The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) comprises seven Emirates, Abu Dhabi, (The Capital and home to the Ruling Family) Dubai (The Commercial Centre), Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah. The U.A.E has a population of approximately 8 Million people.
Visas: All visitors except citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council States (G.C.C.) and citizens of the EU member States must obtain visas to enter the U.A.E Citizens of EU member States can obtain a 30-day visit visa stamped in their passport at the airport immigration desk upon arrival in the U.A.E.
Language: Arabic is the official language of the U.A.E. although English is widely spoken and understood. You will find that hotels employ staff of many nationalities ensuring that a number of languages are spoken.
Religion: Islam is the official religion of the U.A.E. other religions are respected. Please note that Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter into a Mosque.
Currency: The Dirham, is the official currency of the U.A.E., this is divided into 100 fills. The Dirham (Dh) is held constant against the US Dollar at a rate of approximately US $1 = 3.65 Dhs. and against the European Euro € 1 = 4.30 Dhs.
Climate: Abu Dhabi has a subtropical, arid climate. You can expect to find sunshine and blue skies most of the year round. Infrequent rainfall can be expected during the winter months. Temperatures range from a low of 10.5 degree's Celsius during winter to a high of 48 degree's Celsius in mid summer.
The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.United Arab Emirates
Dress Code and Clothing: As the U.A.E. is an Islamic country then visitors should dress modestly. Beachwear is acceptable at beach clubs and hotels (except in the Emirate of Sharjah). During the winter months you may find it necessary to wear a light sweater or jacket in the evening.
Photography: It is prohibited to take photographs of Military Installations, Government Institutes and Oil & Gas refineries. You should always ask before taking pictures of the Arabs and do not photograph Arab ladies.
Communications: International telephone services are of the highest level in the U.A.E. Most hotels offer direct dialling facilities in the rooms, fax, e-mail and Internet services in their business centre. There are a number of Internet Cafe's across the city. Telephone cards are available at most shops and can be used at the Public telephones.
Medical Care: The U.A.E. has excellent Health care facilities, with both Government and Private Clinics and Hospitals.
Electricity Voltage: The Voltage used in the U.A.E. is 220/240 Volts. Visitors from the US may need to use a transformer for US made appliances.
Car Hire: There is a large number of Cars Hire companies available, both locally owned and International companies. Drivers should be over the age of 21 years and have held their driving license for a minimum of 1 year. You will require an International Driving License, issued from your country of residence.