Useful Information

  • Language
    the official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood.
  • Currency
    UAE Dirham divided into 100 fils
1 US $ = 3,67 UAE Dhs.
  • Credit card
    major credit cards are accepted in shopping areas as well as hotels and restaurants.
  • Climate
    warm sunny days from October to April with an average temperature of 26° Celsius and cool nights with an average of 15° Celsius. From May to September hot and humid weather with average temperature around 40/45° Celsius.
  • Dress code
    light summer clothing is suitable for most of the year but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evening. Hats, sun-block and sunglasses are advisable. The UAE has a conservative dress tradition: swimmwear should be used only on the beaches or at the hotel swimming pools. Wearing clothes respectful of local tradition and religion is a must.
  • Religion
    Islam is the official religion but other religions are respected.
  • Photography
    photography of governmental buildings or military installations is forbidden. It is also advisable to ask permission before photographing women and men.
  • Health
    hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics are available throughout the UAE.
  • Electricity
    the electricity supplied is 220 volts with American plugs.
  • Food
    any kind of food from Chinese to Italian, from Mexican to Lebanese is widely available in restaurants and supermarkets.
  • Safety
    the UAE has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and it is quite safe for visitors to venture out either by taxi or on foot.