Giannakopoulos, Peristeri, Athens
I am a Greek citizen and I plan to visit U.A.E.
for 10 days on July. We are two and we are looking
for a beach resort. Where and
which resort do you recommend? We would also like to
know if we need to apply
for a visa. We would also like to Visit Oman.
Do we need to apply for a VISA,
too? I have been visiting your site every day and I think it is the best site I
have ever seen.
of all - July is a hot month - check out an overview of July's weather.
has a number of beach resorts - please check http://www.godubai.com/miceonline
hotels (contact details. You can drive to Oman - however you will
need to go to the Omani consulate for a visa - rules keep changing and it is
amazing how difficult it is to get a definitive reply on the issue. You could
check with the Omani consulate in your country.
Your web-site is great, but I have one
question, are credit cards widely accepted in the shopping malls? Also, what is
the shopping like at the airport? What currency would someone take to Dubai from
Canada, where do you exchange it?
is like any other city or town in Canada - no difference in payment systems (all
major credit cards are accepted throughout the malls and other retail outlets).
ATMs are conveniently located. The Dubai Duty Free is guaranteed to blow you
away with its look, variety and service - a dont-miss shopping experience.
Canadian dollars can be exchanged here - so no problem. Money exchange outlets
are available at the airport and at major malls - you are never too far away
from one. Have fun - Dubai is a safe, fun place to be.
I am trying to locate a company who offers desert
air tours or charter flights around the deserts of
Dubai, could you help me please?
The companies that provide these services are
Aerogulf Services Company - firstname.lastname@example.org,
Desert Air Tours - email@example.com,
and Fujairah Aviation Centre - firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am a regular visitor to Dubai and I am interested in visiting Fujairah.
How far is it from Dubai to Fujairah in km?
How much (approx) by Taxi?
What other forms of transport available to get to Fujairah?
Here's the info on Fujairah -
132 kms from Dubai. 25 Dhs. in a shared cab.
You can get there in a bus (mini van actually) as well.
The rate is approx. 20 Dhs.
Can stay either in the Hilton hotel (5 star),
Siji Hotel (5 star) or
Ritz Plaza (3 star),
or a couple of other furnished apts. which charge
130 dhs per day
Are there any museums in Dubai?
Yes - we have the Dubai Museum housed in a 200-year-old fort, the Heritage Village and the
Sheikh Saeed House. Neighbouring Sharjah is a veritable treasure house of musuems.
For some information - you can check out
our heritage section..
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Max E. Gildemeister
I will be in Dubai beginning of March. On 8th of March I would like to
visit the Jumeira Mosque. Is it necessary to reserve a place ? Or can I
simply go there an participate the tour ?
The email address is email@example.com
Yes - you will have to contact the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural
Understanding and book your place -
the person to speak to is Michelle at 00 9714 3447755.
Take an online mosque tour.
I'm planning a trip to Dubai in late August 2001. I'm from Northern
Ireland (a cool climate) and am concerned about the temperatures. What
will the temperatures be like during the day in late August. Are the
mornings/evenings cool enough to be out and about doing activities. About
what time does one really have to be inside (in air conditioning) and then
when can one get outside again?
You will get some information here!
Late August is hot - sizzling hot and for someone like you - it borders on
Evenings are just about ok for light walks - it is too humid for anything
vigorous - the places to visit are the malls - with the Dubai Summer
Surpises making it extra special.
We have booked a weeks stay at a hotel in Ajman.
Can you provide any info regarding the area of Ajman. I am a little
disappointed to learn, through your website, that Dubai city is 15 minutes
drive away. Is there much going on in Ajman? Or are we going to be spending
and waiting for taxi's? I am looking forward to taking a
Make that 15 minutes with little traffic.
Your choice of hotel is good.
However, if the hotel does not have complementary transport to
Dubai (where the action is!) you will be spending a lot of money on transport.
tours and safaris you can check out our offers.
The beaches in Ajman are excellent and Ajman is very close to Sharjah
which houses world class museums.
And when we talk of shopping action - the Ajman Carrefour provides enough of that.
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Our company is opening a branch office in Jebel Ali FTZ and my boss
will soon be relocated to Dubai with his family.
They are taking along their Collie with them. Could you
let me know if there are any procedures in bringing in animals into the
country. If so please advise.
Your boss will have to get a Government Health Certificate done in advance. No
quarantine in the UAE. For the certificate, he will have to fax his passport
photocopy and the copy of the dog's vaccination card - the rabies vaccination
has to be atleast a month old. Certain companies will do this in one morning,
for a payment of Dhs 150/- (approx.).
My thoughts on GoDubai.
It's very cool. Some sound would be good.
Brian, we do
have sound on Godubai!!
As we are thinking of a holiday to Dubai in December we would like to
know the exchange rate in AUS $ - also, we are middle-
aged Australians (husband & wife) - can we expect to travel around Dubai
by ourselves in safety? Things to see and do would also be appreciated.
Pleased to know that you are visiting our city. The exchange rate is
approx 1AU$ = 2.4054 Dhs. Dubai is a very safe city - and you can roam without
fear. While here, do visit the Dubai museum, the Al Shindagah Palace and
the Heritage Village. Take a dhow (arabic boat) cruise -
some of the hotels
offer a dinner cruise. The gold souq is also a must visit.
want to buy electronics - try the Deira City Centre or the Al Fahidi
Street. There are a number of other places within and outside Dubai -
and any tourist brochure will guide you. While at the heritage village -
do dine at the traditional Arabic restaurant. [More].
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DC, South Africa
I love and enjoy going into your site. It has everything.
My problem is how can I, as a South African apply for
jobs in your country? Where can I place my C.V.
for future job applications?
All nationalities are welcome in Dubai. The best way to get a job
(other than scanning the International classifieds of your local newspaper),
is to visit Dubai and personally
approach the employment agencies and companies.
Faxed and Emailed CVs are not
entertained. For starters,
you can look up our list of employment agencies.
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Please send me eggless sponge cake recipes.
I am vegetarian so I would
also like to receive more vegetarian recipes.
Thank you for your feedback.
We are getting more sources for our recipes -
hope to get a recipe for the dish you requested, soon.
In the meantime, enjoy our daily recipes.
I have been told that sleeveless dresses or t-shirts would be unsuitable
for walking around Dubai but OK in the hotel. Is
Dubai is just like any other city you would visit - say in the USA
or in Australia - sleeveless will
do - t-shirts will thrive, shorts are OK and beachwear is absolutely fine on
all beaches. So get your normal summer wear (a certain modesty is recommended as a mark of respect for local traditions and also
if you want
to deter the oglers!).
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If I arrange a visit visa for my wife from my company in OMAN, will she
be allowed to enter in Dubai? Or If I come by Air to
Dubai Airport, Will I be issued the Visa for me and
my wife (with visit Visa) on arrival as I am an
Engineering professional and
my wife is also an architect?
All expatriate professionals who are residents of any GCC country, having stayed there for atleast one year,
are eligible for a visa on arrival in Dubai.
However it is not possible for her to get a
visa on arrival - since she holds a visit visa to Oman. This also applies for road permits from Muscat.
More on visas.
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My wife and I recently watched a television program here in the USA
about the excellent deals on purchasing jewelry especially gold jewelry
in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai.We are applying to your
embassy in Washington for the proper visas for our visit. They advised
it would take approximately five days.
It will be my wife's 50th birthday and we wanted to
buy her a few nice pieces of gold jewelry as well as tour your fine
I would greatly appreciate any help that you may afford us with
information on shopping in your country.
The UAE is a great place to shop.
Dubai is about a two hour drive from Abu Dhabi - you could
rent a car or come by taxi. For the current gold prices
the bullion link, approximately
3.67 Dhs. = 1 US$.
Remember to bargain on the making charges on any item of jewellery.
Electronic items are also reasonably priced here.
Taxis in Dubai have metres (the yellow
ones atleast) so you know how much to pay. Click here for
information on what to do and what and where to shop in Dubai..
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SV, Saudi Arabia
I got a visit visa to Dubai now ! I have a valid Saudi
driving licence. Can I drive my car in Dubai / UAE?
Can you also provide me with the
telephone number and name of any agency which
lends mobile phone on rent for a period
of one month?
Yes, you can drive here on a Saudi licence.
If you have a mobile phone, you can purchase Etisalat's Prepaid GSM Sim card "Speak
Easy" which is available in a Dhs. 300 denomination and is valid for both local and
international calls up to this amount. This card is valid for
one month from the date of
issue and can be obtained from Etisalat counters or through authorized Rent A-Car
companies at the Dubai International Airport..
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I am currently working in Muscat. I want to visit the UAE along
with my wife. I can enter with the road permit. I would need a visit/transit
visa for my wife who will be coming from India. Is it possible to get one?
Transit visas for a single female is almost impossible to get.
The best you can do is
to get her to come to Muscat and the two of you could then drive
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Thank you for all the very valuable information you have presented
in your site. I have a question.
- Can a person holding a Transit Visa enter UAE through the Salwa Border
between Saudi Arabia and the UAE?
- I hold a Saudi Driving licence. Is it legal
to drive my car in UAE, while on a Visit Visa / Transit Visa.
A transit visa is a valid entry through any of the
UAE airports, not via road. You can drive in the UAE after obtaining a temporary
licence (issued within a day). Editor
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Your website is one of the very best I have seen. Very enjoyable. One
thing I had hoped to find but could not was a geographical map of Dubai
in relation to it's surrounding countries. If you could let me know
where to find one on the web I would greatly appreciate it
Glad to know you enjoyed our site. We do have
a street map of Dubai. A regional map is on the way.
Najib Makhdoom, UK
Hi there. I am about to start a new job in Dubai soon and have found your page to be quite useful. Other than the great content, your site design is very good. Nice job. I have a suggestion though.How about a section where people can enquire about the trivialities of moving to or living in Dubai, such as - whether an English driving license is valid in the UAE etc. Keep up the good work.
The UK driving license is valid in the U.A.E. We are putting together some useful information about Dubai, for the potential resident. You can, in the meantime, explore some basic information we already have.
Paras Dharmecha, Purdue, USA
It is 3 years since I left Dubai (my home of 20 years) to study in
the USA and often get out of touch with the homeland.I just wanted to let
you know that you are doing an amazing job with the technology there.
It is great to have a web-site that you can refer to when
people ask you where the hell you are from...Great job again.
I think that you should include the site in more tourist
searches. There are so many people here that would love to visit
Dubai but are stopped due to the lack of information.
My personal congratulations
Paras - thank you. You will be pleased to know
that we are rated amongst the top 10 consistently by all the major search engines
in any tourist related search. If there is one that still does not recognise us,
let us know.
Katherine Barley, USA
I am a PADI certified diver (have been for about 9 or 10 years) and have not been diving for about seven years. I will be studying in Dubai in the Fall and want to take
advantage of the diving facilities in Dubai and Oman.Do you offer refresher courses? If so, what is the time frame and cost of these courses? Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Katherine, we have put together FAQs on scubadiving in Dubai. You will probably find your answers here.
Bogdan Banjac, Auckland New Zealand
Very bright pages with excellent vivacious graphics. Please give me the postal addresses of local hospitals.
Thank you, Bogdan. We do have a
comprehensive list of hospitals on GoDubai.
Muhammad Iqbal - Dai, Indonesia
I had visited Dubai several months ago for a business trip and I think it is an interesting city. I just wanted to know more about job opportunities for
Indonesian people. Please let me know soon.
You are welcome to Dubai. The city is melting pot of various nationalities and you will enjoy working here.
I am a Canadian high school teacher and would be most interested in
teaching in the U.A.E. Would you be so kind as to help me find the necessary organization(s) to whom I should address my
request of employment. I have heard so many positive comments on this country and therefore believe
that it would be a most pleasurable experience to teach there for a period of time.
You are right about Dubai - it is a safe haven compared to most other large cities.
the web pages of schools in Dubai and their contact addresses.
All the best.
Can you please tell me where can I go for Jet Skiing in Dubai and how much
does it cost?
It will cost you Dhs.60/- for half an hour and Dhs.90/-
for one hour off Al Garhoud Bridge.
More about outdoor fun to be had in Dubai.
Please advise if an Italian travelling to UAE will need a visa - is it issued on arrival in UAE as it is
for British passport holders?
Italians will need a visa before entering the UAE - ie either a transit or visit visa.
>More about UAE visa regulations
Hi there. I really enjoyed your web site.
I may be in Dubai in July. What is the cost of living like?
Is it expensive to eat out? Is buying
groceries costly? What about transportation?
The cost of living really depends on which country you come from.
Income is not taxed and groceries including eating out is not expensive (again depends on
the outlet you go to).
Rents can start from Dhs. 100,000 (and above) for swank villas and
Dhs. 70,000 to Dhs. 100,000, for modest villas and deluxed serviced apartments.
The better range of apartments along with gym facilities and swimming pools come in the range
of Dhs. 50,000 and above. Decent one to two bedroom apartments have rents between
Dhs. 25,000 to Dhs. 50,000. Studio apartments are available between Dhs. 18,000 to Dhs.
25,000. As in all cities, the outskirts (Al Qusais and thereabouts) is cheaper. (Please check city map)Apartments in Sharjah and Ajman - about a half-an-hour drive
from Dubai tend to be more reasonably priced than their counterparts in Dubai. As you
can see - you will definitely find something to
suit your budget. (Dhs. 3.67 = 1 US$ approx.)
Public transportation is inadequate and it is cheaper to own a car.
Can you please tell me if we can get cash money, with our Dutch
bankcard, from the wall of the banks in Dubai?
What can you tell me about the infrastructure.
Is there enough asphalt
to skate on?
ATM is well-established in Dubai. As long as
your bank card is part of the International
network of credit cards including visa, mastercard etc. you should have no problems.
You can bring your roller-blades along - the sidewalks, parks etc. are ideal for the sport.
Could you tell us as to how we can employ
a professional nanny and housekeeper in Dubai?
Some companies offer professional maid services. Other companies recruit a maid
on your behalf. This would involve agency fees, paying
the mandatory Dhs. 4800 annual tax to the government other than providing for the maid's
salary and accommodation. You could employ a part-time maid
locally. You have to either place an
advertisement in the newspaper or sound off your local grocer or watchman.
There are baby-sitting facilities available as well.
More information on nurseries in Dubai
I was hoping to see all events for the celebration of the
Millenium listed on the GoDubai site.
I will be visiting at the end of the year and am very
interested to know what will be happening there and if I will have
to purchase tickets for certain events.
Very pertinent question, indeed!
Well - the new year will coincide with the Holy month of Ramadan.
day no eating is permitted in public and in the evenings, alchoholic
drinks will be served only after break of fast. No partying and entertainment on a
large scale is permitted. For more information regarding this holy month
please check here.
How can I create my own web-site?
Glad you asked. We are very pleased and proud to present
Personal Pages on GoDubai.com. You have a whole range of choices from individual personal pages
to creating your corporate profile.
I was wondering if bars and pubs will be open during ramadan.
The bars and pubs are open after break of fast - ie after
7.00pm. Alcoholic drinks will be served to non-muslims.For more information regarding this holy month
please check here.
Hi. We are from South Africa and are planning a trip to Dubai on 10 September 1999.
We would like to know all the shopping spots - for jewellery,
electronics, clothing and sunglasses.
Dubai is the right place for all that you are planning to purchase.
For jewellery - visit the Gold Souq and remember to bargain on the
making charges. Take your time and enquire around before purchasing
anything. For more on shopping.
I have heard that there are Helicopter sight seeing tours available for Dubai.
Can you please give me any information.
Aerogulf (Tel 00 9714 823157) offers short sightseeing tours of Dubai and
other parts of the UAE, as well as passenger transport to and from selected hotel locations.
A 10 min flight for 4 persons would cost Dhs.700/-
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