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1 Geography

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and is located on the Persian Gulf coast. Divided into Bur Dubai and Deira Dubai, it covers an area of ​​4,114 square kilometers and lies within the Arabian Desert.

2 currency

The currency used in Dubai is AED (Arab Emirates Dirham) or Dh. For the latest currency exchange rates, log on to www.xe.com. There are many ATMs across the city for the convenience of travelers. In addition, all major international debit and credit cards are accepted in most shopping malls, hotels and restaurants.

3 Cellular service

For tourists A good mobile network operates in Dubai with many international players operating their networks. There are 2 main GSM mobile service providers Du and Etisalat. Tourists can easily purchase a pre-paid SIM card to call locally and internationally on any of these networks.

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4 wifi internet

Dubai has seamless internet connectivity. Most hotels, restaurants and malls provide free Wi-Fi services. Internet is also available on mobile devices by service providers.

5 drinking laws

• The minimum alcohol consumption in Dubai is 21 years. Even when going to the bar, you have an identity and age proof.

• Consumption / purchase of alcohol without a valid liquor license is considered a crime.

• Drinking in public places prohibited in Dubai and is punishable under the law.

• You are not allowed to carry liquor to the beaches, as long as the beach is a private one and is owned by a hotel which has a proper liquor license.

6 tipping

Although tipping is not compulsory in Dubai, it is always expected. Dh 10-20 is the ideal tipping amount for porters, waiters or bellboys. 10% of the total bill amount should be given as a tip in restaurants and cafes.

2 hours drive from Dubai into the desert
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7 custom visas

Make sure you have the following ready before coming to Dubai:

Valid passport of the traveler with a validity of six months

A valid 30 Dubai visa Travel insurance for all medical emergencies

The most reliable source from where you can get all visa related information is the UAE Embassy in your country.

Before applying for a visa, make sure you have a sponsor for one in the UAE. There are 3 types of visas that you can apply for:

Tourist Visa: It is valid for 30 days and is renewable.

Transit Visa: This is the best option for short trips (if you are traveling to Dubai for less than four days.)

Visit Visa: You can take a visa for either 30 days or for 90 days. This visa type is not renewable.

Announcements and Allowances: Dubai Customs allows visitors to enter with goods not valued at more than Dh 3000, without paying import duty, provided: Items are for personal or commercial use only Quantity of goods is reasonable Items are not restricted or restricted There are some restrictions on the amount of alcohol and tobacco products that can be brought duty free: 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 500 grams of loose tobacco are allowed 4 liters of beer / 2 cans of 24 liters of beer are allowed

Restricted and Restricted Goods: The following items are prohibited in Dubai. Taking them with you in any form can result in severe punishment: Drugs, narcotics, chemicals and organic fertilizers, khus khus (poppy seeds) or paan (betel nut), pornographic material, non-Islamic religious prescriptions for missionary activities, fireworks, ivory, weapons and ammunition, laser pens, radar jammers / Other unauthorized.

Communication devices, plants or endangered animals, and any other objects that do not adhere to the UAE's religious and moral values ​​are prohibited here.

8 security

Dubai has a relatively low crime rate and is considered a safe city. However, like many other cities, pocket-filling and other petty crimes are common in Dubai. Be vigilant around you and avoid places that may seem unsafe or suspicious.