Strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, the UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah, is a land of contrasts - from bustling souks, to towering skyscrapers, stunning desert and mountain landscapes and miles and miles of golden beaches - a dream come true for any event organiser.
GMT + 04 hours
Arabic, but English is widely spoken.
Warm and sunny all year round, with the months of October to April usually the coolest.
Standard three-pin 134 amp British-style plugs operating on 220/240 volts.
The UAE offers an enormous choice of subject matter, however it is advisable to ask the locals permission first. Please respect all ‘No Photography’ signs as it is forbidden to take pictures of military facilities, borders and airports.
There is virtually no crime in the UAE, making it one of the safest and most secure destinations in the world.
Bartering is normal in souks and most small shops, however all Department stores, supermarkets and western style shops operate fixed prices.
Vehicles are driven on the right side of the road. Holders of an International Driving License are allowed to drive in the UAE provided they are over 21 years old. Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited and this is taken to mean any detectable consumption whatsoever, including the day after.
All taxis are metered and operate on fixed tariffs. The taxi sign can be clearly seen on the roof of the vehicle.
Alcohol is widely available at bars, restaurants, hotels, and clubs, however you cannot purchase alcohol from a supermarket. It is against the law to drink alcohol in the street or public places.
Normally 10% is considered the correct amount, but is not obligatory.
People in the UAE dress conservatively in public areas. Swimwear is acceptable only at the beach or around the swimming pool. Shorts and t-shirts are common, but when visiting mosques, religious sites, or older parts of the city loose-fitting clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and legs is considered more appropriate.
Casual attire and comfortable shoes are essential for sightseeing. In line with local custom, we would urge you to wear modest clothing at all times.
So as not to offend the local community it is best to avoid visible cleavage, hot pants, tank-tops and tight fitted or see-through materials.
Smart or smart -casual is required, with no ripped jeans, flip-flops, sneakers/runners or shorts. Women are required to wear a headscarf. Please see the dress code at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for ladies and gents.
Warm and sunny all year round and rated as one of the safest countries in the world, The UAE offers a virtually crime-free and politically stable environment, combined with some of the finest hotels, restaurants and conference venues available, all connected by direct flights to over 300 destinations worldwide.
Wherever your tailor made program takes you, The Arabian Adventures MIE team will work with you every step of the way to ensure your event is perfect.
"Why I love the UAE? The accessibility to the world, the safety, the quality of the infrastructure, the hotels and the amazing diversity of the people."Justine Thomas–Butler
Head of Meetings, Incentives & Events Arabian Adventures