Staying in Dubai
CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN DUBAI
Given the location in the Arabian desert, Dubai enjoys a warm climate year-round. The winter months from October to May are the mildest, with average temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 30°C. Visitors can enjoy the cool breeze with plenty of sunshine, making days out by the beach entirely memorable. During the summer months of June through September, the weather heats up with average temperatures from high-30s to mid-40s.
Dubai is a cosmopolitan city and a diverse melting pot where almost all attires and cultural expressions are accepted. Swimwear is permissible at beaches, waterparks, public pools, and spa areas but is not considered appropriate in areas such as business districts and shopping malls.
Dressing conservatively is appreciated in Dubai's historic neighborhoods and places of worship. There are specific requirements for entering a mosque, like wearing clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and legs – and headscarves for women.
LOCAL CUSTOMS AND ETIQUETTE
Home to more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is very tolerant, cosmopolitan, and multicultural. When you travel there, just as in any other foreign destination, respect for local customs and culture is important and it's recommended to dress modestly, particularly in public spaces like shopping malls and restaurants, and when visiting historic areas.
Dubai is also the region’s biggest business hub, with its centralized global location playing a vital role in international commerce. As a business traveler, don't take offense if you do not receive a traditional handshake when meeting professionals of the opposite sex. To avoid awkwardness, the best advice is to wait for a handshake to be offered voluntarily.
The workweek runs from Sunday to Thursday, and the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
See your doctor before you travel. Dubai has several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip.
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors.
The following vaccines are recommended before you travel:
- Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio
- Booster doses of typhoid, hepatitis A and B, rabies (depending on the length of your stay)
Please check the updated recommendations and rules before your travel as it may change.
Tap water is safe to drink in Dubai, however the taste is not so good so we recommend you avoid it.
There are no food safety risks in Dubai.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
The currency used in the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED).
AED 1 = GBP 0,20
AED 1 = EUR 0,22
AED 1 = USD 0,27
The above exchange rate is variable and provided for information purposes only.
Usually, open from Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (12 p.m. on Thursday).
Closed on Friday. Operating time may change during Ramadan.
Tipping depends on personal preference. Most restaurants in Dubai will include taxes and service charges in your final bill.
However, it is common for diners to leave a tip between 10 and 15 percent, based on the quality of service. Remember, while tips are generally not expected in Dubai, they are certainly appreciated.
Follow the guide to tipping for more information (from Visit Dubai).
GST (Gulf Standard Time)
Dubai is home to hundreds of nationalities and both Arabic and English are spoken across the city.
Learning a few Arabic words can certainly make the trip more memorable!
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Sabah al-khair
Good evening: Masaa al-khair
No, thank you: Laa, shukran
Thank you very much: Shukran jaziilan
Please: Min fadlik
I don't understand: Laa afham