about dubai

Home to more than 150 nationalities, Dubai boasts the most modern amenities found anywhere in the world – both in its entrepreneurial business environment, and things to do, see and experience. As the Middle East’s fastest-growing, most dynamic and exciting cosmopolitan city, Dubai is a true melting pot of different cultures and lifestyles.

Dubai Means Business

The best way to understand Dubai’s wonders and achievements is to see them first-hand. The city has firmly established itself as a leading commercial and trade hub with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and a world-class business environment.

Economic Powerhouse

Dubai is at the centre of a bustling region emerging as a major force within the global economy. A region that stretches from North Africa to South Asia and the Caspian Sea to South Africa – that comprises 42 countries and some of the world’s fastest growing emerging markets. Central to Dubai’s ethos is to be a city where it is easy to do business.

Multi-cultural Lifestyle

Expatriates comprise over 80% of Dubai’s population. More than 150 nationalities live and work together within a safe environment with a far lower crime rate than many other major international cities.

World-class Infrastructure

Dubai’s growing number of international firms, service companies, SMEs and financial institutions attract a highly skilled workforce. The city’s businesses and expatriate population enjoy tax-free benefits. Schools accredited to international standards and top healthcare facilities are plentiful. Superb recreational facilities include eight championship golf courses.

Diverse Economy

The UAE is well-known for its liberal outlook and commitment to free trade. Contrary to popular belief, only 30% of UAE GDP comes from oil revenues. Within Dubai’s own diverse, robust economy this figure is closer to 7%. Its modern business infrastructure includes a high-quality and high-tech commercial office environment. This is frequently within free-zones allowing 100% foreign owned businesses and complete tax-free repatriation of revenue earnings.

Culture and Etiquette

Dubai is a modern city that welcomes visitors from around the world. Here are some points to help you get familiar with Dubai’s culture and etiquette.

Getting around Dubai

Travel by Car

Rent a Car

To hire a car, you need an international driver’s licence, passport, credit card and third-party insurance. Once you’re on the open road, take a drive out to Dubai’s mountain town of Hatta.

Want to get in on the luxury car action? One of Dubai’s favourite past times is cruising down the streets in style in a car that turns heads; opt for a Bentley with Paddock Rent A Car or a Bugatti with Apex Luxury Car Hire. Looking for ultimate flexibility? Try a pay-as-you-go car rental app, like UDrive or ekar.

Travel by Taxi

Hail a Taxi - Dubai’s taxis are available to hail nearly everywhere at just about any time, day or night. If you prefer to schedule a ride, you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808.

While taxis are reasonably priced in Dubai, the price per kilometre does change depending on a few factors, like tolls or the time of day.

If you prefer to use an app to book a ride, Uber or Careem are available. Feeling extravagant? Book an Uber chopper for a bird’s-eye commute.

Travel by Rail

Dubai Metro

Our metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system. Most of the metro rides above ground providing a great view while you travel to landmarks like like the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souk and Dubai's financial district (DIFC).

Dubai Metro tickets must be purchased in the form of a Nol card – which can also be used to pay for bus, tram and taxi fare – and rides can cost as little as AED3. Discover the city by its metro stations or use the journey planner app, Wojhati, to make the most of your Dubai itinerary.

Dubai Tram

The Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in 42 minutes. Running on the Nol card, the tram provides access to destinations like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and more.

The Palm Monorail

The tram connects directly to the Palm's monorail station, which runs from the trunk of the Palm to the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Whether you're having a play day at Aquaventure, making friends a Dolphin Bay, or enjoying the Boardwalk, don't miss the chance to take in views of the Gulf from the Palm's crescent.

Travel by Bus

Travel by Bus

With nearly 1,500 buses circulating around the city and air conditioned shelters to keep you cool on your way, this is a great budget option for getting around. Travel like a resident on the city bus or book an open-top hop-on, hop-off bus tour to hit the main tourist sites.

And most convenient of all, the Nol smart card allows you to pay not only your bus fares, but also your metro fees.

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VISA INFORMATIon

The type of visa needed to enter Dubai depends on several factors such as your nationality,
the purpose of your planned visit and its duration.

Visa Types

Service Visa

Duration: 14 days from the date of entry

Validity: 14 days from the date of issue


Tourist Visa

Duration: long-term visa for 60 days or short-term visa for 30 days from the date of entry, depending upon the visa type

Validity: 60 days from the date of issue

Prerequisites: Sponsorship from a hotel or tour operator and prearrangement*

Visit Visa

Duration: 90 days/30 days from the date of entry, depending upon the visa type

Validity: 60 days from the date of issue

Prerequisites: Sponsorship from a UAE resident, company or hotel*


Transit Visa

Duration: 96 hours

Validity: 14 days from the date of issue

Prerequisites: This type of visa can only be provided by airlines

30-Days Visa on Arrival

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days with a 10-day grace period for extension:
 

Andorra Australia Brunei Canada
Chile China Hong Kong Ireland
Japan Kazakhstan Malaysia Mauritius
Monaco New Zealand Russia San Marino
Seychelles Singapore Ukraine United Kingdom
United States of America Vatican City    

 

Please note:

  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days from the date of entry with their normal passports
  • The visa is extendable and the total validity, if extended, would be 60 days from the date of entry
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months
  • This visa is considered a multi-entry visa, which allows the visa holder to consume the 30-day visa validity regardless of whether the visa holder is inside or outside the UAE. Any number of days the visa holder stays outside the UAE would be calculated from the 30-day validity of the visa.

90-Days Visa on Arrival

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days:
 

Visa is valid for 90 days. Extendable.

Argentina Bahamas Nauru Solomon Islands
South Korea      

Please note:

  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports
  • The visa is extendable
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months

 

Visa is valid for 90 days. Not extendable.

Austria Belgium Brazil Bulgaria
Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland Italy
Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta Netherlands Norway Poland
Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sweden Switzerland  

 

Please note:

  • Citizens of the countries listed above can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports
  • This visa type is not renewable
  • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months
  • The visa holder can use the 90-day visa upon arrival to be consumed within 180 days from first entry

GCC Residents

If you are a national citizen of one of the GCC countries, you don’t need a visa or a sponsor to visit the UAE. However, foreigners accompanying the GCC nationals, or GCC expatriate residents must obtain an online visa upfront before arriving to UAE.

The UAE Ministry of Interior provides an online visa system for expatriates residing in GCC countries and need to visit UAE. The online visa application system also features an online payment method. Upon approval, eVisa will be sent to the applicant registered email. 

eChannels system allows individuals from the following categories to apply:

UAE Nationals: The system allows them to apply for the individuals they sponsor.

Expatriate residents in UAE: The system allows them to apply for a visa or entry permit, and to renew or cancel them.

GCC nationals living in the UAE: They can apply for the individuals they sponsor.

Residents of GCC: They can apply for entry permit to the UAE

Visitors: Prospective visitors may also apply for entry permit/visit visa

Note that obtaining the eVisa before you travel to UAE is a must. GCC residents or GCC citizens sponsoring a non-resident or non-citizen will not receive approval for the guest’s application if the sponsor is not accompanying guest upon entry.

UAE nationals, residents, and firms may apply for a new visa or visa renewal through an online smart system UAE eChannels’ under the Ministry of Interior.

Apply for Visa

Valid Sponsors

Hotels and tourist companies can apply on your behalf for a Service Visa (14 days), Tourist Visa (30 days) or a Visit Visa (90 days)

Other organizations based in the UAE may only apply for Visit Visas and Service Visas

Individuals (relatives or friends) who are UAE residents may, subject to guidelines, also apply on your behalf for a Visit Visa

If you are coming here to work, you will require a visa that can be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor