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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Citizens of the following countries ( holders of Regular Passports ) are exempted from UAE visa: [France is in this list] It should be noted that this list may change vary slightly from time to time and it is therefore best to check with your local UAE embassy or the airline that you are using ...


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Most things are indeed closed, but there are some things that are open 24h and worthwhile, although knowing the season you're visiting would be helpful. Top of my list would be relaxing with a Arabic meal and a puff or ten of ''shisha'' (water pipe) at a good 24h restaurant. I have a soft spot for Kan Zaman, which has good food, good shisha, tolerable ...


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jpatokal answer is correct. But I'll add that you will need to go through a security screening in Dubai (not immigration) and your luggage should be checked through. In my experience it is certainly feasible to get from gate to gate in about 45 minutes. I also noticed staff standing outside the security screening trying to flag down passengers for flights ...


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The region has a very long tradition of international trade, and it's a cornerstone of the economy. Taxes and tariffs are low, so many things are indeed cheaper. Additionally, the sheer number of shopping opportunities is an attraction in itself. Dubai has one of the world's largest shopping malls (among 50 others), one of the largest duty free stores, and ...


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Yes you can! This is how to do: You have to have a valid Schengen Visa You are eligible to stay up to 5 days in Romania You have to show the immigration that your next destination is a Schengen Country (ex: Greece, France, etc.) and in this case your trip should be Dubai - Romania - Athens (for transit) - Dubai This type of visa is called a transit Visa ...


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In general the tip to take the metro from the airport into town is a good idea, except when it is Friday. Being a Muslim country, Friday is a special day in the UAE and the metro only starts running at 1pm on Fridays. Of course I got to Dubai on a Friday, but there should be buses right? Yes there are a bunch of them stopping in front of Terminal One. The ...



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