About Dubai

History

Originally a small fishing settlement, Dubai was taken over in about 1830 by a branch of the Bani Yas tribe from the Liwa oasis led by the Maktoum family who still rule the emirate today. On the British withdrawal in 1971, Dubai came together with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (in1972) Ras Al Khaimah to create the federation of the United Arab Emirates.This was shortly after the discovery of oil in 1966, which was soon to transform the emirate and its way of life. Much of the credit for this development can be traced to the vision of the late Ruler, HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who ensured that Dubai’s oil revenues, despite being relatively modest by the standards of the region, were deployed to maximum effect.

His work has been continued by the present ruling family and today Dubai is a thriving and vibrant, modern city.The current ruler of Dubai is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Like his predecessor, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he is also the Vice President and the Prime Minister of the UAE. Having attended school in the United Kingdom, he became part of the everyday running of the country.

Climate

Sunny, blue skies can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is infrequent and irregular. Temperatures range from 10.5°C to 48° C. The mean daily maximum is 24°C in January rising to 41° C in July/August.

Language

The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood.

Clothing

Dubai has a relaxed dress code, but care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, such as low-cut dresses, very short skirts, or tight jeans. Men should always wear a shirt or top in public. Swimwear should be confined to the pool or the beaches.

Photography

Normal tourist photography is acceptable but it is considered offensive to

Photograph Muslim women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men.

Taxis

The fleet of sand-colored taxis operated by Dubai Transport Corporation is equipped with fare meters. Taxis are freely available and comfortable.

Currency

The monetary unit is the dirham (Dhs).

Exchange rate against the US dollar is approximately $1 = Dh.3.6

Electrical Current:

The electrical current in Dubai is 220/240 V,50 Hz AC. British-style 3-pin               electrical plugs are used (Type G or 13 amp plug).

Shopping hours

Normal shopping hours in Dubai are from 9 am to 1 pm and 4 pm until 9 pm or later. Some boutiques in the residential areas do not open until 9.30 or 10 am. Shopping Malls: 10 am – 10 pm.Most supermarkets stay open until late at night seven days a week, while some remain open 24 hours -a-day. All shops close for prayers on Friday from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm Shopping malls and most shops are open on Friday evening until late.

Your guide to applying for a visa to Dubai

The type of visa needed to enter Dubai or other emirates within the UAE depends on several factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit and its duration. GCC nationals are granted entry upon arrival to the UAE with passports or national IDs. Non-GCC passport holders travelling with GCC nationals should check visa requirements for their respective countries.

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days:

France Iceland Italy Norway Holland
Germany Sweden Austria Finland Liechtenstein
Belgium Greece Luxembourg Poland Switzerland
Estonia Portugal Malta Spain Cyprus
Denmark Croatia Slovenia Romania Slovakia
Bulgaria Czech Republic Hungary Lithuania Latvia
Chile Ukraine      

Indian citizens in possession of a valid US visa (green card or student visa) can apply for 14-day visa on arrival at the airport.

Please note:

  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports.
  • This visa type is not renewable
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months.
  • The visa holder can use the 90-day visa upon arrival to be consumed within 180 days from first entry.

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days with a 10-day grace period:

 

Andorra China Malaysia Singapore
Australia Hong Kong Monaco South Korea
Brunei Ireland New Zealand The Vatican
Canada Japan San Marino United States
 United Kingdom Russia  

 

Please note:

  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days from the date of entry with their normal passports.
  • The visa is extendable and the total validity, if extended, would be 60 days from the date of entry.
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months.
  • This visa is considered a multi-entry visa, which allows the visa holder to consume the 30-day visa validity regardless of whether the visa holder is inside or outside the UAE. Any number of days the visa holder stays outside the UAE would be calculated from the 40-day validity of the visa.
  • Visitors can contact the AMER service call center at 8005111 to check the validity of their visas.

 

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