The United Arab Emirates

Capital Abu Dhabi

Population 9,856,000

Area 83,600 km2

Key facts

The United Arab Emirates is a country located in Western Asia. There are 2 countries (Oman, Saudi Arabia) that The United Arab Emirates shares its borders with. The official language of The United Arab Emirates is Arabic. Traveling across The United Arab Emirates if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, The United Arab Emirates was ranked 69th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in The United Arab Emirates is United Arab Emirates dirham (AED). The dirham (.د.ب) is subdivided into 100 fils (فلس).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 3.98 AED and 1 USD is worth 3.67 AED.

Emirati
Banknotes

5.د.ب10.د.ب20.د.ب50.د.ب100.د.ب200.د.ب500.د.ب1000.د.ب

Emirati
Coins

50فلس1.د.ب25فلس

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in The United Arab Emirates is 256.04 Mbps and mobile is 331.77 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, The United Arab Emirates has more ATMs.52.49 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in The United Arab Emirates, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in The United Arab Emirates. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type D 220 V, 50 Hz  Type G 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in United Arab Emirates?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

The IHG hotel chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

There are Radisson hotels in 6 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

What fast food chains are present in United Arab Emirates?

The McDonald’s chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

The KFC chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

The Burger King chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

The Subway chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in The United Arab Emirates.

The Starbucks chain operates in The United Arab Emirates.

Weather

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi?

Today the sun in Abu Dhabi, rises at 7:01 AM and sets at 6:11 PM. The climate of Abu Dhabi may be categorized as a subtropical desert (BWh), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 5Partly cloudlyLow: 18°C (64.4°F)High: 23.3°C (73.94°F)
MondayFeb 6SunnyLow: 16.3°C (61.34°F)High: 27.3°C (81.14°F)
TuesdayFeb 7SunnyLow: 18.3°C (64.94°F)High: 30.6°C (87.08°F)
WednesdayFeb 8Partly cloudlyLow: 19.6°C (67.28°F)High: 24°C (75.2°F)
ThursdayFeb 9Partly cloudlyLow: 18.2°C (64.76°F)High: 21.5°C (70.7°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: 17.8°C (64.04°F)High: 21.3°C (70.34°F)

Weather data for Abu Dhabi (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Dubai.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is not available in The United Arab Emirates.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in The United Arab Emirates.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.8, The United Arab Emirates is placed 32nd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In The United Arab Emirates traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  48.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2018.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 8.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in United Arab Emirates

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 4L of alcohol beverages, or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent)

Tobacco allowance

  • AED 2,000 worth of cigarettes or 400 sticks of cigarettes
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