Useful Information - Dubai

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Passport/Visa

Please note you do not require Visa to enter Dubai for tourism.

Please ensure that your passport does not expire before or during your visit.

Local Weather

Dubai can reach very hot temperatures throughout the year, in March the average temperature is 29℃! The evenings can be much cooler so do bring an extra layer just in case!

Dress/Attire

Dubai and the UAE have varying degrees of tolerance to clothing styles from across the world. Nevertheless, dress code in Dubai is quite liberal, in comparison to several other states in the Middle East. There are legal guidelines about what is acceptable but, in general people are mostly allowed to wear what they like.

Meydan Dress Code

The dress code for Meydan Racecourse is “Smart Attire”. The following items are not permitted: Jeans, T-Shirts, Trainers, Flip Flops & Shorts. Men are not expected to wear a jacket and tie and Ladies are not expected to wear a hat, although many do, as to dress for the occasion. Please note indoor areas can be cooler due to air conditioning!

Drinking

The legal age for drinking alcohol in the UAE is 21 and it is illegal to purchase alcohol at a shop without an alcohol license however, it is legal to drink alcohol in licensed bars, restaurants, and hotels. It is also worth noting that drinking alcohol and being drunk in a public place is also against the law (as it is in the UK). Drinking in public places with a license as previously mentioned is acceptable.

Gambling

Gambling is illegal in Dubai as it is an Islamic state. It is also very likely that all gambling and betting websites and apps will be blocked in Dubai. We recommend placing bets before you travel or asking a friend or family member to put a bet on for you. There is the opportunity to enter prediction competitions at the racecourse such as pick 6 and the super high-5.


Where to visit

Not only is Dubai famous for having the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa) but also the biggest shopping mall. The Dubai Mall is every shoppers dream as there is almost every shop imaginable as well as an ice rink, aquarium, cinema, food hall and even a mini zoo. A trip to the sky top viewing level of the Burj Khalifa is something to tick off the bucket list and boast about. If you fancy a bit of culture, then head to the ‘Old Dubai’, creekside, where you can weave through the narrow paths of the Gold and Spice Souks. The beach is never far away and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the beach road.

Language

Arabic is the official language of the U.A.E but English is spoken almost everywhere so fear not!

Currency

Dirham (Dhs)

Cash/Cards

Cash is king, is how the saying goes and it has never been truer here, especially for taxis!

Most places will accept credit cards but make sure to always have cash on you.