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The United Arab Emirates, a country in the Middle East.

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UAE now banning VPN access - fines of up to $545,000? Any workarounds?

According to a few news articles, the UAE is passing a new law with heavy penalties for using a VPN. Another report says: Travelers also come under this law and if caught using any VPNs could ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

Same question for other Muslim places in the world that are worth visiting. Of course, this doesn't imply the intention of spreading atheistic and anti-theistic views in that country. Nothing like ...
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Can the US embassy help a broke American citizen overstayed in the Emirates?

Can the US embassy send an American citizen home for free? He's been sick for over a year and can't afford to go to the doctor or buy medicines, and has to take care of an 8 month old child. He's ...
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Are laws about sex outside marriage less rigorously enforced in Dubai for people on layovers?

Last night, I saw on the news that Qantas was switching its main hub from Singapore to Dubai. (Qantas has since switched back to Singapore) Smart Traveller notes about the United Arab Emirates: ...
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Can I through check my bags on separate bookings (international flights)?

I have two different bookings on British Airways and Emirates. Booking 1 (British Airways): Washington (IAD) -> London (LHR) -> Dubai Booking 2 (Emirates): Dubai -> Hyderabad I have a 5 hour stop ...
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Can I take a sex-toy on plane through UAE?

I will be traveling from Australia to Austria, transferring in Abu Dhabi. Is it alright for me to bring a vibrator in the check-in luggage, or are there laws against that? It is approximately 17cm ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover in the United Arab Emirates?

Do I need a transit visa for a layover via airports in the UAE, such as Dubai International Airport or Abu Dhabi International Airport? If so, what are the requirements for such a visa? Can I get the ...
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Is the country code for “U.A.E.” in a passport “ARE”?

My cousin just got his first passport and I'm trying to convince him to get a new one as I'm sure the "country" part on the info page of his passport is wrong or maybe I'm wrong. So on the country ...
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Quickest way from London to Dubai without flying?

This is a question from a friend not (yet!) on Travel.SE... From London, what is the quickest way to get to Dubai (via trains, buses, ferries etc) without flying? (My usual advice of "just check ...
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What's the easiest (and ideally safest) way to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?

I shall be visiting and staying with some friends in Dubai, and want to take a day trip out to visit another group of friends in Abu Dhabi. Without hiring/driving a car, what's the easiest way to get ...
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Can I drive a car in Dubai with an IDP issued in Pakistan?

Can I drive a car in Dubai with an international driving permit issued in Pakistan? Does it matter if I'm driving a rental car or a friend's car? I hold a valid driving license from Pakistan, that ...
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What kind of items related to sex can be carried to UAE?

So, apparently I cannot bring a vibrator/dildo to the UAE, but is it acceptable to bring items like condoms, lubricant, handcuffs, whips (well, the small ones), and so on? I'm especially interested in ...
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Traveling on a UAE work visa with an old passport number

I have a Dubai employment visa. My passport number on this visa has the ECR category, but I've now changed my passport to the ECNR category. Will the immigration authorities allow me to travel? This ...
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In what currency does Emirates charge additional fees?

Going over my receipts from UAE, the currency is almost always AED (Emirati Dirham) as expected. However I noticed that the receipts when I purchased additional baggage allowance is DHS which XE does ...
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UAE visa “place of issue” concerns

I will be travelling to Dubai from USA in a few days. I am an Indian citizen but I work in USA on the work visa. I recently got my UAE visa done online using an Indian travel agency. The place of ...
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Will the wearing of a silicone butt plug be detected by Security? [closed]

I will be travelling from Asia to Europe with a stopover in UAE. I have four sex toys (discreet), none metal nor battery operated. I will put three in checked luggage (I don't expect any problems ...
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Dubai (UAE) visa requirements when staying in the airport for a French citizen? [duplicate]

I have read that, at the time of writing (2013), UAE visas are: 96-Hour : Valid for passengers in transit Tourist : Maximum 30 days Visit : Maximum 90 days But I am only connecting flights, so I ...
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Land-based travel in the Middle East

I'm half juggling the thought of a few weeks in the Middle East (I need to collect a 'Y' and an 'O' for my country alphabet). I've looked at flights that may go into Dubai or Qatar from NZ, and then ...
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Transit in Dubai with prescribed methadone

I am travelling from the UK to Thailand with a connection in Dubai. I have prescribed methadone. Will this be a problem in Dubai?
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Where can I exchange Georgian Lari in Dubai?

I have 400 Georgian Lari In UAE (Dubai & sharjah). Where I could exchange it for AED dihrams or any other currency?
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Is there a way to avoid extra scrutiny in India - Dubai flights?

I'm a 25 year old unmarried male Indian citizen My parents live in Dubai and hence I fly there atleast once every 3 months on a tourist visa. Departing from India, immigration often grills me on if ...
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It is legal to have a dashboard camera in the UAE?

I'd like to buy a dash cam which can be installed in a rented car (front and back window) for the purpose of proving an innocence in case of accident. So the camera can record the footage to the SSD ...
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Can Mosques in the UAE be Visited by Non-Muslims?

Which mosques can be visited by non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi and Dubai? Are foreigners and non-Muslims restricted to certain times? What about certain dates? Are the different restrictions for visiting ...
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I'm traveling to Dubai with my son to visit his father, however we're not married. Would this cause any issues?

My son and I will visit Dubai. His father is working there but we are not married. Is there any problem specially with my son if his parents were not married? Edit (not from OP) to transfer some ...
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As a Muslim transiting Abu Dhabi on Etihad can I drink alcohol?

I am Muslim and transiting Abu Dhabi on Etihad. I will travel from US to Abu Dhabi. I am not looking to get drunk - just enjoy a beer with a meal. I have heard being Muslim can cause issues at Abu ...
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Is Emirates' 96-hour visa 4 calendar days or exactly 96 hours from entry to exit?

My wife needs a short-term visa for Dubai, while in transit from Bangkok to the UK. She arrives at 13:00 on August 31st and departs at 07:35 on September 4th. If you count each part of a day as a ...
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Do not board message at the airport check in

I have always experienced a do-not-board message when flying to Dubai from Kenya since last year January 2016. Since then I have traveled more than five times to Dubai with a visit visa but every time ...
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Schengen visa stamped on my expired passport with valid UAE residence visa

I am from Philippines working in Dubai, I recently applied for Schengen visa going to Italy, I submitted 2 passports as one of the required documents (renewed and expired since my valid UAE residence ...
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Can I get a Mexican tourist visa in the UAE as a foreigner?

I am a citizen of Cameroon. I am currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a tourist visa. I would like to apply for a tourist visa to Mexico. Mexico does not have an embassy in my home country (...
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I would like to visit Israel. How can I work or visit after that in UAE? [closed]

I would like to visit Israel. How can I work or visit after that in UAE? I have an Indian Passport.
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Do all of the Emirates in the UAE have the same visa policy for Indian citizens, or does it vary?

I'm thinking of meeting up with some Indian friends in the UAE next year, as it's roughly half way. At this point, we're fairly flexible about which of the Emirates we head to. Does the UAE have a ...
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Can one be arrested for viewing adult sites while in the UAE?

Does the police in UAE arrest people for accessing adult internet sites?
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Can you visit Hatta as a day trip from Dubai by public transport?

Reading the wikivoyage page on one of the areas of Dubai, I came across Hatta, an exclave of the Emirate of Dubai. Based on the mention on that page, and the photo on the stub Wikivoyage page for ...
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Is it possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in passport?

I've recently come back from China and on the way back to Europe I made a stopover in Dubai, UAE where my passport was stamped. If I decided to go to China again, would this stamp be a problem whilst ...
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Preparing money for a visit in Dubai [closed]

I plan to travel to Dubai and i know that they use AED (Dirhams) as curency. I'm from France and I would like to know if it is better to go to Dubai with American dollars or euros? Where should I ...
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Can I drive a car in the UAE with an IDP issued in India?

I have an Indian Driving License, issued years ago, and valid up to 2030. I plan to travel to the UAE by the end of this month, and stay there for three months on a tourist visa. I intend to drive ...
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Dubai (UAE) flights connection without leaving the airport

I have the following flights bought as separate tickets from different companies: Manila (Philippines) - Dubai (UAE) = Cebu Pacific Airlines Dubai - Russia = Ural Airlines both arrival and ...
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UAE visa for Iraqi citizen living in Canada?

I'm an Iraqi citizen but also a permanent resident of Canada. I'd like to visit the United Arab Emirates. I've contacted the UAE embassy in Canada and was told my options would be to apply through an ...
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Is it possible for an expat living in UAE to go to Umrah by road?

I am an Indian citizen living in Abu Dhabi, would like to perform Umrah with family. I would like to travel by road in own car. Is it possible to do so with out taking any travel agency package?
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Travel from the UAE to Lithuania by car

I have been traveling around Asia with my family for the past couple of years, and now we are thinking of a plan to get back to Europe. The idea was to end the journey in Dubai, then fly to Lithuania....
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Can I communicate via an encrypted connection in United Arab Emirates?

I use git quite frequently to upload code to a remote server while traveling. This software makes use of a secure shell (ssh) protocol to transmit data. Data transmitted in this manner is encrypted ...
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Are biometrics shared between GCC? [closed]

Are only the biometrics of people who are blacklisted or convicted in any GCC country shared or are all biometrics of each and everyone who visits any GCC country shared throughout ? A friend of ...
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Does a 14 day visa for Dubai start on date of issue or date of arrival?

I just got a Dubai visa but I am confused. The visa was issued on the 3rd of February and expires on the 16th of February. I am travelling on the 12th of February. Does the 14 days visa start reading ...
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Food souvenir purchasable in dubai

Since I have half day stopover in Dubai, I want to go out of the airport and buy some food souvenir for my family. Date is common Arabic sweet but I am not interested in, similarly I don’t interested ...
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Visa on arrival in UAE for Chinese

We are from China and we need to know about our travel to Dubai and Israel. Before we buy any tickets for Dubai, we just have news that we don't need a visa to go to Dubai. I mean can we get a visa at ...
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UAE Tourist Visa validity and how many days I'm allowed to stay?

I'm an Indian and my brother has been working in Sharjah around ten years. It is the first time I'm travelling abroad. He arranged me a tourist visa of 60 days validity and I can stay there up to 39 ...
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Abu Dhabi to Muscat?

I will be traveling from Abu Dhabi to Muscat in February this year but I can't find any conclusive information as to whether direct connections (that are not flights) between the two cities exist and ...
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Is there any need to register my arrival in Dubai/UAE?

I plan on visiting Dubai later in the year on holiday, and am staying with friends in their apartment. I understand that a visa-on-arrival should be straightforward for me (I am a UK citizen). However,...
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UAE visit visa with expired passport number

I need a visa to travel to UAE. My passport will expire soon (June), so today I applied for a new passport and it will be delivered to me on March 17. I need to travel to Dubai on March 18. clearly ...
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UAE Tourist Visa

I'm planning to visit the UAE for tourism purposes with my family. I also have a cousin residing in Sharjah and it was his idea to come along just for a family holiday. My queries are as below: Can ...