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Travel-info to Dubai

Fakta om Dubai
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi
  • Arabic and English
  • Dirham (AED)
  • 2.5 million
  • 23-41°C
  • Time difference -1:30

Before travelling to Dubai, we recommend that you study the travel info below to make sure you have the best possible holiday.

Find your next Dubai trip here

Terms and conditions

We recommend reading our terms & conditions prior to booking.

Flight tickets and itinerary

When the offer is accepted, we will send you the documents regarding your flight tickets, including your itinerary.

It is very important that your name(s) on the flight tickets is 100 % identical with the name(s) in the passport. Once the tickets have been issued, this cannot be changed.

In some cases, it might be necessary for the airline to change the flight times; therefore, it is very important that you – on the day of your departure – check the updated information regarding your trip on ViewTrip. Just enter your booking number from the flight ticket and your last name and press enter.

We recommend that you always arrive at the airport in good time before departure.

Seat reservation

Even though we would love to help, unfortunately we cannot always reserve seats on the plane. If you have special wishes regarding your seat, or if you are travelling as a group and would like to make sure that you sit together, we recommend that you enter the homepage of the airline company and pre-book seats for the flight.

On the airline homepage you will find a button saying, “manage my booking” (or likewise) – this is where you need to click in order for you to pre-book seats. Please note that many airline companies will charge a small fee for pre-booking. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your credit card ready. For a small fee, many airline companies also offer seats with extra leg space or upgrades for better comfort.

Each airline company has its own rules on how soon you can pre-book seats on the flight. Usually it is between 72 and 24 hours prior to departure.

Therefore, it might be a good idea to try to complete the pre-booking as soon as possible after having received your e-ticket. If it is not yet possible to pre-book the seats, you will be notified of this, including a notification about when this pre-booking can be done.

Most larger airline companies have an app for your smart phone in which you can usually chose/pre-book seats and also get immediate notifications about time changes.

The best time to visit Dubai

The weather in Dubai is at its best between October and April with day temperatures ranging from 23°C to 33°C, which makes it possible to enjoy the lovely beaches and all the outdoor attractions and activities of Dubai.

This is also the period, where you can experience yearly events such as Dubai International Film Festival, Art Dubai, and Dubai Shopping Festival.

During the summer, day temperatures can easily reach 37-42°C and sometimes even more, which makes it difficult to spend much time outside in the middle of the day – especially considering the humidity of up to 90%.

If you dream of spending days on the beach, we therefore recommend travelling between October and April.

Whatever the season, though, you can always take a dip in the hotel swimming pool or visit one of Dubai’s famous malls with theme parks, ice-skating rinks, water parks, and many other types of entertainment.

Thus, there is plenty to see and do in Dubai all year round.

Welcoming you at the airport

Our local partner will be waiting at the airport to welcome you and take you to your hotel in Dubai.

Checked-in luggage and hand luggage

On your itinerary, you will find information on how much weight you are allowed to bring in your suitcase and hand luggage, respectively. It is important that you pack your bags in such a way that you can still “manage” for a few days, in case the luggage is delayed.

Therefore; remember to pack your passport, money, visa, medicine and maybe a change of clothes in your hand luggage. When luggage gets delayed, it might take some time for it to arrive.

Extra activities and tours in Dubai

You can book extra activities and tours with our partner upon arrival to Dubai. There are also many local tour operators in the city.

Read more about extra tours in Dubai here.

Meals and beverages

Our trips include the meals mentioned in the program. Beverages are always at your own cost.

Travel insurance

We recommend all our customers to have a travel insurance in addition to a cancellation insurance. Make sure that your insurance covers travelling to Dubai.

Please be aware that a cancellation insurance needs to be booked before paying the deposit.

Visa

When travelling to Dubai you will need a visa.

For the majority of airlines, Indian citizens need to obtain an OTB (Ok To Board) before flying to Dubai. However, if you have a valid US visa or a green card, you can apply for visa on arrival.

For more information, we recommend visiting https://visa.guide/.

You should also be aware that your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after entry to Dubai and that there should be at least two blank pages in the passport.

If you are not an Indian citizen, we recommend that you contact the embassy of the United Arab Emirates to learn what rules apply to you.

Guide for visa

Vaccinations

We recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding vaccinations for Dubai.

Don’t forget to bring documentation that your vaccinations have been given; you might need to show this on arrival.

Hand luggage

We recommend that you pack the following items in your hand luggage:

  • Passport
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit card and cash
  • Vital medicine
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Mobile phone, charger, and other electronic devices
  • Clothes for a couple of days in case the suitcase is delayed
  • Pills against diarrhoea

Currency in Dubai

In Dubai and the UAE in general, the local currency is dirham (AED).

Most restaurants, shops, hotels, and malls accept credit cards. However, there may be places such as taxis where you need to pay cash. Therefore, we recommend bringing some local currency as well.

If you need more cash during your stay, you can withdraw dirham in one of the many ATMs found throughout the city. Please note that there is often a fee for withdrawing money and remember to choose payment in local currency to get the best rate.

Tips

Tips are not necessarily part of the salary in Dubai. However, you are expected to give a tip if you have received great service.

In some restaurants, service is included in the price, in which case 5-10 % tips are a good rule of thumb. If service is not included, you might want to raise the tip to 10-15 % to make sure that your waiter receives a little extra for his/her service.

Other people who make your journey easier or more pleasant such as taxi drivers, guides, housekeepers, etc. also greatly appreciate tips.

Of course, tips are always voluntary. Thus, the information above is simply our advice on giving tips in Dubai.

Time difference

Dubai is 1:30 hours behind India.

Language

The official language in Dubai is still Arabic. However, English is widely spoken today, as it is a common language for people of different nationalities that have settled in Dubai as a result of the impressive economic growth of the city.

Different mother tongues such as Persian, Hindi, and Urdu are still widely spoken, while English is used to communicate across cultures – and with tourists.

Electricity and charging of e.g. mobile phones

The electric voltage in Dubai is 220V, and three-pin wall sockets are standard.

Local laws and etiquette in Dubai

When travelling to Dubai, you will most likely experience great hospitality. Particularly younger residents and modern families are very accommodating, while older and more traditional Dubai citizens might be more reserved.

If you are offered a cup of tea while shopping for carpets and jewellery, or if you are lucky enough to be invited in for a refreshment with a local family, it is polite to accept the invitation.

 

Dubai and Islam
The social structure of the United Arab Emirates is inextricably linked to Islam, and even though Dubai is the emirate which has the most open and liberal culture, Muslim traditions and moral guidelines are very much applicable.

We always recommend that you respect and follow the local culture of the country that you are visiting. Thus, when travelling to Dubai, we recommend that you keep the following in mind.

 

Clothing:
Whether male or female, you should dress respectfully. Make sure to cover shoulders and knees and avoid transparent or tight-fitting clothes.

When visiting religious attractions, you might be asked to cover your hair with a scarf. This, however, is not necessary in malls, streets, restaurants, and other public places.

Halter tops, short dresses and shorts, and swimwear are only to be used at the beach or in the hotel pool area.

Be aware that being naked or topless in public space is strictly forbidden. Violation of this might lead to imprisonment or deportation.

 

Public signs of affection:
In Dubai, homosexuality and sexual relationships between non-married couples are illegal and can be severely punished by, for example, imprisonment, fine and / or deportation.

Therefore, avoid signs of affection in public places.

Married couples are allowed to hold hands, but kisses and hugs should be avoided.

 

Alcohol and drugs:
Alcohol is generally not allowed in Dubai. However, some hotels and larger restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol. Be aware, though, that alcohol is very expensive in Dubai, and that all kinds of drunk behaviour are punishable.

Also, people under the age of 21 are not allowed to drink alcohol.

All kinds of narcotics (including cannabis) are strictly illegal and getting caught with even small quantities will lead to severe penalties.

 

Ramadan:
During the holy month of Ramadan, many cafes, restaurants, and shops close during daytime.

The Ramadan is quite strict in the United Arab Emirates. Therefore, you should avoid eating, drinking, or smoking in public during this period.

Read more about Ramadan in Dubai here.

 

Eid:
Eid is a Muslim holiday which is celebrated twice a year.

The first Eid marks the end of the Ramadan and is celebrated with Eid prayer in the morning followed by a grand feast with friends and family.

The second Eid is celebrated two months and ten days later in connection with the Muslim pilgrimage Hajj, where millions of Muslims from all over the world go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

This Eid celebration lasts for four days and is packed with activities and festivities.

If you are travelling to Dubai during Eid, you should expect malls and public places to be crammed with people. Also, queues to restaurants and taxis may be long.

At the same time, however, you will have a unique opportunity to experience Dubai at its liveliest with exciting activities, traditional dance shows, live music, and much more.

Read more about Eid in Dubai here.

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