Language:

Arabic. English is widely understood.

Passport and Visas:

•  Make sure you have a full 10-year passport.
•  British and Irish passport holders don’t need a visa.

Events & Festivals:

January
Dubai Shopping Festival
Snap up cut-price items and enjoy entertainment including fashion shows, film festivals, firework and laser shows and lavish prize draws.

February
Dubai Jazz Festival
Listen to the rousing rhythms of jazz artists and bands from all over the world.

Dubai Tennis Championships
Top players from around the world head to the city for this $1million tournament.

March
Dubai World Cup
This is the world's richest horse race meeting as thoroughbreds compete in various races.

Desert Rock Festival
Rockers should head to Dubai Festival City for this musical extravaganza, as local and international artists entertain the crowd.

May
Vertical Marathon
Cheer your support for up to 200 runners as they race up the 52-floor Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. Proceeds go to the charity Medecins Sans Frontières.

June
Dubai Dance Festival
Watch student and professional shows, take part in workshops and show off your moves at parties.

June/July
Ramadan - the holy month
During this period there may be restrictions on alcohol consumption, restaurant facilities and entertainment.

December
Dubai International Film Festival
Watch features, short films and documentaries submitted from across the globe.

Good to know:

• A tourist tax applies to all hotels in Dubai and is only payable locally.

Tipping:

Expect a 15-18% service charge to be added to most bills.