- UAE Country Travel
you will find a most important informations about
United Arab Emirates
made up of seven emirates: AbuDhabi, Dubai,
Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah
83000 sq. km. includes approx. 2000 islands
Bordered in the North by Arabian Gulf, to
the east by The Gulf of Oman and Sultanate
of Oman, to the South by the Sultanate of
Oman and Saudi Arabia, and to the West by
Quatar and Saudi Arabia.
Lies between Latitudes 22 & 26,5 North
and Longitudes 51& 56,5 East
Almost 2,5 milion
The dominate religion is Islam
The official language is Arabic. English, Hindi,
Urdu and Farsi are widely spoken
Dirhams, 1 Dh = 100 files, 1 US$=3,67 Dh
Between November and March warm sunny days with average
temperature of 26 C (79F) and cool nights with average
temperature of 16 C (58 F). Summer months are hot
and humid with temperatures up to 41 C (105 F)
Most visitors to the UAE need an entry visa. This
is the best obtained through a sponsor within the
UAE. British passport holders with the right to abide
in Great Britain may obtain a visa at the airport
upon arrival. Transit visas are valid for 14 days,
tourist ones for 30 days and visit visas for 30 days
but can be renewed for up total 100 days. Citizens
of GCC countries may enter without a visa. Persons
travelling on Israeli passport or who have Israeli
stamped passport will be denied entry. The fine for
overstaying is 100 Dh. per one day.
Duty Free Allowances
Visitors are allowed 2000 cigarettes or 400 cigars
or 2 kg of tobacco and reasonable quantity of perfume.
Customs There is no restriction of the amount of currency
that can be brought into the UAE and no customs duty
on personal effects.
There are car rental offices in each of the emirates
offering all makes and sizes of cars. Cars can either
be rented alone or with driver. Rates vary but are
around Dh 120 a day for a small car and up to Dh.
1000 a day for a chauffeur driven limousine. You will
need to provide a copy of your passport and driver's
license if payment is by credit card.
Individuals from the following countries do not need
an international license: ECC countries, Canada, Japan,
North Korea, South Korea, Turkey and USA.
Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft can be hired in
AbuDhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. You need a license from
the authorities to access the airport and must submit
a flight plan. Rates range from US$ 1200 to US$ 6000
Taxis form a common means of getting around town.
AbuDhabi and Dubai have plenty of metered taxis that
can be hired for Dh 5-20. There are many unmetered
taxis as well, so it is best to agree upon the fare
in advance. For long distance journeys, it is common
to share taxis.
The electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz.
Visitors from Europe can use their appliances although
outlet adapters may be necessary. Appliances from
the USA will need transformers.
Water comes from desalination plants and is safe to
drink. Many people still prefer to drink bottled water
that is available in shops and restaurants.
Telephone service is excellent through the UAE. Calls
within cities are free. There is small charge for
calls within the rest of the country. Pay phones are
operated with a phone card that is issued by the Telecommunication
Company in various amounts and is then used as a debit
card. These are generally available at a variety of
outlets in the town. Major hotels have fax and telex
services and can arrange for modem access if necessary.
There are nine television stations in the UAE. Some
broadcast in Arabic, some in English and some have
special programs in Urdu, Hindi, and French. Several
additional stations are available via satellite and
Stations broadcasting in Arabic and English transmit
24 hours a day.
Shops are generally open from 9.30 am to 1 PM. And
from 4.30 PM to 9.30 pm on Saturday through Thursday.
Many shops in the malls are open all day, which offers,
foe shopping without crowds. On Friday, the Islamic
holiday shops do not generally open until 2.00 PM
Part of the tradition of shopping in the UAE is bargaining
over the price. In other shops except for truly fixed
prices stores a bit of negotiating will bring a reduction
of price. If you have to ask for the price of something
it means the price is not fixed. Credit Cards Most
hotels and finer restaurants accept credit cards such
as American Express, Visa, MasterCard and diner Club.
Some larger shops do as well.
No health certificate or special immunizations are
required when travelling to the UAE unless you have
been in cholera or yellow Fever affected area 14 days
prior to visiting. It is wise to check with your travel
agent before traveling, however, should the situation
Coping with the heat
For eight months of the year the Emirates is hot and
along the coast humid. It is important that the visitor
take precautions not to over exert. All hotels and
restaurants are air conditioned as are most shops
but outside it's still hot. Try to limit going in
and out of the air conditioning and make sure to drink
plenty of fluids when outside for a long time.
Local dress for both men and women loosely covers
the head, arms and legs. Fabrics are lightweight and
of natural fibbers. There are no restrictions of a
dress code for visitors. Summer clothing is suitable
all year around with sweaters or light jackets being
needed at night in the winter months.
Even the smallest emirate is now equipped with a modern
hospital so there is no need to worry about the availability
of health care. Most major cities have several hospitals
and abundance of private clinics, should you be in