United Arab Emirates – Dubai Travel Guide
Dubai is a thoroughly modern city, rising out of the desert to offer an over-the-top experience of luxury and fun. It’s a city dedicated to the pleasures of the good life with more celebrity enticement than Monte Carlo, and eye-popping grandeur that surpasses Las Vegas.
This latest wonder of the world is an exotic seaside paradise where Italian sports cars occupy all the best parking places at dozens of super-luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. Everything in Dubai is an experience in style – including the distinctive man-made Palm Islands, where leisure and residences reach new levels of opulence, and where a trendy nightlife has been born.
Please take note of the following special considerations when traveling to Dubai during Ramadan:
- Guests can enjoy non-alcoholic drinks at the sunbeds around the pool or beach and at hotel bars, and some hotels will remove all alcoholic drinks from the minibar during daylight hours, alcoholic drinks are available after 7pm
- Shopping malls will remain open throughout the day until midnight, but grocery stores in the surrounding area may not be open for business
- Evening entertainment at most hotels will be substituted for by a Ramadan tent where locals and tourists can go to enjoy an Arabian dinner
- Smoking is only allowed at the hotel pool/beach
Dubai is located on the southern shore of the Gulf in the south- eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It lies between 55*16 East and 25*16 North. The total area of the Emirate is 3,885 sq.km.
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT (GMT +4).
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 sore to 113ºF (45ºC) and more during the day and humidity levels are very high. Even the sea temperature touches on 104ºF (40ºC) during the summer months, and swimming pools 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.
Rainfall is infrequent and irregular, falling mainly in winter (temperatures range from a low of about 10.5C/ 50F to a high of 48C/ 118.4F).
The mean daily maximum is 24C/ 75.2F in January rising to 41C/ 105.8F in July.
Currently nationals of the following countries do not require visas to enter the UAE:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechistain, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican.
Should your country not be listed above please check with your nearest UAE Embassy/ Consulate for any updates. A penalty charge of Dh 100 per day is imposed on visitors who overstay the duration their visa is valid for.
For nationalities that require a sponsor, airlines may seek confirmation that the sponsor is holding a valid visa for the incoming visitor.
AGCC Countries: Nationals and expatriate residents of AGCC countries like Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia also do not require a visa in advance to enter Dubai.
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