Essential info for Dubai

Population: About 2.5 million 

The United Arab Emirates' flagNeighbouring countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen 

Political system: Dubai is an emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is a federation of seven constitutional monarchies/emirates. Traditionally the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the neighbouring emirate, is also the president of the UAE.
Major religion: Islam is the official religion. Although other religions are tolerated, proselytising is illegal.

Main languages: Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

Money: The currency of Dubai is the Dirham (AED), divided into 100 fils. ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most establishments. Expats can open a bank account in Dubai.

Tipping: Standard 10 percent.

Time: GMT +4 (for the UAE)

Electricity: 220 and 240 volts, 50Hz. The square three-pin type plugs are the most frequently used.

Internet domain: .ae

International dialling code: +971 (entire UAE). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)2 for Abu Dhabi and (0)4 for Dubai.

Emergency contacts: In case of emergency, expats can dial 999.

Transport and driving: drive on the right

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