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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2017
Abu Dhabi/Dubai  (2 Answers)

I am landing in Dubai next week.. Have not acquired their currency. Will have to take a taxi from Airport to my Hotel. Do the Taxi Drivers accept North American Credit cards?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2016
Mosquitos in April  (3 Answers)

Hello, we are planning a trip to UAE and neighbouring countries (along the coast) these days. I am wondering if there are currently any mosquitos to expect e.g. in the evening when sitting outside and if yes, what kind of protection is recommended - anything special?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2016
Any travel documents required for going to Wadi Madha from Dubai?

Hi! I'm a UAE resident and we're planning a road trip to Wadi Madha from Dubai. Wanted to know what documents we will need to carry with us. Is it mandatory to carry our passports or will our Emirates ID be enough. Also any particular documents we need for our car which is Dubai registered?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2016
By road Travel from UAE to Saudi Arabia

I am planning to visit Saudi Arabia on Umrah Visa by road on my own vehicle along with my family. However I have been told my Al Madani Travels and Al Quds Travels the official Saudi Embassy appointees for Consultancy services that by road travel has been stopped and number to people who had tried to visit KSA by road on their own private vehicles have been turned away from Ghweifaat / Batha border. Is it true?
Has anyone recently visited KSA by road on their own vehicle from UAE. Whats the status of by road travel on one's won vehicle.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2016
How can I go to college and work in the UAE?

I'm a high school senior who is interested in moving to the UAE for college and work. I'm an American whose lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia. But I moved back to the states for my last year of high school. I'd really like to study in the UAE and I've applied to some colleges out there. How do I go about getting a job there if I'm under the university's sponsorship? I read about the temporary work permit. It lasts for 6 months. So after 6 months I can't work or can I renew it? Also what kind of jobs can I expect to get if I'm only a high school degree holder?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2016
Terrorist Threats  (5 Answers)

Is it safe to travel to Dubai? Are there any warnings about Terrorism?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2015
transit visa  (2 Answers)

Me and my husband are flying to india for a month during november and december. We are flying with emirates and have a 9hr stopover in dubai, emirates are putting us in a hotel seeing as its longer than 8hours. Since my husband is on an indian passport does anyone no what visa he should get so we can leave the airport to go to the hotel. A 24hr transit without visa (i dont know if he'd be allowed out of the airport without visa ) or a 96hour transit visa? And do we apply through emirates website or visa on arrival?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2015
Can you tell me about UAE?  (5 Answers)

Can anyone here available to tell me something about United Arab Emirates (UAE)? One of my friends wants to go UAE but she is afraid since she doesn’t know anything about it. Can anyone help me?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2015
UAE Tourist Visa Travel to Musandam Oman  (1 Answer)

I am holding a UAE Tourist Visa(I'm from Taiwan. I had to apply visa thru an agency, can't do visa upon arrival)
Can I travel to Musandam Oman and come back with my visa?
I have heard that the visa is one entry only, anyone have any suggestions/ experience on this?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2015
Camel races  (4 Answers)

Anyone know the camel race schedule for December?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2015
Illegal sharing a room opposite sex if not married (girlfriend\fiance')  (7 Answers)

Is it true about if your not married you can not share the same room with someone opposite sex(girlfriend) she resides there I am going for a week visit, then returning but she wanting to stay with me at the resort I am staying at but don't want to have any conflict or issues against there laws or restrictions

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2015
Hotel Tax Charges  (2 Answers)

Hi, we are staying in both cities and have booked hotels with Travel Republic online only to find they dont know what extra charges we will be abliged to pay. We know in Dubai you now have to pay a bedroom tax of AED15-20 per night. Is ther any other city taxes due? We have also been warned some hotels also dress up random services charges or fees as local taxes. Can anyone help with this? Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2015
would 3500 AED monthly be enough to live in Dubia  (3 Answers)

hi...... i am a Canadian citizen,i recently graduated from USA with an Interior Design major and minor in Architecture. i just got an internship offer in Dubai for 3500 AED per month ( not including housing, transportation and the flight ticket to Dubai).
should these be covered by the company? (at least the ticket to Dubai)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2015
Rental car from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain to Dubai  (2 Answers)

Hello U.A.E. forum, I was thinking about renting a car on a Friday in Abu Dhabi drive to Al Ain for the weekend, then to Dubai on Monday. Does that sound feasible?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2014
Transfer flight Amsterdam  (1 Answer)

I am flying from Dubai to Barcelona but I have transit flight in Amsterdam
My question is, can I stop in Amsterdam and fly from there to Barcelona using France visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2014
I lost my eVisa copy with my entry stamped  (2 Answers)


I am an Indian and I am in a short visit in UAE on tourist visa for 40 days. My entry date is 4th June'14 and I plan to leave on 8th July'14. Unfortunately I lost my eVisa copy which is stamped with my entry date and another stamp. I have a copy of the same. And there is a date stamp in my passport as well.

Will I face any difficulty to leave the counrty? Should I present that original copy on my exit?

Kindly advice.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2014
Carpets and camel racing  (3 Answers)

Hi I wonder if theres anyone can give good advice on these subjects.
I will be visiting UAE end of March to mid April. I will be staying in Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Adu Dhabi, with brief stop in Dubai, on way home to UK.
I did have some carpets from Baghdad, - wall and floor, the wall one was silky and depicted a scene. Can anyone tell me which is the best place to buy a carpet, as reasonable as possible. I would prefer one made in Turkey,Baghdad or Iraq if poss, but anywhere would do.
I believe that there are camel races in RAK and close to Al Ain, where is it best to see, and will they be on when i am in UAE. Is it fun?
thanks in Advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2014
Desert safari UAE  (7 Answers)

Will be visiting both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and would like to experience the desert safari. Was wondering whether to do a morning or evening safari (or both) and whether it makes more sense to do it in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2014
Planning difficulties!  (6 Answers)

Hello, I've been doing a lot of research and just feel a little lost/overwhelmed in the planning department and was hoping for some help!

I will be staying in Abu Dhabi for a week plus two nights in Dubai. I've got the planning down for both of those cities, but would LOVE to see more outside of this area. From what I've seen Dibba/Musandam/khasab peak my interested. (Though a boat cruise with snorkeling not so much, I'd rather get out and hike a little.) I've read through a ton of different tour operator sights, but have no way to compare them and know which is best. So any suggestions here would be greatly appreciated!

Any other suggestions or areas of interest would be great too. I tend to like the less commercialized/touristy, off the beaten path, cultural rich 'adventures'

Note: We are traveling in a group of four women, and I don't know how comfortable I feel about driving ourselves!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2013
Driver's license  (3 Answers)

We want to travel overland from the Netherlands to South Africa and intend to travel through the U.A.E. I have read that you need a local driver's license (an international driver's license is not suffiecient). How does that work when you appear at the border in your own car?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2013
Emirates Airline poor service  (9 Answers)

We recently travelled from Thailand to Dubai by Emirates Airline. We were travelling business class due to a medical condition (broken leg) arranged through Europassist.

At Dubai there were no wheelchair as arranged and my wife had to disembark on crutches. She lost her balance and fell in the kitchen area of the airplane, breaking 3 ribs and sustaining a fracture in a neck vertebrae.

There was no further medical assistance available and the hotel we were booked in by Emirates had no wheelchair facilities.

It has been 3 months since the incident has been reported and Emirates have since not responded to our complains.

Can anybody tell me who to contact to get this matter resolved?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2013
Hotels In Dubai  (3 Answers)

Hi Next month I am going to attend Roche conference of Pharmacist. I have to stay in Dubai for four days. Recommend some good and affordable hotels in Dubai, as I want to make this trip a bit cheap. Thanks in Advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2012
Dubai Gov & UK Gov made booklet on Dos and dont UAE FEED BACK ALL:  (6 Answers)

Guys your feed back on this web site

Dubai Gov & UK Gov made booklet on Dos and dont please let me know.

Jessh and Colin your feed back will be great too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2012
Joint tourist visa with UAE Qatar Oman did not work.?

I can report back that Joint visa did not work on Omani land border via Dubai.

My family members went to Omani land border via Dubai showed the Joint visa) Immigration officials stated that this visa is not valid. When ringing the Omani consulate in Dubai to reconfirm - i was informed by consular officials’ that Joint Visa is valid.

How come the Omani immigration stated visa not valid? When the Omani consulate in Dubai stated it’s valid?

Even when I personal travelled to Dubai) my Dubai visa was valid for 10 days I was informed the joint visa with Dubai is not valid) I was 1 day late) When I showed Immigration officials that stated you visa should be valid for 21 days I had pay 200 AED = £34.50 British pounds.

What advice can members give me) on what course of action I should take?

Look forward to hear from you all.




In accordance with the Sultanate of Oman’s and State of Qatar’s governments endeavours to promote tourism between both countries, both governments have agreed to facilitate the tourist exchange through the issuance of joint entry visas for the countries mentioned in the list number (1). The visa shall be considered as cancelled in case the tourist enters another country (third party) prior to his arrival to the Sultanate. In this case he has to obtain a new tourist visa from the Sultanate’s Embassies or at his arrival at the Sultanate’s airports with a fee of (10) Omani Riyals, in case he intends to enter the State of Qatar on condition that he doesn’t enter another country (third party) prior to his arrival to the State of Qatar.

Qatar Government says)

Joint Tourist Visa
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Topics: Visa, Passport and Official Documents
Audience: Visitors
Citizens of 33 approved countries may apply for a joint tourist visa, which allows them to travel freely between Qatar and Oman.
The visa is issued upon arrival at the airport or border of Qatar. Travelers may apply online for the visa ahead of time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2012
Duty Free at Abu Dubai Airport  (6 Answers)

Just a practical question - have a lay-over at Dubai on a New York to Kozikode flight. If I buy liquor at the NYC airport will it be confiscated when I make the connection? Does the Abu Dubai duty free sell gin?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2012
Public Transit from Ras Al Khaimah to Khasab, Oman

Does anyone know if there is a bus or if there are collective taxis from Ras Al Khaimah to Khasab, Oman ? If not, how much would a taxi cost ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2011
HELP! Need Room at 3-star Hotels in Dubai  (2 Answers)

hi there.

im going tom dubai on business an now forced to EXTEND my stay in dubai for 3 more days until december 6. my travel agency however is saying that all 3-star hotels in dubai are fully booked until mid december! not sure how true that is.i cannot afford 5 star hotels at well over100 a day. im getting concerned i would not be able to find anything within my budget. so if you know of any 3-star hotel i could stay at or even a room at private house i could rent, for 3 days only that is, please let me know ASAP.
thanks for help.

PS thanks for your comments, if any, to my previous postings.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2011
HELP! Inexpensive Hotel in Dubai for 10 Days?!  (8 Answers)

I might have to go to stay in Dubai for 10days in early December. Any suggestions? I am looking for a decent, affordable hotel/motel/guesthouse, whatever. what do you recommend? Thanks for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2011
airport bus shuttle service  (2 Answers)

i was wandering if there are airport bus shuttle services between dubai airport and abu dhabi. am travelling on a budget and would like to know what my options are.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2011
New Metro Line  (2 Answers)

Just wondering if the green line of the metro is now open. If not any idea when it will open? It was being tested when we were there in summer and I'm hoping we'll be able to use it during our stopover this December.

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