Dubai is the desert capital and can offer something for everyone, whether it is for a long weekend or a longer holiday. In Dubai you get sun all year round and five star luxury combined with an Arab adventure.
Dubai is also a destination that is great at international conferences, sporting events and exhibitions. Dubai is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf and has long, beautiful beaches.
We recommend visiting Dubai from November to April, as the temperature is lowest. You will be very happy in the heat to travel to Dubai in the summer.
Remember that Ramadan is the fasting month in Dubai, and it should not be eaten, drank or smoked publicly from sunrise to sunset during this period. It is not a fixed date for Ramadan. As a tourist, eating out during Ramadan will be no problem for you.
Dubai gives all travelers lasting impressions with their skyscrapers, fine beaches and a combination of science fiction and traditional nomadic culture whether you are children, youth or adult.
Get to know Dubai
Dubai is a very hospitable city. For generations, the city has welcomed seafarers and traders, and this hospitable tradition lives on. The streets of Dubai are neat and safe, and you are charmed by the friendliness and warmth that meets you.
For approx. 30 years ago, the United Arab Emirates was an underpopulated and impoverished country, but today the country has evolved into a dynamic and modern society with top class infrastructure. Wealth has primarily come from oil and gas, which has given the country one of the highest revenues per year. inhabitant of the world. Revenue has been invested in construction projects and urban development, and not least is tourism a major focus area in Dubai.
Dubai has grown into a cosmopolitan metropolis and is the hometown of people from all over the world. The highways to Dubai are full of off-road vehicles and SUVs, which are just as good on the highway as in the desert. We don’t think you’ll find more Range Rovers and Toyota Land Cruisers anywhere else in the world.
Deira and Bur Dubai
Dubai are in fact two separate cities, divided by the Khor Dubai River. North of the river you will find Deira, and south of the river you will find Bur Dubai. Both neighborhoods are full of traditional architecture and wonderful new construction. The city center is located in Deira. However, it is being built completely everywhere in Dubai city, and you will also find modern neighborhoods in Bur Dubai. It can be just as successful to use the landmarks as city locations, and not street addresses we are used to.
Dubai is known as a major shopping town with great shopping centers, where they sell everything. You will also find souks, ie traditional marketplaces. On the souks you will find spices, silver, gold, jewels, brass, wooden furniture and much more.
Dubai offers all kinds of activities. There can be desert safaris, sand skiing, Arabic moonlight picnics and expeditions in the old town. The active tourists will find facilities for swimming, sailing, fishing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Dubai has one of the finest golf courses in the world. You can of course also ride on horses or camels, go trekking, paragliding, shooting and bowling or go ice skating. Yes, you read correctly. An artificial frozen ice provides the opportunity to go ice skating all year round in the desert town. There are many child-friendly parks that are great for picnics.
If you are interested in photography, you will find many fine designs in Dubai: traditional Arabic architecture, grand mosques, beautiful palaces, new magnificent buildings and stunning sunsets.
Dubai is a modern city, but without the many negative sides that come with big cities, such as garbage, visible poverty and crime. The city is safe to walk in, even at night. Dubai is in many ways a holiday paradise.
Facts about Dubai
Dubai is the desert city that has focused on tourism and shopping. An old trading town has transformed into a multi-ethnic futurama. Dubai is the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates.
|Population||about. 3.1 million inhabitants|
|Language||Arabic, but English is also common|
|Control Form||Federation with some responsibilities to the federal government and other responsibilities locally to the individual emirates|
|Time Difference||Dubai is 3 hours ahead of Norway, and 2 hours in summer time.|
|Currency||Emirate of Dirham (AED). 10 Dirham equals approximately 21 Norwegian kroner. (NOTE! Exchange rates are subject to change. Check the travel plan’s currency guide )|
|Tips||Is usually included in the bill. Plus feel free to have a little if you are extra satisfied with the service.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates is located in the capital Abu Dhabi. Hamdan Street, Al Masoud Tower; 10th floor, Abu Dhabi. Tel: + 971 2 621 1221.|
|Tourist||Located at the airport, Baniyas Square, BurJuman Center, Mercato Mall, Wafi City Mall, Hamarain Center.|
|Electricity||220 or 240 volts, but other plugs than in Norway, so you will need adapter.|
|Holidays and Holidays||National Day, December 2, in addition to moving holidays; three days after the end of Ramadan and 4 holidays occurring 70 days after the end of Ramadan.|
|Visa||The passport must have a residual validity of more than 6 months after scheduled departure from the country. A 30 day tourist visa is issued at the airport upon arrival. You can be denied entry if you have an Israeli visa / stamp in your passport.|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required, but it is recommended to check with the Institute of Public Health before departure.|
|Water||Do not drink from the tap. Bottled water is recommended.|
|Nearest major cities||Abu Dhabi, Oman, Al Ayn|
|Safety||It is considered relatively safe to travel in the FAE, the crime rate is relatively low and neither violent crime nor theft is a major problem.|