??Your Trip to Dubai United Arab Emirates??
??Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the ?? (UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.
??Dubai is known for its skyscrapers and rich lifestyle. It is also a heaven for fashion and lifestyle, giving multiple shopping options. Dubai is also known for its tourism.
1.5% Sri Lankan
5.2% other countries
??Dubai has attracted world attention through large construction projects and sports events, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Companies in ??Dubai have in the past been criticised for human rights violations against laborers.
??After years of exploration following large finds in neighbouring Abu Dhabi, oil was eventually discovered in territorial waters off ??Dubai in 1966, albeit in far smaller quantities. The first field was named ‘Fateh’ or ‘good fortune’. This led to an acceleration of Sheikh Rashid’s infrastructure development plans and a construction boom that brought a massive influx of foreign workers, mainly Asians and Middle easterners. Between 1968 and 1975 the city’s population grew by over 300%.
Dubai has a hot desert climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely?hot, windy?, and humid, with an average high around 41 °C (106 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F) in the hottest month, August. Most days are☀️sunny throughout the year. Winters?are cool with an average high of 24 °C (75 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F) in January, the coldest month.
??The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March. Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot?and hotter. During the winter months, the city sees?blue skies and primo beach weather.
Currency ? Exchange
??Dirham is the currency exchange in Dubai. AED is the official currency code of the Dirham, but it is often abbreviated as Dhs and Dh also. This currency is used in the United Arab Emirates (AE, UAE, ARE).
??The dirham to dollar ?exchange rate is fixed at a rate of 3.6725 dirhams to US $1 (or 1 dirham equals 0.272 US dollars)
The economy of the United Arab Emirates is the second largest in the Middle East (after Saudi Arabia), with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $403.2 billion (AED 1.46 trillion) in 2014. The Emirateshave been successfully diversifying its economy.
?? Cost of Living ?♂️
?Four-person family monthly costs:
$2,461.89 (9,042.76AED) without rent
?A single person monthly costs: $734.19(2,696.74AED) without rent.
?Cost of living index in Dubai is 48.78% lower than in New York.
?Cost of living rank 233th out of 439 cities in the world.
?Phone Service & Internet?
??Dubai’s telecommunications industry is operated by two main organisations: Etisalat and Du. Both offer special mobile phone packages for visitors to Dubai.
??Etisalat offers a service called ‘Ahlan’, which is valid for 90 days after activation. Subscribers get a local number as well as access to a range of services such as SMS, MMS, caller line identification, call waiting and a location finder. It costs AED 60 which includes AED 25 credit that you can use to make calls.
??Du offers a service called Visitor Mobile Line, which costs just AED 49 to activate. Features include pay-by-the-second rates, a Dhs.20 recharge card, and an exclusive travel kit that contains a tourist map and mini guide to Dubai.
For both of these services, visitors will need to present a valid form of ID.
??Visitors to Dubai may also use their existing mobile service providers with international roaming.
?Wi-Fi services are available throughout Dubai and most shopping malls, hotels and airport terminals are Wi-Fi hotspots.
In order to drive, UAE ?? residents must obtain a UAE driver’s license. Foreign driver’s licenses are not recognized for residents of the UAE; however, U.S. ?? citizen visitors who are not UAE residents can drive using a valid driver’s license issued by his or her state. An international driver’s license may be required in some emirates. The UAE recognizes driver’s licenses issued by other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states only if the bearer is driving a vehicle registered to the same GCC state. Under no circumstances should anyone drive without a valid license.
? Taxi ?
??Dubai has a very large bus system run by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The bus system has 193 routes on weekdays and transports over 30 million people weekly
??There is no Good Samaritan law in the UAE. If you see an accident with injuries, call 999 but exercise caution in trying to directly assist unless you are medically trained. Generally under UAE law, only individuals currently certified may provide CPR.
The Emirati attire is typical of several countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Women usually wear the “abaya”, a long black robe with a hijab (the head-scarf which covers the neck and part of the head). Some women may add a niqab which cover the mouth and nose and only leaves the eyes exposed. Men wear the “kandurah” also referred to as “dishdasha” or even “thawb” (long white robe) and the headscarf (ghotrah). The UAE ?? traditional ghotrah is white and is held in place by an accessory called “egal”, which resembles a black cord. The younger Emiratis prefer to wear red and white ghotras and tie it round their head like a turban.
??Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world.
Currently, Dubai is the ninth safest city in the world.
?The Security Industry Regulatory Agency classified the crimes into six categories. These crime include theft, forced robbery, domestic burglary, fraud, sexual assault and abuse, and criminal damages.
?The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the emirate of Sharjah.
?Possession or consumption of marijuana is illegal in the UAE, even if a doctor’s medical card is presented.
? Persons may be charged and convicted even if the controlled substances were ingested outside of the UAE as long as traces are still present in the bloodstream upon arrival in the UAE. It is possible to be convicted for drug possession based on the result of a drug test even if no other evidence exists, regardless of when or where the consumption originally occurred.
?Individuals may be arrested, fined, and/or deported for committing any of the following acts: making rude gestures, swearing, touching another person without his/her permission, and making derogatory statements about the UAE, the royal families, the local governments or other people. Travelers should keep in mind the cultural differences among the many people who coexist in the UAE and should be cognizant that unwitting actions, including clothing choices, may invite unwanted attention.
Passport & VISA Requirements
?A 30-day visa costs $68, a 96-hour visa costs $44 and a 90-day visa costs $164. Applicants from some countries may also need to pay a refundable security deposit of $272.50.
?Passport Validity: A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry is required to enter the ?? UAE
?Personal travel of 30 days or less: A U.S. ??citizen with a regular passport may obtain a no fee visitor visa upon arrival.
?Stays longer than 30 days: Visitors on a 30 day visa may request a visa extension, which is at the discretion of immigration officials. Anyone planning to work or study in the ?? UAE must obtain the appropriate visa.
??If you are a passport holder of the below country or territory, 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-days visit visa free of charge. Other countries may need to request a visa, check your country in the provided links below.
??U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi??
Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No. 4.
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Telephone: +(971) (2) 414-2200
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(971) (0) 2-414-2200
Fax: +(971) (2) 414-2241
U.S. Consulate General Dubai
Corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd
Telephone: +(971) (4) 309-4000
Emergency Telephone: +(971) (4) 309-4000
Fax: +(971) (4) 311-6213
?The normal work week in the UAE ?? is Sunday through Thursday.