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The independent states in the United Arab Emirates are:
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeirah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al-Qaiwain.

How to get there: The United Arab Emirates are served by six international airports, the two most important being Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dubai International Airport is served by Emirates Airlines that offer over than 70 flights to worldwide destinations.

Visa requirements: Citizens of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (with the right of abode in the United Kingdom), USA, Vatican City, and holders of Hong Kong SAR passports will be granted a free of charge ‘One Entry Visit’ Visa on arrival in the UAE.

A ‘Tourist Visa’ is required for individual tourists from: Albania, Antigua, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Cyprus, East Europe, French Guiana, Guyana, the Hellenic Republic, Kingston, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Palao, Poland, Russia, South Africa, St Kitts-Navis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and other non-defined American nationalities.

Tourist visas can be arranged through Gulf Dunes.

The visa requirements can change without prior notice.

Currency: The currency of the UAE is the Dirham. The Dirham is held constant against the US Dollar, 1 US$ equals 3.67 Dirham.

Mayor international Credit Cards are widely accepted.

Languages: Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

When to visit the emirates: Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny, blue skies can be guaranteed almost for the whole year. Rain is extremely rare and occurs only during the winter months.

The best time to visit the UAE is from September through May.

Business hours: The weekend in the UAE is on Friday. Most shopping centers, boutiques, souks and many food shops remain open on a Friday, apart from prayer times (between 11.30am and 1.30pm).

Culture: Dubai s a very liberal Islamic country and has a very relaxed dress code. However, it is advised not to wear clothing which is extremely revealing. Alcohol is available in hotels, clubs restaurants and bars.

Time: Dubai Time is +4 hours GMT (+3 hours during daylight saving time.

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