Dazzling and Eclectic Dubai

With an endless variety of activities and attractions, eclectic Dubai offers an array of dazzling tourist draws for the discerning traveller.  Whether it's the astounding architecture, sumptuous mega malls, or unspoilt white beaches, Dubai's gorgeous glamour beckons and enchants global holidaymakers. 

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Dubai's holidays and festivals

Dubai's sunny year-round weather makes it a perfect destination for holidaymakers.  While its weather is subtropical, the ideal time to visit is from October to April when the temperatures range from 25°C-35°C.  During the sweltering summer months, the temperatures increase to 45°C. 

The National Festival Day is celebrated on the 2nd of December.  Dates for Islamic holidays vary.  The Eid celebration represents the most important Islamic festival and marks the end of Ramadan which falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar).  

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Basic facts on visas and health before you travel

British citizens can obtain a 30-day visa upon arrival. Outstaying visas results in fines. Visitors should check with their doctor that their boosters and vaccines are current before travelling.    During Ramadan, everyone must abide by the restrictions of not eating, drinking or smoking in public during the day.  Visitors should also be aware of the UAE's strict regulations on alcohol consumption.  Overall, Dubai's living costs are more reasonable than London's. Restaurant prices are approximately 45% cheaper, and electronic goods are inexpensive.  However, imported European goods will be more expensive in Dubai.  When visiting souks, haggling is recommended.  Dubai is on GST or Gulf Standard Time, which means it is three hours ahead of London's or UTC/GMT+4.

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Transport facts and  hotel tips 

For visitors departing from Dubai International Airport's Terminals 1 & 3, the Red Metro Line makes scheduled stops every 10 minutes. The Metro Green Line makes regular stops at the Airport Free Zone, which is near Terminal 2. Schedules for both metros run from Saturday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday's schedule is from 1:00 p.m. until midnight. The following are the approximate prices based on the number of zones passengers travel: 1 zone = 4 AED, 2 zones = 6 AED, 3 zones= 8.50 AED. Tourists can benefit from the affordable and convenient Red echargeable tickets, as they can be loaded with a maximum of ten journeys and are valid for 90 days. The local buses make scheduled stops at all terminals from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.: bus numbers 4,11,15,33 and 44.

Budget accommodation is available in hostels starting at approximately 100 AED for dorms. Single hotel rooms start at around 800 AED. Book early as the peak season runs from September until May.

Using public transport is inexpensive, as a single ticket on the bus or metro starts at about 4 AED. The price is about 50% cheaper when using the red ticket. Taxi fares are higher than using public transport but more affordable than UK prices due to cheap petrol.

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