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Travelling to Dubai

With incredible ambition, Dubai has grown to become a city associated with unashamed and unparalleled luxury, glamour and extravagance. Built on a huge scale, Dubai is like Disneyland for adults! For some it epitomises consumerism and self indulgence, for others it is a haven of sun, sea and shopping. Taken at face value, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Dubai is nothing more. Dig a little deeper though and you will find that Dubai is a melting pot of cultures, where tradition meets modern day vision openly and peacefully.
 
Emiratis actually only make up a fraction of the population, the city’s mix of Arabs, Iranians, Indians, Filipinos and Europeans mean it has a cosmopolitan population which is influencing its developing culture and encouraging change, in a way that other cities in the region are not yet experiencing.

Whatever you think, it is difficult not to admire the city’s determination to become one of the world’s most desirable destinations - to live, work and holiday. Developments such as the Burj Khalifa continue to break records; they aim to be bigger and better, to surpass people’s expectations and go beyond imagination. 
Dubai’s popularity amongst British expats and tourists continues to grow in equal measures.
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Weather in Dubai

If you are planning a holiday, temperatures cool slightly from November to March. If you want to hit the beach and pool, the ideal time to visit is in spring and autumn, which provide good sunbathing conditions without being unbearably hot. The summer can see blistering heats of over 40 degrees Celsius which many residents choose to escape by holiday elsewhere – however, tourists are starting to make the most of the budget deals that can be found at this time.

Dubai Currency

The local currency is the Emirati Dirham.

Time in Dubai

Dubai is 4 hours ahead of GMT time.

Dubai Visas

If you are a British citizen, you can get a 30 day visa on arrival in Dubai.

Local etiquette in Dubai

Whilst laying on a sun lounger sipping on a cocktail, it could be easy to forget that Dubai is an Islamic state. Whilst it is tolerant of western ideas, you must be aware of what is and is not acceptable, and what could land you in significant trouble.
 
If you want to be accepted by the locals, women should dress modestly, covering their knees and shoulders, and men should wear trousers and tops with sleeves. Do not wear swimwear away from the beach or hotel swimming pool. Be aware of local laws such as not displaying affection with the opposite sex in public or sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex unless you are married. Don’t drink in public places; alcohol is available in restaurants and bars within hotels but is illegal elsewhere.

The above list of local laws and customs is not exhaustive, for more information visit:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/local-laws-and-customs

For further advice on travel to Dubai, visit:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates

Things To Do In Dubai

If you have booked your holiday to Dubai, make sure you build the following must do’s into your itinerary. 

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