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Important facts about Dubai

Climate


Dubai has a sub-tropical arid climate. May to September is summer, when temperatures range between 40C and 48C. However, during the winter months, temperatures range from 10C to 30C in winter. Rainfall is predominantly in winter and amounts to some 13cm annually.

Clothing

Summer clothing may be worn for most of the year but the temperature can dropduring the winter. At the pool or on the private beaches, swimwear is quite acceptable, but when in the city and public areas, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing that may be considered revealing.

Language

The national language is Arabic but English is widely used.

Currency

The monetary unit is the Dirham (AED) which is divided into 100 fils. The official exchange rate is US$1 = AED 3.675.

Banks

Many international banks are represented by branches in Dubai. Bank hours are 0800 to 1300, Saturday to Wednesday and 0800 1200, Thursday.

Credit Cards

American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard, etc. are generally accepted in the main hotels and shops.

Tipping

Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world.

Working Hours

- Business: 0800 - 1300 and 1600 1930, Saturday to Thursday.

- Most of the multinational companies work from 0900 - 1800 with a one hour lunch break.

- Government offices: 0730 1430, Saturday to Wednesday.

- Exchange houses: 0830 - 1300 and 1630 2030, Saturday to Thursday.

- Shopping malls: 1000 2200, Saturday to Thursday and 1600 2200, Friday.

Thursday afternoon and Friday is the weekend in the Islamic world.

Photography

Normal tourist photography is acceptable but it is considered offensive to photograph Muslim women. It is also courteous to request permission before photographing men.

Bargaining

Bargaining is expected in the souq and is quite usual elsewhere. Vendors will usually drop the price and often quite substantially, particularly for a cash sale.

Communications

Telecommunications in Dubai are excellent. Telephones have international direct dialling to most countries in the world. Full telex, telefax, and electronic mail facilities are widely available. There is an efficient and reliable postal service. The General Postal Authority also offers a courier service. Mumtaz Post delivers to most parts in the world and commercial courier services are widely used.

Media

There are three English language newspapers published in Dubai - Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. International newspapers, magazines and journals can be bought at bookshops and supermarkets. Dubai has both Arabic and English commercial radio and television stations, as well as access to international satellite TV programming.

Medical Care

Medical services in Dubai are of an international standard.

Electricity

The electricity supply in Dubai is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles. US-made appliances may need a transformer.

Water

Tap water is quite safe to drink. But locally bottled mineral water is generally served in hotels and restaurants.
Dubai Shopping

After sunbathing at Dubais pristine and serene beaches, its time to go on an exciting shopping tour.

From 21st century shopping malls and traditional souqs to extravagant festivals and international events, the city
will tempt you to max out your credit cards.

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