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What to know before visiting Dubai

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is a world-renowned destination for tourists seeking an extravagant and futuristic experience. With its iconic skyline, luxurious resorts, and modern architecture, Dubai has become a global hotspot for travellers.

A Dubai tour offers an array of experiences, from visiting the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, to exploring the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, which is home to opulent resorts and upscale shopping malls. Dubai is also known for its world-class shopping, with traditional markets (souks) offering a variety of spices, textiles, and precious metals.

Thrill-seekers can indulge in adventurous activities such as dune bashing in the Arabian Desert, indoor skiing at Ski Dubai, or skydiving over the Palm Jumeirah. For those interested in culture and history, Dubai's old town (Al Fahidi Historic District) offers a glimpse into its past with its narrow lanes, traditional wind-tower houses, and museums....

Local weather

DEC - FEB
12°18°
MAR - MAY
18° 30°
JUN - AUG
33° 40°
SEP - NOV
20° 25°

General info

Time Zone
GMT +04:00
1:30 hours ago of india
Currency
Dirham
1AED = 22.22 INR
Best time to visit
NOV - FEB
Dubai Shopping Festival
MAR - APR
UAE (Abu Dhabi) Desert Challenge

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FAQs about
Dubai

What is the time difference between India and Dubai?

India is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of Dubai - United Arab Emirates.

What is the best way to travel internally?

The bus network in Dubai connects all the major landmarks and tourist spots of the city and is very comfortable. You can also take the economical Big Bus sightseeing tour which takes you to all the major attractions and offers live commentary and free admission to the Dubai Museum and a dhow cruise. The metro comprehensively covers all the major landmarks and is another economical mode of transport. Taxis are a convenient way of getting around and are easily available throughout the city. The water bus is another economical and preferred way to travel from Bur Dubai to Deira and vice versa. You can hire a car and drive, but it is not advisable as there is bad traffic congestion in the city. You will need to have a credit card and an international driving license for that.

What is the visa procedure for Indian visitors?

You need a pre-applied visa to come to Dubai. You get a single entry 30-day renewable tourist visa. Ensure that you have a passport with a minimum validity of six months and required travel insurance before you apply.

Is there a dress code to adhere to?

Being an Islamic nation, you cannot wear short skirts, shorts, micro-minis, see-through clothes, while you are in public. Also, women need to cover their head if they are entering a mosque.

What is the currency of Dubai? Do I have to carry credit cards or traveler's cheques?

The currency used in Dubai is Arab Emirate Dirham. There are plenty of ATMs throughout the city to withdraw money from. Also, all major international debit and credit cards are accepted at most shopping malls, hotels and restaurants.

How do I buy a local Sim Card? Will I be able to I get Wi-Fi connectivity?

Travellers can easily purchase pre-paid SIM cards to call both locally and internationally. SIM cards can be availed in various denominations at the airport itself. Dubai enjoys seamless internet connectivity. Most hotels, restaurants and malls offer free Wi-Fi services. Internet is also available on mobile devices by the service providers.

What type of food do I get in Dubai? Will I get vegetarian food in Dubai?

Dubai has world-class restaurants offering everything from traditional Arabic cuisine to British, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swiss and Thai. You can get vegetarian food easily at most of the restaurants.

What are the drinking laws in Dubai?

The minimum age for the consumption of alcohol in Dubai is 21 years. You will need to carry an ID proof while visiting a bar. Drinking alcohol in public places prohibited in Dubai and is punishable under law. You are not allowed to carry alcohol to beaches unless it is owned by hotels with a liquor license.

What are the tipping rules in Dubai?

Though tipping is not mandatory in Dubai, it is always expected. INR 170-350 approximately is the ideal tipping amount for porters, waiters or bellboys. 10% of the total bill amount should be given as tip in restaurants and cafes.

Can I haggle in the markets?

Sure, you can haggle with local vendors at the various souks. However, avoid any type of haggling at the malls.

What is the restriction on the alcohol and tobacco products bought under duty-free?

There are certain restrictions on the amount of alcohol and tobacco products that can be brought in under duty-free: 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 500 grams of loose tobacco are allowed. 4 litres of alcohol/ 2 cartons of beer with 24 cans each are permitted.

What are the prohibited goods to carry in Dubai?

Drugs, narcotics, chemicals and organic fertilizers, KhusKhus (poppy seeds) or paan (betel leaves), pornographic material, non-Islamic religious pamphlets for missionary activities, fireworks, ivory, weapons and ammunition, laser pens, radar jammers/other unauthorized communication devices, plants or endangered animals, and any other objects which do not adhere to the religious and moral values of the UAE are prohibited. If caught, serious punishment is awarded to the offender.

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