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Dubai is a populous and large emirate of the United Arab Emirates. Visitors to Dubai will find a land of startling contrasts, from endless stretches of desert to rugged mountains and a modern city with sprawling suburbs.

The city of Dubai is divided into two neat halves by a natural inlet from the Persian Gulf. With enormous construction and development in various industries, Dubai attracts world attention through innovative real estate projects, sporting events and conferences.


Visas are required by all visitors except nationals of the GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) and citizens of a majority of European and North American countries.

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, obtains transit visa for guests with confirmed reservations at the hotel. Guests are required to arrive and depart at the Dubai International Airport.

Please complete one Transit Visa Application Form for every transit visa required. Click here to download transit visa application form.

View visa requirements from Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing


The unit of money the dirham (AED). It is available in 100, 500, 10, and 5 AED banknotes.

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and international hotels.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

AED 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.4 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.24 Euro (EUR)
0.22 British Pound (GBP)
2.13 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
19.05 Indian Rupee (INR)
29.55 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.42 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.37 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.27 US Dollar (USD)


Effective from 1 January 2018, as per UAE Authorities, a 5% value added tax will be implemented in addition to the room charge and existing fees.


Tipping practices are similar to parts of the world where tipping is common.

A service may be included in the bill. Otherwise, a 10% tip is appreciated by the service provider.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
8am - 1pm , Saturday through Wednesday
4.30pm - 6.30pm, Saturday through Wednesday
8am - 12pm, Thursday
The Exchange House is open from 8.30am to 1pm, Saturday through Wednesday.

Office Hours
8am - 1pm, Sunday to Thursday
7.30am to 2.30pm, Saturday through Wednesday (Government)

Shop Hours
Hours for private businesses and shops vary.
Usually shops are closed from 1 pm to 4pm, and generally close at 10pm or 12midnight. Shops open doors at 4pm on Fridays after prayers.

Public Health

A health certificate is required for visitors who have been in cholera or yellow fever infected area in the previous 14 days. However, it's always wise to check health recommendations before departure.

International medical services in Dubai are of a high standard and are readily available.


Lightweight summer clothing is suitable throughout the year, but sweaters may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings.

Compared with certain parts of the Middle East, Dubai has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to offend by wearing clothing that may be considered revealing.

At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swimsuits and bikinis are acceptable.


The weather in Dubai is hot and dry throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 27 C (75 F) to 48 C (119 F) during the July and August summer months.


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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 24ºC 15ºC
Feb 25ºC 16ºC
Mar 28ºC 18ºC
Apr 32ºC 21ºC
May 37ºC 25ºC
Jun 39ºC 27ºC
Jul 41ºC 30ºC
Aug 41ºC 30ºC
Sep 39ºC 28ºC
Oct 35ºC 24ºC
Nov 30ºC 20ºC
Dec 26ºC 16ºC

1.1 million

Arabic; English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT + 4 hours

Metric / Imperial System

220 / 440 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900