Preparing for travelling to the UAE

Preparing for travelling to the UAE

"Burj Dubai Tower, the tallest tower in the world"Getting ready to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should be an exciting time – this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many people, after all.

However, there are a few things that you should make sure you have completed before heading to the airport and getting ready to board a plane for this amazing holiday.

Follow this simple travel checklist to ensure that your getaway goes off without a hitch:

Fill in all the details on your passport

While your passport already contains a huge amount of information about you, there are some parts of the document that you must fill in yourself.

First things first, make sure that your passport has your emergency information filled out, which you will find at the back of the document.  Make a photocopy of your passport too, so that you can take immediate action if you misplace this important document.

You may not want to think about it, but this is extremely important, as it will make it much easier for the authorities to get in touch with your family should anything happen to you during your trip to the UAE.

Know the UAE’s laws and local conditions

We must stress that UAE laws and customs are very different to what you have come to expect in the UK.

Did you know, for example, that swimming attire must only be worn at a beach or in a swimming pool in the country? How about that you are in danger of being deported if you are caught swearing or making rude gestures, as both are considered obscene acts?

This is just a snapshot of the laws and conditions that you may have no idea were in place – gov.uk has set out a comprehensive advice guide to ensure you stay out of trouble in the UAE.

Don’t leave essential purchases until you’re at the airport

Imagine how much you would have saved if you had bought that adaptor plug and travel cushion on the high-street, instead of paying top dollar at those expensive shops in the airport.

This same message applies when it comes to getting a hold of foreign currency – you are guaranteed to get the worst rates on the market at an airport, as it is obvious that you have left it to the last minute to get your money changed.

On the other hand, Travelex has a handy currency converter system where you can check exactly what you are getting from the exchange. You can even keep an eye on the rates so that you can get the best deal on the market, every time.

Take a backup means of payment

Never put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to how you are financing your getaway. You will be in serious trouble if all your spending money disappears in a lost wallet, or if you are the unfortunate victim of theft.

Have a back-up plan in case of these instances, by packing a debit or credit card into your suitcase and then storing them in a hotel safe in case an emergency arises.

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