Dubai Travel Information

Local Time

Dubai is four hours ahead of UTC, during BST, three hours ahead.




It is strictly forbidden to take pictures of Government Buildings, Army areas, Refineries, Airports and Sheikh Palaces.
Tourist photography is allowed but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women. It is always courteous to ask permission before taking pictures.


Alcohol is sold only in hotels and clubs. Street restaurants do not serve alcohol.


Light weight summer clothing is suitable most of the year. There are no clothing restrictions, however a little respect for local customs doesn’t go amiss. You will feel most comfortable in clothes that cover your knees and shoulders.
Don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses!

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance 998 or 999
Fire 997
Police 999
Coastguard 04 3450520
East Coast Coastguard 09 2380380
Helicopter Service
If you dial 999 or 04 2821111, Dubai Police guarantee that in an emergency a police helicopter will be with you within 8 minutes.


Tap water is drinkable but most people drink bottled water.

Electricity Supply

T220/240v. Socket type is identical to the British 3 point system.


Dirahms (DHS) is the currency of Dubai. Interestingly the Dubai currency symbol is displayed as both AED and Dhs in many places.


Banks are open from 8am to 1pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays. On Thursdays, opening hours are usually 8am to noon, and banks (like other businesses) are closed on Fridays. Some banks re-open in the afternoon from 4.30 to 6.30pm


Required by most Nationals.

Getting into Dubai

By plane:

  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) – The airport is famous for its duty-free shopping. The allowance is 4 bottles (or four 6 packs) per person.
  • Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) – only half an hour by road from Dubai and is taking an increasing number of international flights as Dubai airport struggles to keep up with demand.

Getting Around in Dubai

  • Dubai Taxi
    Order a Dubai taxi telephone (04) 2080808 in Dubai
  • Metro
    Trains run every 10 minutes from 6am to 11pm, Saturday to Thursday and from 2pm to midnight on Fridays.
  • Boat
    You can also cross the Dubai creek by means of a water taxi which local residents call Abra. These special Dubai water taxis, Abras, can be found all along the creek in Dubai.


The UAE’s official weekend will be Friday and Saturday.


The weather in Dubai will be around 30C in April.


Tipping is not expected, but is common practice. Gratuities to staff at hotels are at your discretion. Most restaurants add service charges to the bill (Dubai 10 percent). If this charge is not included, add 10 percent of the total to the bill. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped. Supermarket baggers, bag carriers and windscreen washers at petrol stations are generally given Dh2.

Places to See

Atlantis hotel
Bastakiya District
Burj Al-Arab hotel
Burj Khalifa
Desert camping
Desert safari
Dhow cruise
Dubai mall and fountain
Dubai Museum
Dubai Zoo
Gold Souk, Deira
Ibn Battuta Mall
Jumeirah Mosque
Mall of the Emirates (indoor skiing)
Scuba diving
Shindagha District
Souk Madinat Jumairah
Waterpark Wild Wadi