Travel to the United Arab Emirates: useful information, safety and recommended itineraries

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Facing mainly the waters of the Persian Gulf, this country is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi (which is its capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaima, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaywayn.
A fascinating country and pearl of the Middle East, it has always represented a land of contrasts, characterized by the tallest skyscrapers in the world and by vast expanses of desert where the Bedouins still live.
Today it is one of the richest nations in the world, thanks to oil, which is the main source of income, and tourism, which results in travel of luxury and abundance.
An enchanting country, it captures the soul of its travelers, capturing their wonder and amazement with its beauties, which range from the silent sceneries of the archaeological sites of Hatta, to the characteristic souqs of Sharjah, to the dunes of the Abu Dhabi desert.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. Security, visa and necessary documents
  4. 8-day itinerary: Discovering the heart of the Arab Emirates, between souks, skyscrapers and Middle Eastern nights
  5. 10-day itinerary: Oman and the Emirates, the millennial beauty of the Arabian Peninsula
  6. Travel to the United Arab Emirates: flights, costs, best time and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 9.4 million
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Languages: Arabic, English, Hindi
  • Local currency: United Arab Emirates dirham (€ 1,00 = 4.08 dirham)
  • Weather: Desert climate; mild winters, with average temperatures around 24/26 °; very hot summers, with temperatures that are around 40 °, reaching 48 ° during the hottest days.
  • Time zone: + 4GMT; + 3h compared to Italy
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    It rises along the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula and overlooks the waters of the Persian Gulf (north), bordering south-east with Oman and south-west with Saudi Arabia.
    Its favorable geographical position has made it a fundamental transit point for the transport of oil, which is the main economic resource of the country.



    Security, visa and necessary documents

    • Entry requirements: Passport with residual validity of at least six months, return ticket. Visa not required.
    • vaccinations: No vaccination required, however it is recommended that you check the validity of your main vaccines.
    • Restrictions: it is forbidden to introduce pirated material or other material (books, newspapers, etc.) that are offensive according to the parameters of the Islamic religion.
    • Safety: The security level of the country is generally high, however the risk of acts of a terrorist nature against Western institutions and public places cannot be excluded. It is advisable to avoid the islands of the Strait of Hormuz, Tonb and Abu Musa, which are areas at greater risk, and to always maintain a discreet and prudent behavior with respect to local religion and customs. For more info visit the official website of the Farnesina in the United Arab Emirates section
    • Useful Tips: it is advisable to register your trip data on DOVESIAMONELMONDO; as already mentioned, respect local religion and customs, especially during the month of Ramadan; avoid photographing or filming places considered sensitive, such as: government sites, public offices, police stations, embassies, places of worship as immediate arrest is expected. Pay close attention to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, only and exclusively in places where this is permitted.

    8-day itinerary: Discovering the heart of the Arab Emirates, between souks, skyscrapers and Middle Eastern nights


    1. First day: Arrival in Dubai and hotel accommodation.
    2. Second day: visit of the most important attractions of the city: from Dubai Creek to the Spice Market and the Gold Souk, up to Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world - more info on what to see in Dubai.
    3. Third day: departure for Abu Dhabi (about two hours of travel) and visit of the capital and its attractions: from the Grand Mosque (one of the largest in the world) to Union Square.
    4. Fourth day: visit of Sharjah, "the Pearl of the Gulf", and its wonders: Bait Al Naboodah (house-museum of the Al Naboodah family), Al Hisn Fort (residence of the ruling family of Shariah), Souq Al Arsah, Archaeological Museum.
    5. Fifth day: visit of Ajman, the smallest of the seven emirates, and of the museum in Ajman Fort.
    6. Sixth day: Safari on the golden dunes of the desert, admiring an unforgettable sunset, sipping tea in a real Bedouin camp and trying the Hubbly Bubbly: the famous and fragrant water pipe.
    7. Seventh day: return to Dubai and visit of the wonderful Dubai marina, with its artificial canals illuminated by the charm of Middle Eastern nights.
    8. Eighth day: return to Italy.

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 595,00 per person (in double room)
    • The price includes: airport / hotel transfers (round trip), overnight stays, guided tours in Italian, bag, document holder and luggage tags, medical assistance insurance, medical repatriation and damage to luggage, zero risk travel policy.
    • The fee does not include: intercontinental flights, airport taxes, excess baggage, meals not mentioned in the program, tips and personal extras, tourist taxes, optional excursions, travel cancellation insurance and registration fee.
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    10-day itinerary: Oman and the Emirates, the millennial beauty of the Arabian Peninsula



    1. First day: Arrival in Muscat, Oman, and hotel accommodation.
    2. Second day: visit of the most important attractions of the city of Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Al-Alam Palace (residence of the Sultan), Bait Al Zubair Museum and Muttrah Souq (one of the oldest markets).
    3. Third day: Wadi Bani Khalid, Omani wadi where it will be possible to bathe in the crystal clear waters of the gorge; Wahiba Sands, orange dunes, natural habitat of the Bedouins for more than 7.000 years.
    4. Fourth day: visit of the city of Nizwa (in ancient times it was the capital of the country) and its Souq; Bahla Fort: UNESCO World Heritage Site; Jabrin Fort and visit of the castle dating back to the th century.
    5. Fifth day: departure for Al Hamra to visit the village of Bait Al Safah with its ancient and traditional houses, continuation to Misfah (a marvel on the edge of a canyon) to finally reach Jebel Shams, where you will admire the Grand Canyon of Oman.
    6. Sixth day: return to Muscat and flight to Dubai.
    7. Seventh day: visit of the city and its most important attractions: Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Museum, Bastakya (old quarter dating back to the th century), Burj Khalifa, Aquarium.
    8. Eighth day: visit of the city of Sharjah and the traditional Souk of Al Arsah.
    9. Ninth day: Abu Dhabi and its wonders: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Al Husn Palace, Saadiyat Island (where we will visit the Louvre), Yas Island, which hosts the famous Formula 1 circuit.
    10. Tenth day: back to Dubai and back to Italy.

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 887,00 per person (in double room).
    • The price includes: welcome and assistance at the airport, hotel accommodation, mineral water on means of transport, transfers, entrance fees for visits and excursions included in the program, Muscat-Dubai flight.
    • The fee does not include: flights to and from Italy, personal insurance and personal expenses, unscheduled meals, tips and various extras, porterage of luggage, Tourism Dihram Tax in Dubai (the equivalent of our tourist tax).
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    Travel to the United Arab Emirates: flights, costs, best time and advice

    A trip to discover the United Arab Emirates is certainly not a cheap trip. The average cost per person (accommodation, meals, transport and various activities) is around ninety euros per day. However, it depends a lot on the period and the type of accommodation.
    The most expensive times of the year are December and April to September.


    • Minimum period for a tour in the Emirates: 8 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman
    • Getting around: the transport system is well structured. The extensive road network connects the different Emirates together, and is divided into highways, urban roads and rural roads.
      Public transport is innovative and efficient and is divided into taxis (common and easy), buses (covering the whole territory, both within the Emirate itself and connecting several Emirates together), metro and trams (present only in Dubai) , ferries, abras (ancient wooden boats), motorboats, up to the ultra-modern flying taxis and hyperloops
    • Flights: starting from € 320,00 per person (low season), or about € 630,00 per person (high season) -.
      The most important airlines serving the route to the United Arab Emirates from the Italian capital are: Alitalia, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Blue Air, Swiss Air, in combination with airlines such as: Etihad Airways, Flydubai, Gulf Air and Turkish Airlines. always a stopover, both on the outward and return journeys.
    • Accommodations and accommodations: the accommodations range from 1-star hotels to ultra-luxurious 5-star hotels, with even cheaper solutions in youth hostels, cottages and annexes. On average, the budget required for accommodation in the UAE is 9% more expensive than in Italy (considering the same type of accommodation).
      Hotel and b & b starting from € 79,00 per room -


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