Dubai: Arabian Adventures


Time in Dubai

Arabian Adventures is part of the Destination and Leisure Management division of the Emirates Group and is the United Arab Emirates leading Destination Management Company (DMC). Headquartered in Dubai with offices in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah, and associates throughout the Gulf, Arabian Adventures has over 25 years of experience in providing professional, high quality, destination management services.
Arabian Adventures has a dedicated Meetings, Incentives and Events (MIE) business unit which is run by highly qualified members of various nationalities from different professional backgrounds. This staggering multiplicity means that we can understand and meet the needs of clients from many different countries and diverse cultures.
The MIE team is a dedicated team of 18 people that specialised in incoming groups to the United Arab Emirates. We are equipped to provide a wide range of exclusive services including full event management, negotiating and contracting hotel and venue space, arrivals and departure logistics, and creating and delivering one-off events, excursions and experiences. Our outstanding reputation for our creative approach and our attention to detail continue to make us the first choice for some of the world's most reputed incentive houses, event management companies and corporate clients.


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Key Contacts
Justine Thomas-Butler - Manager, Meetings, Incentives and Events
Jeveen Attoh – Business Development Manager, Meetings, Incentives and Events

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Dubai - Destination Factfile

Dubai Incentive Programme.jpgFlying time from the UK
Flights from London / Manchester / Birmingham / Newcastle / Glasgow - to Dubai
Approx 7hrs - subject to route and carrier
Emirates operates 16 flights daily from the UK to Dubai.

Main Airport
Dubai International Airport

Transfers Transfer times from Dubai International Airport – subject to time of day and traffic
Dubai Creek – approx 10mins
Downtown Dubai – approx 20mins
Jumeirah Beach – approx 35mins

Immigration All passengers travelling to Dubai must possess a passport with a validity of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Arab Emirates.

Visitors from 32 countries in Western Europe, North America and Pacific Rim are NOT required to apply for a visa prior to arrival – visitors from these 32 countries will get their visas stamped upon arrival for 30 days stay at no additional charge at any of the UAE airports. These countries are Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican City.

Dubai Conference Solutions.jpgTravellers from all other countries are required to apply for a visa prior to arrival to Dubai.

For further advice contact the UAE Embassy in the UK as follows:-

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
30 Prince's Gate

Tel: 020 7581 1281
Fax: 020 7581 9616
Email: see Embassy website for departmental emails addresses

General office hours: Monday – Friday: 09:00 to 16:00

UAE Embassy (London) website

Official Currency UAE Dirham (AED)
Coins: 1 dirham, 25 fils, 50 fils
Banknotes: 5 dirhams, 10 dirhams, 20 dirhams, 50 dirhams, 100 dirhams, 200 dirhams, 500 dirhams, 1000 dirhams

Climate Dubai has a sub-tropical arid climate with sunny blue skies most of the year. Between the months of October and April, cooler temperatures prevail. May and September are moderately hot. Warmer temperatures and humidity tends to get higher between the months of June and August.

Local Time GMT +4hrs

Electricity 220/240 volts 50 Hz AC. Electrical outlets are British style 3pin square sockets.

Official Holidays
Below are listed public holidays from January 2013 until December 2014

01-Jan-2013 New Year's Day
24-Jan-2013 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
06-Jun-2013 Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
08-Aug-2013 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
15-Oct-2013 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
04-Nov-2013 Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
02-Dec-2013 National Day

01-Jan-2014 New Year's Day
13-Jan-2014 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
27-May-2014 Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
28-Jul-2014 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
04-Oct-2014 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
25-Oct-2014 Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
02-Dec-2014 National Day

Note: Religious holidays are based on the Gregorian dates of the Islamic calendar. Dates may vary slightly as per lunar observations. (Content taken from T&S)

Health Advice No vaccinations are required to enter Dubai

Emergency Services: 04 223 2323
Police & Ambulance: 999
Mobile Networks: Etisalat & Du

Dialling code from United Kingdom to Dubai:
Landline: 00 97 1 4
Mobile: 00 971 50 (Etisalat) or 00 971 55 (Du)

Taxes Dubai is a Tax free government. There are no corporate taxes to be levied on business deals. Hence, it leads to competitive prices and much of the trader’s interest business hub.

Overview The United Arab Emirates is a constitutional federation of seven emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Spurred by the discovery of oil in the late 1950s, a visionary programme of development has evolved Dubai into a modern and stable state with exemplary infrastructure, excellent facilities, and a very low crime rate.

The United Arab Emirates covers an area of 83,000 square kilometres and is situated at the south eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. On the world map, it sits conveniently between the Far East and Europe - a key factor in its emergence as the region's major air travel hub.

Dubai is a modern city of compelling contrasts and boundless energy. With its modern skyline, outstanding hotel properties, year round sunshine and comprehensive infrastructure, Dubai offers visitors all the benefits of a cosmopolitan city - combined with the magic of ancient Arabia. From the tranquillity of the desert to the hustle and bustle of souks, you can experience everything from rugged mountains, awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches – and it is precisely this contrast that makes it a truly unique destination.

Language The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken and ranks alongside Arabic as the language of commerce.

Safety Dubai has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and it is quite safe for visitors to venture out, either by taxi, metro, bus or on foot.

Photography The United Arab Emirates is a photographer’s delight.
Photography of palaces, government institutions, military installations and oil and gas refineries is prohibited. Always ask permission before taking pictures of local Emiratis, particularly ladies who may well decline. Observe “No Photography” signs.

Alcohol Alcohol is available at bars, restaurants, hotels and leisure clubs but cannot be purchased from the supermarket. It is against the law to walk in the street drinking alcohol or to be drunk in a public place. Those under the age of 21 cannot consume alcohol. Drinking and driving is not permitted - this means a total ban on the consumption of alcohol whilst in charge of a motor vehicle; this includes the day after the night before. If you are in doubt about the alcohol limits in your blood, you should take a taxi.

Dress Code Dubai has a reasonably relaxed dress code, but it is an Islamic country and modest clothing is recommended particularly when visiting public places. Shorts, miniskirts/mini dresses and skimpy clothing in general should also be avoided in public places such as shopping malls, restaurants or around the city. In changing rooms or hotel facilities, it is not considered appropriate for guests to walk around without proper clothing.

Normal attires in natural fabrics such as cotton and cotton blends are recommended. Hats, sun block and sun glasses are recommended during daylight hours. Comfortable shoes are also recommended for sightseeing.

Business Hours
Most commercial organisations in the Dubai operate on a five-day week, Sunday to Thursday, from 0800 to 1800 hours. Many stores are open seven-days a week from 1000 until 2200 hours.
Banks are open Sundays to Thursday from 0800 to 1400 hours except on weekends (Friday and Saturday) and public holidays.

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