Tourist Information Dubai, UAE

Population of Dubai

Dubai is the most populated city in the UAE, with a population of about 1.87 million. The population in Dubai grew nearly 7 percent during the first nine months of 2010, touching 1.87 million, said latest report by a local daily. However, the active population during the day is nearly 2.9 million, as several businessmen and workers stay in Dubai during the day coming from other cities.

Languages

The official language of the UAE is Arabic according to the constitution of the country, while English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields. Expatriates use their mother tongues but not at official level.

Entry and Customs

Citizens from 33 countries listed herein do not require visas prior to arrival at the UAE airport. Nationals from GCC countries do not require a visa to visit the UAE. They only need to produce their GCC country passport at the entry point in UAE. However, people entering the UAE for employment, will require a visa which could be obtained through their employer or sponsor. The kind of visa required for entry into the UAE is dependent on several factors such as nationality, purpose of travel, duration of stay etc. A penalty charge of Dh.100 per day is imposed on visitors who overstay.

A valid visa is required by all nationalities except the following:

  • (a) Nationals of the UK with the endorsement ‘British Citizen’ for a maximum of 30 days (extendable on request up to 90 days);
  • (b) Nationals of EU countries (except nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia), for a maximum of 30 days (extendable on request up to 90 days);
  • (c) Nationals of Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA and Vatican City for a maximum of 30 days (extendable on request up to 90 days);
  • (d) Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
  • (e) Transit passengers, provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport for up to 12 hours.

Money

The currency of UAE is Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED).

Local Time

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT.

Electrical Current

220 / 240 volts (50 cycles) is the standard electrical current and a 3 square pinned adapter may be required.

Telephones

Mobile telephones can be brought into Dubai. There are also plenty of public telephones dotted throughout the city. Call cards can be purchased in many locations around the city.

Country Dialing Code: +971

To make an international call:
Direct dialling
00 + Country Code + Area Code + Local Number

UAE Geography

The UAE is situated in Southwest Asia, surrounding the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Saudi Arabia and Oman. Located along Strait of Hormuz in the north, a vital transit point for world crude oil, the UAE lies between 22°50′ and 26° north latitude and between 51° and 56°25′ east longitude.

Qatar borders UAE along 19kms stretch on the northwest, a 530kms border with Saudi Arabia on the west, south and southeast and a 450kms border with Oman on the southeast and northeast.

The total area of UAE is nearly 83,600 square kilometers. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in UAE, accounting for 87 percent of total area of UAE, while the smallest emirate is Ajman, covering only 259 square kilometers.

The maritime claims include territorial sea – 12nm, continguous zone – 24nm, exclusive economic zone – 200nm, continental shelf: 200nm or to the edge of continental margin.

As for natural hazards, sand and dust storms are frequent. The current environmental issues faced by the UAE include lack of natural freshwater resources, which are compensated by desalination plants, lack of natural freshwater resources, desertification desalination plants, and beach pollution due to oil spills.