What You Need To Know About The UAE Before You Visit

Destinations within the United Arab Emirates like Abu Dhabi and Dubai are always going to be popular, but they are located in an ever-changing part of the world - pretty much exemplified by Dubai's incredible and rapid growth. The Gulf is a strange place - full of luxury, decadence and intrigue. It's no surprise that so many want to visit the place, but what critical things do they need to know before they head off out to the riches of Dubai? Well - quite a bit actually. If you're not in the know, bad behavior can get you into quite a bit of trouble in Dubai.

Entry into the UAE isn't too tricky. If you're a citizen of the European Union, you won't need a visa if you're staying for up to 90 days within a 180 day period. However, that doesn't apply to citizens of the UK and Ireland. If you're a citizen of the Gulf, you'll be allowed in and around as usual. If you're from the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, United States, Japan, Brunei, Macau, China, Malaysia or Singapore - you'll get a visa on arrival that is valid for 30 days; this can be extended for a fee. For any other country, you need to apply for your Visa in advance, but a travel agent will usually arrange this - so no worries. However, if you're from Qatar or Israel, you will not be able to get into Dubai due to travel restrictions.

There's a lot of things to do in Dubai and the UAE on the whole. From fishing, to clubbing, to shopping, to dining, to tanning, to swimming. Sites like can help you choose activities, but also help you plan a bespoke trip. Sometimes that can be the best choice - because with all the activities to partake in, you can be quite spoiled for choice. Decide on what you want to do early, and if you can't - pass the steering wheel to someone who can so that you can get the most out of your trip.  How are you paying for your activities and fun in the UAE?  You can check the latest currency conversion of AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) to help you plan.

You must remember to be on your best behavior in the UAE. It's a fun country, but there are some rules and laws that simply cannot be broken. LGBT activities are illegal in the UAE, but public displays of affection are also frowned upon. Save private activities for private times. Alcohol can be purchased in the UAE and in bars, but should never be consumed in a public place. Intoxication can land you in trouble, so drink moderately. Now you may disagree with their views on a number of topics - simply put, you are a guest in their country and even if you find the laws oppressive, you are free to go home. As a guest, you must respect the country you are in.

As for the weather? You can experience some extreme arid heat in the UAE. Dress sensibly, but also opt for plenty of sunscreen and do not stop drinking water throughout the day. Have an enjoyable trip!

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