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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in UAE. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to UAE.
Currencie(s): United Arab Emirates dirham
Corruption: UAE has a corruption score of 30/100.
If your itinerary runs through UAE, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, UAE is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
UAE is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.85 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: Doesn't matter, drinking is banned in Abu Dhabi
No info provided by WHO; other sources say alcohol is banned in UAE, but non-Muslim tourists may apply for a drinking license. The license is apparently very difficult to obtain and may be limited to those over 18 or 21, depending on location.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in UAE.
UAE scores a -13/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in UAE are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug G
Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 32.8 and 35°C (91 and 95°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 40.92 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to UAE. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.