Frequently Asked Questions
Visa requirements for entering Dubai vary greatly between different nationalities, the purpose of your planned visit and its duration.and it is always advised to check regulations before traveling. In most cases, US Passport holders can obtain a visa upon arrival.
If you are a national citizen of one of the GCC countries, you don't need a visa or sponsor to visit the UAE. However, foreigners accompanying the GCC nationals, or GCC expatriate residents must acquire an online visa in advance before arriving in UAE.
The UAE Ministry of Interior provides an online visa system for expatriates residing in GCC countries and need to visit UAE.
Duty Free Allowances include the following:
GSM services are available and the mobile phone code within the UAE is 050. "Speak Easy" is a GSM mobile service for those visitors and tourists who cannot use their own mobile phones in the UAE. You can either buy a new mobile phone and purchase a temporary SIM card or use your own handset with a temporary card. Contact ETISALAT for details.
Most five-star hotels offer guests internet access. Email cheap rates are from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. At the time of writing public internet access kiosks were being established in the UAE, initially at the major airports. The minimum charge for public access is Dh2 and 60 fils per minute. Payment can be made by credit card.
If you have brought your laptop with you, along with a modem and browsing software, you can dial 500 5333 to get connected to the internet. A charge of 15 fils per minute is billed to the telephone to which you are connected.
Many of the world's finest goods are available at prices well below what you would pay in other countries. Tax-free open market means bargains galore. Bargaining is commonly practiced and recommended particularly in the souks. Traditional souvenirs include Arabian coffee pots, silver and brass swords or khanjars, silver and wooden miniature dhows, Arabic chests, soapstone figures, antique silver jewelry, Persian carpets and gold jewelry.
The UAE has a tropical and arid climate for about 8 months of the year. You will enjoy day after day of glorious sunshine and unbroken blue skies.
Temperatures are at their lowest December, January, and February and then steadily climb. April is still ok but by May it's getting hot and you spend less time outdoors. June is hot and hideously humid, July, August, and September are hotter again and even more humid. Humidity levels can get unbearable reaching up to around 80-90% mid-summer.
Tourists to the UAE should dress modestly, particularly in conservative areas and public places. Clothing should not be transparent, indecently exposing parts of the body or displaying offensive pictures or slogans. Both men and women might feel more comfortable wearing loose-fitting clothes that cover shoulders, arms, and legs. Women traveling in the UAE are not expected to cover their heads or wear traditional Muslim attire. When visiting a mosque, women will be asked to respect the Muslim tradition and wear an abaya and cover their heads. Any form of nakedness is strictly prohibited; including topless sunbathing. Swimwear should not be worn in any other area outside the beach, water parks or swimming pools. Emiratis dress conservatively in traditional dress and can be offended when people dress inappropriately or not in accordance with Islamic values.
The Public Bus Transport system in Dubai System is advanced and is operated and managed by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). Dubai's RTA regulates transportation within the city and is the main Traffic solution provider. Bus fares are paid by purchasing a NoI card before getting onto the bus. They are available at Dubai Metro Stations, few other bus stations, and RTA outlets.
Dubai's taxi system is one of the most often used and most popular means of public transport. Taxis are one of the fastest ways of wandering around the city, especially to places that are not well-connected by the metro. There are both government-operated and private cab companies. Taxis are available at all public places around Dubai, or you may book in advance for a taxi.
The first phase of Dubai’s latest transport scheme involves the world’s first tram that runs with ground power, feeding on the entire line, without the requirement of electrical overhead wires.