MICEport DMC in United Arab Emirates
For most people, the United Arab Emirates means just one place: Dubai, the sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. But beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.
Dubai is superlative in every sense – it boasts of the tallest, the largest, the biggest and the most luxurious! To elaborate - the tallest building in the world; the largest man-made ocean, the biggest mall in the world, the most luxurious renowned and elite Burj Al Arab…to name some.
Dubai is geographically located at the cross road between the East and West making it globally accessible.
Guests have a variety of luxury modern hotels to choose from, Dubai's pristine beaches, dazzling creek and varied landscape make way for a wide variety of activities to indulge in.
The choice of activities includes desert safaris, dune bashing, powerboat racing, sand-skiing, helicopter rides, boat and dhow tours, golf at manicured golf courses, bird watching, indoor skiing and a range of marine sports like sailing, fishing, wind-surfing, water-skiing, scuba diving and snorkelling. In addition, a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage is reflected in the traditional sports such as falconry, camel- racing and horse racing. Dubai is a shopper's paradise. From traditional souks to myriad malls, from handicrafts to international brands, shopping options are inexhaustible.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic, however English is widely used
VAT and Tax Refunds
Currently there is not Tax or VAT in the UAE, however there is a possibility that they may be implementing a tax in 2018.
The monetary unit is the Dirham (AED). ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Normal shopping hours are from 9.00 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4.00– 9.00 p.m. However, many shops, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi stay open all day. Most shopping centres open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m – frequently later. Some supermarkets are open for 24 hours. Although shops and shopping centres are fully air conditioned, the cool of the evening is a favourite time for shopping. Shopping centres and most shops are open on Friday, the Islamic day of rest, but they all close for Juma (Friday) prayers from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
All shops are required to close at prayer times in Ra’s al-Khaimah.
The average sea temperature is 28 °C (82 °F). In June the average temperature is 40 °C (104 °F), with extreme heat and humidity. There is very little chance of any rainfall in June. The average sea temperature in June is 31 °C (88 °F).
In the United Arab Emirates the power sockets are of type C, D and G - 220 and 240 volts
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