Fast cars. Luxury living. Skyscrapers. Deserts. Sun guarantee. Beaches. Arabic culture. Fast-paced. Modern. Not to mention all the world records this country holds! There are some good points there, which might have you considering the United Arab Emirates as a possible future holiday destination?
After living and working in the UAE for more than two years, we have, of course, learned a thing or two about the country. Sharing this knowledge with you should ensure you get an excellent trip! And hopefully don’t fall into too many tourist traps, unless you want to. Our goal is to give you an overview of what you can expect, what you can’t miss, as well as the best (and worst) times of the year to visit.
If you are not entirely sure you want to drop by the UAE, perhaps our little video below will help you decide. It showcases what your holiday might look like if you choose to go play in the giant sandbox!
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A tiny bit of history
It’s always good to have a tiny bit of background to the country you are visiting. It might also give you some interesting topics for the dinner table later.
The United Arab Emirates (or the UAE) is a sovereign monarchy consisting of seven states – also called emirates. Those are, in no particular order: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah. Each of the seven emirates has their own ruler who together forms what they call the Federal Supreme Council. The ruler of Abu Dhabi (the biggest emirate and the capital of the country) serves as the president of the UAE. The vice-president is the ruler of Dubai – which is the largest city in the country.
The local Emiratis only make up around 10% of the total population, with the rest being expatriates from around the world. Most of the expats in the UAE come from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, The Philippines and Egypt. These nationalities play an integral role in the overall feel of the country and the culture you’ll experience during your visit.
The UAE is a Muslim country, but it is considered the most “Western” friendly country in the Middle East. This means you can sometimes, but not always, forget about religion when walking around.
Now, with all the boring background stuff out of the way, let’s focus on what is most important for you to know before you go.
You might have a few presumptions of your own, and hear some ideas from others, about what you should wear while visiting the United Arab Emirates. As we have lived down there for more than two years, we can easily say that most foreigners misunderstand the clothing etiquette.
Initially, we also thought that Kia would have to cover herself up a bit, not showing knees or shoulders, at least in public. Generally, this isn’t true. It’s always good to cover up, but mostly because of the sun (which is scorching!). You can generally wear whatever you want. However, you will receive some occasional stares if your shorts or skirt is very short. If you don’t mind that, then you can wear whatever you want. Just let it be something you feel comfortable in, and everything will be okay.
If you go to the emirate of Dubai, you will generally experience that people are much “looser” in terms of their wardrobe. Abu Dhabi is a bit more conservative, while some of the other emirates are even more so. Sharjah, for example, is a bit stricter in their religious understanding and so is also a “dry” emirate. We will get back to that later.
Our best advice is to wear loose and light clothes, preferably made from cotton or linen so you can better withstand the immense heat.
You should definitely also wear a cap or a sunhat when roaming around; you will thank us for the tip later!
But perhaps even more important than clothes is sunscreen! And not that sissy 6-20 SPF. Wear at least 50 SPF, or you will get burned. The UV index is generally above 10, so you will get burned in around 15 minutes or so. Just saying.
Even though the national language of the UAE is Arabic, you do under no circumstances need to speak it. Everyone is quite good at English, and the people who work in the service industry are generally not Emiratis, or even Arabs, anyway.
Should you encounter a local Emirati, it is always nice to know a few phrases, just to be friendly. “Shukran” means “Thanks” and “La” means “No”. If you want to say hello, there are several phrases, but the easiest is probably “Ahlan”. Making an effort scores some easy extra points.
Waiters, hotel staff, taxi drivers and valets in the UAE will typically expect a small tip, which should not be more than 5 or perhaps 10 AED. For taxi drivers, you can round up to the nearest 5. However, in our opinion, you should only give tips if you have received excellent service. We never gave tips in the UAE if the service was poor, and no one seemed to mind.
Generally speaking, the service staff you meet are not educated. They might not even realise themselves if the service is considered bad. If you arrive expecting flawless service, or even service comparable to Western standards, you might be disappointed. This sounds a little harsh, but having lived there for so long, we know what we are talking about.
Further, remember to check your bill. Always! Mistakes can quickly happen, it seems, and besides all hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill. That should mean your gratuity is already covered.
If you still want to leave a tip, then we recommend around 10% for excellent service at a real restaurant. If the rumours are right, make sure to put this down in cash, or you risk it all going straight to the owner instead of the staff.
In the UAE, there is generally no proper public transportation except for the metro and the tram in Dubai. If you are in Dubai, you can explore the city quite easily using those. Remember, there are carriages only for women and children so keep an eye out for that. As a western woman, you can, of course, exploit that all you want. The metro is relatively affordable, but more importantly, it helps you beat the traffic, which can sometimes be horrible in Dubai.
In the rest of the UAE, the most accessible mode of transportation is taxies. They are affordable, at least compared to Europe, and makes it easy for you to get around. You have to remember that the taxi drivers do not always know the place you are going, and do not seem to be willing to use a GPS. Don’t be surprised if your driver starts calling friends and family to ask them if they know where your hotel is. Or stop random people on the street. We suggest you download an offline map on google so you can help him out in that case.
Also, be aware that we have had cases where our driver was VERY tired. If you are driving after dark, we suggest that someone from your party sits on the front seat and keeps an eye on him. If he starts drowsing off, it is okay to be angry. If you are too nice, it will happen again and again. This is just a word of warning, in general, the drivers are fine. The same goes for speeding drivers – don’t be afraid of telling them to slow down. The customer is always right.
Another option is to rent a car. We have a section just below which talks about driving in the UAE. Prices for rental cars seem to be okay, and the vehicles are in good condition. You might want to bring an International Driving License, just to be safe. You can also use Uber, or Careem, which is a local competitor in the Middle East. These only operate in Dubai at the moment, though. They seem to open up in Abu Dhabi sporadically, but as of writing, you will only be able to book a premium car, equivalent to a limousine, there.
As we have already touched upon, there is a mix of several different nationalities in the country, each with their own opinion on how you should be behaving in traffic. This means you will have to be a bit more alert while driving, as other people might not follow the same rules of the road as yourself. They might, for example, not be inclined to use their indicator, or may suddenly swerve across four busy lanes to catch an exit. We drove on a daily basis there though and didn’t feel it was worse than many other places. The roads are wide and new, so just take it slow and use Google Maps to guide your way, and you should be okay.
It is worth mentioning that they always build a lot of new roads in Dubai, so the GPS might be playing some games with you there. Just leave early and equip yourself with some patience. If you miss an exit, it can mean a 20-min detour. In that case, just see it as a chance for some extra sightseeing.
A final useful tip is not to exceed the speed limits in the UAE. They have speed cameras everywhere. It is literally impossible to drive for 5 minutes without passing a speed camera. The cameras will also catch you for jumping a red light or similar infringements.
Oh, and if you were wondering, they drive on the right side of the road.
Don’t worry. You can get a drink on your trip to the UAE. The only emirate which is dry (hence, no alcohol) is Sharjah. So, avoid this one, if that’s a problem for you.
Almost all hotels serve alcohol, as does all restaurants located in a hotel. For that reason, most restaurants are indeed situated in a hotel. There are also exceptions to this rule, where other restaurants may be allowed to serve drinks. This could be at golf courses, in certain malls or in particular buildings. A piece of advice would be to check directly with the restaurant before you go to avoid disappointment.
Alcohol is heavily taxed and is thus quite expensive all over the country. Prices always seem to be rising, so if you are looking for cheap beer or cocktail by the beach, this is probably not the destination you are looking for. You are likely to realise that 50% off your drink at happy hour means the price will be comparable to your home country.
You can also buy alcohol in a few specific stores around the country. These will be shady-looking from the outside but have a good selection. Just find them on google if needed. As a resident in the UAE, you can get an alcohol license, and your monthly alcohol allowance is then calculated based on your income. However, they never seem to enforce this so tourists should be fine as well. We recommend you bring alcohol from home or from your airport of departure though. It is just much easier. You are allowed to import 5 bottles of wine or 4 litres of spirit per person. It’s also possible to buy some in a duty-free shop on arrival, but prices here will be higher, and the same allowance is in effect anyway.
If you do bring alcohol, remember you are under no circumstances allowed to drink in public. You strictly need to keep it in your hotel room or somewhere private. Not adhering to that rule could put you in trouble.
If you really enjoy indulging on your vacation, then Friday Brunches should be just the right activity to attend. They are on during the cooler months between September and May and are usually 4-hour food and drink extravaganzas! The concept is that you can eat and drink as much as you like for the duration, and then you jump into the pool for some happy hour drinks afterwards. They start at noon and don’t be surprised if you need to take a long nap when you get back to your room. Despite the massive food waste, these buffet brunches are great experiences, and we would be hypocrites if we didn’t mention them here. We have been to lots and lots ourselves. Our favourite is the one held in Nahaam at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.
You may consider it odd, that such an activity is one of the most popular things to do on a Friday afternoon, in a religious country, but that really is the case.
Public Display of Affection, or what is sometimes shortened as PDA, is not allowed in public in the UAE.
You should refrain from kissing or being too touchy-feely with your partner. Depending on the scale of things, this is either illegal or frowned upon. You can hold hands and hug appropriately – for example, as a greeting. We recommend keeping this to a minimum though, as it can offend quite a significant part of the population in the country. We’ve never had any problems in this regard ourselves, but better be safe than sorry. You will have no problems at all, as long as you use common sense.
The sun is powerful, and the dry, sandy land will reflect it quite a lot. Bring some sunglasses and make them your best friend on your visit. Your eyes will thank you! If you happen to forget your pair, the whole country is full of malls. They even boast the largest mall in the world, so you can probably find replacement specs.
The 7 Emirates
Dubai is the name of both the largest city in the UAE and the most well-known emirate of them all. And it isn’t even the capital of the UAE. Tourists and extravagant living drive the economy here, not oil as many would think. Because of its dependence on tourism, Dubai goes to great lengths to attract tourists. This is easy to see if you skim through the Guinness Book of World Records. The city truly has a lot to offer and is, therefore, the preferred vacation destination in the country. Having sun guarantee sure helps too.
We have created a separate blog post, specifying the 14 main things we believe no-one should miss while in Dubai. Check it out if you plan on visiting!
Dubai is definitely the emirate with the most activities and attractions. This also makes it the most touristy place in the whole country, though. If you don’t like that, consider Abu Dhabi instead.
Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the UAE and also serves as the capital. Contrary to Dubai, this is where the oil money is. When Dubai was struggling during the financial crisis, the government of Abu Dhabi had to bail them out. However, even though Abu Dhabi is currently the powerhouse of the economy, they know that being oil-dependent is not a sustainable strategy. And so they are ramping up their tourism offering as well. This is good news for you as a traveller.
Similarly to Dubai, we have also created a blog post specifically for Abu Dhabi. It highlights our 15 favourite things to do or places to visit. Check it out here. Highlights include The Grand Mosque, Yas Marina Circuit, The Corniche and Saadiyat Beach but do check the detailed post if you plan on visiting.
If you have followed us for a while, especially on social media, you know we love the desert and used to spent a lot of time out there. When we lived in Abu Dhabi, we often went out to catch the sunset, have a BBQ or camp under the stars. It was definitely our favourite thing to do in the country. If you have some extra time and are looking for an overnight trip out into the desert, then Al Ain or Liwa should be on your list.
Al Ain is an inland oasis city located on the border to Oman. It has a lot to offer, including the only mountain in Abu Dhabi, the largest camel market in the country, a rare green oasis park as well as a few desert hotels and resorts. We have personally stayed at Telal Resort. Although it is a dry hotel, it was still a unique experience (and you can bring your own alcohol).
Liwa is a tiny town in the southern part of the country, located right in between some massive red sand dunes. This is where the famous Empty Quarter starts, the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, extending 1,000 km deep into Saudi Arabia. This desert is really something special and is best experienced while camping under the stars. You can read more about Liwa in our 15 Top Picks for Abu Dhabi post as well.
Many are already familiar with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but the other five emirates can be interesting to visit as well.
Most of the UAE is made up of desertlands. However, the northern parts (where Ras Al Khaimah is located) offer more rocky mountain landscapes. These are great to look at and even greater to explore.
Ras Al Khaimah is the “action” emirate of the UAE and tries to sell all kinds of adventurous activities. The most famous such activity is the longest and fastest zip line in the world. Besides this, the emirate also offers excellent hiking paths in the mountains
Another great experience from Ras Al Khaimah is to take a Dhow cruise to Musandam in Oman or have fun with some water sport activities like kayaking, or jet skiing. The sea is always warm in the UAE.
Fujairah is mostly known for beaches and a relaxed way of life. You can, for example, take a trip to Snoopy Island, which should be perfect for relaxation and a few water sport activities if that gets too boring.
Fujairah is also the emirate with the most diving opportunities and should have some lovely spots just outside the coast. They are particularly famous for wreck diving. Fujairah is also located in a mountainous area, so the landscape is a bit more interesting compared to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Besides mountains and beaches, Fujairah has a lot of historic mosques, Awhala Fort and a typical heritage village, if that’s what you are into.
Ajman is the smallest of the emirates and sits smack in the middle of Sharjah. Not much to say about this one, other than you can partake in the usual water sport activities.
There is not much to say about Umm Al Quwain either. It is one of the smaller emirates which doesn’t receive a lot of tourists. It has some coastline, just like the rest of the country, and therefore also offers a wide range of water sport activities.
Umm Al Quwain also boasts a sizable water world, but you have plenty of bigger ones in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Perhaps of most interest is the abandoned plane you can go visit. We haven’t been ourselves, but there should be a large Russian plane of the Ilyushin IL 76 model that has presumably been abandoned in the desert.
Sharjah is the third largest of the emirates but boasts the most populous city in the whole country. You will definitely feel this if your trip takes you through there – the traffic is insane! When driving in Sharjah, it felt like we might as well have been in Kabul. It honestly looked a bit like a scene straight out of Homeland. We actually visited because we had brought a Groupon voucher for a shooting range out there. Imagine how we felt when we were handed a massive .44 Magnum.
Sharjah is intended to be the cultural centre of the UAE and therefore boasts several museums, historic mosques, heritage villages and all kinds of markets. It is much cheaper to live here than Dubai, and because it is relatively close, we actually see a lot of tourists making that choice. In our opinion, you are better off staying in Dubai. If that seems too expensive for you, maybe it is better to stay out of the UAE altogether. There are lots of lovely places around the world which are lighter on the wallet. Check out our other destinations here if you need some inspiration.
As mentioned earlier, Sharjah is a dry state, which means that alcohol is strictly not allowed.
Best time to visit the UAE
There are a few things to consider when choosing the best time to visit the UAE. First, you have the weather. As the UAE is a relatively small country, the weather is similar all over. It is basically a country which has flourished due to oil, not due to its excellent geographical location. Nothing can really survive there, it’s just too hot and too dry. That being said, now the infrastructure is in place, what it primarily means to you as a tourist is SUN GUARANTEE. Still, the best time to visit will depend on your personal preferences. Specifically, your preferences for air and water temperatures. Do you like it hot or extremely hot? Secondly, there might be some holidays or events you would like to make or avoid during your visit. Some of these would be religious and might be hard for Westerners to relate to. Others are secular. We will go through the most important ones in the next few sections.
Weather and climate
The different emirates in the UAE share a similar desert climate. That means it’s hot and sunny throughout the year, albeit to varying degrees. The seasons follow the ones in the Western hemisphere. Winters are relatively mild, with lows of 15 degrees Celcius. In reality, temperatures rarely fall below 20 though. The UAE never gets cold during the day-time, not even in the “winter” months; however, a jacket might actually be needed on windy winter evenings. The summers, on the contrary, get very, very hot. With average summer temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (often reaching above 40 degrees) the UAE is plenty warm. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it gets even worse in desert areas. Don’t go to the desert during summer – that’s just torture. Temperatures also soar at coastal areas; however, they tend to be more bearable due to the sea breeze. Below we have prepared a monthly overview of the weather, and the sea temperatures to give you a better feel of it. We hope these will help guide you as to when you should visit the UAE!
When we lived there, we preferred the weather during the spring and fall. March, April, October and November seemed particularly lovely. We can handle hot temperatures, though. It should be mentioned that some of our visitors from back home were struggling with the heat in those months.
UAE average temperatures and rainfall
UAE average water temperatures
Celebrations and national holidays
National holidays and events in the UAE are plentiful and typically celebrated by everyone in the country. Some of the holidays are on specific dates, while others change from year to year. Remember to check an updated list of the national holidays and celebrations for the year you are planning to visit. It might not be that easy because they tend to depend on visual moon sightings, which can be hard to predict precisely. A simple google search for public holidays should give you a general idea, though, or you can visit www.publicholidays.me where you will find detailed descriptions of celebrations and what this means for you as a tourist. The UAE is also prominent on big events and celebrations. Chances are very high that something spectacular is going on while you are visiting. We have included the holidays and events we think affected us the most, or were the most striking from our point of view.
The month of Ramadan
The main and most well-known Muslim celebration is Ramadan. In 2019, it ran for pretty much the full month of May. It changes every year though, always around a week earlier, meaning in 2020 it will start close to April 23rd. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from any eating, drinking, smoking or sexual activity whatsoever, between sunrise and sunset. The exact timings are not that simple, but that is the general idea. This can create some challenges for tourists, first and foremost if you are not aware. It is indeed illegal for anyone to be seen eating, drinking or smoking in public and even accidentally doing so could get you in quite some trouble. If you are not used to such restrictions, it is very easy to forget, and you may suddenly find yourself chewing on some bubblegum in front of a not so friendly police officer. If you do manage to stick to the rules, there are still challenges, mainly if you are not used to the warm weather. Going a full day without food or water is not advisable, so we suggest you do not try to fast in the same way as the locals. It is perfectly fine for you to continue eating and drinking as usual, but you should be subtle about it. These restrictions will typically not be in place at hotels and specific tourist areas, so it is only something you have to think about while you are out and about. As long as you are thoughtful and respectful of the culture, you will have a great time. When the sun sets, each evening, all Muslims join together to celebrate Iftar with their families. For them, the month of Ramadan is both a joyous occasion, as well as a time to reflect and do good by volunteering or donating to charities. Much like Christmas in the Western world.
UAE National day
The UAE national day always falls on December 2nd. On this day the whole of UAE celebrates the “birth of the union” in memory of the day when the first six emirates created a union. It’s not a celebration of independence from the British, which some believe. In the beginning, the union was intended to include Bahrain and Qatar as well, but they opted out last minute. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah joined the year after.
Celebrations take place everywhere on this day, and all traffic will be affected. The country is always honoured by a cool air display performed by the Al Fursan aerobatic team as well as caravans of cars honking and cheering all over the place. Several buildings will display the Emirati flag, which will also be seen everywhere around the country in the days leading up to this special day.
The Formula 1 race is held in Abu Dhabi each year towards the end of November. It is the last race of the World Championship and is probably one of the big events that have really helped put Abu Dhabi on the map. It’s an extraordinary event, which feels very glamorous. This is especially thanks to the night time setting, which is quite unique in Formula 1.
The race is held at the Yas Marina Circuit, and the whole weekend around the race is packed with activities, events and celebrations. Tickets vary in price; however, all of them includes four different concerts from Thursday to Sunday evening. In the past, big names such as Pink!, Guns’n’Roses, and Calvin Harris have performed. It truly is the event of the year if you are living in Abu Dhabi, and we can highly recommend the experience.
A lot of tourists are flying in just for this weekend, so expect higher than usual prices. You will see more people on the streets in general, and there is even a big effect on numbers in Dubai as it is only a 1.5 hours drive away.
Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race has opened the season on The Corniche in Abu Dhabi 12 years in a row. This spectacular race spans almost the entire Corniche Beach, and there is plenty of free spots to witness the pilots pivot around in the air. You can also book a sunlounger in one of the beach clubs for the day and really join the party.
The aerobatics are awe-inspiring, and on top of the regular race, you will also get to experience the famous Al Fursan air show, some helicopter demonstrations, a jetpack and much more. We highly recommend it.
Dubai World Cup (Horse Race)
As we have also mentioned in our blog post about our top picks for Dubai the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse is worth a visit. It is held on the last weekend of March every year. Remember to wear something fancy if you want to fit in; we were definitely a bit underdressed.
Female and solo travellers
First and foremost: You can easily travel to the UAE as a solo female traveller. The country is a top tourist destination. You will notice this right away, as almost everyone speaks English and are very welcoming. If you feel a little insecure anyway, consider starting with a few organised tours. Being part of a group should shield you from pretty much any interaction with locals. Remember there are only about 10% local Emiratis – the rest are expats. If you don’t dress modestly, we mentioned the possibility of the occasional stare a little earlier. Kia has actually never, in 2.5 years, received a stare from a local Emirati. She has, however, received a few stares from some of the expats with a different cultural background.
As mentioned above, the worst thing you will experience on your trip is the occasional stare, and perhaps a few street sellers commenting on your blonde hair or skin as part of their sales pitch. That’s it. That would happen throughout the entire world, and there is absolutely no reason that should keep you from experiencing all the fantastic adventures the UAE has to offer. Most of the areas are very “western”, and we are confident you won’t have any problems at all.
Group tours are in no way necessary for a solo female traveller. Such tours are not for everybody, and let’s say it again, are not needed. You’ll be fine on your own. Kia lived here and roamed around with ease for more than two years, so she would know. If you have some specific questions about this, please reach out in the comments below. We would be more than happy to make you comfortable.
Having and ethical and sustainable trip
We believe that travellers always have the best intentions on their holiday. However, making the most sustainable or ethical choice in any given situation can be very hard when you are on the spot. We have experienced this many times ourselves. When you are in a new place, it is easier to get confused or pressured to take the wrong decision. To make it easier for you to travel to the UAE sustainably and ethically, we have collected some advice below. Much of this, we wish we had known before arriving. If you want more in-depth research concerning more sustainable and ethical travels in general, then stay tuned. We are currently working on the ultimate guide, that will help you no matter the destination.
Camel rides - should you do it?
If you decide to go on any of the Desert Safaris, visit a heritage village or even bask in the sun at the JBR Beach in Dubai, chances are you will be offered a camel ride or two. The main points that we would like you to consider before jumping on the camel are the following: How is it treated, does it look malnourished, does it have access to water and shade, and lastly whether this experience might lead you to have a bad stomach feeling later? Our best advice is to research the topic extensively beforehand. This should ensure you keep feeling good about the whole thing when you get back home from your vacation. A few specific google searches will help you receive up-to-date guidance. We have also covered the topic of camel, donkey and horse rides extensively on our Egypt page here.
The UAE has plenty of deserts, and desert trips or desert safaris might very well include some dune bashing. As fun as it might sound to bash around in the otherwise undisturbed desert, it is really, really bad for the ecosystem. In general, you should refrain from “disturbing” the deserts ecosystem too much, and dune bashing is an easy experience to cut out. We still recommend going to the desert, camp there, sleep under the stars or take a hike, but just remember to be responsible about it. We love the serenity of the deserts around the world and have been in plenty, so we understand why you want to explore it for yourself.
Almost nobody in the UAE drink tap water. Not even the locals. However, you can safely drink it; it will not harm you. It has a bit of a weird taste, which is understandable as it is, in fact, desalinized water straight from the sea. The taste is not great, but you can get used to it.
If you do not feel comfortable drinking the water, you can use water filters, such as the “life straw”. This won’t change the peculiar taste though.
Should you end up deciding not to drink the tap water, then please only drink locally produced water. The UAE has plenty of water sources, and there is no need to fly fancy bottled water in from France, Italy or Spain when there is plenty of oasis water in the desert. The biggest and most well-known local brands are Al Ain Water and Masafi. Just ask whatever restaurant you are dining in, for domestic water. Most will have it, and it will be cheaper. Some will force you to pay 10 USD for a bottle of Evian though, and unfortunately, there isn’t anything you can do about that.
As we have already mentioned, the heat can be relentless, so please ensure you drink enough water! Don’t compromise on your well-being, so just go drink the tap water if you need to, no matter how it tastes. We promise you will be okay.
Health, insurance and vaccinations
We recommend travel insurance when visiting the UAE. You might already be covered through your credit card, bank or the like but if not, make this a priority. Compared to other countries, we wouldn’t say there are more significant risks associated with travel to the UAE. The costs of the hospital services are quite steep though, so take this into account if you are not covered. No matter if you go to Australia, Denmark or Africa, we always advise the cautious approach. Like many other travel blogs, we suggest World Nomads. It just seems to be a reliable brand, with good coverage at a reasonable price. Also, the online purchase process is straightforward and hassle-free. If you are going for more extended periods, you could also consider one of the newer players such as SafetyWing. It is okay to shop around, but if you do not want to spend a long time on this, World Nomads is usually a safe choice.
Do you need to get vaccinated when going to the UAE? Probably not. Shots like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus should be considered though, depending on the length of your stay. We have taken them all. They will be nice to have for most other destinations as well, so if you haven’t already, it might be useful to get them out of the way sooner rather than later.