Located in Western Asia, the United Arab Emirates is the home to the largest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The small country is comprised by seven different emirates, each of them offering different and exciting experiences, however, all of them have something in common: mind-blowing architecture, extreme luxury, cultural diversity, golden dunes, beautiful beaches and an incredible foodie scene.
Why Visit the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is one of the most diverse and international countries in the world, thanks to its previous tax system and relatively liberal society (in comparison to its neighbours), offering unique experiences and diverse scenes to enjoy. A blend of cultures, traditions, foods and ethnicities meet here.
The architecture in the UAE has changed dramatically since the 80s, when the country became one of the most developed countries in the region, pushing the limits of what was possible then and building innovative structures, modern skyscrapers, stunning skylines and some of the tallest buildings and biggest malls in the entire world.
The United Arab Emirates are famous for its growing foodie scene, offering international flavors (as well as local), with different dining options, from Michelin-stars restaurants to fancy hotels, food markets and mall food courts, you won’t be disappointed.
BEACHES & DESERTS
Deserts are a major portion of the country, offering a lot of adventure and dramatic views. And so is its coastline, with over 600 miles (1000 Km) of crystal clear water and white sand beaches to unwind.
The United Arab Emirates are known as a luxury hotspot, with some of the highest incomes and standards of living in the world. Tourist can enjoy a stay in international hotels with more attractions that what you would find in Disney. Underwater suites, F1 races, a new standard of luxury has been created by the UAE.
What to expect
Arabic is the official language in the UAE. About 50% of the populations speaks it, however English is the most spoken language in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, especially for business, trade and tourism.
In the United Arab Emirates the standard voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The UAE Dirham is the official currency in the United Arab Emirates. Dollars are also accepted in the majority of places. Other foreign currencies might be accepted at major hotels and tourist attractions but not anywhere else. You are able to exchange your currency at the airport, banks, exchange houses or withdraw directly from the ATM. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are widely available. 1 USD equals 3.67 dirhams (as of 2020).
The UAE have a subtropical climate, very hot and sunny during the day and cold at night. July is the hottest month with temperatures reaching the 122°F (50°C). January is the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 70°F-75°F (19°C – 20°C).
The United Arab Emirates are a very safe destination. Crimes rates are low, and crime itself is rate, especially towards foreigners. However, petty could occur in crowded areas but that’s about it. Common sense is advised like anywhere else.
Citizens of the following countries enjoy freedom of movement in the UAE: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Citizens of the following 54 countries do not require a visa for short stay visits to UAE: (180 days): Mexico. (90 days): All European Union citizens, Honduras, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Switzerland, Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kiribati, Nauru, Paraguay, Serbia, Solomon Island, Seychelles, Uruguay.(30 days): China, Japan, Macau and Ukraine.
Citizens of the following 20 countries and territories are eligible to obtain a free UAE visa on arrival, which is valid for 30 days: Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Hongo Kong, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, UK, USA, Vatican City.
Citizens of all the remaining countries will need to apply for a visa in advance through the embassy.
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