Destination Information

Why Dubai?

Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation - from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre - to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region.

Home to just over 2 million people from more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Living in Dubai has a lot to offer. It is safe, politically stable, centrally located, has a good education system and healthcare facilities, modern infrastructure and much more. The sun shines almost every day, the shopping and leisure facilities are impressive, and the salaries are tax-free.

Living in Dubai is exciting, something new and different happens ever so often. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new project is announced, whether it is the launch of a sports stadium, a mega commercial tower, a residential enclave or yet another shopping mall! Dubai is constantly on the move, striving for greater heights and more facilities and comfort for its residents and visitors.

Dubai is without a doubt a destination of the 21st century. Read any article about the fastest growing city in the region and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see the words ‘ambitious’, ‘record-breaking’ and ‘staggering’. This meteoric growth has not gone unnoticed, and each year thousands of expats arrive to claim a slice of the action.

Important travel information (courtesy of the Dubai Convention Bureau)

What will the weather be like?

  • 27 - 33 C (80 - 90 F)
  • Can be humid during the afternoons
  • Indoor facilities are air-conditioned (can be a bit cool)

What should I pack?

  • For the most part, you will see people dressed in western styled clothing as there are many foreign residents here. You will not be expected to follow any cultural customs for dress, but the following is recommended to be respectful.


  • Long pants and business casual attire are preferred for daily excursions. Shorts and light weight shirts are recommended for the desert.
  • Shoes: be comfortable…shoes, sneakers, and sandals are fine.
  • Meetings: depending on your meeting, business or business casual is acceptable.
  • At the Mosque: wear shirt with sleeves and long pants.
  • Please do not show bottom of your shoe when crossing legs as it is considered rude.


  • Please dress conservatively.
  • Tank tops are fine, please avoid spaghetti straps.
  • At the Mosque: wear shirt with sleeves and long pants/skirts.
  • Do not need to cover hair.
  • Please do not uncover to the point of attention.
  • Long dresses and skirts are acceptable.
  • Shoes: be comfortable…shoes, sneakers, and sandals are fine.
  • A pashmina or a wrap is recommended for being on water, evenings in desert or in A/C.
  • Meetings: depending on your meeting, business or business casual is acceptable.
  • Please do not show the bottom of your shoe when crossing legs as it is considered rude.

How do you make reference to the locals?

  • UAE citizens are generally referred to as Emirati.

Is alcohol available?

  • Hotel restaurants and bars are licensed to serve alcohol. As are some private clubs such as the Marina Yacht Club and the Polo Club. Guests are responsible for the expense of alcohol ordered during their visit with the exception of when they attend a hosted event.

What is the currency?

  • Dirham (AED) – the Dirham is pegged to the dollar
  • 1 AED = 0.27 USD or 1 USD = 3.67 AED, check for the most current exchange rate

Money and Tipping?

  • All major credit cards are accepted
  • It is recommended to tip in AED currency
  • It is customary to tip 10% for most services (restaurant, taxi, etc)
  • Some hotel restaurants automatically add a gratuity, however is not always passed onto the server. If you are unclear when you receive your bill, simply inquire.
  • Bellman: 2 Bags = 5 Dirham

How do I get around?

  • Taxis are generally abundant. You can hail a taxi from a safe sidewalk area or call a taxi through the hotel concierge. We will have a driver for all group activities.
  • If you have any specific transportation requests, please let any of our staff know while you are here.

Is it safe?

  • Dubai has an extremely low crime rate. Most all areas of the city are safe throughout the day or night. If you require assistance at anytime, the emergency number in Dubai is 999.