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Dubai is the most populous and second-largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, after Abu Dhabi.

A land of startling contrasts, Dubai juxtaposes endless stretches of desert and mountain with sprawling suburbs in its modern city. A natural inlet from the Persian Gulf divides the city into two neat halves.

Dubai’s enormous construction and development in various industries attracts the world’s attention through innovative real estate projects and sporting events.


Visas are required by all visitors except nationals of the GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia).  Citizens of most European and North American countries also do not require visas.

Read more about visa requirements from the United Arab Emirates Government.


The unit of currency is the dirham (AED), and is available in notes of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed currency exchange offices and international hotels.

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

AED 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.35 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.25 Euro (EUR)
0.17 British Pound (GBP)
2.11 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
17.32 Indian Rupee (INR)
32.96 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.37 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.36 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.27 US Dollar (USD)


10% service charge and 10% Municipality Fee applies to all purchases in UAE.


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

Business Hours

Bank Hours
8am - 1 / 3 pm, Saturday through Thursday

Office Hours
8am - 6pm, Sunday through Thursday
7am - 1.30pm, Saturday through Wednesday (Government)
7am - 12pm, Thursday (Government)

Shopping Hours 
10am - 10pm daily

Public Health

A health certificate is not required for entry to the Emirates, except for visitors who have been in cholera or yellow fever infected areas in the previous 14 days. It is always wise to check health recommendations before departure.

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


Light clothing for the summer months and a sweater for the winter months, especially in the evenings.

Compared with certain parts of the Middle East, Dubai has a very relaxed dress code. Despite this, care should be taken to dress modestly.

At the pool or on the beaches, trunks, swim-suits and bikinis are quite acceptable.


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


Mostly Sunny

Mostly sunny and very warm

High: 39°C / 102°F
Low: 29°C / 84°F



Breezy and very warm with plenty of sun

High: 39°C / 102°F
Low: 29°C / 84°F
Sunny High: 38°C / 100°F Low: 29°C / 84°F
Partly Sunny High: 38°C / 100°F Low: 28°C / 82°F

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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

1.8 million

Arabic; English is widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT + 4 hours

Metric / Imperial System

220 / 440 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900