Essential info for Dubai


Population: About 2 million

Major religion: Islam is the official religion. Although other religions are tolerated, proselytising is illegal.

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.

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

Time: GMT +4 (entire UAE)

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

Currency: 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 are able to open a bank account in Dubai.

Tipping: Standard 10 percent.

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 numbers: In case of emergency, expats can dial 999.

Internet domain: .ae

Drives on the: Right

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