Where the Past Meets the FutureThe United Arab Emirates is made up of seven emirates. Often referred to as the UAE, the country has become a major global business hub. Home to many Western companies, many westerners are seeking out this country as a travel destination for its luxurious malls and hotels. The UAE is home to some of the world's greatest and most unique attractions such as the world's largest building, the Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai, the region's first indoor ski slopes, and Ferrari world, the world's first and only Ferrari theme park. Bordering the Persian Gulf, the country is known for its beautiful white beaches and warm water. Outside of the cities in the UAE, there is a vast desert that offers many activities such as dune drives, camel rides, sand boarding, and overnight camp outs.
Be in the know before you go
United Arab Emirates:
A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses.
Although a visa is required for US citizens to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is free of charge and can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. The visa is valid for 30 days. If you plan to stay longer, you can request more time from the immigration officer at the airport or contact the local immigration office in the UAE and request an extension. For more information, please visit http://www.uae-embassy.org/visas-passports/us-citizens. You do not need to apply for a visa if you are a US citizen and are merely connecting in the UAE (ie, you are not leaving the airport). Please verify this information with your local consulate.
Please note you will need to pay the Tourism dirhams at your hotel: As per the mandate by Government of Dubai (DTCM) effective from 31st March 2014 an additional “Tourism Dirham” fee of AED 20 on a per bedroom per night basis is charged and is required to be paid at the hotel directly by the guests.
For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for the UAE please visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.
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