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How to get there and how to move in the United Arab Emirates

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One of the states that has suffered the most from the benefits of technology and development in all sectors of the economy is the United Arab Emirates: they extend along the entire Arabian Peninsula to the mouth of the Persian Gulf and represent the right place for those who love desert safaris, spice and gold markets, the Arab tradition but above all of the unbridled luxury of five-star hotels, skyscrapers that stand out together with enormous structures in shopping centers.

Our guide will help you plan a holiday in one of the most particular countries in the world, we will provide you with tips on how to get there and how to move around the United Arab Emirates.



Index

  1. Where it is
  2. Security, visa and necessary documents
  3. Main geographic areas or tourist areas in the United Arab Emirates
  4. Useful Tips
  5. User questions and comments

Where it is

It is a state in Asia that overlooks the Persian Gulf to the north and the Gulf of Oman to the north-east, it also extends along the south-eastern part of the great Arabian Peninsula. The states it borders on are Saudi Arabia to the southwest, and Oman to the east. The UAE is mostly desert though in strong and continuous economic and tourist growth.

Security, visa and necessary documents

  • Entry requirements: passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country; Round trip ticket. Tourist visa required for stays of up to 90 days.
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Restrictions: printed material such as books, magazines, postcards, photos that may go against Islamic teachings; goods originating from Israel and any items with an Israeli brand or logo; gambling tools and equipment. It is possible to introduce limited quantities for the following items: 4 liters of alcohol, 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 500 grams of tobacco; for the customs clearance of personal effects, a copy of the residence permit, a copy of the passport and a written list of imported goods are required
  • Safety: the situation in the country is stable, however, before leaving, we recommend that you consult the official website of the Farnesina in the United Arab Emirates section
  • Useful Tips: it is forbidden to go to or approach the waters near the islands of the Strait of Hormuz, Tonb and Abu Musa, as they are disputed with Iran; cauo behavior in the vicinity of military areas, mosques, oil platforms and fields, markets and crowded places in general; for excursions in the desert rely on specialized agencies

Main geographic areas or tourist areas in the United Arab Emirates

This large state is totally flat, apart from the eastern area where the Hajar mountain range is located, while the coasts appear jagged, rich in coral reefs and shallow waters. There are no lakes or rivers, however in some areas there are oases rich in fresh water. Since the st century, the United Arab Emirates has become one extremely popular destination, focusing above all on luxury tourism.

This large state is divided into 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujaira, Ras al-Khaima, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaywayn. Dubai is certainly the best known emirate and is visited every year by thousands of tourists, the city of Dubai itself plays in its favor, together with modernity and tradition. Even the emirate of Abu Dhabi is no exception: the latter is the capital of the Emirates and has grown economically over the last 50 years thanks to oil, favoring the construction of luxury hotels, shopping centers and skyscrapers. Sharjah is famous for its grand mosque, as well as an archaeological museum, natural history museum and lookout towers. Ras al-Khaimah is the emirate that enjoys the sea, the desert but also the mountains. Fujairah is located in the Gulf of Oman and enjoys a strategic position for exploring the east coast. Ajman where you cannot miss the souq, the famous market. Finally, in the emirate of Umm al-Qaiwain there is a large water park that attracts thousands of tourists.



1 - Emirate of Abu Dhabi

The main places of this emirate are Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dalma, Sila, Yas Island. The reference airports are Abu Dhabi Bateen, Dubai World Central - Al Maktum International, Al Ain, Dubai.

Il best time to visit this area is winter, from December to February, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season, with more pleasant and livable temperatures. In summer, they easily reach 50 °.

How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theAbu Dhabi International Airport, from Italy it takes about 6 hours to reach it with two direct flights every day. The company that offers the service is Etihad with prices that will amount to approximately € 500,00 per person.

La city ​​where we recommend you to base is Abu Dhabi, and then move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate, and reach it by bus to be taken outside the terminals using the A1 line with runs every 30-60 minutes, active 24 hours a day. The cost of the ticket is about € 24. As for taxis, the total fare is on average € 1,00. The coastal towns are connected by new road networks, however each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect several Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport - starting from € 300,00
  • Recommended means of getting around: it is advisable to rent a car to move around the emirate
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b from € 70,00 per room
  • Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Mosque Tour from Dubai Abu Dhabi: Safari, BBQ, Camel & Sandboarding Abu Dhabi: Qasr Al Watan Palace & Garden Entrance

2 - Emirate of Ajman

The places not to be missed in this emirate are: the Ajman itself, full of extra-luxury hotels, newly built museums and a coastline overlooking the Persian Gulf 16 kilometers long. The reference airport is Dubai International Airport.

Il the perfect time to visit this area of ​​the United Arab Emirates is winter, precisely between the months of December and February, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season. In summer, they easily reach 50 °.



How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theDubai International Airport, from Italy it takes about 9 hours to reach it using flights that include stopovers of 1 airport and about two hours. The companies that offer the service are Turkish Airlines and Pegasus with prices that amount to approximately € 350,00 per person.

La city ​​where we advise you to base is Ajman, to then move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate, and reach it with the metro line that takes you to Rashidiya station, then by bus you reach Al Musalla Station in Ajman. The cost of the ticket is about € 10,00, as far as taxis are concerned, the total fare is about € 25,00. The coastal towns are connected by new road networksHowever, each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect multiple Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Dubai International Airport - starting from € 250,00
  • Recommended means of getting around: it is advisable to rent a car to move around the emirate
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b from € 70,00 per room

3 - Emirate of Dubai

The main places of this emirate are Dubai itself, the capital of unbridled luxury but also the seat of Arab tradition and culture, e Al Ain with for example the camel market and Al Jahili Fortress. The reference airport is Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport.

Il best time to visit this area is winter, from December to February, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season. In summer, they easily reach 50 °.



How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theDubai International Airport, from Italy it takes about 6 hours to reach it with two direct flights every day. The company that offers the service is Emirates with prices that will amount to approximately € 270,00 per person.

La city ​​in which we advise you to base is Dubai, to then move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate, and reach it in 25 minutes using public transport for about € 1,00, or by private transfer for around € 12,00. The coastal towns are connected by new road networksHowever, each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect multiple Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Dubai International Airport - starting from € 270,00
  • Recommended means of getting around: this is one of the emirates that offers more connection services, so it is recommended to use public transport to get around
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b from € 40,00 per room
  • Dubai: 24, 48 or 72 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour Scuba diving in Dubai Burj Khalifa: sunset ticket for floors 124 and 125

4 - Emirate of Fujairah

The main places of this emirate are Fujairah itself, Al Dhaid and Dibba. The reference airport is Dubai International Airport.

Il best time to visit this area is winter, from December to February, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season. In summer, they easily reach 50 °.

How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theDubai International Airport, from Italy it takes about 6 hours to reach it with two direct flights every day. The company that offers the service is Emirates with prices that will amount to approximately € 270,00 per person.

La The city where we recommend you to base is Fujairah, to then move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate, and reach it in about an hour by renting a car at Dubai Airport. Each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect multiple Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Dubai International Airport - starting from € 270,00
  • Recommended means of getting around: it is advisable to rent a car to move around the emirate
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room
  • Fujairah: scuba diving and snorkeling from Dubai

5 - Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah

The main places of this emirate are Ras al-Kaimah, the island of Al Marjan, Jebel Jais and Shimal, Khatt Springs. The reference airport is Dubai International Airport.

Il best time to visit this area is winter, from December to February, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season. In summer, they easily reach 50 °.

How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theDubai International Airport, from Italy it takes about 6 hours to reach it with two direct flights every day. The company that offers the service is Emirates with prices that will amount to approximately € 270,00 per person.

La city ​​where we recommend you to base is Ras al-Kaimah, to move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate, and you can reach it in about an hour by renting a car at Dubai Airport. Each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect multiple Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Dubai International Airport - starting from € 270,00
  • Recommended means of getting around: it is advisable to rent a car to move around the emirate
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b from € 30,00 per room
  • Jebel Jais mountain picnic from Ras al Khaimah

6 - Emirate of Sharjah

The main places of this emirate are Sharjah, Kalva, Dibba al-Hisn and Khawr Fakkan. The reference airport is Dubai International Airport.

Il best time to visit this area is winter, from December to February, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season. In summer, they easily reach 50 °.

How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theDubai International Airport, from Italy it takes about 6 hours to reach it with two direct flights every day. The company that offers the service is Emirates with prices that will amount to approximately € 270,00 per person.

La city ​​where we recommend you to base is Sharjah, and then move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate. It is connected to the airport either by comfortable buses (using for example the E700 line at a cost of € 5,00) or by taxis, in particular with the latter it takes about 15 minutes, spending about € 20,00. Each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect multiple Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Dubai International Airport - starting from € 270,00
  • Recommended means of getting around: it is advisable to rent a car to move around the emirate
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotels and b & b from € 35,00 per room
  • Sharjah: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour The Pearl of the Gulf - Sharjah City Tour half day

7 - Emirate of Umm al-Qaywayn

The main places of this emirate are Umm Al Quwain, the Al-Dour Archaeological Excavations and the Dreamland Aqua Park. The reference airport is Dubai International Airport.

Il best time to visit this area is between November and March, which turns out to be a pleasant and sunny season with a maximum of 25 ° during the day.

How to get there and how to get around

The reference airport is theDubai International Airport, from Italy it takes about 6 hours to reach it with two direct flights every day. The company that offers the service is Emirates with prices that will amount to approximately € 270,00 per person.

La city ​​where we recommend you to base is Umm al-Qaywayn, and then move to the most beautiful attractions of this emirate. It is connected to the airport by taxis, in particular with the latter it takes about 45 minutes, spending an average of € 40,00. Each Emirate has its own autonomous system of taxis and bus lines that connect multiple Emirates, facilitating travel.

  • Reference airport: Dubai International Airport - starting from € 270,00 -
  • Recommended means of getting around: it is advisable to rent a car to move around the emirate
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 56,00 per room -

Useful Tips

To explore the historic areas of Arab cities, the best idea is to walk, breathe the authentic air of the ancient markets or observe the ancient mosques. We invite you to use public transport within major centers such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi (in this case the metro will also be available), in the event that an attraction is several kilometers away from the others. Also for the latter case, it is an excellent idea to use taxis taking advantage of the fact that the cost of each route will not be excessively high (about € 5,00 each way).

To explore the rest of the inland areas, a car is recommended that you can rent at the most important airports. The main roads are in fact modern and well maintained, always paying attention to the driving style of one of the places with the highest traffic rates in the world! It is therefore advisable to drive rather cautiously and defensively, especially when you are in roundabouts. Don't forget to have a credit card and an international driving license with you if you want to rent a car. Those who travel by car will notice that i Rental prices are cheap and the price of gasoline is significantly lower than Italy.

In recent years, the UAE has the planning of a large railway network was planned that can connect the most important areas of this great state.

  1. moving on foot within the historic areas of the cities
  2. getting around by bus, metro or taxi to get around large cities
  3. move by car to explore the inland areas of the state
  4. for desert excursions it is better to rely on specialized tours

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 9,4 million
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Languages: the official language is Arabic, however, given its British past, English is widely used especially in business and commerce
  • Local currency: Emirati dirham (AED) / € 1,00 = AED 4,06
  • Weather: desert climate, consisting of very mild and sunny winters, and extremely hot summers, moreover the humidity of the Gulf makes the heat unbearable; temperatures range from 23 ° to 33 °, even reaching 50 ° in the summer months - find out more about when to go to the United Arab Emirates
  • Time zone: + 3h compared to Italy, + 2h when summer time is in force in Italy
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

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