Dubai Travel Guide & Information

Dubai, one of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. The city attracted world attention due to many innovative large construction projects and sports events. With a perfect weather, top class hotels, superb facilities for a variety of sports and leisure activities, as well as excellent shopping, Dubai has something for everyone. Located at the cross-roads of Asia, Europe and Africa, Dubai is well positioned for tourists looking for somewhere new and different.

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Travel to Dubai, a relatively new tourist destination also described as a landmark for innovation. The city boasts remarkable skyscrapers, such as the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Dubai and is in the process of developing one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world. Flights to Dubai, are your ticket to a captivating city that offers both extremes; a traditional past comingled with modern day amenities.

Sunshine, shopping, sea and sports are some of the key ingredients that have earned Dubai a growing reputation as one of the world's most attractive and rapidly developing leisure destinations. The nightlife in Dubai has improved dramatically over the years too, with bars and restaurants open to the public in many of the hotels. Dubbed as a modern city with timeless traditions, a vacation to Dubai is a 'Must" experience for every vacationer.

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Things to do in Dubai

Museums:

The ‘City of Gold” is home to several famous museums that provide an insight about Dubai.

Dubai Museum: is the main museum in Dubai. Housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, the museum has a collection of old maps of the Gulf and the Emirates, as well as aerial photographs showing Dubai's expansion between 1960 and 1980. Many large display halls are located underneath the fort. The various displays include a spectacular exhibit portraying the underwater world of pearl diving as well as artifacts, such as copper, alabaster and pottery found in 3,000 – 4,000 year-old graves at Al Qusais.

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B21 Gallery: Located in an industrial area, close to the centre of Dubai, the B21 Gallery centers around the objective, to discover and nurture promising contemporary artists from the Middle East. Most of the works displayed here have bold strokes and contemporary ideas. B21 Gallery is the right platform to present emerging talent and a hot spot for those who have an eye for great art work.

Pearl Museum: was opened in 2003 with the intent to preserve the colorful history of the pearl divers and merchants of Arabia and give viewers insight into a lifestyle before the discovery of oil. The Museum honors the late Ali Bin Abdullah Al Owais, a pearl trader and originator of the collection, as well as his son, Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais. The collection boasts innumerable lustrous and valuable pearls.

Prominent Attractions:

Besides museums and galleries, Dubai is home to several other exhilarating and cool attractions.

Jumeirah Mosque: Located in Dubai’s beachside area, the Jumeirah Mosque, built in medieval Fatimid style, in 1978, is a beautiful white stone structure with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. The Jumeirah Mosque is a spectacular example of modern architecture and one of the most photographed sights in Dubai. Its seashell-like finish and coloring fit perfectly with the mosque’s location opposite the white sands of Jumeirah Beach.

The Dubai Fountain: is the center piece of Downtown Burj Khalifa, located at the front of Burj Khalifa. It is one of the world's tallest fountains, surpassing the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. At 900 ft and sporting a jet that shoots water up to 500 ft, the Dubai Fountain is the world's largest dancing fountain and one with a very enticing display. The Dubai Fountains project water in the air in many different combinations and patterns.

Dubai Shopping Festival: The annual shopping event known as 'Layali Dubai’ was first started in February 1996 by the Dubai government as a retail event aimed to promote trade in Dubai. Since then, it has become an annual shopping, entertainment and cultural extravaganza that draws people from around the world each year.

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Where to Stay in Dubai

Dubai offers a wide range of hotels, cheap hotels, 4-star hotels under $99, deluxe 5-star, luxury hotels, and more.

Deira: bordered by the Persian Gulf, Sharjah and Dubai Creek. Deira is often recognized as Dubai's old city and its commercial and business center. Deira is home to traditional gold and spice souks. The area has several hotels that offer magnificent views over the creek. Besides renowned hotel chains, the area has several mid-range hotels for budget travelers.

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Jumeirah Beach: Located to the west of the Creek, Jumeirah Beach boasts Dubai's world famous resorts and spas, the Wild Wadi Water Park and Mall of the Emirates. Jumeirah Beach is considered one of the more exclusive areas in Dubai. Known across the world for the famous Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab Hotel; you’ll also find several premier attractions, like Jumeirah Mosque. The area is a perfect choice for those looking for premier accommodation choices next to world-class attractions.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information to Dubai, here are the following guidelines.

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* A passport is required to enter Dubai. For personal travel of 30 days or fewer, U.S. citizens holding valid passports may obtain visitor visas at the port of entry for no fee.

* For a longer stay, a traveler must obtain a visa before arrival in Dubai.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Dubai. Canadians do not require a visa prior to entry to the UAE.

* Upon arrival, Canadians will receive a 30-day entry permit which may be extended for a limited amount of time.

* If you are planning to work or reside in Dubai must undergo medical tests including for HIV.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Dubai .

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Dubai

Dubai is rapidly emerging as a top destination among travelers for its warm climate and exceptional shopping. The most popular time to visit is during the winter due to milder weather and abundant events.

Budget travelers might want to plan their visit during July and August. However, these months are humid and temperatures can rise to sweltering heights. Though, you’ll find cheap airfares and cheap hotel rates.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (November to April)

Low season: (July to August)

Dubai Weather

Dubai has a hot, arid climate with a high daily average of sun.

* Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy and dry.

* Winters are warm and short.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The currency is Dirham’s.

ATMs are available throughout Dubai. Be sure to inform your bank before travelling abroad with your dates of travel and find out the cost for ATM withdraws.

Languages:

* Arabic is the official language.

* English is widely spoken.