• Yesterday meets tomorrow
    Yesterday meets tomorrow

United Arab Emirates

General Officially called United Arab Emirates, the country consists of seven individually ruled emirates. Abu Dhabi (the capital), Dubai, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Um Al Quwain and Sharjah
Population 9,35 million including approx. 1 million Emiratis
Religion Islam
Time Zone GMT + 4
Electricity 220 - 250 V, 50 Hz, British type plug
Climate The climate of the UAE is subtropical-arid with hot summers and warm winters. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 45° C (113° F). Best time to travel is September - May
Currency The local currency is called UAE Dirham (AED) and there are 100 Fils to 1 Dirham. Dirhams can be bought at all major airports. There are ATMs throughout all Emirates. Credit cards are readily accepted. For daily exchange rates visit www.xe.com/ucc/. (NBO, HSBC)

Pegged exchange rate is: 1 USD = AED 3.675

Banks Banks open from Sunday to Thursday between 8.00 – 13.00 h 

Branches in larger shopping malls extend from 16.00 - 21.00 h 

Foreign traveller cheques may be changed at bigger International hotels only; this can be time consuming. It is therefore advisable to arrive with cash, credit cards and traveller checks in US Dollars

Government Offices Opening times are 7.00 – 14.30 h, Sunday – Thursday
Weekend/Public Holidays The official weekend falls on Friday and Saturday, Friday being the day for the prayer
Tips Tipping is customary for porters, guides, drivers and restaurant staff
Passport and ID In case of loss of passport or other official certificates please contact your embassy. We advise to carry a copy of your passport when leaving the hotel and to store the original document in a safe place