Useful Information

Getting around

Public Transport

Dubai’s public transportation system includes buses, metros, water buses and abras (water taxis). A Nol Card (“nol” is Arabic for “fare”) must be purchased beforehand from a ticket office or vending machine, located at all metro and bus stations, malls and airports.

Taxi

The easiest way to get around Dubai is by taxi. Dubai Taxis are recognisable by their cream colour and are operated by Dubai Taxi Corporation.
It’s perfectly safe for women to ride alone in a taxi. However, if you prefer, you can also call to request a Ladies Taxi, which are recognisable by their pink roof and female drivers. 

Tourist Information

To obtain maps, brochures, public transport schedules and general tourist information, you can visit one of the Dubai Department of Tourist & Commerce Marketing Visitor Information Bureaus. They are located at Dubai International Airport, Deira City Centre shopping mall, Burjuman shopping mall, Ibn Battuta Mall and Wafi City Mall.

Visa Information

We will provide you with an invitation letter upon request after you have registered. We will include details on how to apply for the invitation letter in your registration confirmation email.
Please check the RIPE 75 visa page for more information about an entry visa for the UAE.

Health and Safety

The standard of medical services is good and pharmacies are plentiful.
24/7 pharmacies are listed in the newspapers or can be reached by calling 04-223 2323.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Ambulance: 998 or 999
Fire: 997
Police: 999
Coastguard: 04 3450520

Currency and Banking

Currency

UAE’s currency is Dirham.
Abbreviation: AED
Exchange rate, valid on 27 June 2017:
EUR 1 = AED 4.11

ATM

ATMs are available at the airport, inside and outside banks, metro stations, shopping malls and supermarkets.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Business Hours

Normal shopping hours are from 09:00–13:00 and 16:00–21:00. However, many shops stay open all day. Shopping centres open from 10:00–22:00 and some supermarkets are open 24 hours.
Banks are usually open from 07:00–13:00 and 15:00–18:00, Saturday to Wednesday. On Thursday, banks close at 12:00 midday.

Time Zone

In October, the United Arab Emirates operates on UTC+4.

Electricity

The electric voltage is 220V AC – British style three-pin plugs, type C, D and G.

Weather

In October, the average temperature is around 29 degrees Celsius and the weather is dry with clear skies.