Dubai Basic Information

Here's a Dubai factoid. There's no man drought in this desert - Dubai has two-thirds more men than women. Heading to Dubai on holiday? Here's some more things you'll need to know before you go.

Visa Requirements

Australians going to or through the United Arab Emirates on holiday are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate-General of the United Arab Emirates.

Currency

The currency of Dubai is the UAE Dirham. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and UAE Dirham fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.

Food

You'd be hard pressed to find authentic Emirati cuisine represented in restaurants, but with international influences from Europe, Asia and beyond, you're sure to dine well whatever your preference. Popular choices include Indian and Pakistani restaurants as well as Middle Eastern cuisines such as Lebanese, Arabic and Syrian. Shawarma, meat and salad filled pitas, and vegetarian falafel are cheap and cheerful street foods found on most corners, while international restaurants from Michelin-starred chefs right down to Western fast food chains are also well represented. Dubai hasn't escaped the global cupcake craze either with a variety of venues for sweet tooths.

Nightlife

Dubai is renowned for being the most liberal of the emirates with an after-hours scene ranging from exclusive supper clubs to themed pubs and from massive multi-level nightspots to intimate cocktail lounges. The great weather conditions make alfresco venues, poolside bars and panoramic spots the ideal places to take in the 360-degree views and enjoy balmy nights. Music also varies from top international DJs and club nights to live music and karaoke depending on your preferred genre. While most nightspots have a dress-to-impress code, the actual clothing standards in clubs are more relaxed than public areas, allowing shorter dresses and shoulder-baring styles for women.