Dubai's frequently asked questions



Where is Dubai?

Situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East, the glitzy metropolis of Dubai is considered one of the seven emirates which make the United Arab Emirates including Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.


Does Dubai provide a visa on arrival for tourists?

Citizens of select nationalities are eligible for visa on arrival for the duration of 30/90 days and don’t require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE.


How long can I stay in Dubai for?

Stays can start from 30 days and go as long as 90 days depending on the visa type, your nationality and purpose of planned visit.


What transportation is available from the airport?

There are plenty of public taxis available at the airport and woman can skip the cues by hopping into one of the pink-roofed taxis reserved especially for female travellers and families. The airport is also connected to Dubai Metro at Terminals 1 and 3, with trains running every 10 mins from 5am (or 10am on Fri) to midnight Sat to Wed and until 1am on Thur and Fri.


Is there a service I can use to help me through the airport?

Marhaba service is an exclusive meet and greet service that will help you make a speedy arrival and departure. Whether it’s fast-track clearance through arrivals or departures, helping with transfers and baggage or offering an exclusive VIP lounge, Marhaba will take care of every little detail in your travel check-list so you can enjoy a stress-free journey.


What is Dubai’s climate?

Dubai has two seasons- summer and winter. The months between October and April are known as the winter months and bring blue skies and perfect beach weather. Meanwhile, the months between May and September are known for it’s high-humidity and high temperatures that can reach up to 45°C.


What is the currency of Dubai?

The UAE Dirham is the official currency of Dubai and it’s official symbol is AED (which stands for Arab Emirates Dirham). However, symbols like Dhs, د.إ are also used to represent it. Notes come in 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 with a value pegged at Dhs3.67 = USD1.


When is Dubai’s weekend?

The UAE weekend falls on Friday/Saturday. Friday is the holy day when muslims gather for congregational prayers, so bear in mind that some attractions may be closed until the early evening.


Can I buy a SIM card in Dubai?

Tourists can now pick up a free SIM card for local use upon arrival. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship’s (ICA’s) SIM 24 project offers all visitors a free local sim, pre-charged with three minutes of voice calls and 20GB of data. Available at the passport gate at the airport, it’s valid for the duration of your visa, and you can top it up as needed.


Can anyone travel to Dubai?

With the suitable type of visa, anyone is welcome to visit Dubai.


Do I need vaccinations before traveling to Dubai?

No vaccinations are required to travel to Dubai, however, for safety measures do check with your doctor about any boosters or routine vaccinations before you travel.


What is the religion in Dubai?

Islam is the official religion of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. However, the emirate is well-known for its tolerance and respect for all religions.


When is Ramadan in Dubai?

Celebrated during the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, Ramadan 2020 is expected to begin on Thursday, 23rd of April and end the evening of Saturday 23rd of May.


What do I need to know about Ramadan in Dubai?

The holy month of Ramadan is a sacred time in the UAE and it’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the local culture of the city. Just bear in mind it's important to be respectful to people who are fasting by avoiding eating, drinking or smoking in public before sunset.


What should I avoid doing in Dubai?

Avoid public displays of affection as its considered socially unacceptable in the UAE. Be mindful of clothing choices especially when visiting holy places like Mosques. You should also avoid playing loud music and dancing in public, save your dance moves for the city’s glamorous club scene.


Am I able to drink alcohol in Dubai?

Alcohol is legal in Dubai and there’s a wide variety of glitzy restaurants and bars that offer the best money can buy. However, it’s frowned upon to drink in public areas and drinking and driving is prohibited.


How old do I need to be to drink alcohol in Dubai?

The legal age to drink alcohol (and enter a nightclub) is 21, so if you’re blessed with youthful looks, be sure to bring your ID.


Is it affordable to travel by taxi in Dubai?

Although not the cheapest transportation, Taxis in Dubai are available to hail everywhere and are considered reasonably priced with fares depending on a few factors including tolls and the time of day. If you prefer to book your ride through an app, Uber and Careem offer comfortable journeys for a fair price.


How do I travel on Dubai Metro?

It’s as simple as purchasing a Nol card and riding your way to your destination on either the green line or the red line.


What are the key areas of Dubai?

There are 5 main 'must-explore' areas in the city of gold, starting with the vibrant district of Dubai Marina and JBR which is one of the city’s most popular and glamorous residential neighborhoods. Downtown Dubai is considered the hub of iconic landmarks and attractions including The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa whereas Jumeirah and Palm Jumeirah offer a wide array of hip foodie and entertainment destinations. For a taste of culture, Bur Dubai and Deira is where you can discover the heritage heartland of the city.


Do I need medical insurance when visiting Dubai?

It’s not mandatory but it’s advisable to have a medical insurance plan incase of any emergency.

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