Dubai tourist information

Location
Southern shore of the Arabian Gulf, northeastern United Arab Emirates.
Population
1,870,000
Language
Arabic is the official language but English is widely spoken especially in tourism, business and trade fields
Entry & Customs
A valid visa is required for every nationally except:
  • UK with the endorsement 'British Citizen'
  • EU countries (except Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia)
  • Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA and Vatican City
  • Gulf area countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
  • Transit passengers
Time zone
GMT + 4
Currency
1 United Arab Emirates Dirham (Dh1) = €0.14; US$0.27; C$0.28; A$0.30 (rates as of April 2008)
Money
Bank or moneychanger can be found in central Deira, especially along Baniyas Rd and on Baniyas Sq, and in Bur Dubai around the abra docks. Moreover you can find ATMs throughout the city, in shopping malls and in five-star hotel lobbies.
Telephones
Country dialing code: +971
To make internationa calls: 00 + Country Code + Area Code + Local Number
Weights & Measures
Metric
Electricity
220 or 240 volts AC, 50Hz; square three-pin plugs are standard
Driving
  • In the UAE driving is on the right-hand side.
  • Dubai have excellent roads connecting all parts of the city.
  • Seat belts are mandatory.
  • Use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden (only hands-free devices allowed).
  • An International Driver's Permit carried in conjunction with your national driving licence is recommended for driving in the UAE. Foreign licences are acceptable providing that you are a citizen of the country that issued the licence.
Average temperatures
January 24°C (75°F) - July 41°C (106°F). Read more in Dubai annual weather section.
Annual rainfall
300mm (11.8 inches)