transport consists of a public bus service, which covers most areas of the city and its beaches; discounted bus passes are available. Routes and bus numbers are posted in both Arabic and English. Small wooden motorboats (abras) cross the Creek every few minutes between Bur Dubai and Deira. Cars are the most popular method of transport for locals in the city, and although roads are well signed and car hire cheap, visitors should think twice about hiring one, as driving standards are erratic and accidents frequent. All accidents must be reported to the police and chances are good that a visit to the police station will be necessary. Outside the city signposts are rare. To hire a car, a credit card, valid passport and International Driving Permit are required and the minimum age is 21 (drivers must have held a
full licence for one year).

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Health: No vaccinations are required for entry to the UAE, however a certificate is required for cholera and yellow fever if arriving from an affected area. Tap water in the major cities is safe to drink, but elsewhere only bottled water should be drunk. Medical care is excellent in the main cities, but extremely expensive, while medicines and medical care are not always available in the outlying areas. Health insurance is essential.

Tipping: Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. Where no service charge is included, 10% is adequate and many hotels and restaurants add a service charge, so it is best to check the bill.

Safety: Most visits to the UAE are trouble free. Crime is not a problem, but there is deemed to be a threat of terrorism against Western interests and gathering points, particularly entertainment venues. It is therefore wise to be vigilant when frequenting these. It is also wise to avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Al Qaeda continues to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, including references to attack Western interests, such as residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.

Customs: The Emirates states are all Muslim, therefore alcohol is not served except in hotels. It is an offence to drink or be drunk in public and penalties are severe. Dress and behaviour should be modest, particularly during the month of Ramadan when it is disrespectful to smoke, drink or eat in public between sunrise and sunset. Women's clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs. Cohabiting, adultery and homosexual behaviour are illegal in the UAE, and it is an offence to swear or make rude gestures, or show a public display of affection. In general, the country has a tolerant approach to Western visitors, but local laws and sensitivities should be respected.

Communications: The International code for the United Arab Emirates is +971. The outgoing international code is 00. City codes must also be dialled (Abu Dhabi 2, Dubai 4). Calls made within each state are free of charge. The Etisalat mobile phone network provides wide GSM900 coverage throughout the country and Internet cafes are widely available.

Duty free: Visitors to the UAE do not need to pay customs duty on 2,000 cigarettes, 400 cigars and 2kg tobacco; 2 litres of spirits with more than 22 % alcohol by volume, and 2 litres of wine; and perfume for personal use. Note that the alcohol allowance applies only to non-Muslims aged over 18. It is prohibited to bring raw seafood into Dubai and Sharjah.

                                                           
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