- Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)
- Language: Arabic
- Key phrase to learn: As-salamu alaykum (Peace be upon you)
- Time difference: Dubai is four hours ahead of the UK in winter and three hours ahead in summer
- Average flight time: Seven hours
- International phone code: +971 4
- Emergency services number: 999
- Public holidays: (2018 dates given; Islamic holidays marked with * occur roughly 10 days earlier than they did the preceding calendar year) New Year’s Day (January 1), Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj* (Ascension Day; April 13), Eid Al Fitr* (end of Ramadan; June 15), Arafat Day* (2nd day of Haj, August 20), Eid Al Adha* (Feast of Sacrifice; August 21-25), Al Hijri* (Islamic New Year; September 11), Commemoration Day (November 30), UAE National Day (December 2), Milad Un Nabi* (Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday; November 20).
- Link to FCO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates
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