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Travel Tips for Visitors to Dubai
Passport and Visa Requirements
All Travelers from the USA or Canada will require a valid American or Canadian passport with at least 2-3 empty pages. The passport must be valid at the time of travel for 6 months past your return date. Please note, even a difference of a day will cause the authorities to deny you boarding your flight. Before your trip, a very good practice is to make two copies of your passport's data page, one for someone at home and another for you to carry separately.
There are no visa requirements for Canadian or American passport Holders entering the UAE provided your trip duration is no longer than one month.
Itinerary
Please ensure that the name on your airline ticket matches the information in your passport exactly.
Please review your dates of travel and your flight itinerary as soon as it is provided to you.
Please read the invoice confirmation that was provided at the time of booking very carefully.
You are required to return this document back to us with your signature of approval.
All Vouchers and Tickets will be given to you by our Representative upon arrival.
Please note: The check-in time for most hotels is 3:00 pm and check-out time can be as early as 11:00 am, regardless of your arrival or departure times. Check-in/check-out policies differ by hotel and will therefore vary depending on circumstances. Passengers wishing to make arrangements for a late check-out/check-in and baggage storage must negotiate this service directly with the hotel. Our representative will do his/her best to assist you in this matter. Late check outs/early check in can also be pre-booked by your travel counselor and fees can be paid at the time of booking.
Guaranteed Departures
All our departures are guaranteed. Upon booking we guarantee the departure and price.
Airline Fees
Airline seat assignment. Advance seat selection is subject to airline fees, paid directly to the airline at the time you select your seats.
Please note that airlines reserve the right to change/cancel the pre-selected seats due to schedule changes or Flight equipment change.
Note that there also some airlines that they do not allow advance seat selection.
Checked Baggage Fees. Many airlines have checked baggage fees; once you receive your tickets contact the airline with your airline reservation code for specific charges + terms and conditions.
You can also visit the airline's website, for more details: Click Here >>
Airline tickets are 100% non-refundable/ unchangeable. If the airline allows a change, the change is always subject to change fees that vary from USD250 and up + the difference in fare; charges are per ticket, and every airline has specific policies and fees.
Airline flight schedules are always subject to change, we will always try our best to accommodate to these changes, but we are not responsible for any losses incurred due to missed-connections, flight cancellations or flight schedule changes. Is strongly recommended you purchase Travel insurance to cover these circumstances.
Currency
The Dirham is the official currency of the UAE, the prefix is written as AED or DH. Foreign currency of almost any denomination is readily exchanged in the UAE.
Money Exchange
Before you arrive in the UAE, you may wish to convert a small amount of currency before you depart for peace of mind; or upon arrival at the airport.
Once in the UAE always use official money exchange venues.
ATM Machines
Foreign banks have branches in the UAE and ATMs are readily available in all urban centers. As a rule, when transacting with ATMs in a foreign country, ensure that your debit card and the ATM is part of the Plus and/or Cirrus network. It is also advisable to notify your bank of your intended overseas bank card usage to avoid any inconvenience.
Credit Cards
Credit cards are widely accepted, though using a credit card may incur additional fees; make sure to ask the vendor before applying payment to the card. Make sure to advise your Credit Card Company of your intended overseas use of your Credit cards to avoid any inconvenience.
Spending Money
Everyone is different, which makes money requirements vary greatly. You may do more shopping, frequent more expensive restaurants, or order an expensive bottle of wine with your dinner, so keep this in mind when considering your monetary planning. You can expect to pay an average of $10 to $15 USD per person for lunch and $20 to $25 for dinner. Breakfast is included with your hotel accommodation. Shawarma wraps are a good choice for lunch and there are plenty of venues in Dubai, Indian Restaurants are very popular and a good choice for an inexpensive dinner. Alcoholic drinks are not readily available everywhere and tend to be expensive.
Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but is common practice. Gratuities to staff at hotels are at your discretion. Most restaurants add service charges to the bill (Abu Dhabi 16 per cent; Sharjah 15 per cent; Dubai 10 per cent).
Tour Tipping
The equivalent to USD $10 to $15 per guest per day is suggested for full day touring. This is usually divided between both the guide & driver. For half-day tours $5 USD.
Clothing
Since you are visiting a Muslim country, it is important to remain respectful and follow a dress code. Both women and men should cover up from the shoulders to the knees. Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or see-through, and chests and cleavage should be covered as much as possible. When at the beach or swimming pool, swim trunks and bikinis are acceptable, although make sure to properly cover up when exiting the beach area. Women and men should wear conservative clothing when entering a religious site and always take your shoes off at the entrance.
For women, light cotton scarves are great for covering up in various situations, especially for going out at night or if you don't want to wear a sweater. Capri pants knee high are the most popular choice for women as they can be loose fitting and keep you cool.
Suggested Travel Essentials
Valid Passport for 6 months past your return date with blank pages.
Travel Insurance / numbers who to call for emergency assistance.
International Flight Tickets.
Drivers License or alternative ID.
Photocopy of passport.
Money (cash / debit / credit cards).
Money belt or pouch.
Pocket calculator.
Pens.
Suggested Packing:
Casual, cotton clothing.
Light sweater.
Comfortable walking shoes.
Sandals.
Hat / wind proof.
Swimsuit / sunscreen.
Sunglasses.
Personal medication / prescriptions copy in case of need to refill. Some medications such as narcotic or psychotic drugs may require prior authorization, consult the UAE Embassy.
First aid kit / over-counter essentials.
Extra Eye glasses / contact lenses.
Antibacterial gels/wipes.
Batteries / Charger / USB chord.
Small Binoculars.
Electrical adapter.
Luggage
Airlines revise luggage policies frequently and often without notice; therefore we urge you to check with your airline before traveling to determine current weight and size restrictions.
Make sure you purchase travel insurance that includes Baggage delay/loss protection.
If your luggage does not arrive with you upon landing make sure you get a case report with time/date before leaving the airport since you will need that for any insurance claim.
Health Regulations and Medical Requirements
There are no special vaccines or immunizations that are required for you to enter the country. It is recommended to visit your Doctor prior to departure to review your personal health and how it may get affected during your trip. All children should be up to date with immunizations before they travel to any international country. All visitors who are traveling to the UAE are encouraged to purchase medical insurance prior to their departure. Most doctors in the UAE speak English. Please note that narcotics and psychotic drugs are very strictly regulated and you will need authorization from the authorities prior to travel. If in doubt consult your local UAE Embassy.
Some Tips to Keep You Healthy when Traveling to the UAE
Tap water, produced by desalination, is normally safe to drink. Nevertheless you may prefer the taste of bottled water.
If you know your system is very sensitive take extra precautions like eating only fruits with a thick peel, and making sure your food is freshly made and well cooked. Wash your hands frequently and do not touch any stray animals. Do not overload your stomach, especially on the first days after your arrival to give your body time to acclimatize. If you keep a special diet back home try to continue this while on your trip.
Drink more water than you usually do at home especially while touring the sites on hot days. Bring a small medical kit with headache tablets, allergy and stomach medication, etc Bring sun block with you especially if you are fair skinned, SPF lip balm is also a good idea.
If you need to bring medication, bring it in your carry-on luggage; present them to the screening officer separately on a zip lock bag. It is very important that the medication is labeled with the prescription pharmacy/label. You may want to have your prescription saved on your cell phone in case you need to refill while on destination. Please note that narcotics and psychotic drugs are very strictly regulated and you will need authorization from the authorities prior to travel. If in doubt consult your local UAE Embassy.
Language
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. English is widely spoken at Hotels and Tourist areas.
Electricity – Time Zone
Domestic supply is 220 volts. Sockets suitable for three-pin 13 amp plugs of British standard design are the norm.
Appliances purchased in the UAE will generally have two-pin plugs attached. Most Hotels are equipped with the standard British type sockets, therefore bringing an adapter is recommended.
The UAE is in the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+04:00).
Telephone and Internet
Most hotels offer guests internet access and Wi-Fi hotspots are provided at many cafes.
The landline network, operated by the main national telecommunication organization ETISALAT, is very good; local calls are free and direct dialing is available to over 150 countries. The international dial code for UAE is +971. The UAE also has an excellent and extensive mobile phone network. Pay-as-you-go cards are available for visitors who do not wish to use their home services.
Emergency telephone: Ambulance 998 or 999 - Fire997 - Police999 - Marine Emergencies996.
Mail
Regular mail will take over a week to reach USA or Canada. Mail is usually collected morning and evening. Express postal facilities are also available at post offices, which are open Sunday to Thursday.
Shopping
The United Arab Emirates is one of the best places in the world for shopping. From electronics, or designer labels and luxury items, you will find it in the UAE. There are huge shopping malls as well as smaller souks that sell spices and textiles. With 96 malls in Dubai alone, there are plenty of activities to do besides retail, including skiing, swimming, skating, going to amusement parks, aquariums, movie theatres, and incredible dining experiences. Although the international shopper is offered incredible range and convenience, prices for most items are comparable to countries like Canada and the US. It will come as a good surprise that the UAE has zero sales tax and low import duties. If you are looking for more traditional Arab souvenirs to take home with you, head to one of the souks, where you can find Bedouin paraphernalia, as well as beautiful silks and textiles. The most famous bazaar in Dubai is the Gold Souk at Sikkat al-Khali Street where you will find countless shops that sell gold in all shapes and forms, sold by weight. Shops usually open at 8:00 a.m. and close during the hottest part of the day, reopening at around 4:30 p.m. and stay open until 8:00 p.m. or later.
Bringing Children to the UAE
Dubai is a fun and exciting place to bring the whole family. Not only is Dubai modern and sophisticated, but there are endless entertainment possibilities for kids and families. Most of the hotels in Dubai are child friendly and offer tons of children's activities and programs that will keep them occupied for at least a couple hours every day. Getting around the city with kids is easy and convenient with the metro, trams, and taxis and Ubers that can pick you up from the hotel.
Depending on the time of year you visit, there are countless child-friendly activities to be enjoyed outside and inside. There are beautiful white sand beaches, zoos, and Dubai tours atop of big red buses. The many malls include such activities as skating rinks, aquariums, amusement parks, trampoline parks, ski hills, movie theatres, and kid-friendly eateries.
Cuisine
The UAE is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, and the various menus reflect that. The cuisine in Dubai includes a broad mix of Middle Eastern, Lebanese and Iranian dishes. Some of the most popular dishes in Dubai include falafel, hummus, shawarma, flatbreads and meze, meat stews as well as lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
For the less adventurous, every type of food is available in the UAE from international fast-food chains and authentic ethnic fare from all corners of the globe.
Local Dishes
Despite the fact that ingredients were few, Emirati cooks were inventive, concocting a variety of dishes from very little. And so today, Emirati food is characterized by a unique spice mix called bezr. Cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds, black peppercorns and chilies are the basic ingredients, but each family has its own 'secret' recipe. Arabic coffee (gahwa) flavored with cardamom epitomized the hospitality of the desert where even your enemy was served at least one cup. For those looking for a taste of true Emirati cuisine, machboos (a delicious casserole of lamb or chicken with rice) is a particular favorite in the UAE.
Photography
The UAE is full of incredible photography opportunities; please note tourists are not allowed to photograph local people without their permission. Women dressed in long black robes cannot be photographed. There are some areas in the UAE where photography is restricted such as religious sites, government buildings, police stations most of the time you will notice signs but if in doubt ask first.
Weather
Dubai Average Temperatures
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (°C/°F) 24/75 25/78 29/83 33/91 38/100 40/103 41/106 41/106 39/102 35/96 31/88 26/79
Low (°C/°F) 14/58 16/60 18/64 21/70 25/77 27/81 30/86 30/87 28/82 24/75 20/68 16/61
Rainfall (mm) 18.8 25 22.1 7.2 0.4 0 0.8 0 0 1.1 2.7 16.2
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