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Dubai International Airport

Currency

Dirham (AED)

Time in Dubai

When will you visit Dubai?

Average
41°C
106°F
Summer
Average
20°C
68°F
Winter

Summer in Dubai

Don’t be put off visiting Dubai in summer. Whilst it’s true that summer in Dubai sees temperatures soar sky-scraper high, if you visit during June, July and August you’ll find the city is well prepared for the heat. While the temperatures touch fifty degrees centigrade, hotels provide temperature-controlled pools, plenty of shaded lounge areas, ice buckets crammed with water throughout the day and very efficient air con. You’ll often find the best holiday deals in summer. Plus, whatever the season, the desert is always cool at night.

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Winter in Dubai

The traditional Dubai high tourist season starts in October. The ideal destination for winter sun, the air temperature starts to cool in October and by December it’s comfortably around 20 degrees centrigrade, with the sea temperature firmly in the mid-twenties. The weather in March is lovely in Dubai; gorgeously warm and stable, the sea is cosy and the evenings are cool.

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Dubai visa and entry requirements

Before you travel to the UAE, check whether you need to apply for a visa prior to travel.

If you are a British Citizen then you’ll be granted a visitor’s visa upon arrival at Dubai airport. This allows you to spend up to 30 days in the country. Your passport will need to be valid for at least the next 6 months to enter the UAE.

Remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you have the right documents to be allowed entry into the UAE.

Find out more about visa requirements

Getting around

Taxis

Though there are some newly pedestrianised parts of Dubai – check out The Walk at Jumeriah Beach Residence – Dubai isn’t a walkable city, and you’d be better off taking taxis or hire car. Big companies like Uber, Dubai Taxi and Careem make it easy to grab a cab and be whisked over to brunch – but you’ll find that on week ends, everyone else has had the same idea. Traffic is a real problem in the city, with its big workforce commuting, something it is going to great lengths to overcome. So try and travel outside rush hour.

Car

You can pick up a hire car in partnership with Avis at the airport, which is convenient for onward travel to the city centre, or for reaching the capital, Abu Dhabi, the desert Al Maha or the beach resorts of Ras al Khaimah. As with taxi though, be aware that Dubai’s traffic can be frustrating. Avoid travelling at rush hour.

Metro

Dubai’s metro is the cheapest way to get around the city, and can even take you to and from the airport. Take the Green Line to Al Ras station to reach the souks, and stop at Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall to see both with ease. It’s cheap and efficient. the Government’s RTA website has a handy travel planner feature – look up wojhati.rta.uae for more.

Monorail/Tram

The Monorail serves the Palm, and is connected to the trams, but not the metro. It takes just 12 minutes to travel from one end of The Palm to the other using the Monorail. It’s quicker than braving the traffic. From the end of the monorail you can connect to the tram, which is slow, but most people’s choice to get to JBR in the Marina area. Too much information? Don’t worry, the Government’s RTA website has a handy travel planner feature- look up wojhati.rta.uae for more.

Staying safe

  • Dubai is a busy, cosmopolitan city.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – and those around you.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings especially in crowded areas and on the subway.
  • Don’t flaunt valuables such as jewellery, cameras and phones in public.

Local Custom

  • Avoid public displays of affection and swearing, which are punishable by law in public places.
  • Women, keep your shoulders and knees covered in certain areas, especially during Ramadan.
  • Cross dressing is illegal.
  • Please note, electronic cigarettes are illegal in the UAE.
  • Keep alcohol consumption within designated places only.
  • Don’t photograph people without their permission.

Consult the Government website

Discover Dubai

What’s Dubai actually like?

Dubai is changing rapidly. The city is abuzz with preparations for the 2020 Expo – new hotels rise on the horizon, and infrastructure is developing every day. But Dubai is also well on the way to rediscovering its soul – or, at least, creating one. Take the new hipster quarter, Dubai’s Design District, or the traditional abra you can still charter across Dubai Creek.

A typical day in Dubai

The city is busy in the mornings and early evenings, as the midday heat can be oppressive. People generally dine late, giving you time to enjoy sundowners – a popular Dubai activity. The weekend starts on Friday, when business hours are shorter. Residents go for brunch – or just go. Many use the weekend to get out of the city, and resorts in Ras al Khaimah fill up with partygoers.

Ramadan in Dubai

If you visit Dubai during Ramadan, you’ll get a glimpse of what Dubai is like for its residents. The religious festival occurs at a different time every year and involves fasting between sundown and sunset for practitioners. Stricter dress codes and restrictions on consuming food or drink apply. Do some prior research and check with your hotel to keep up to date.

Useful contacts

Emergency

999

Call 999 in an emergency for Police, 998 for Ambulance services and 997 for fire

Consulate services

04 309 4444

For British Nationals in need of urgent assistance

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