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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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So here is my update on my situation. All in all pretty terrible: BA refused to check my bags in all the way to Hyderabad (India). They have a policy of not checking bags on flights other than their own. They would make an exception only for OneWorld partners. Something about how BA was responsible for luggage even if the other airline lost it. The fact ...


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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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I've been to China with a UAE stamp in the same passport. No problem was raised. I don't particularly see why there would be a problem? China and the UAE have pretty good relations. So in answer to your question - yes, it IS possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in your passport.


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I suggest: Eurostar from London to Paris (2h30) or to Brussels (2h00) Train to Istanbul (47 to 49h) Train to Tehran (66h) Bus to Bandar-e-Abbas Ferry to Dubaï Train may be faster and more comfortable in Europe. Bus may be faster and more comfortable in Middle-East. Information sites are: Train in Europe: Any HAFAS site (I choose multilingual belgian ...


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ARE is indeed the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code for United Arab Emirates. These are the codes used for machine readable passports as defined by ICAO. Looking at the wikipedia page showing the format used for machine readable passports you can see that the ISO 3166-1 codes are used both to identify the issuing country as well as the nationality of the ...


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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 had the same issue in February, 2013. I was flying from Munich to Dubai on Lufthansa and then flying on Emirates from Dubai to Calicut (Kozikode) India, separate bookings as well. When I landed in Dubai, I figured I would just collect my bags and check in. But since I had no visa, I was not allowed to baggage area. I was instructed to go through transfer ...


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I'm actually about to do the same thing when transferring at London Heathrow. My partner and I have booked a holiday in Barcelona through one online booking site and the return trip home from Heathrow from another online booking site. I assumed that we'd just need to come out through customs, collect our bags, then go back through to get our next flight ...


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Neither the UAE nor Singapore are interested in upsetting transiting travellers who keep to themselves. The importation of sex toys into the UAE is not allowed, however, so if you are making a stopover and leaving the airport, you may wish to consider leaving your sex toys behind. (Although it is unlikely customs would do anything more than seize them and ...


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Upon landing at Abu Dhabi; you and your luggage will be subject to an x-ray scan. At this point, any suspicious items will be confiscated. Although you are not importing items into the UAE (as you never enter the country, but are in transit) nevertheless any goods deemed inappropriate will be seized. You do run the risk of having the item confiscated but ...


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I had a similar issue but in what seemed to be a simpler situation. I had one ticket but with 3 airlines (from the same Star Alliance). I was flying from San Jose via Chicago and Copenhagen to Vilnius. The first leg was Continental, then SAS, then airBaltic. The clerk at Continental stand said he can't check my luggage in through to Vilnius because they had ...


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I entertained the idea to spend some time in Dubai as well, considering I have to change planes there anyway. I talked to a friend last week who lived for several years in Al Ain, a city in the UAE on the Omanian border. It seems the UAE are okay for travelling by yourself, but a city like Al Ain with a population of over 370,000 and a possible gateway ...


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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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I would recommend withdrawing AED from an ATM in Dubai. There is likely an ATM in the airport so you can do this as soon as you land. The ATM will charge you a flat fee for withdrawal, while money changers will charge you a percentage of what you convert.


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There is no railway in UAE, so the only choice is sea-travel or buses. In the persian gulf you can use the internal ships, from BANDAR LENGEH to DUBAI - it costs $100 one way. I can't find any specific info about ferries from Europe to the UAE, so maybe the best way is to get a ferry to Egypt, and from there use the bus. Note that the large government ...


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As far as UAE is concerned, there is only one issue at hand - since you are not going to consume alcohol inside the UAE but on-board the aircraft; where they do not check your religion. If you appear publicly intoxicated, you are breaking the law. That's it. So, as long as you can "hold your liquor", you'll be fine. The problem is that "intoxicated" is ...


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Your problem here is that the Georgian Lari is a closed currency. As a result, you aren't meant to legally be able to buy or sell the currency outside of the country, as by law, the currency itself isn't meant to leave the country. A representative from the Royal Bank of Scotland confirms this in another forum.


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Emirati immigrations is a federal agency, hence visa rules are the same for all Emirates. The visas are issued for all the country under the name of UAE and not for a single Emirate or under its name.


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I found the Deira Spice Souk very interesting. It's an easy metro ride from the airport. I considered picking up some gifts there for family, but ended up not doing so. If you have cooks in your family they might appreciate some of the unique spices offered here.


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When I visited Dubai a couple years ago, they never asked about my religious views at all. It's not on any form they give you, it's not on my passport and travel documents, and they never verbally asked me. So getting through immigration won't be a problem. Also, Dubai is filled with non-Muslim workers, mostly Filipinos, Indians, Brits and Americans. The ...


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There are many airports in UAE But taking Emirates as an example, the rules are: Check-in opens 3 hours before the flight and closes 90 minutes before You should go through security no later than 60 minutes before departure Be at gate 45 minutes before departure, but no later than 20 minutes, because the gate will be closed then. I personally have not ...


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There is unfortunately a very good chance of your visa application getting rejected. When you are denied entry to a country, the immigration officers do not usually place a stamp. But they do keep record of your information. In some cases, you will have the right to refuse to give your biometric data (finger prints for example), but your passport number, ...


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Just came across this question. If you fly into Qatar, it is land locked with Saudi Arabia. The only way to get into Saudi Arabia is with a transit visa. I lived in Qatar so I had a residents permit which made the transit visa easier to obtain. You do this through local agencies, I got my first one at the Saudi Arabian embassy after 7 trips but now they've ...


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Well. That was fairly painless. ONTC does not provide a service between Abu Dhabi and Muscat. From Dubai to Muscat, busses leave at 7:30, 15:30 and 23:00, arriving at, respectively, 13:40, 21:35 and 5:00 (the next day). The price is quoted at 5.500, which probably means 5.5, which is about 11 euros, one way. I got this from the horse's mouth, ONTC ...


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For anyone else looking at this question from Google the quick answer is - it depends. Speak with the airline responsible for the first leg of your journey. BA policy is: Transfer passengers holding through tickets - British Airways will effect through-checkin (including the through-checking of bags) where applicable via the transfer point and minimum ...


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Taxis are that cheap in Dubai, and in general the public transport system is one of the best in the middle east. Your options for Dubai - Abu Dhabi: Public Transport (routes, timetables, etc. available at this website). The first bus to Abu Dhabi leaves at 5 AM and the journey takes about 90 minutes given the traffic conditions. Careem - this comes to $...


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No such registration procedure in UAE. Just write your friend's address in any form (if any). source: first hand experience.


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No problem -- the United Arab Emirates (and hence Dubai) does not care about Israeli stamps, it's only Israeli passport holders who may have a tough time. Here's the UAE Embassy to the US with a straightforward answer: Q: I am an American traveling to the UAE, will the UAE allow me entry if I have an Israeli stamp in my passport? A: Yes. And a ...



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