The Emirates are bordered to the north by the Gulf and the Musandam Peninsula. To the east by Oman, to the south, west by Saudi Arabia and to the northwest by Qatar. They are comprised by a federation of seven small former sheikhdoms. Abu Dhabi being the largest Emirate and followed by Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm al Qaiwain and Ras al- Khaimah are known collectively as the Northern States. The land is mountainous and largely desert. Abu Dhabi is sandy and flat and inside its border is the Buraimi Oasis. Dubai with its 16km (10-mile) deep-water creek, gives it the popular name of ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Sharjah has a deep water port on coast of Batinah at Khor Fakkan, on the Indian Ocean. Ras al-Khaimah is the fourth in size. Fujairah, one of the three smaller sheikhdoms is located on the Batinah coast and has agricultural potential. Ajman and Umm al Qaiwain were once small coastal fishing villages.
CAPITAL: Abu Dhabi
LANGUAGE: Arabic is the official language and English is widely spoken.
RELIGION: Majority Muslim, 16 per cent are Shiite and the remainder Sunni.
TIME: GMT + 4 hours.
ELECTRICITY: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are widespread.
The ideal time to visit UAE is between October and May. The hottest months are from June to September with little rainfall. Recommended clothing: Light weight with medium weights from November to March and warmer clothes for evening.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS / VISA ON ARRIVAL:
If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge. This can be extended for an additional 30 days at an additional charge.
Eligible countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium , Brunei , Bulgaria , Canada , Croatia , Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark , Estonia , Finland , France , Germany , Greece , Hong Kong , Hungary , Iceland , Ireland , Italy , Japan , Latvia , Liechtenstein , Lithuania , Luxembourg , Malaysia , Malta , Monaco , Netherlands , New Zealand , Norway Poland , Portugal , Romania , San Marino , Singapore , Slovakia , Slovenia , South Korea , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , United Kingdom , United States of America , Vatican City
Travellers from other countries not mentioned above will need to apply visa before travelling to the country.
VISA INFORMATION : http://uaevisa.com/
VISA APPLICATION ON LINE : http://www.dubaivisaonline.com/dubai-visa-types/
All visitors to the United Arab Emirates must hold a passport that is valid for three months from the date of entry, or six months if visiting for longer than 90 days. All passport photographs are to be recent color photographs. Visitors must hold documents and confirmed tickets for their next destination and have a sponsor in the UAE to cover their stay. Holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamps need to obtain a clearance issued by the C.I.D. (Crime Investigation Department) before arrival. It should also be noted that UAE citizenship is only ever granted to persons whose father is from the UAE. The only way a person becomes a UAE citizen is through paternity. (The UAE does not recognize dual nationality and all UAE citizens are required to enter and exit the country using UAE passports.) This means that regardless of how long a person has lived in Dubai, they will never be granted the same status as a citizen of the UAE and residence permits either by way of property ownership or employment remain the only option for a long term residence in the country. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Note: Please ensure that passports should have at least 6 months validity after departure.
No vaccinations are required for entry to the UAE. However a certificate is required for cholera and yellow fever if arriving from an affected area. Tap water in the major cities is safe to drink, but elsewhere only bottled water should be drunk. Medical care is excellent in the main cities, but extremely expensive, while medicines and medical care are not always available in the outlying areas. Health insurance is essential; a health insurance law has been implemented and affects all travelers to Abu Dhabi. Travelers who require medical treatment will have to cover the cost of any medical fees incurred.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income and depending on how satisfied you are with their service. Suggested US$ 3 per person per day traveling with a group and US$6 per person per day tipping for driver and the local guide(s) by traveling in a private tour.
The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. There are no currency regulations in the UAE and all major currencies are readily exchanged at banks and large hotels. The Dirham is fixed against the US Dollar. The best exchange rates are found at private moneychangers who operate throughout the territory, particularly in the more popular souks (markets) and shopping centres. Most major credit cards are accepted, ATMs are common throughout the UAE.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
The International code for the United Arab Emirates is +971. The outgoing international code is 00. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)2 for Abu Dhabi and (0)4 for Dubai. The Etisalat mobile phone network provides wide GSM 900 coverage throughout the country. Guest starters packs including a SIM card and credit can be bought on arrival at the airport, providing 3 months' of cellular access.
Most visits to the UAE are trouble free. Crime is not a problem, but there is deemed to be a threat of terrorism against Western interests and gathering points, particularly entertainment venues. It is therefore wise to be vigilant when frequenting these. It is also wise to avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Al Qaeda continues to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, including references to attack Western interests, such as residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.
The Emirates states are all Muslim, therefore alcohol is not served except in hotels. It is an offence to drink or be drunk in public and penalties are severe. Some prescribed and over the counter medicines from outside the country may be considered to be a controlled substance within the UAE and will not be allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health Drug Control Department (DCD). A passenger arriving with such medication without permission may be subject to prosecution. Dress and behavior should be modest, particularly during the month of Ramadan when it is disrespectful to smoke, drink or eat in public between sunrise and sunset. Women's clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs. Cohabiting, adultery and homosexual behavior are illegal in the UAE, and it is an offence to swear or make rude gestures, or show a public display of affection. In general, the country has a tolerant approach to Western visitors, but local laws and sensitivities should be respected.
Muslims are prohibited from eating pork so it is not included in Arab menus. Hotels frequently have substitutes such as beef sausages and veal rashers on their breakfast menus. If pork is available, it is clearly labeled as such.
Shopping is something of a national past time in the UAE and one of the major attractions for visitors. Glitzy state-of-the-art malls abound, but have not replaced traditional souqs (markets). The result is a thrilling mix of old and new where the very latest twenty-first century retail delights co-exist with ancient family run businesses that trade as they have done for centuries. Shopping in the UAE really does offer something for everyone.
Traditionally souqs were as much meeting places as trading centers; a hotchpotch of sandy alleys crammed with individual stalls interspersed with tea and coffee houses where men would gather to discuss the day’s events over a shisha pipe or cup of tea or gahwa, Arabic coffee. For more shopping information please visit :
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Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
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HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.