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Practical information about Dubai

1 Weather and Climate in Dubai

The best time of year to travel to Dubai is from November to April. The weather during this period is excellent.  From May to October the temperature can reach 45 degrees, partly with high humidity.

Statistics
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Day temp.
24
25
28
33
38
40
41
41
39
35
30
26
Night temp.
14
15
17
21
25
27
30
30
27
24
20
16
Rain mm
15
25
21
7
0,4
0
0,8
0
0
1
3
15
Statistics Day temp. Night temp. Rain mm
JAN 24 14 15
FEB 25 15 25
MAR 28 17 21
APR 33 21 7
MAY 38 25 0,4
JUN 40 27 0
JUL 41 30 0,8
AUG 41 30 0
SEP 39 27 0
OCT 35 24 1
NOV 30 20 3
DEC 26 16 15
2 Terms & Conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from africasafari.co.uk.  Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

3 Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

4 Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or family doctor or even a licensed vaccination clinic.
You can read more information on vaccinations to Dubai here.

Please note that you must bring your vaccination certificate and produce it on entry into Tanzania.

5 Visas

For UK citizens, visas are available on arrival at the airport, upon presentation of a valid return ticket.
Passports must be valid six months beyond your stay and children must have their own passport for entry.

6 Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

7 Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

8 Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

9 Suitcases and hand luggage

We use many different airlines to Tanzania, therefore it may vary how much baggage and hand luggage you can carry on the aircraft. Find more information about this on your ticket or contact us if you have any questions.

You and your travel companions should pack so that you can each get by with the contents from each other’s suitcases.

Make sure you have all the important items and information in your hand luggage: passport, visa, airfare, insurance, credit cards, money and prescriptions if necessary.  You should carry information about your specific health condition plus malaria pills, any lifesaving medication (diabetics), anything used to treat allergies or a sudden stomach upset (maybe Imodium) and analgesic aspirin should all be kept accessible to you. Any expensive electrical equipment, such as a camera or computer should be well looked after.

The air-conditioning on board the aircraft can be cold, so maybe take a jacket inside your hand luggage.

10 Meals

Breakfast at the hotel is included. Other meals are not included

11 Currency

Dubai’s currency is Arab Dirham. 6 AED is around 1GBP. All common credit cards are accepted in hotels and larger stores. Visa and MasterCard are more accepted than Diners and Amex.

12 Tipping

Unless already subject to a ‘service charge’ on the bill, it is common to give approx. 10% of the bill in the tip. It is not common to tip taxi drivers.

13 Language

Arabic is Qatar’s official language, but English is well used in the hotel and tourism industry.
The country consists of a high proportion of foreign residents, including from other Arab lands, Iran, India, and a large proportion from Europe.

14 Telephone usage

Good GSM coverage. UK phones can be used, but be aware of charges.

15 Things to be aware of

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates. The capital of the emirate is also called Dubai.

It is considered relatively safe to travel in the United Arab Emirates. The crime rate is relatively low and violence or theft is not a big problem. Most travelers experience Dubai as a safe country to visit. Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse and vibrant culture.

Since it is a Muslim country, try as best you can to follow their customs. Always use your right hand when you greet people and when you give something to others. When you sit with legs crossed, for example, a couch and the like, the soles of your feet should be pointing towards the floor and should not be displayed. Alcohol can be enjoyed on hotel premises. Smoking is generally accepted.

You can basically dress as you like, but they appreciate that you dress more conservatively than in the west and this means covering the shoulders and knees. This is particularly true during Ramadan and when traveling outside the major cities.

Ramadan lasts for 30 days – please contact us if you would like to know when it starts. A number of special rules apply during Ramadan, and it is important that you respect them as a guest in the country. For example, you should avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset, i.e. when Muslim people are fasting. During Ramadan, some hotels apply restrictions on where guests may spend time, and where they may enjoy their meals and drinks.

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