Family Friendly - The UAE is a very family-orientated country that is safe for families travelling with children. Families can be seen using malls, parks and restaurants at all hours of the day and night. The UAE is also known to be very safe for single travellers, male or female.
Health – There are plenty of private and public hospitals in the UAE, and all are well-maintained and clean. It is advisable to carry medical insurance when you travel as many private health treatments can be expensive.
Culture - The UAE is an Islamic country and there are certain customs and laws that are strictly followed. Keep public displays of affection to a minimum, and shake a person’s hand only if they offer theirs first. Avoid clothing that is too tight and revealing. Swimming costumes should be worn only at the beach or pool area. Light-weight and loose cotton clothing is recommended for UAE weather. Behaviour in public areas should be respectful and polite. Strict action can be taken against anyone found cursing, behaving violently, being drunk in public or fighting.
Please also check before travelling whether your trip falls into the Holy month of Ramadan, during this month it is the month of fasting for all Muslims. Muslims are not allowed to drink or eat during the hours of sunrise to sunset, so there are extra restrictions across the country when in public places with regards to drinking and eating for everyone, so it is always best to check.
Alcohol is available to everyone over the age of 21, but is limited to hotel bars, restaurants & nightclubs.
Weather – For most part of the year, the UAE has pleasant weather conditions ranging from 20-30°C. During the summer months it can go up to 48°C and it is advisable to have water with you at all times to stay hydrated. All indoor spaces are air-conditioned so you can still easily visit malls, restaurants and museums in the summer.
Transport – There are plenty of taxis available in and around all the cities of the UAE. The Dubai Metro is a popular and cheap mode of transport and links all major hotspots in the city. Keep in mind the peak times and traffic conditions before you plan to go out, and remember your hotel and landmarks around it so you can find your way back easily. There is also the recently launched Dubai Tram, which connects the Dubai Marina area with Jumeriah.
If you wish to drive, on a visit visa you can use an International driver’s license to rent a car. However, check with the rental company before you travel and make sure you follow all traffic rules in the UAE and have the correct paperwork.
If you have any other queries or need more information about your stay, just ask our friendly staff and they’ll be sure to help you.