UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


THE CAPITAL - ABU DHABI.

Holidays and days-off:
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 2nd December (National Day), 1st January (New Year).
Holidays with changing dates:
  • Id Al Fitr is the Moslem Breakfast Day at the very end of the Ramadan;
  • Id Al Adha is the Moslem Sacrifice Вay;
  • The New Year by the Moslem calendar;
  • The birthday of the Prophet (Id al Milad a Nabi).
National peculiarities:
Women wear loose clothes, men are greeted with a slight bow, without handshaking. It is not allowed to walk arm-in-arm with married women. It is strictly recommended not to offer alcoholic drinks to local people, even in the form of presents or souvenirs.

You must not walk in front of praying people.
You must not eat, drink, smoke or chew gums outdoors or in public places before the sunset during the Ramadan because it is the Moslem fast month and disrespectful behavior can result in a fine or even imprisonment.

The climate is dry and subtropical. On average, there are only 5 rainy days per year. A period from October till May is the best time to travel to the UAE because the temperature fluctuates between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius. Slight rains are possible during this period with a peak in February. In summer, the temperature may reach 50 degrees Celsius at a high humidity.

The currency:
Dirham = 100 filses. There are the following coins: 5 and 1 dirham and 50 and 25 filses; and banknotes 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500 dirhams. US dollars are accepted everywhere, however, it is a bit more beneficial to pay with the dirham.

Visa-free entry to the UAE is permitted for citizens of the following countries:
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Andorra
    • Belgium
    • Brunei
    • Vatican
    • Great Britain
    • Germany
    • Netherlands
    • Hong Kong
    • Greece
    • Denmark
    • Ireland
    • Iceland
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Canada
    • Lichtenstein
    • Luxemburg
    • Malaysia
    • Monaco
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • San-Marino
    • Singapore
    • USA
    • Finland
    • France
    • Switzerland
    • Sweden
    • South Korea
    • Japan
Citizens of other countries will need a visa.

Visa restrictions:
A visa may not be issued to a woman under 30 years old travelling without her husband or father.

The United Arab Emirates are located on the south-east of the Arab Peninsula and border with Quatar, the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Normally, there are no age-related restrictions. However, the UAE Government may sometimes impose restrictions for young lonely women. But a woman under 30 will have a visa issued without problems if she is travelling with her husband or father having the same last name. The problem can also be solved by booking and paying for a room in a 5-star hotel. The rejection risk will be much lower in that case.