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Visa Requirements
  Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter the UAE for a stay of up to 30 days: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, GCC countries, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vatican City.

Nationals of all other countries require a visa. Please ensure that you contact the relevant Embassy/Consulate or Diplomatic Mission to obtain accurate information applicable to your citizenship.
Embassies / Consulates / Diplomatic Missions
  Embassies of the following countries can be contacted on the phone numbers mentioned below:

Australia Tel: 04 331 3444
France Tel: 04 223 2442
Saudi Arabia Tel: 04 266 3383
Malaysia Tel: 04 335 5528
Thailand Tel: 04 349 2863
United Kingdom Tel: 04 397 1070
United States of America Tel: 04 331 3115
  UAE Dirham (AED/DHS) and fils Noted in denominations of AED 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  Coins in denominations of AED 1 and 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils
  Approximate exchange rate: EUR 1 = AED 4.80; USD 1 = AED 3.67
  Banking hours:
0800 to 1430 hours, Saturday - Wednesday
0800 to 1200 hours, Thursday
  There is no restriction on the import and export of foreign or local currency.

US Dollars are accepted in most major retail outlets. Currency exchange bureaus such as Thomas Cook (Al Rostamani), Al Fardan Exchange, Al Ghurair Exchange, Al Ansari Exchange and other are present in most parts of the UAE. You can also find exchange outlets at Dubai and Abu Dhabi international airports, major shopping malls and in most hotels. Credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club International, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted and can be used in most hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Banks have automated teller machines (ATMS) that can be accessed 24 hours a day. US Dollar travellers cheques can be encashed at most banks, shopping malls and at Dubai and Abu Dhabi international airports.
  May to September is summer, when daytime temperatures range between 40°C and 48°C in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the humidity level can vary from 30 to 100 per cent. However, the East Coast and the mountainous north may be cooler. The inland desert areas are warmer but because of the absence of humidity, the heat is more tolerable than in the coastal area. During the winter months all of the UAE gets cooler. In spite of this, rainfall in the main cities is infrequent and rare.
Driving System
  In order to drive in the UAE, an International Driving Permit is required. However, citizens of the following countries can drive with a driving license from their country of residence: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, GCC countries, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America. The use of seat belts is compulsory in the front seats and driving is on the right-hand side of the road.
  The official language is Arabic but for business purposes, English is widely spoken. Farsi, Hindi and Urdu are the other commonly spoken languages.
Dress code
  Cotton clothing is popular for casual wear due to the hot and humid weather. All types of beachwear including bikinis are acceptable but only on the beach or by the pool. The local women in the UAE wear a conservative black robe called Abaya over their dress and the men wear a long, light costume, usually white in color, called Dishdasha.
Useful Website Links
  Accommodation & Serviced Apartments
http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/dubai/shangrila/apartments/ http://www.dubaishortstay.com
  General information:
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking in public during daylight hours is strictly prohibited. Do not take photographs of military installations or local women. Drinking alcohol in public is banned and smoking is not allowed in many buildings in the city - please look out for the 'No Smoking' signs.

Good quality sunglasses and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles are recommended to protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight. Hats or any other kind of protection for the head are advised when outdoors during the summer months.
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