There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Dubai each year.
The main ones are listed below.
This 42-kilometre (26-mile) marathon is the world's richest running event, with total prize money of about a million US dollars, and draws the sport's biggest international names, who rub shoulders each year with thousands of hardy amateur runners. The route starts and finishes near Dubai Police Academy, and then takes the runners down Jumeirah Beach Road to the Union House, turning back along the beachfront road, then passing in front of Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah resort before the final major turn at the One & Only Royal Mirage.Ninth month of the Islamic calendar (dates change each year): Ramadan (celebrated nationwide)
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, is an especially pious time in the United Arab Emirates, a country with a majority Muslim population. Fasting begins each day at sunrise and ends at sunset.Tenth day of the last month of the Islamic calendar (date changes each year): Eid al-Adha (national holiday)
Celebrated with a four-day public holiday in Dubai, this festival beginning on the tenth day of Dhu'l-Hijja honours Ibrahim's proof of his obedience to Allah. Allah asked him to sacrifice his son Ismael, but just as Ibrahim was about to make the sacrifice, Allah told him to offer a ram instead. Traditionally, to remember Ibrahim's offering, each family sacrifices a sheep in the morning and the remainder of the day is spent in prayer and celebration, feasting on the roast mutton and sharing the meat with others.First day of the Islamic calendar (date changes each year): Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year, national holiday) December 2: National Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the day in 1971 when the United Arab Emirates became an independent federation. Highlights include dhow races, parades and traditional music and dance performances.Mid-December: Dubai International Film Festival (local event)
This eight-day festival was held for the first time in 1994. An important part of the programming each year explores relations between the Islamic world and the West.
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||13/55||24/75||55/2.2||Good period to go|
|February||14/57||25/77||57/2.2||Good period to go|
|March||17/63||28/82||62/2.4||Good period to go|
|April||19/66||31/88||66/2.6||Good period to go|
|May||23/73||36/97||73/2.9||Not the best period to go|
|June||26/79||38/100||78/3.1||Not the best period to go|
|July||29/84||40/104||83/3.3||Not the best period to go|
|August||29/84||40/104||83/3.3||Not the best period to go|
|September||26/79||38/100||78/3.1||Not the best period to go|
|October||22/72||35/95||71/2.8||Not the best period to go|
|November||18/64||31/88||72/2.8||Good period to go|
|December||15/59||27/81||73/2.9||Good period to go|
Dubai International Airport, one of the world's busiest and also among the most modern, is located about 3 kilometres (2 miles) east of the city centre.
Dubai's roads are excellent, making cars an ideal means of transport. Although safe, efficient and reliable public transport options are available, Dubai is undeniably a city built for cars.
Renting a car is by far the best way to get around Dubai, although it should be noted that traffic can be quite congested at rush hours. It is best to avoid driving in the morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., and in the afternoon between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Car rentals are relatively inexpensive. An international driver's licence is required and you will also need to present your national driver's licence. In addition, third-party liability coverage is a must. Be very careful not to consume alcohol before driving. Dubai has a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving and a blood alcohol limit of zero. If stopped for any driving offence, drivers are always breathalyzed. Penalties are severe, with fines starting at AED 2,000.
Taxis are a convenient solution if you are not renting a car. The initial charge is AED 3.00, then between AED 1.50 and AED 2.00 per kilometre.
Dubai has a number of bus routes running along the city's main thoroughfares. Buses operate from 6 a.m. to midnight. Fares range from AED 3.00 to AED 7.50 (Silver Card) or AED 4.00 to AED 8.50 (Red Ticket), depending on the number of zones crossed.
Dubai has a driverless, fully automated urban rail system, the Dubai Metro, which currently has two lines, the Red Line and the Green Line. Fares range from AED 3.00 to AED 7.50 (Silver Card) or AED 4.00 to AED 8.50 (Red Ticket), depending on the number of zones crossed.
Upon your arrival in Dubai, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DCTM)
Offers sightseeing recommendations, tourist information and brochures.
Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are mandatory for visitors to Turkey.
In addition, the following vaccines are recommended:
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Dubai.
For any stay of less than 90 days, foreign nationals from the following countries do not need to request a visa before travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE): Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria , Canada, Croatia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City), Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.
In addition, citizens of the other Persian Gulf countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) do not need a visa to travel to the United Arab Emirates.
For further information, visit the website of the UAE’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs:
Here are a few basic Arabic phrases that will make your stay in Dubai a little easier:
Good morning: Sabah al-khair (response = sabah al-noor)
Good evening: Masaa al-khair (response = masaa al-noor)
Thank you very much: Shukran jaziilan
No, thank you: Laa, shukran
Please: Min fadlik
I don't understand: Laa afham
Could you repeat that: Mumkin a'id hatha?
What time is it: Kamis saa'ah?
Excuse me: Afwan
Train station: Mahattat al-qitaar
I'm (…): Anya (…)
I'm looking for (…): Ab hass ane (…)
How much is (…): Bikam (…)?
Do you have (…): Hal 'indaka (…)?
Where can I find (…): Ayna ajed (…)?
Where can I buy (…): Ayna ashtarii (…)?
I'd like (…): Urid (…)
And what about tipping?
There are no hard-and-fast rules for tipping in Dubai. If you are satisfied with the service, it is customary to leave a tip amounting to about 10 percent of the bill.