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Getting to Dubai

 Don't know how to get to Dubai? We've got you covered.

Getting to Dubai


By Air: Dubai has two world-class airports that provide thousands of international flights each week. Dubai International Airport (DXB) has been the gateway to the emirate since the first airstrip was developed in the 1960s – it is now one of the busiest airports on the planet. The newer Dubai World Central (DWC) is part of the expansive Dubai South development, which will eventually span 6.7 million square kilometres, including real estate, leisure facilities and retail.  See More

By Land: The vast majority of visitors will arrive in Dubai by plane, but you can arrive via neighbouring countries easily by road. The UAE shares land borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman, and Gulf (GCC) residents can drive easily between each. Some of the busiest borders include Hatta and Al Ain, where adventure-seekers can get quick access to the Hajar Mountains, or take quick road trips on the outskirts of Dubai. Visitors from outside the region may have some visa restrictions so please plan accordingly. See More

By Sea: Cruise tourism in Dubai has thrived thanks to the Dubai Cruise Terminal located at Mina Rashid and Dubai Harbour at Dubai Marina. The luxurious ports are a great vantage point from where you can explore the emirate, equipped with plenty of facilities, including a restaurants and minimarts, with free WiFi, seating and tour company outlets. There's even a complimentary shuttle service to selected shopping destinations and a paid shuttle service to The Dubai Mall and Dubai International Airport. See More

Arriving in Dubai


Most nationalities can simply get a visa on arrival at the airport but visitors should check their visa requirements before arriving. Both Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) have a range of helpful facilities and public transport options. 

Money changing facilities and taxis are readily available, as well as car rental services, convenience stores and information desks for general queries.

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The currency in Dubai is the dirham, which is shortened to AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham). One dirham is divided into 100 fils. The dirham has been pegged to the US dollar since 1997, meaning the exchange rate never changes. One US dollar is worth AED3.67.

Small bottle of water: AED1.5 (50 cents)
Big Mac: AED16.75 (USD4.5)
Biryani: AED13 (USD3.5)
Shawarma wrap: AED5 (USD1.4)
Short taxi ride: AED12 (USD3.3)
Dubai Metro (3 zones): AED5.8 (USD1.6)
Cinema ticket (standard): AED35 (USD9.6)
Abra ride across Dubai Creek: AED1 (USD27 cents)

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The weather

With a coastal location on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai enjoys a warm climate all year. The ‘winter’ months last from October to May with warm temperatures ranging from 20–35°C (68–95°F).

The summer season lasts from June to September with hotter temperatures reaching the mid-40s (~110° F) – and the city’s wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities and attractions ensure Dubai is a year-round destination.

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Wi-Fi in Dubai


Navigating around the city, reading restaurant reviews and checking in with friends around the world – we all need to stay connected. You will receive a free prepaid SIM card from telecom operator, Du, on arrival at the airport. You can also check out the competitive roaming and data packages from Etisalat, Du and Virgin Mobile. Safe public Wi-Fi is available across the UAE at many top destinations. Simply sign up and surf away. See More

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Embassies & consulates


Nearly 100 foreign embassies are located in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital city, and Dubai is home to around 80 consulates. Embassies and consulates are typically open Monday to Friday (the UAE working week) and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as all public holidays of both the UAE and the embassy's home country. Opening times may vary so please check official websites, make appointments where possible, and arrive early with all the relevant paperwork.

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Emergency numbers


In case of emergencies while on holiday in the UAE, call:

  • 911 for Police

  • 998 for Ambulance

  • 997 for Fire Department

  • 996 for Coastguard 

Visitors may also find these numbers helpful:

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Visa Information



  • You can get a visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

    Visa information

    • The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days from the date of entry.

    • There is a 10-day grace period for extension.

    • If extended, the total validity would be 60 days from the date of entry.

    • Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months.

    • This is a multi-entry visa. The visa holder can consume the 30-day validity regardless of whether they are inside or outside the UAE – days spent outside the UAE are calculated from the 40-day validity of the visa.


  • Transit visas are available for all passport holders, from 48 to 96 hours.

    Visas are valid for entry to the UAE up to 30 days from the date of issue.

    Passengers must have a valid onward flight booking outside of the UAE and a valid hotel booking for the duration of the stay in the country. You will need to show copies of these bookings.

    It's advisable to plan ahead and apply for visas in advance of booking your stopover and transit through Dubai.

    This type of visa can only be provided by airlines.


  • Anyone is eligible to come and work in the UAE, provided they have a valid work visa.

    Your employer will need to apply for your work visa. The duration and validity of this are subject to the terms of your employment contract.

    You will require a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry, recent colour photographs with a white background and other documents – please check the link below.

    if you are already in the UAE, you can apply for a change of status or can exit the country and return.

    For more information, contact your employer or select the relevant service on the GDRFAD portal.


Arrival in Dubai


You will land in one of the two main international airports in the city: Dubai International Airport (DXB) or Dubai World Central Airport (DWC). When you arrive at the terminal, follow the signs for baggage claim

Passport control


Passport control will have a variety of different queues – join the one that corresponds to the passport that you hold. Waiting time is approximately 30 minutes, but this really depends on the time (morning hours tend to be busier). Once you reach the passport control officer, you will present both your passport and a hard copy of the entry permit that we have sent you by email (only valid in Dubai-based airports).

Print the following items before your flight:

• Entry permit

• Admission letter from EAHM

• Copy of your passport

• EAHM location map

• Accommodation booking confirmation

The officer will also scan your fingerprint and your eyes, the first time you enter Dubai. Once completed, follow the signs to the baggage claim..

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Your luggage (baggage claim)


Find your flight number on the screens (usually placed above each luggage belt/ carousel). Waiting time may vary depending on how busy the airport is at that time.


If your luggage has not been delivered, head to the closest “May I help you?” team member and they will direct you to one of the Dnata or Emirates baggage desks located in the Arrivals halls. You will need to present the luggage tag that was given to you upon check-in (usually stuck to the back of your passport) to find your bag. The team will assist in retrieving your luggage; make sure you provide EAHM’s location details and phone number so that they can contact you.


Customs and cash


Right after picking up your bags you will proceed through customs. If you have nothing to declare, please pass through the green lane. If you have items to declare, use the red lane. A customs inspector may choose you for a random routine check, but there is no need to be anxious. This should take no more than five minutes.


Once you pass through customs, you will be at the Arrivals section of the airport. Before exiting, make sure to withdraw cash from one of the ATMs available. We recommend that you take out around AED 200 to pay for the taxi ride and buy a snack in case you are hungry. The arrivals section will also have a few exchange bureaus if you do not have a functioning debit/credit card.

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If an airport pick-up has not been arranged beforehand, there will be plenty of airport taxis that you can take. Do not accept taxi rides from anyone else.


Follow the signs for the taxi stand, exit the airport and join the queue. Once it’s your turn, you might be directed to a luxury black car by the airport staff (which is nicer but a little more expensive than the average taxi). You can decline and request one of the beige ones. If you are female, they may also direct you to a pink taxi (same rate as a normal taxi but with a female driver).


Once you enter the taxi, give the driver the campus address or show the driver the location map on your phone. Please note that the driver may not know the exact address of EAHM, so you might need to give them directions or use a maps app.

Dubai taxis are generally beige with different colours on the top (blue, red, purple, green, etc) that represent the company they are from. All of them offer the same rate and experience.

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