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It's 100% OK to carry condoms. In fact, you will find them everywhere in Dubai (Pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.). In case you are wondering (and I think you are since you asked this question), condoms are not a problem for both the Islamic and the Arabian cultures. Source: I am both an Arab and a Muslim who lived in Dubai for 3 years in the past, and I ...


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The United Arab Emirates (Dubai) does not care about your religion: it's not even asked on your landing card, because there isn't one! I've visited/passed through a dozen times and never been asked, and neither have I ever heard of anybody being asked. The only country in the region that I'm aware of asking for your religion is Saudi Arabia, where you need ...


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Let me first state that I've lived in Dubai for a solid 19 years (years 0 to 19). In these 19 years, I have done almost everything there is to do in Dubai and been almost every place there is to go (including going to night clubs even though I was under age). At the outset, let me clarify this: I'd wish to visit Dubai with my girlfriend, but after ...


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Various online sources (Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor, USA Today, Dubai FAQ) seem to agree that as long as you don't start making out in public and telling people that you're not married, or attract the attention of the police in other ways, you'll be breaking the law but are very unlikely to get into trouble. People in general, and hotel staff especially ...


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Any hotel or hostel will allow you to check your bags at the front desk after you check out... it's commonly done, and I've never stayed anywhere that didn't allow this.


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First, I would like to talk about the punishment flight part. It is a punishment not because it is a flight to India, but because it is an international round trip (or turn around) and because it is at night. So, the crew will have to manage their sleeping time before the flight to be able to wake up late to report for this long, boring international flight ...


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Finally after almost a couple of weeks, the laptop reached LAX. What to do is simple, and here are the steps eliminating all the places I called unnecessarily. Call the Dubai Lost and Found department. Give them as much details of the item as possible. Having an airlines tag certainly helped. Once they located the item, you will be given a file reference ...


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Laws apply when you touch the ground of a country. The only way to get around that would be to go into a foreign embassy. There is no difference how long you are there or where you stay. On top of that, places that have a very high traffic of foreigners will alert you if possible if you are trying to do something illegal. So if there are two guys in the UAE ...


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Doha Transit Visa: Not required.. Visa On Arrival: You can have VOA if you want to go outside the airport in DOH for $30. Airport is nice and full facilities are available (duty free, food, place to sleep...etc). The city is nice with lots of activities. I suggest visiting The Museum of Islamic Art. Doha has many malls and modern shopping centers. Dubai ...


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tl;dr It boils down to this: Are you travelling with family/kids? Do you have a flexible budget (able to consider more than the cheapest options)? Are you easily annoyed or frustrated while travelling? Do you have onward travel once you have arrived in India (by road, train, connecting flights, etc.)? If the answer to any of the above is YES, I wouldn't ...


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I looked up an Emirates flight from Gatwick to Dubai on FlightRadar24 and came up with EK12. Seems they avoid Syria and Iraq and fly over Iran. http://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ek12/#5ffa0b8 There is no guarantee it'll take the exact same route each day, but it should mostly be similar. In any case, you can browse a few days into the past to see ...


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Short answer: Yes, you will get in trouble. And I personally don't recommend public drinking in any Arabic/Islamic country. It is even illegal in many other countries. Long answer is that there are a lot of details to know about drinking law rules in Dubai. By the way, Ramadan is a single month per lunar year. It was in August 2011, it will be in July ...


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It didn't stop me, I got a grilling about the contents of my passport when I traveled for business in February. The people doing the checks were El Al staff, before departing LHR. They asked me about stamps for Egypt x2 (from the beginning of the civil unrest), Jordan, UAE, Turkey, Morocco and a trip to Lyon, France (though I suspect that was to get a ...


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I found the following on the UAE embassy site in the United Kingdom: Stop at Transit Any person transiting less than 12 hours can stop at the airport until they make their connection, provided they have a visa and confirmed ticket to their next destination. http://www.uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/uk/Content/591 So it seems that as long as: You ...


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I think that is just for aesthetical reasons. There are stores in Dubai that do sell round doughnuts, such as Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme or other stores, the only reference to square doughnuts in Dubai that I could find was the ones at Starbucks. Also on the other hand there are square doughnuts for instance in the US, without any mention to it be for ...


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No. Not legally. Passport retention is against the law in UAE. Your passport is usually the property of the government that issued it (as mentioned in the small print in your passport, which usually contains words to that effect), and each passport holder is responsible for its safekeeping. Source (I'm aware that the source's page title refers to ...


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It is possible, but you have to plan well. Here are my tips: Book your ticket online. The metro from the airport to Dubai Mall will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. It starts from 6 in the morning (except on Fridays, when it starts at 2 PM). There are 9 stops before you get to the mall. The metro only runs from Terminal 3 and 1, if you are in Terminal 2, ...


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You should buy your clothes in Kiruna. There are plenty of excellent outdoor stores in the city centre. Although it is regularly -25°C to -30°C in the valleys outside the city (where tours such as sled dogging tours take place), it's not cold in the city centre, where temperatures rarely drop down below -20°C (you might be surprised that a dry, calm, and ...


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Depending on where your hotel is located it may be more pratical to drop off your bags at the airport in the morning than leaving them in hotel. There is a left luggage facility at terminal 3 and it is easy to get to by metro.


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The exact regulations will vary from country to country, and their interpretation will vary from person to person, so there's never any guarantee of exactly what to be allowed or will not when it comes to items like Tripods. However speaking from personal experience, I have traveled extensively through at least a dozen different countries on multiple ...


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There are a few steps when it comes to this, and indeed I even overheard airport staff in Calgary yesterday discussing this. If it's lost on the plane, then you speak to the airline. That's the only time it's worth contacting them. If it's lost in the airport, you need to deal with the airport. Now, with regards to them not answering the phone, some ...


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I landed in terminal 3 and flew out of terminal 1 last year. I didn't have to leave the airside because Terminals 1 and 3 are joined. It took me about 20 minutes to walk from the Costa stand at the far end of terminal 3 to my gate in terminal 1 which was maybe half way down that terminal. So assuming your inbound flight arrives on time and you can walk for ...


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Um. You might want to start by investing in a guidebook or at least flicking through Wikivoyage Dubai. The airport and the "city" (such as it is, Dubai is hugely sprawling) are most definitely not within walking distance; however, they are connected by the Dubai Metro, which will whisk you there in a few minutes. The only bit of the city that is really ...


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The elevator ride down should be less than two minutes, but there may be lines getting in. There are buses between Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa metro station, but from the Burj Khalifa itself to the station it is quicker to walk. Google maps shows a 25min walking route, but I remember by jaywalking, it was more like 10-15min. The metro train frequency ...


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I have taken these night flights from Dubai to India several times, as recent as a month ago. I did not find any passengers to be unruly or the plane to be dirty. It is true that there are many working class (construction workers, airport maintenance staff etc.) people from India in Dubai and just like everyone else, they try to save a penny when it comes to ...


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It's fine. The minimum connecting time for Emirates-Emirates flights is 75 minutes — sorry, can't find an authoritative source for this, but if you booked your flights through Emirates, they'll only offer legal connections anyway. If your incoming flight is on time, you'll make it. If it's delayed and you miss the connection, Emirates will put you ...


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In addition to handling the matter yourself depending on if you paid via a credit card, most of the major vendors include Lost Baggage insurance at no additional cost if you pay for your tickets with the card. I personally haven't used the protection myself as I don't fly often, but I've heard AmEx is top notch with assistance, and Visa also does a good job. ...


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As jpatokal said, Dubai is a bit of a sprawling mess, and not much of a walkable city. Depending on your budget, you'd be best served taking cabs from place to place, especially if you're only there for a day. Having spent a day or two there myself in 2010, I'd say the following were highlights: Visit the souk, especially the gold portion to see all the ...


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Well, IF we're very generous, it might be a real hotel but I can't find a sign of it online, so it's either very, very new, or just changed names. However, the site you've been sent? Fake. Or at least, very dishonest. The photo of one of the rooms they've used is actually from the Hotel Susesi Luxury Resort in Turkey. Example posting for this hotel - ...


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The easiest way is indeed a taxi, and yes, that price sounds about right, although it's a regular metered fare so the exact cost will vary. Not every taxi will be willing to up and off to Abu Dhabi on a lark though, but the airport taxi stand can sort one out if you ask, or you can call and book a cab. As for safe, well... most UAE cabbies drive fairly ...



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