Dubai Travel Information

Alcohol

You can drink alcohol in hotels, clubs and bars. Restaurants outside of hotels don’t serve alcoholic drinks.

Bargaining

Price bargaining is the usual practice in the Arabic world, the only place bargaining isn’t possible is in shopping malls. Ask the merchant if the price is a fixed price and then ask for the last price.

Cars

The Emirates are connected by freeways (4 to 6 lanes). Road signs are bilingual. Speed limits are 30mph in residential areas and 60mph on freeways.

Clothing

Dubai’s climate is very warm even in Winter. You don’t need winter clothes. We recommend to take a jacket with you for the air-conditioned hotels and shopping malls.

Currency/Credit cards

The dirham is the currency of the United Arab Emirates. The official abbreviation is UAD. A dirham is divided into 100 fils. 1AED is currently 0.27USD or 1USD is 3.67AED. The best way to change money is with money changers, changing money at banks or hotels is more expensive. All mayor credit cards are accepted.

Health

Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations are recommended by the WHO when you consider to travel inland. Food is generally fresh and safe to eat. Don’t forget to wash vegetabels and fruit before consumption. It may take time for stomachs to adjust to Middle Eastern food, so take diarrhoea medicine with you. Tap-water in Dubai is safe to drink, but most people prefer bottled water as the taste of the tap-water is rather metallic. If you’re travelling out into the desert, carry large amounts of water with you. Dubai has a high medical care standard. Emergency care in hospitals is free.

Holiday/Weekend

In Dubai people work six days a week. The official holiday in the UAE is Friday. Saturday and Sunday are normal workdays. Therefore shopping malls and restaurants are especially crowded on Thursdays and Fridays. We recommed to make a reservation in restaurants on Thursdays and Fridays.

Photographs

You can take photographs almost everywhere. Don’t take photographs of Muslim women, this is considered as extremly rude. Don’t take photos of military sites or engage in mapping acitivities, because this may result in arrest.

Safety

Dubai is a safe place to visit. It has been designated one of the world’s safest holiday destination by the international travel industry. Still it’s a good idea to take the normal precaution to safeguard yourself and your valueables.

Taxi

The best way of getting round in the UAE is by taxi. Taxis charge by law of the emirate of by meter. Meter taxis are usually used in Dubai. The taxi drivers are polite and well-trained. The most popular taxi stand in Dubai is the Deira taxi stand. It has buses that travel at hourly or half-hourly intervals and has fixed travel rates. They are clean, air-conditioned and considerably cheap.

Women travellers

It is safe for women to travel alone in the United Arab Emirates. Harrasments usually don’t occur. You should dress appropriatly for Arabic standards and cover the body from neck to the feet. Beach wear is ok in hotel areas.