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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Dubai!!
 
What is the capital of Dubai?
Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, and Abu Dhabi is its capital.
 
What is the local currency?
Dirham is the official currency.
 
Which is the local language?
Arabic is the local language though; English is used as the second language.
 
Population count of Dubai?
Current population of Dubai (as per records) is 2.106 Million.
 
Time zone of Dubai?
Dubai is GMT+4.
 
Does one need a VISA to visit Dubai?
Yes, along with a valid passport, a VISA is required to visit Dubai. There are two ways of obtaining VISA. You can either contact your travel agent or apply for it online.
 
Can one use the local cash machine (ATM) in Dubai?
There are ATM machines available throughout Dubai. Major European cards and other bank cards are accepted. Also, there is an option of English language instructions in the machine. Though it is advisable to inform your bank in advance about your visit to Dubai as some of the banks automatically stop the card once you are out of the country.
 
What should visitors dress in Dubai?
It is advisable to wear comfortable, casual clothes while on tours. Also, it is expected from a visitor to respect the Islamic culture/ tradition and dress accordingly. Dubai is a little more liberal than the other Emirates.
 
Will a tourist be able to use his/ her mobile phone in Dubai?
Do contact your service provider to get your international roaming services activated. And if you are planning to stay for a longer period, it is advisable to purchase a local sim card and get the services activated.
 
What are the opening times of shops and other services in Dubai?
Usually, shops, banks, etc. opens around 10am (there could be exceptions). It is quite similar to India but during summers, many shops are closed from 1pm to 4pm as people do not prefer been outside during summers.
 
What kind of food/ cuisine is available in Dubai?
Emirate cuisine is a blend of Middle East and Asian cuisines. Due to harsh dessert conditions, the traditional food of UAE uses a lot of meat, grain and dairy. Vegetable are also used in a lot of dishes. Some of the famous dishes are Ma'louba, Margooga, Harees, Machbous, Frsee'ah, Fireed, Jisheid, and Mishwy.
 
Which is the best time to visit Dubai?
Tourists prefer visiting Dubai mostly between November and April when the hot Sun is at rest and cool winds blow during evenings & nights. Even if you visit the city during the rest of the months you will find the air-conditioned hotels, malls and other complexes well-equipped to easily keep off the heat.
 
For more information or further queries, please feel free to contact India to Dubai team.
You can also visit our website, www.indiatodubai.in
 
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