Dubai Travel Guide

Dubai FAQ

What do I need to do before I travel?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Dubai and the United Arab Emirates before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What are the Visa Requirements?

British citizens do not require a visa.

What is the currency in Dubai?

The local currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham (AED). Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Mastercard are generally accepted in the main hotels and the larger shops, small restaurants may only take cash or travellers cheques. Money exchange houses operate throughout the city and are in most shopping malls. Banks operate from 8 am - 1pm. Money Exchange houses operate from 8am - 1 pm and from 4.30pm - 8.30pm.

How much should I expect to pay in Dubai?

Dubai hotels and resorts offer a huge range of restaurants and bars. The prices below are what you would expect to pay locally:

Soft drinks £3.10
Bottle of Beer £5.80
Pint of Beer £7.80
Wine by the glass £8.80
Cocktail £9.20

Meal in a reasonably priced restaurant £50.00 per person
Meal in a fairly expensive restaurant £120.00 per person

Please note: Prices are a guideline and subject to change (exchange rate used 5.7AED)

What options are there to eat out locally and what should I expect to pay in resorts?

Dubai is infamous for the sheer choice they offer you when it comes to food and drink, from sports bars to fine dining, you’re sure to find something to suit the entire family wherever you stay.

Jumeriah Beach Walk now has an array of local eateries and a shopping mall that can be walked to from many hotels, Ocean View Hotel, Le Royal Meridien Resort and Spa and The Ritz Carlton to name but a few.

The area around Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai (The Address,  The Palace Downtown ), have an abundance of restaurants to chose from.

The prices below are a guideline to what you would expect to pay locally (exchange rate used 5.7AED):

Soft drinks £3.10
Bottle of Beer £5.80
Pint of Beer £7.80
Wine by the glass £8.80
Cocktail £9.20

Meal in a reasonably priced restaurant £50.00 per person
Meal in a fairly expensive restaurant £120.00 per person

 

What nightlife is available?

At night when the sun sets and buildings all over Dubai burst into illuminated life, the city provides a simply stunning backdrop for a night out, and what a night out it will be! With a plethora of options from the extraordinary to the downright bizarre, you can relax and spread out in a lounge bar, hob nob with the rich and famous at Roberto Cavalli’s thoughtfully designed night club or head out for a girls night as many of the venues offer free drinks to women. Night clubs usually close at around 3pm and taxis can be found outside, however it is safest to organise a lift home through your hotel before you leave.

What are the laws on consuming alcohol?

Although alcoholic drinks will be served in licensed hotels and clubs, it is a punishable offence to drink or be under the influence of alcohol in public. We recommend only consuming alcohol within your hotel, or at licensed bars and clubs where you can book a taxi directly back to your resort. The legal age for drinking is 21-years-old.

What is the language in Dubai?

The national language is Arabic but English is spoken by hotel and restaurant staff , taxi drivers and in all shopping malls

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

No – the UK 3 pin plugs are used throughout Dubai

What is the Dubai Tourism Tax and when do I have to pay this ?

The Dubai Tourism Tax was introduced on 01 April 2014 and is a mandatory minimal charge applied to all hotel guests, staying in any type of hotel establishment. The fee is levied per occupied room night and will be added to your hotel bill as follows:

5 Star Hotel: 20 AED per room per night
4 Star Hotel: 15 AED per room per night
3 Star Hotel: 10 AED per room per night

Approx Exchange Rate: 1 GBP = 6 AED

Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?

Respect for the main religion, Islam, is expected and discourteous or lewd behaviour will bring you unwanted attention. Local people, especially women, are highly offended if being photographed without their prior permission. You should not take photos of airports, government buildings or military subjects. Islam is the official religion of the UAE and mosques run throughout the city.

Bikinis, swimsuits, shorts, short skirts and revealing tops should be confined to beach resorts. Clothing should be sensibly modest. Most nightclubs require guests not to wear shorts, caps or sports shoes. Most businesses close on Friday as this is Dubai's holy day. During the holy month of Ramadan (28 June - 27 July 2014) shops are usually closed by day and open at night.

It is considered disrespectful to eat, smoke or drink in public places during daylight hours in Ramadan. Hotels in Dubai will not normally serve alcohol in public places until after sunset (around 7pm). Legal drinking age is 21 years old and electronic cigarettes are not allowed.

Is Dubai safe?

Dubai is a very safe city and crime rate is low as punishment to those found guilty is very severe. If you are going to rent a car be careful when driving as the roads can be terribly dangerous due to the high rate of speed at which people drive, accidents are frequent.We recommend that before travelling you check the Foreign Office website for up-to-date safety advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates

How do I contact the tourist board?

Check out www.visitdubai.com for more information on everything you’ll need to know for a holiday to Dubai.

Can I arrange airport parking?

Airport parking can be arranged through us, as well as airport hotels and lounges to ensure your travelling is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

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