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Dubai - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. What is the time difference between the UK and Dubai?
  7. When is Ramadan?
  8. Is it safe to travel outside the hotel?

When is the best time to go?

As Dubai is surrounded by desert, the climate is typically very dry and hot. In the summer, it experiences temperatures of 40 degrees C and above with very high humidity. This means the most pleasant time of year to visit is between December and March, when temperatures average around 25 degrees C and the nights are typically cooler.

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Do you need a visa?

British citizens and those from certain EU citizens can obtain a free 30-day visa on arrival at Dubai International Airport. If you wish to stay longer, you need to visit an immigration office to obtain an extension and pay the relevant fee. To find the full list of countries whose citizens do not require obtaining a visa prior to arrival to Dubai, visit the emirates' official Visa Requirements webpage or contact the UAE's official tourist board.

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How can I get there?

There are many direct flights to Dubai from London, Manchester and Birmingham, with the average flight taking around six hours and 30 minutes. Among the airlines that offer services to the emirate are Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Royal Brunei.

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What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The UAE dirham is the local currency, with one dirham made up of 100 fils. There are many places where you can exchange foreign currency, including banks, licensed exchange offices and some hotels. You'll need to have your passport with you to change money. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted in Dubai, although small shops and souks may only accept cash.

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What is there to see and do?

Dubai is renowned for being home to some of the biggest and most striking attractions in the world - with the Burj Khalifa being a prime example. Standing 828-metres-high, this is the world's tallest structure and it stands out among Dubai's other skyscrapers. A trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor is a must. Dubai is also famous for its shopping, with some truly spectacular malls located in the city. The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are just two of the shopping centres you can visit. It's also worth venturing into the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk for a more traditional experience. As well as its urban attractions, Dubai is home to some stunning beaches, such as the stretches of sand on The Palm and Jumeirah Beach. Dubai is the last word in luxury, with some of the most opulent hotels and outstanding attractions anywhere in the world, making it a truly unique and special destination.

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What is the time difference between the UK and Dubai?

Dubai is three hours ahead of the UK, although during British summertime this difference is reduced to two hours.

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When is Ramadan?

The date of Ramadan changes each year and is determined by the moon's cycle. Special committees decide the precise dates of Ramadan each year and they may vary by a day or two according to local moon sightings. Ramadan lasts for approximately 29 to 30 days each year.

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Is it safe to travel outside the hotel?

Dubai is considered to be a safe place to travel around and has a very low crime rate. That said, it's sensible to take the same precautions you would in any city by keeping your valuables secure and locking anything you don't need in your hotel safe. It's also wise to respect the local Muslim customs and in the case of women, avoid dressing inappropriately or provocatively in skimpy clothing, which will attract unwanted male attention. Likewise, it's a good idea to refrain from engaging in overly passionate, loving outbursts in public.

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