Dubai is one of 7 Emirates that are part of the United Arab Emirates.
Note that Dubai is the name of the Emirate and the city of Dubai, which is its capital.
UTC+4 (No summer/winter time)
Dubai has three airports:
- Terminal 1 - for international carriers; this is the "old" terminal.
- Terminal 2 - mainly used by flydubai
- Terminal 3 - dedicated for Emirates
There are no airside visa requirements to transit between these terminals. Terminals 1 and 3 are directly connected, and Terminal 2 is on the opposite end of the airport. A bus service runs between Terminal 2 and other terminals.
In addition, the Executive Flight Terminal (located next to Terminal 2) is dedicated for private aircraft.
Dubai World Center - Al Makhtoum International - DWC is the second major airport in Dubai. Located in Jebel Ali (37 KM west of Dubai), it was opened in June 2010. It was designed mainly for cargo traffic, and later certified for passenger movement. It is served by seasonal carriers and a few low cost carriers.
Transiting between DWC and DXB requires a visa due to the distance between the terminals.
Dubai Cargo Gateway - DCG (previously called Dubai Cargo Village) is an airport in Dubai dedicated for cargo traffic. It is located next to Dubai International Airport.
In addition to normal tourist, business, residency visas, Dubai also offers the following visas which can be obtained on arrival:
A 96-hour visa available for those with longer transit times. Note that transiting at DXB does not require a visa. This visa is available for those that have longer transit periods and want to leave the transit area.
GCC Resident Visa (Short Stay)
A special visa for foreigners with permanent residency in a GCC member state holding a suitable position.
Visa exceptions are also available for (at the time of this writing) 43 nationalities; although this number is subject to change.
Dubai is linked with the other Emirates with a national highway network, which also connects the UAE to Oman and Saudi Arabia.
The Roads and Transit Authority controls the public transit network in Dubai. In addition to buses and taxis, it also includes the dubai metro light rail and dubai tram. The metro has stations at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.