Dubaiâ€™s crime rate is relatively low and it is considered as a safe city. However, like many other cities, pick pocketing and other petty crimes are commonplace in Dubai. Be cautious of your surrounds and avoid places which may seem unsafe or suspicious.
Dubai has a dress code based on respect for the culture and religion of the UAE. It is not hard to follow and will make your visit/ stay here a more pleasant one. In a nutshell whilst you are out in public you should have everything from your shoulders to knees covered- which is not hard to do! You should also not wear clothing that is too tight or see through. Cleavage should also be covered as much as possible.
2. Is there any special dress code, behavior as well to be followed during visiting a mosque in Dubai?
Conservative dress is required at all Mosques in Dubai and the rest of the UAE in order to respect Muslim religious practices. Men must wear long pants and sleeves and women must be covered as well from their ankle to their wrists; tightly fitting clothes are not desired. Women must also cover their heads with a scarf that will be provided for them at major mosques if they do not have one. When you enter a Mosque in Dubai, there are certain customs you must follow; Always take off your shoes prior to entering The Mosque, show respect and act in a quiet manner while in The Mosques.
3. Is it normal to display of affection in public ?
As Dubai has a large Muslim population within its emirate boundaries, there are certain customs akin to that religion which is strictly followed. One such custom relates to public displays of affection. When visiting Dubai, it is proper to keep your public displays of affection in check while out and about on the town. For example, kissing is not something which one will see too often on the streets of Dubai. Therefore, we advise to save such displays of affection for your hotel room.
4. Ramadan, what tourists need to know before going to Dubai
Ramadan is a month-long celebration which many people throughout Dubai engage in. This celebration is one of great importance to Muslims and there are wide arrays of events which occur during Ramadan. When you are visiting Dubai during Ramadan, it is important that you act appropriately by following a few simple tips. There are certain days when Muslims will fast and those visiting Dubai should refrain from eating in public areas during the fasting times yet you can eat at your hotel or resort. Also, be understanding in that certain businesses will be closed for periods of time during Ramadan, such as from dawn to sunset on specific occasions. Lastly, remember to experience the true culture and religious significance of Ramadan while learning more about this special time.
5. Alcohol, what tourists need to know before going to Dubai ?
It is important to keep in mind that Muslims do not drink alcohol therefore it will only be available in certain locations. Most of the places where you will find alcoholic beverages for sale are in the hotel restaurants and bars (and there are tons of those places). Keep in mind that if you choose to drink while vacationing in Dubai, do not get behind the wheel as drinking and driving is not tolerated. Also, the neighboring emirate of Sharjah is a "dry" emirate. No alcohol is sold or consumed there. So if you plan on going there for sightseeing, it might be a good idea to go completely sober. By the way, if you're heading to the beaches, don't carry alcohol with you. The Police enforce this rather strictly.
6. Drinking Law, what tourists need to know before going to Dubai ?
The minimum age for the consumption of alcohol in Dubai is 21 years. Also, consuming alcohol without having a valid liquor license is considered to be an offense.
Citizens from the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Dubai or any of the Emirates: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Citizens of countries on the following list can obtain a free, 30 day visit visa at immigration upon arrival with no prior arrangements: Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, The Vatican. That visa can be extended for an additional 30 days for a fee. Travelers from other countries must arrange for a visa before they travel and will be required to have a sponsor for their visa application.
2. What extent the validity of the passport to get a visa to Dubai ?
The UAE requires all visitors to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. If your passport is valid for less than six months, you will need to renew it before you can apply for a visa and travel to the UAE.
3. When can I apply for a visa ?
You can apply for a visa a maximum of 58 days before you travel, and a minimum of four working days before you travel.
4. What types of visa can I apply for? Can I get a long-term visa ?
You can apply for either a 96-hour visa, or a 30-day visa, depending on your length of stay in the UAE, both visa types are single-entry only.
5. How long does it take to get a visa ?
Provided all required documents are submitted correctly, visas are normally issued by email within four working days of your application.
6. How much does it cost to apply for a visa?
A 30-day visa costs $??, and a 96-hour visa costs $??. Also charges a processing fee of $?? for each individual visa application.
All charges are payable in US Dollars
7. What documents do I need to apply? Do all family members need to submit documents ?
Every passenger requiring a visa will need to submit the following documents, in electronic format
- Scan of picture/bio page of passport. Passports should be valid a minimum of six months on the date of travel.
- Passport-style color photograph
8. Do children or infants need a visa ?
Yes, all passengers, including children and infants on a parentâ€™s passport, must have a visa to enter the UAE. This also includes infants traveling on their parentsâ€™ laps.
9. How will I receive my visa ?
All visas are sent by email, to the email address given at the start of the application process.
10. Do I have to submit my passport for stamping before I travel ?
No, you will receive an electronic visa, which does not require anything to be stamped in your passport ahead of travel. All visas are sent by email. You should print out a copy of your visa before you travel, and bring it with you.
11. If I want to stopover in Dubai on both my outward and return trips, do I need a visa for each stopover ?
Yes, you need a new visa each time you enter the UAE, each visa application is a separate process. Please note that, if your last stay in the UAE lasted more than 25 days, you cannot re-enter the UAE for at least 30 days, and cannot start a new visa application within this period.
There are certain restrictions on the amount of alcohol and tobacco products that can be brought in under duty free:
- 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 500 grams of loose tobacco are allowed
- 4 liters of alcohol/ 2 cartons of beer with 24 cans each are allowed
2. What is the ceiling of personal stuff or goods that Dubai customs allow visitors to enter ?
Dubaicustoms allows visitors to enter with goods the value of which does not exceed Dh 3000, without paying import fees, provided:
- Items are only for personal or professional use
- Amount of goods are reasonable
- Items are not restricted or prohibited
3. What such items those considered as prohibited and restricted ?
The following items are prohibited in Dubai. Carrying them with you in any form may lead to strict penalties:
Drugs, narcotics, chemicals and organic fertilizers, Khus khus (poppy seeds) or paan (betel leaves), pornographic material, non-Islamic religious pamphlets for missionary activities, fireworks, ivory, weapons and ammunition, laser pens, radar jammers or other unauthorized communication devices, plants or endangered animals, and any other objects which do not adhere to the religious and moral values of the UAE are prohibited here.
Means of transportation from Dubai Airport to the city destinations is very convenient. The most common transportation is the plentiful taxis, which are metered and start at 25 DH. However, the airport is also served by the Dubai Metro and public buses, which cost 3 DH for trips into the central bus stations in the city.
2. Is it good to tourists' uses the public transportation to navigate in Dubai ?
The metro and buses in Dubai are well-maintained and a very good option for transportation. The Dubai metro is considered to be the best in the Middle East. The city is still very car oriented and it is likely that you will need to use taxis at least some of the time to get around.
3. What means of transportation are available and recommended in Dubai ?
The bus network in Dubai is run by the Roads and Transport Authority. These buses connect all the major landmarks and tourist spots of the city, and are very comfortable. With the fare starting at Dh 2, these buses run every 15-20 minutes, except on Fridays, when the frequency is a bit low. You can also take the economical Big Bus sightseeing tour which takes you to all the major attractions and offers live commentary and free admission to the Dubai Museum and a dhow cruise.
This is one of the most commonly used and efficient modes of public transport in Dubai. It holds the record of being the world’s longest fully automated metro rail network, with two lines (Red and Green) operational.
Taxis are a convenient way of getting around Dubai. Easily available throughout the city, you will always find a long line waiting outside shopping malls and other attractions. Starting with a minimum of Dh 3, the fare increases at a rate of Dh 1.60 per kilometre.
This is an economical and preferred way to travel from Bur Dubai to Deira and vice versa. Fares for the water buses range from Dh 1 – Dh 4, depending on the route you take.
The UAE has a tropical and arid climate for about 8 months of the year. You will enjoy day after day of glorious sunshine and unbroken blue skies. You can plan a barbecue, camp in the desert or on the beach, meet in the parks, or at the beach club, all safe in the knowledge that it'll not be rained off.
Temperatures are at their lowest December, January and February and then steadily climb. April is still ok but by May it's getting hot and you spend less time outdoors. June is hot and hideously humid, July, August and September are hotter again and even more humid. Humidity levels can get unbearable reaching up to around 80-90% mid- summer.
In September the temperature does start to slowly drop, but it's still very hot. October, we're back to enjoying the beach, avoiding the middle of the day, and November is perfect.
Throughout the year, temperatures range from a low of about 8 degrees Celsius on winter nights, to a high of 48 degrees Celsius in the midday summer heat. Rainfall is infrequent and happens mainly in the winter.
2. Tips for coping with the heat
The weather in Dubai gets very hot and lengthy exposure to the sun can quickly lead to sunstroke if you don’t pay attention.
Make sure you use the correct sun cream or sun block so that you protect your skin against the burning sun and the effect of the Dubai weather. A factor above SPF 30 is recommended, and uses a daily moisturizer or foundation with an SPF too for extra protection.
The sunlight in Dubai can also affect your eyes so please do use sunglasses with the correct UV factor and wear a hat or cap when possible.
Please be careful when drinking any alcohol during the daytime in Dubai and especially when seated outside as you can get extremely ill due to the combination of the alcohol consumption and the hot sun.
There are many public beaches in Dubai, some are free to access and some ask a small charge. Ladies must wear a full bikini or a swimsuit when on the public beaches and swimming in underwear is not allowed. Topless sunbathing is not allowed anywhere in Dubai and the wearing of thongs is not recommended! Beachwear should only be worn while on the beach and not while walking to or from the beach itself.
All the coastline hotels have private beaches and you can pay to use the beach at a resort in many places providing they are not full. This can cost anywhere between 200 Dhs to 700 Dhs
2. Are there Parks in Dubai ?
Although you are visiting one of the harshest desert climates, Dubai Municipality have made sure there are lots of green spaces and parks available to you. There are many facilities there including playgrounds, courts, walking or running track, washrooms and a fun fair. It has abundant open areas that are perfect for picnics and games.
3. Are there places of worship for non-Muslims ?
Dubaidue to its population of Expats has become very tolerant of other faiths and religions.It contains more than ten churches within the town and very easy to be reached.
Though tipping is not mandatory in Dubai, it is always expected. Dh 10-20 is the ideal tipping amount to porters; waiters or bellboys, 10% of the total bill amount recommended to be given as tip in restaurants and cafes.