Before visiting Dubai, please take a moment to read the following pieces of information regarding the city, its customs and more.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates – the emirate of Dubai is a city-state in the country known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and its lively nightlife.
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The UAE has a tropical weather similar to Florida, with a very hot and humid season extending from July 1-October 1. Rain is rare, but peaks in December and January. Most days are sunny and cloudless.
The local currency is the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED). 1 AED is equivalent to 3.67 USD and is fixed to the dollar.
The main language is Arabic, however, 97% of Dubai is comprised of expatriates from across the world.
Please note, in order to show consideration for the local culture, we kindly ask you to adhere to a smart casual dress code at all times. At the Pool Bar and in the swimming pool, please wear appropriate swimming attire.
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Please check the following before your visit to Dubai and ensure you have a comfortable, stress-free trip.
When visiting, every traveller must carry and present a valid passport. Depending on the country of origin, a visa may be required to enter the United Arab Emirates. Click here to see a full list of visa obligations by country.
Personal travel insurance is recommended, including coverage of personal accident, theft, sickness and loss of luggage. It is always good to keep an eye on luggage and wallets in busy areas. There are no special vaccinations required, but however, it is recommended to make sure that routine vaccines like polio or flu are up to date.
Smoking is permitted in designated public areas, suite terraces and the K-West Sports Bar.
Culture & Tolerance
On your next visit to Dubai, you will find that the UAE as a nation is a unique example of tolerance between people of different beliefs, nationality and culture. Dubai is politically and economically stable, and is extremely accepting of western cultures and practices, which makes it a safe and hospitable environment to visit – whether this is for business or pleasure.
Islam is the official religion, but the UAE recognises the right to practice other faiths, and there are many Christian churches and other religious assembly points across the city.
Women’s rights are equal to those of men, and females are not expected to cover up – in fact bikini-clad women are a regular sight on Dubai beaches. However, cultural sensibilities do prevail, and as such, overly revealing clothes are frowned upon. The key is to simply dress appropriately, and ask for advice if you are ever unsure as to what might cause any controversy.