Resources

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/united-arab-emirates) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Zomato (www.zomato.com) User-generated restaurant reviews around the UAE.

Explorer (www.askexplorer.com) Geared towards resident expats, with lots of practical info.

Time Out (www.timeoutdubai.com; www.timeoutabudhabi.com) Comprehensive listings of restaurants, bars, clubs and cultural events.

What to Take

  • Three-prong (UK-style) electrical adaptor.
  • A shirt or shawl, to counter the deep-freeze of the ever-present air-conditioning.
  • Prescriptions for any medications you are travelling with – as long as they are on the UAE's authorised medications list.

What to Wear

In the cities, you'll need something smart for going out at night. Many classier restaurants and bars don't allow flip-flops or shorts during the evening.

Away from the beaches, where swimsuits and bikinis are acceptable, clothing should err on the conservative side. A good rule of thumb for both men and women is to cover shoulders and knees at all times. Short-sleeved shirts and knee-length trousers or skirts are fine. Strappy tops and micro-shorts worn anywhere except on the beach are likely to cause offence.

Even in the fiercest heat of summer bring a light jacket, cardigan or scarf to throw over your shoulders for the refrigerator-chill of the air-conditioning in malls, hotels and restaurants.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for six months after your arrival date.
  • Arrange appropriate travel insurance.
  • Notify your credit- or debit-card company that you are travelling overseas.
  • Make sure you are aware of the UAE's strict policy on bringing pharmaceutical drugs into the country.