Practical information for traveling to the United Arab Emirates
Located along the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven emirates, including Dubai, Ajman, and Abu Dhabi - which is the capital of the UAE. The currency of the UAE is the United Arab Emirates dirham. Multiple languages are spoken in the UAE. In addition to Arabic, English, Hindi, Persian and Urdu are the principle national languages. There is a number of international airports in the UAE, including Dubai International Airport – which is one of the busiest airports in the world – and Abu Dhabi International Airport. The United Arab Emirates is located in the Gulf Time Zone, which is UTC +4:00.
Which airlines fly to the United Arab Emirates?
A large number of airlines operate flights to and from the United Arab Emirates. The airline Emirates, which has its headquarters in Dubai; and Etihad, whose headquarters are in Abu Dhabi, are two of the best-known carriers in the United Arab Emirates. Both airlines operate non-stop flights to and from the US, including airports such as John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and O'Hare International Airport. Other airlines operating flights to the UAE include jetBlue and American Airlines.
When is the best time to buy tickets to the United Arab Emirates?
As a busy international travel hub, with a number of connecting flights from international airports on to destinations in Australia, Thailand and South Africa stopping off in cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is a popular destination to travel to by air. Peak season occurs during winter (December–March), with travelers jetting off for some winter sunshine. Crowds and higher prices can be found during these months. For more chance of a travel bargain, visit the United Arab Emirates in Spring and Fall - and be sure to book your flights to the United Arab Emirates well in advance to get the best deals.
How long is the flight to the United Arab Emirates?
From the east coast of the US, flight time to the United Arab Emirates is around 12–13 hours depending on the departure airport. Non-stop flights from John F. Kennedy International to Dubai, for example, take 12h 25m. From Washington to Dubai, flight time is around 12h 45m while non-stop flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Abu Dhabi are 12h 50m.
What is there to see and do in the United Arab Emirates
Of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most popular with international visitors. In Dubai, a city of extremes, be sure to visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa to see the city from 148 storeys high; the Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world; and the Jumeirah Beach, which features views of the distinctive Burj Al Arab hotel. In Abu Dhabi, see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque; the 18th-century Qasr al-Hosn palace; and the Ferrari World theme park – perfect for motor enthusiasts!