Dubai is one of the great success stories of the past 25 years and has fashioned itself into one of the must-see destinations in the world. This ultra-opulent playground of the rich and famous in the United Arab Emirates desert has easy access to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. Glamorous malls offer top notch shopping and entertainment and traditional souks still sell spices and gold by weight. Expect the unexpected with indoor skiing, spectacular theme parks, aquariums and water parks where you can swim with dolphins and feed rays. Then party till late as you try out the exciting nightlife of Dubai.
Language: Arabic – English is widely spoken.
Currency: AED (Dirham) – major world currencies can easily be exchanged at hotels and at banks.
When to Go: The best time to visit Dubai is from October to March. This is the milder “winter” period. Peak summer starts from late May with July-Aug being the hottest months. The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is from November to March when it is cool and one can really make the best of the outdoors with leisurely strolls within and around the island. Peak summer starts from late May with July-Aug being the warmest months.
Time: GMT +4.
Visa: Visas are required by South African passport holders, whether travelling as a tourist or on business.
What Things Cost: These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons. Bottle of water: USD 5 Bottle of wine: USD45 Beer: USD10 Soft drinks: USD5 Coffee / tea: USD10 Toasted sandwich USD15