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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Need to Know

Getting Here

Dubai International Airport is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic.

Passport/Visa Requirements

  • Passport Validity: A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry is required to enter the UAE.
  • Personal travel of 30 days or less: A U.S. citizen with a regular passport may obtain a no fee visitor visa upon arrival.
  • Stays longer than 30 days: All travelers must obtain a visa before arrival in the UAE. Visitors on a 30-day visa may request a visa extension, which is at the discretion of immigration officials. Anyone planning to work or study in the UAE must obtain the appropriate visa.

Blank Passport Pages

You need one page for entry stamp.


The name of the currency in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (AED or Arab Emirate Dirham – also commonly abbreviated to Dhs or DH).


You can get around via public transportation.

Tipping Culture

  • While the majority of restaurants will note at the bottom of the menu that taxes and service charge have already been included in the bill, it is still common among most diners in Dubai to tip the service staff. A figure between 10% & 15% is customary, but this is dependent on the quality of service.
  • Taxis in Dubai are cheap and plentiful, and therefore tipping the driver is a common occurrence. Usually a small tip of AED5-10 is given, but generally passengers will just round the fare up to the nearest note and allow the driver to keep the change.
  • It is customary to tip hotel staff and valet drivers but is not expected. Most guests would give between AED5-10 or more if luggage is heavier.
  • For tours, you should tip between 10 and 70 HKD per person and split this money between the tour guide and the driver if there is one.

Things to avoid

Just remember the basic travel precautions when traveling abroad. If you have any tips on things to avoid, please submit to us.

Things to Do

Burj Khalifa Observation Deck

Soaring high at 555 meters, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY is fittingly Dubai’s most iconic destination. Get ready to enjoy exclusive access to the redefined, highest outdoor observatory in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of Burj Khalifa. Click here for more info.

Desert Morning Tour in 4×4 Vehicle

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Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the largest mall in the world by total area. It is the nineteenth largest shopping mall in the world by gross leasable area. Click here for more info.

Jumeira Beach Park

Jumeira Beach is a white sand beach that is located and named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai, on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Click here for more info.

Palm Islands

Palm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Click here for more info.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. Click here for more info.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is a mosque in Dubai City. It is said that it is the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai. Click here for more info.

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. Click here for more info.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club

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Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The garden was launched on valentine’s day in 2013. Click here for more info.

Wild Wadi Water Park

The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Situated in the area of Jumeirah, next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Click here for more info.

Yas Waterworld

A varied destination for adrenalin-fueled water slides & static surfing waves, plus shopping & dining. Click here for more info.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Bazaar in traditional Middle Eastern style with stalls & restaurants under wooden covered arcade. Click here for more info.

Al Bastakiya

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The construction of Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood dates back to the 1890s. Click here for more info.

Burj al Arab

The world’s only 7-star hotel. Click here for more info.

Deira Market

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Wafi City

Wafi City is a mixed-use development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The complex includes a mall, hotel, restaurants, residences, and a nightclub. Click here for more info.

Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historic building and former residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Click here for more info.

Pro Art Gallery

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Great Eats

Sugggestions coming soon.


Night Life has the most up to date information on the nightclubs and is very helpful.

White Dubai

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