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Dubai City is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf. It is the capital of Dubai which is one of seven "Emirates" or states that form a country known as the United Arab Emirates. The 'Emirate of Dubai' is about the size of America's Rhode Island. Dubai has a rich cultural scene with art museums, film festivals (Dubai film festival) and performing arts centers, in addition to being a shopper's delight, hosting the annually held Dubai Shopping Festival. Dubai is a city of excitement waiting to be explored holding the potential for one of the most significant international cities of the 21st century.

Language

The official language of the UAE is Arabic according to the constitution of the country, while English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields. Expatriates use their mother tongues but not at official level.

Climate

Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate, with perfect weather for at least six months out of the year. Rainfall is infrequent and happens mainly in winter. Usually it amounts to about 13 centimeters, spread over five days per year. Temperatures range from a low of about 10 degrees Celsius on winter nights, to a high of 48 degrees Celsius in the midday summer heat.

Food

Dubai is a place where we get a blend of diverse cultures, thus various Dubai foods and diverse recipes. During your trip to Dubai, you can mostly enjoy the various choices of cuisines available, and most of them have exquisite Dubai food for outstanding value. No matter wherever you go in Dubai, you will find all varieties of food everywhere. Due to its huge success as a favorite tourist destination, Dubai witnessed some of the American fast food chains setting up outlets, which includes McDonalds, KFC, Chillis, and Starbucks. The charisma of Dubai food is that you will find cuisine for people having various tastes. You can also enjoy the mouth-watering food in Dubai city at some of the well famous restaurants like Al Muntaha, La Baie, Sphinx, Verre, and Signatures, to name a few. But if you have come to Dubai for Arabic food, you will surely like to visit one of the Moroccan, Iranian, or Lebanese restaurants.

Communications

There is a good local telephone network. Telephone calls within each state are free. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is excellent. There are numerous Internet cafes in the UAE.

Currency Exchange

The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. There are no currency regulations in the UAE and all major currencies are readily exchanged at banks and large hotels. The Dirham is fixed against the US Dollar. The best exchange rates are found at private moneychangers who operate throughout the territory, particularly in the more popular markets and shopping centers. All major credit cards are accepted, as are traveler´┐Żs checks (best carried in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling). ATMs are common throughout the UAE.

Visa Requirements

Most visitors to the UAE need an entry visa. This is the best obtained through a sponsor within the UAE. British passport holders with the right to abide in Great Britain may obtain a visa at the airport upon arrival. Transit visas are valid for 14 days, tourist ones for 30 days and visit visas for 30 days but can be renewed for up total 100 days. Citizens of GCC countries may enter without a visa. Persons traveling on Israeli passport or who have Israeli stamped passport will be denied entry. The fine for overstaying is 100 Dh/day. There is no restriction of the amount of currency that can be brought into the UAE and no customs duty on personal effects.

Immunization Requirements

No health certificate or special immunizations are required when traveling to the UAE unless you have been in cholera or yellow Fever affected area 14 days prior to visiting. It is wise to check with your travel agent before traveling, however, should the situation change.