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Language & Phrasebook in United Arab Emirates

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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 lingua franca and many Emiratis speak it to communicate with the many foreign workers who work for them. As the Emirates is a British protectorate, most people would have learnt English at school and have at least a basic knowledge of English.

Other languages widely spoken in the UAE are Hindustani (Hindi and Urdu), Malayalam/Tamil, Farsi (Persian) and Tagalog (Filipino). Most people have at least a basic knowledge of English, although it is not uncommon to meet people with limited English skills.

In Dubai, most shops, hotels and commercial enterprises are run in English. Arabic is generally spoken by government agencies and the police; however, in Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates, Arabic is much more widely spoken.

How To Travel To United Arab Emirates

By planeThe 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...

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 AinAlthough 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 EmiratesDubai 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 phoneThe 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...

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

AncientIt 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 EmiratesVisitors 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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