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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 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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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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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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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 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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Once you have a visa, the rules regarding entry in the Schengen area are laid out in the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation 562/2006). The relevant part is article 5 (that's the consolidated version, this was added recently): (a) they are in possession of a valid travel document entitling the holder to cross the border satisfying the following criteria: ...


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No, you can not apply for a Schengen visa while you are on a tourist visa in UAE, only nationals of UAE or legal residents can apply. This also applies for all Schengen visas in any country while you are a tourist. Please note, legal residents means people on immigrant or work visas, this does not include tourist visas.


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Yes, just bring both the old passport with visa and the new valid passport with you. (Although you'll probably need to give the agency your actual old passport, not just a copy, if it's a visa label and not an electronic one.) I have a standard UAE residency visa, but my passport is due to expire in a couple of months. The visa is valid for another ...


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Unfortunately, yes I know that Fr, It, and Switzerland will in fact follow visa requirements very closely. My father worked in the UAE for many years, and this was something we had to deal with. There are still currents of public discontent of what is seen as overabundance of immigration from the Middle East in many parts of the EU. This leads to ...


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Due to some missed connections, we had to spend a night at Abu Dhabi airport. Here are some options for you to consider: Request for lounge access. The airport has a nice lounge with hot food, shower facility and comfortable lounge chairs. You can request the airport staff to grant passes, and if you are lucky, they may oblige. Depending on your ...


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If you're on a layover and not entering the country, that is, not going through immigration, you can expect that the law will not be equally enforced. As soon as you go through immigration, expect it does, though even in practice you will find that this particular law, in the UAE, is not too strictly enforced, either for visitors or residents. But, it can ...


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Pakistani citizens require visas for Saudi Arabia, full stop. There are no exceptions for UAE residents, although being resident and employed in the UAE may well increase your odds of getting the visa, since the Saudis are generally pretty picky about who they give visas to.


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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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Don't quite understand. Where do you currently live at the moment? You said you will come back to UAE on a visit visa, have you obtained it already? Basically, you can travel to EU and UK if you have valid visas. That won't be a problem if they believe that you will return to your home country before your visa expires. You might have to be ready to prove ...


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If you want to get liquor from a diplomatic store then you can get online from flemingo international's online store http://www.flemingodiplomatic.com/Flemingo/AlcoholicBeverages.aspx



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