Dubai, United Arab Emirates

With its sky-high buildings, luxury hotels, modern architecture and Arabian nights, Dubai is like a completely different world.

There are very few reminders of Dubai’s humble origin as a fishing village; this impressive city has grown to become a fantastic metropolis. Nothing here is average, but over-the-top. For amazing views, climb to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa. From the 800 metre-high panorama terrace, you can see the boat-shaped luxury Burj al Araab Hotel. Just outside the city is the desert, where sandboarding and night-time desert safaris are everyday sights. Want to cool down a bit? Take a refreshing dip or sailing trip on a Dhow. This Arabian boat offers round trip cruises along Dubai Creek. 

Fly to the metropolis of Dubai

Dubai is the big brother of Abu Dhabi and more open-minded than the other Emirates. Alcohol, for example, is permitted in various hotels, restaurants and clubs. An afternoon of shopping? Shop till you drop definitely applies here. After all, Dubai Mall is the largest indoor shopping centre on the planet! It even has a cinema and the largest aquarium in the world. Book a ticket to spectacular Dubai today and experience it for yourself!

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

Dubai’s airport is located about 4 km to the south east of the city. You can travel to/from the airport by taxi or bus.
  • Taxi

    The taxis are operated by Dubai Transport Airport Taxi Service. The fares are charged according to the price on the meter. The taxis are outside, in front of Terminals 1 and 2. 
  • Bus

    There is a bus station outside Terminals 1 and 2. The buses go every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. Bus 401 goes to Union Square, Baniyas Rd, Al-Sabkha and Deira. Bus 402 goes to Karama and Bur Dubai via Deira City Centre.

Transport in the city/region

Travel anywhere within Dubai:
  • Metro

    Dubai’s metro has two lines: the green line and the red line. The green line goes from north to south and vice versa. It goes mostly in the centre and around the Creek. The red line goes from east to west and vice versa. 
  • Bus

    There are 79 buses operated by Dubai Municipality Transport Section in and around the city. You can buy tickets at the major bus stations.
  • Taxi

    You can hail taxis anywhere on the street in Dubai. You can recognise them by their cream colour and coloured roof.

Important information

  • The plugs used in Dubai are different than those used in the Netherlands so bring an adapter for your electrical equipment!
  • The sun is strong in Dubai, especially in summer. Use a suntan lotion with a high UV factor.
  • Of course, you want to record your holiday for posterity, but do not forget that you may not photograph anyone in Dubai without their permission.
  • Beach clothing is only accepted on the beach or at hotels. Topless sunbathing and swimming is prohibited.

Passport and visa

You need a valid passport. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months upon arrival.

Time zone

GMT +4 
In winter, it is 3 hours later in Dubai than it is in the Netherlands and in summer it is 2 hours later.

Currency

The currency used in Dubai is the Dirham (Dh/AED). One Dirham is 100 Fils.

Duration of flight

The outbound flight to Dubai is about 6 hours. The inbound flight from Dubai to Amsterdam takes a little longer because of a short stop on the way.

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