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How To Travel To United Arab Emirates

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By plane

The main air hub in the UAE is Dubai International Airport, which is served by several major airlines, including Dubai-based Emirates. Direct flights connect Dubai with Durban, Johannesburg, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Karachi, Tehran, Riyadh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, São Paulo and many other major cities in Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa. Chances are that there are airlines from your country that offer flights to Dubai.

After Dubai, Abu Dhabi Airport is the second best-served airport for international connections. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways now offers direct flights from New York, Toronto and many other airports in Europe and Asia. Other major airlines serving Abu Dhabi include British Airways from London Heathrow, KLM from Amsterdam and Lufthansa from Frankfurt.

Low-cost airlines

For cheap flights,

  • Air Arabia has established a hub at Sharjah Airport (very close to Dubai) and serves many cities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and India.
  • Cebu Pacific offers flights from Dubai to Manila, Philippines, with prices starting from $150.
  • Fly from Dubai to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and India.
  • Pegasus airlines fly from Dubai to many European cities.
  • Wizzair flies to many European cities from Dubai.
  • Smartwings airlines fly to many European cities from Dubai.

Norwegians fly to many cities in Europe and North America

By car

There are road accesses to the UAE from Saudi Arabia to the south and Oman to the east. All UAE highways are in excellent condition, but there is a large amount of traffic between Sharjah and Dubai, and a fee of AED 4 to pass through the Salik toll booth. This requires a pre-paid Salik pass.

By boat

The Iranian shipping company Valfajre-8 operates a twice-weekly ferry service between Bandar Abbas in Iran and the port of Sharjah. It is an overnight ferry that takes 10 to 12 hours and departs in the early evening on Sundays and Thursdays. Prices start at Jh160 for economy class.

In addition to the scheduled services, there is an extensive network of traditional dhow trade routes that transport goods throughout the Gulf and even to India. It may be possible to purchase passage on one of these vessels. Depending on which dhow you are on, they can call at any coastal city in the UAE, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

How To Travel Around United Arab Emirates

Distances in the UAE are relatively short, and with the Dubai Metro you can reach several stations just in Dubai and the surrounding area. The peak hours for the Dubai Metro are in the morning and evening. The Dubai Metro offers three classes: silver class, which is used daily...

Visa & Passport Requirements for United Arab...

Visa restrictionsCitizens of Israel are denied entry. Travellers with non-Israeli passports bearing Israeli stamps and/or visas from Israel are allowed entry. Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) do not require a visa. A short-stay visa is issued on arrival to residents...

Accommodation & Hotels in United Arab Emirates

For the visitor, the UAE has one of the most spectacular ranges of tourist accommodation in the world. There are both modern hotels of breathtaking beauty, which can be extremely expensive, and more modest accommodation. Cheap accommodation is available, but like everywhere else, its condition is shockingly variable. There are...

Weather & Climate in United Arab Emirates

The country is exceptionally dry, with rainfall on only a few days a year. Nevertheless, the Emiratis use water in alarming proportions: in the large public parks, for example, there are wide swaths of grass, and in the resorts or other public places, landscaping can be extensive. Most of...

Things To See in United Arab Emirates

Some of the largest sand dunes in the world south of Abu Dhabi in the Liwa oasis regionBeautiful beaches on the east coastIsolated and difficult to access wadis in the Northern EmiratesArchaeological sites and natural rock formations in the Hajar MountainsMagnificent Oases in Al Ain Although at first glance nature...

Things To Do in United Arab Emirates

The beach is one of the most important points in tourist life (next to shopping). The waters of the UAE, although much murkier in recent years due to intensive coastal development, are still remarkably warm, clean and beautiful for those from less hot climates. There are long stretches of...

Food & Drinks in United Arab Emirates

Food in United Arab Emirates Dubai and, to a lesser extent, Abu Dhabi offer a wide range of products from most of the world's great cuisines. By Western standards, most restaurants are quite affordable, although it is easy to find extremely expensive food. Most upscale restaurants are located in hotels. Due...

Money & Shopping in United Arab Emirates

The currency is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED, local abbreviation dhs). It is pegged to the US dollar at AED 3.67 per dollar. The conversion rates are AED 5 to EUR 1 and AED 6 to GBP 1. The notes come in denominations of MAD 5, 10, 20,...

Festivals & Holidays in United Arab Emirates

Weekends in the UAE last from Friday to Saturday for most government and public services as well as businesses; for many, Thursday can be a half day (although they usually work all day Saturday). In almost all cities, there is little commercial activity on Friday morning, but after midday...

Traditions & Customs in United Arab Emirates

The Emiratis are proud but hospitable people, and when not in their cars, they are generally extremely civilised and friendly. Like most people in the world, they welcome visitors who are willing to show a little respect and can be extremely generous (some expatriates and visitors don't understand that...

Internet & Communications in United Arab Emirates

By phone The country code is 971. The mobile phone network uses GSM technology (as in Europe and Africa) and is widely used. The dialling format is as follows: +971-#-### ####, where the first "#" indicates the area code. The main area codes are Dubai (4), Sharjah (6) and Abu...

Language & Phrasebook in United Arab Emirates

The official language is Arabic, but it is certain that the majority of the population does not speak it. Iranian, Indian, Filipino and Western expatriates outnumber the Emiratis, especially in Dubai (where the foreign population is over 80%), and generally have very limited knowledge of Arabic. English is the...

Culture Of United Arab Emirates

Emirati culture is based on Arab culture and has been influenced by the cultures of Persia, India and East Africa. Arabic and Persian-inspired architecture is part of the expression of the Emirates' local identity. The influence of Persia on Emirati culture can be felt in the Emirates' traditional architecture...

History Of United Arab Emirates

Ancient It seems that the land of the Emirates has been occupied for thousands of years. Stone tools found at Jebel Faya in the Emirate of Sharjah indicate settlement by Africans some 127,000 years ago, and a stone tool for butchering animals found at Jebel Barakah on the Arabian coast...

Stay Safe & Healthy in United Arab...

Stay safe in United Arab Emirates Visitors should be less concerned about crime than about harsh law enforcement. Homosexuality can be heavily sanctioned, so gay and lesbian tourists need to be very discreet. Sexual relations outside marriage are also illegal. Even women who report rape are imprisoned for adultery or extramarital...

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