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Airports & Airlines

Dubai International Airport The UAE's major entry point and the hub for Emirates Airlines.

Abu Dhabi International Airport The second-busiest airport in the UAE and Etihad Airways' hub.

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Mostly used by Air Arabia flights operating from Middle Eastern and South Asian destinations.

Sharjah International Airport Most flights operate to/from regional destinations such as Istanbul and Cairo and cities in south Asia. Air Arabia's hub, it is also used by some Egypt Air flights as well as a small number of Eastern European low-cost carriers.

Al Maktoum International Airport Dubai's second airport is used by some FlyDubai services to and from Amman, Beirut and Kuwait. A few low-cost carriers flying from Eastern European destinations such as Bucharest also use this airport.

Emirates Airlines ( Dubai-based; has an extensive route network, excellent service and good safety record.

Etihad Airways ( Based in Abu Dhabi; like Emirates, it's known for its good safety record and service and has a comprehensive route network.

Air Arabia ( Sharjah-based low-cost carrier flying to African, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Central and South Asian, and a couple of Eastern European destinations.

FlyDubai ( Discount carrier with around 50 destinations, mostly within the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central and South Asia.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the ticket price.


Border Crossings

The UAE shares borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia, but only Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens are permitted to cross into Saudi Arabia at the Ghuwaifat/Sila border post in the far west of the UAE.

To & From Oman

UAE–Oman border crossing procedures change frequently. It's vital to get up-to-date information on which borders travellers can currently use once on the ground.

The handiest border crossings for non-GCC citizens headed for mainland Oman are the Mayzad and Khatam Al Shukla checkpoints in Al Ain, the Hatta checkpoint east of Dubai and the tiny coastal Khatmat Malaha crossing south of Fujairah.

Despite local media, and the Omani government itself, reporting that Oman tourist visas would only be available as e-visas, 10-day tourist visas for Oman (OR5) could still be purchased at the Hatta and Khatam Al Shukla border crossings in 2018. This could change at any time though and depends on the whim of the border guards on the day. To make sure your travels are not delayed, purchase the e-visa beforehand. Ten-day and one-month (OR20) Oman tourist visas can be purchased online in advance at Approval by email usually takes 24 hours.

If you’re headed for Khasab on the Musandam Peninsula, use the Al Darah border north of Ras Al Khaimah. It's best to purchase the 10-day Oman tourist visa online in advance if using this border, though several travellers have reported that visas are available on arrival.

There's a Dhs35 exit fee when leaving the UAE.

The other crossing into the Musandam, at Dibba on the east coast north of Fujairah, is not an official border as there is no checkpoint on the Omani side. To enter here, you must have a booking through a tour operator in Dibba. The tour operator needs a copy of your passport for your free entry permit. The process is simple and quick (for tourists it can be completed in less than 24 hours, though most tour companies ask for two days' notice) and the operator then applies for an entry permit. Note that as you are not being stamped into Oman here, the only way to exit after your tour is back through the Dibba crossing.


Mwasalat runs comfortable buses with televisions and toilets on board between Muscat (Oman) and Dubai. Bus 201 leaves Azaiba station in Muscat at 6.20am, 3.20pm and 11.20pm and takes about 6½ hours for the trip to the Mwasalat bus office near the Deira City Centre. From Dubai, Bus 201 leaves for Muscat at 7.30am, 3.30pm and 11pm.

Car & Motorcycle

To cross into Oman in a hire car, you will need to have insurance that covers Oman. This can usually be purchased from the car hire company or can be bought at most border crossings.


Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have cruise port terminals.

Dubai Cruise Terminal (

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal (