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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Dubai

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Dubai each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

Ninth month of the Hijiri calendar: Ramadan (national)

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, is an especially pious time in the United Arab Emirates, a country with a majority Muslim population. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset.

Tenth day of the last month of the Hijiri calendar: Eid al-Adha (national)

Celebrated with a four-day public holiday in Dubai, this festival beginning on the tenth day of Dhu'l-Hijja honours Ibrahim's proof of his obedience to Allah. Allah asked him to sacrifice his son Ismael, but just as Ibrahim was about to make the sacrifice, Allah told him to offer a ram instead. Traditionally, to remember Ibrahim's offering, each family sacrifices a sheep in the morning and the remainder of the day is spent in prayer and celebration, feasting on the roast mutton and sharing the meat with others.

First day of the Hijiri calendar: Al-Hijra (Hijiri New Year's Day, national)

December 2: National Day (national)

Commemorates the day in 1971 when the United Arab Emirates became an independent federation. Highlights include dhow races, parades and traditional music and dance performances.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Dubai

Dubai has a subtropical desert climate. Temperatures in the summer are excessively high, and often very uncomfortable due to the extreme humidity generated by air masses passing over the Arabian Gulf. The mercury frequently climbs as high as 50°C (122°F) in the middle of the day! The shamal, a fierce north-westerly wind, often sweeps across the city during this season, bringing sandstorms. Winters are mild, with cooler temperatures at night.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 13/55 24/75 55/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
February 14/57 25/77 57/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
March 17/63 28/82 62/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
April 19/66 31/88 66/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
May 23/73 36/97 73/2.9 Not the best period to go
June 26/79 38/100 78/3.1 Not the best period to go
July 29/84 40/104 83/3.3 Not the best period to go
August 29/84 40/104 83/3.3 Not the best period to go
September 26/79 38/100 78/3.1 Not the best period to go
October 22/72 35/95 71/2.8 Not the best period to go
November 18/64 31/88 72/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
December 15/59 27/81 73/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
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Dubai International Airport

The Dubai International Airport, one of the world's busiest and also among the most modern, is located about 3 kilometres (2 miles) east of the city centre.

  • Three terminals
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2
    • Terminal 3

Getting from the airport to Dubai and back:
  • By car
    • There are short- and long-term parking facilities in Terminal 3, The fares start from AED 20 for up to 1 hour to AED 280 for 24 hours.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in all three terminals.
  • By bus
    • Buses operated by RTA leave for the city centre from stops opposite all three terminals. One-way fares range from AED 2.00 to AED 6.00.
  • By rail
    • Trains run daily about every 10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3 to the city centre. The fare is about AED 10.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside each terminal. There is an initial charge of AED 20 for pick-ups at the airport. The total cost for the trip to central Dubai is between AED 50 to AED 100.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +971 (0)4 224 5555
  • Website: http://www.dubaiairports.ae

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GETTING AROUND Dubai

Dubai's roads are excellent, making cars an ideal means of transport. Although safe, efficient and reliable public transport options are available, Dubai is undeniably a city built for cars.

By car

Renting a car is by far the best way to get around Dubai, although it should be noted that traffic can be quite congested at rush hours. It is best to avoid driving in the morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., and in the afternoon between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Car rentals are relatively inexpensive. An international driver's licence is required and you will also need to present your national driver's licence. In addition, third-party liability coverage is a must. Be very careful not to consume alcohol before driving. Dubai has a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving and a blood alcohol limit of zero. If stopped for any driving offence, drivers are always breathalysed. Penalties are severe, with fines starting at AED 2,000.

By taxi

Taxis are a convenient solution if you are not renting a car. The initial charge is AED 3.00, then between AED 1.50 and AED 2.00 per kilometre.

By bus

Dubai has a number of bus routes running along the city's main thoroughfares. Buses operate from 6 a.m. to midnight. Fares range from AED 2.00 to AED 3.00 for a trip to Central Dubai.

By rail

Dubai has a driverless, fully automated urban rail system, the Dubai Metro, which currently has two lines, the Red Line and the Green Line. The fare is AED 2.00.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Dubai, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DCTM)

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. Dubai counts several hospitals and modern medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended to take out insurance covering medical repatriation.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors.
The following vaccines are recommended before you travel:

  • Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
  • Booster doses of typhoid, hepatitis A and B, rabies (depending on the length of your stay)

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Dubai.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements

For any stay of less than 90 days, citizens of the Persian Gulf do not need a visa to travel to the United Arab Emirates, as well as nationals from certain other countries.

For further information, visit the website of the UAE’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs:

http://www.emirates.com/us/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/uae_visas.aspx

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Dubai, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Arabic phrases that will make your stay in Dubai a little easier:

Good morning: Sabah al-khair (response = sabah al-noor)

Good evening: Masaa al-khair (response = masaa al-noor)

Good-bye: Maasalama

Yes: Na'am

No: Laa

Thank you very much: Shukran jaziilan

No, thank you: Laa, shukran

Please: Min fadlik

I don't understand: Laa afham

Could you repeat that?: Mumkin a'id hatha?

What time is it?: Kamis saa'ah?

Excuse me: Afwan

Airport: Mataar

Train station: Mahattat al-qitaar

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Funduq

Hospital: Mustashfaa

Bank: Bank

Telephone: Telephone

I'm (…): Anya (…)

I'm looking for (…): Ab hass ane (…)

How much is (…)?: Bikam (…)?

Do you have (…)?: Hal 'indaka (…)?

Where can I find (…)?: Ayna ajed (…)?

Where can I buy (…)?: Ayna ashtarii (…)?

I'd like (…): Urid (…)

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Good to know

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There is no Daylight Savings Time in Dubai

Usually open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (12 p.m. on Thursday). Closed on Friday. Operating time may change during Ramadan.
Usually open Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed on Friday. Operating time may change during Ramadan.
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Tipping
There are no hard-and-fast rules for tipping in Dubai. If you are satisfied with the service, it is customary to leave a tip amounting to about 10% of the bill.