Fast Facts

About Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Dubai is known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene.

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Location

Zayed University Convention Centre, Dubai
20 mins drive to and from Dubai International Airport

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Climate

The month of April brings with it some of the most beautiful weather of the year. Not yet unbearably hot, with maximum average temperatures reach around 33°C and humidity is low, giving April a near perfect Comfort Index of 91/100. Sea temperatures reach around 25°.

Daytime: 33 degrees (average)
Night time: 28 degrees (average)

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Religion

While Islam is the official religion of Dubai, the emirate is well-known for its tolerance and respect for all religions. Besides mosques, the city houses many other places of worship including churches and temples.

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Time

UTC+04:00

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Language

Arabic and English

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Business Day

Sundays to Thursdays, from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 20:00
Major shopping malls and food outlets opens from (an average of) 10:00 to 21:00

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Banking Hours

Most major retail banks in Dubai operate from 09:00 to 12:00 from Sundays to Thursdays

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Electricity

Electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles.

Plug points are the same as in the UK. To operate US-made appliances and equipment, you’ll need a transformer to convert the 220V to 110V and an adaptor for the plugs.

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Currency

United Arab Emirates Dirham (Dh or AED)
1 USD = 3.67 Dh

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping in Dubai isn’t customary as there is often a service charge added to the bill. Gratitude to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion.

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Dress Code

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that is a melting pot of diverse cultures and religious faiths. All attires and cultural preferences are generally acceptable. Swimwear is permissible on beaches, pool and spa areas and for water-based entertainment but is not considered appropriate in areas such as business districts and shopping malls. It is pertinent to note that in the more historical quarters of the city and places of religious worship, dressing conservatively is appreciated. In mosques, clothing that covers shoulders, arms and legs and head scarves for women, are required.

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Getting around

Bus

The bus network in Dubai is run by the Roads and Transport Authority. These buses connect all the major landmarks and tourist spots of the city and are very comfortable. With the fare starting at Dh 2, these buses run every 15-20 minutes, except on Fridays, when the frequency is a bit low. You can also take the economical Big Bus sightseeing tour which takes you to all the major attractions and offers live commentary and free admission to the Dubai Museum and a dhow cruise.

Metro

This is one of the most commonly used and efficient modes of public transport in Dubai. It holds the record of being the world’s longest fully automated metro rail network, with two lines (Red and Green) operational.

Taxi

Taxis are a convenient way of getting around Dubai. Starting with a minimum of Dh 3, the fare increases at a rate of Dh 1.60 per kilometre.

Uber

Booking an Uber is also a great transport alternative in Dubai. If you do not have an Uber App, download it for free via the App Store on iOs & Android

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Medical Care

The standard of health care in Dubai is among the best in the Middle East region. It is recommended that you bring medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medication, including generic names, is a good idea.

For emergency treatment, head straight to the nearest hospital or clinic (carry your ID/passport and any relevant insurance card). Pharmacists can give you valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication for minor illnesses.

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Visa Requirements

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Credit & Debit Cards

International credit and debit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted at retailers, hotels and restaurants throughout the country.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

In case of an emergency, you can call the following numbers while anywhere in the UAE:
999 for Police
998 for Ambulance
997 for Fire Department (Civil Defence)

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint as well.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.

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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the second-largest mall in the world by total land area, and the 21st-largest shopping mall in the world by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown complex and includes 1,200 shops.

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Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. The park maintains the temperature of -1 degree Celsius to 2 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It is a part of the Dubai Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai.