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Dubai at a Glance

Fantastical Dubai is one of the modern world's most decadent and architecturally daring cities. Surrounded by desert and ocean, Dubai's residents have retreated into luxurious science-fiction worthy new buildings. The world's tallest sky scraper is here, as is an indoor ski area and an artificial island shaped like a palm. The largest mall is filled with shopping, dining, dancing and entertainment of all varieties.

Dubai is a famous shopping destination. Traditional souqs still do business, but the giant, air-conditioned malls have become places to shop, eat and socialize while beating the heat.

If you've worked up an appetite, the restaurant scene is second to none. Fuel yourself on top notch cuisine from internationally renown chefs. Spas are another way to pamper yourself.

If you yearn for the outdoors, the ocean is right there with beaches and boat cruises. On the other side, the desert is never that far away and offers great sunsets and chances for activity. 

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October - April
Low Season
May - September
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      For travel of thirty days of shorter, U.S travelers can obtain a free visa at their point of entry. Everyone must enter the country with a valid passport regardless of nationality. The United Arab Emirates has travel restrictions for visitors who positive for HIV/AIDS. To learn more about passport, visa and entry requirements, visit the UAE Embassy website. American citizens may use the U.S State Department's website as an additional resource. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather The United Arab Emirates are extremely hot during the summer months. Temperatures of 110 degrees Fahrenheit are not unusual. It is best to visit during the winter when temperatures are safer and more manageable.

      Safety Concerns Pedestrians can never assume that cars will stop for them and drivers must drive defensively. UAE's drivers can be very aggressive and very speedy. Traffic laws are not necessarily followed so keep an eye out for erratic behavior. 

      Health Concerns Rip tides and dangerous currents can make swimming dangerous, particularly around Dubai. Pay attention and prevent yourself from drowning by following local instructions.