American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
A visa will be issued to Canadian and American citizens on arrival in the United Arab Emirates free of charge. This visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended for up to 90 days for a fee. Citizens of other countries may need to make other arrangements to obtain a visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the UAE Embassy for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Currently Required Vaccinations: None
Please visit a travel clinic or physician 6 to 8 weeks before departure in regards to the following recommended vaccinations:
DiphtheriaHepatitis A & BTetanusTyphoidRabies
We recommend consulting the World Health Organization and your physician to help you make decisions about the right vaccinations for your travels. Here is the link to the WHO’s vaccination recommendation info: http://apps.who.int/tools/geoserver/www/ith/index.html
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication.
The U.A.E has a climate consisting of year-round sunshine and blue skies, with very little rain. The best time to visit is between October and April when the temperature rarely gets above 82°F (28°C). The summer months however get extremely hot with temperatures reaching sizzling heights of 113°F (45°C). The country is very well prepared for hot weather with year round air conditioning and temperature controlled pools to help you cool off.
For up-to-date forecasts check: weather.com
Electricity in UAE: 220V is used across the whole of the United Arab Emirates with a European style 2 prong socket. Most electrical items bought in North America work from 110V/230V so a converter is usually not needed. However be sure to double check your electronics before you leave home. Do not use 110V outlets marked ‘FOR SHAVERS ONLY’ for anything else as they will not work and may even get damaged.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.
Internet: Numerous internet cafes are found across the country, with Wi-Fi connectivity found everywhere. Be warned however that the Skype website is officially blocked so it is necessary to download the software before you depart. Sites deemed religiously or culturally sensitive are also blocked.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing $70-100 US dollars per day for spending money per person. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The official currency of the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (AED, local abbreviation dhs). Notes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 dirhams. Coins come in denominations of 1 dirham, 25, and 50 fils. There are 5 and 10 fils coins as well, but these are rarely seen.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Currency: Emirata Dirham (AED)
Time Zone: GMT/ UTC + 4
Electricity: 220V AC
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside UAE is 971
Calling North America: Dial 00 + 1 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in UAE: For any type of emergency dial 999