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Travel Guide For United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is a unique country in the Middle East. To be more specific, it’s an elective monarchy formed from the 7 emirates of UAE, such as Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the capital. This part of the world is most known for its vertigo-inducing skyscrapers, deserts, the distinctive UAE culture and endless opportunities to have fun for all types of travellers.


The most famous places to visit in the United Arab Emirates include the Dubai area, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and more. But, truth be told, nothing can beat the luxury, abundance, architecture and incredible nightlife of Dubai – and that’s something everyone knows about UAE, I’m sure of it. I mean, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Burj Khalifa, right? The tallest tower in the world!

If you’re excited to start planning your UAE itinerary soon, I recommend checking out all my articles about this incredible country here.

Things To Know Before You Go – UAE

Currency

UAE’s currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). 1 USD is equivalent to 3.67 UAE dirham.

Languages

The official United Arab Emirates languages are Arabic (the one taught in schools) and Gulf Arabic (the dialect of most native Emiratis). But the good news is that English is highly predominant as well!

Religions

Islam is the official religion in the entire UAE. Moreover, there are numerous laws against converting from Islam and blasphemy as well.

Best Time To Travel

The best time to visit Dubai or any other part of the UAE is between November and February when the temperature is just right and there are also tons of events happening.

Visas

There is a UAE visit visa required, but the entire procedure is extremely easy: you just need to enter the country with your passport (valid for at least 6 months) and you’ll receive a free visa for a maximum stay of 30 days. There’s also the UAE Golden Visa if you want long-term residence. More information on u.ae/en.

Vaccines

No vaccines are officially required for entering the UAE. However, for your own health and safety, the following are recommended: routine vaccines (such as chickenpox), hepatitis A, B, rabies, and more.

SIM Cards

Buying a SIM card upon your arrival at the airport in the UAE is super easy, but also quite expensive. In fact, UAE is one of the most expensive countries in the world when it comes to SIM cards! The best companies are Du (especially inside Dubai) and Etisalat (if you want to venture outside of Dubai). By the way, Dubai has free Wi-Fi literally everywhere and it’s super reliable!

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I’m a travel enthusiast, content creator and sun seeker extraordinaire! I love a good matcha latte, am obsessed with hats and like to give human names to the stray animals that I befriend on my travels ( I’m talking about you, Lesley!) In 2018 I took the leap and switched my London lifestyle for continuous adventures abroad.

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