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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘merhaba ’
( mer-ha-ba )
Arabic
Plug type g
Electricity
230V/50hz
Nov-Apr
Best time to go
Summer

Visas

None required for 45 nationalities.

Get the latest visa advice for United Arab Emirates from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
ARE
Sharjah
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
34209367
Jun – Aug
422910783
Sep – Nov
36239772
Dec – Feb
26147858
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ras Al Khaimah
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
36219670
Jun – Aug
423010885
Sep – Nov
36239773
Dec – Feb
26147957
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ajman
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
35219569
Jun – Aug
422910783
Sep – Nov
36239772
Dec – Feb
26147858
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Abu Dhabi
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
34239374
Jun – Aug
403010587
Sep – Nov
35269579
Dec – Feb
25167662
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Dubai
Go Sep–Apr
Mar – May
33229072
Jun – Aug
413110587
Sep – Nov
35269478
Dec – Feb
25177762
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to United Arab Emirates

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Flights to United Arab Emirates

The best price found from United States to United Arab Emirates is on November 10th, 2018, travelling with Primera Air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $364.00
DWC
Dubai Al Maktoum International

Getting around United Arab Emirates

Driving in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not for the faint of heart. Although it’s not as chaotic as in other parts of the Middle East, drivers tend to cut in front of you, turn without indicating and view roundabouts as a lane-less free-for-all. Out on the freeway, driving in the lane closest to the centre of the road at speeds of less than 160km/h will invoke some serious headlight flashing from the latest-model Mercedes trying to break the Dubai–Abu Dhabi land-speed record.

So it’s no surprise that the UAE has one of the world’s highest rates of road deaths per capita. Inappropriate speed and reckless driving are the major causes, as well as pedestrians crossing against the lights or not at crossings. Thankfully public awareness campaigns are beginning to make an impact.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are the only emirates with public bus services. Dubai also has the high-tech Dubai Metro, which links some of the major attractions and malls and is an inexpensive, efficient way to get across town. New in Dubai is the Dubai Tram, which trundles around the Dubai Marina.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

It’s easy to travel through the UAE with children. Many top-end hotels and some midrange ones have kids' clubs, pools and playgrounds. There are plenty of beaches, parks, playgrounds and activity centres (many in shopping malls) to keep kids amused; many restaurants have children’s menus and high chairs.

Formula is readily available in pharmacies, and disposable nappies at grocery stores and supermarkets. High chairs are available in restaurants and babysitting facilities are available in some midrange and all top-end hotels, as well as at some shopping malls.

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