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Individual countries have their own rules, and while some items are unambiguously permitted or forbidden everywhere, quite a few are in a greyish area which varies from country to country (and then there are the items which are in the very grey area where no-one is really sure and it will depend on who you stumble upon). In the case of Dubai, TSA rules ...


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It's 100% OK to carry condoms. In fact, you will find them everywhere in Dubai (Pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.). In case you are wondering (and I think you are since you asked this question), condoms are not a problem for both the Islamic and the Arabian cultures. Source: I am both an Arab and a Muslim who lived in Dubai for 3 years in the past, and I ...


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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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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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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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Geography Dubai is located rather conveniently between several large and important geographical regions: Africa has a population of 1.1 billion, Asia has 4.4 billion, Europe 745 million. Around 70% of travellers are connecting passengers at Emirates. Source Investment As others have pointed out, Emirates have invested heavily in economies of scale, i.e. ...


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(Not so much worried about the scissors but the ability to have confidence in knowing what can be taken in carry-on bag; you read and follow the rules and then get ripped off at the officers' discretion anyway). Unfortunately this is a basic fact of flying these days. While there are rules and regulations, security officers have wide leeway and discretion. ...


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I have just received a response from the airport which pretty much answers the question: Please note that there are many restrictions on items that can be carried in hand baggage which vary according to the countries of travel. Further to this, a Security officer on duty may confiscate any item, if deemed dangerous, irrespective of any standard rule. ...


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Take powerful SUVs and ATVs and bash some sand dunes in a desert! Courtesy: https://visitabudhabi.ae Courtesy: https://visitabudhabi.ae


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Passports are usually valid for 5 or 10 years. It's quite rare to see people who look the same during the whole period of 5 or 10 years, yet governments aren't complaining. Hair, beard, weight, etc. can change how people look, but identifying them is something else. Immigration officers know how to deal with this stuff. Nothing to worry about, do not cut ...


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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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This Passenger Customs Guide https://www.dubaicustoms.gov.ae/en/eServices/ServicesForTravellers/Documents/TravelersGuide09En.pdf states: “... the following items are exempted from customs duties and shall be allowed entry: a. Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3000. b. A total number of 400 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 500 grams of tobacco (minced or ...


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Most of the busiest airports in the world are hubs (Atlanta, Heathrow, Frankfurt, to name a few). Emirates uses Dubai as their headquarters and is a major player in transferring traffic between Europe, Asia and Oceania. As it's their main hub, almost every long-haul flight (plus several in the area) transition through Dubai. As a result, lots of air/...


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You should buy your clothes in Kiruna. There are plenty of excellent outdoor stores in the city centre. Although it is regularly -25°C to -30°C in the valleys outside the city (where tours such as sled dogging tours take place), it's not cold in the city centre, where temperatures rarely drop down below -20°C (you might be surprised that a dry, calm, and ...


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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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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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As of now, there's no cash back service in the UAE. There are talks about this every now and then in the GCC region, but so far it's not implemented.


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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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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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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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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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It is possible, but you have to plan well. Here are my tips: Book your ticket online. The metro from the airport to Dubai Mall will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. It starts from 6 in the morning (except on Fridays, when it starts at 2 PM). There are 9 stops before you get to the mall. The metro only runs from Terminal 3 and 1, if you are in Terminal 2, ...


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This is Airbus A380, the biggest passenger airplane on the planet. Compare its size to the cars and trucks below the bridge. Depending on how the owner of the plane decides to configure the seats, one of these can fit up to 853 passengers, allthough most operators have settled for less. There are quite a few airlines all around the world flying the A380, ...


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According to the Dubai authorities, the Jumeirah Mosque is "the only mosque in Dubai which is open to the public and dedicated to receiving non-Muslim guests." (At least insofar as going inside is concerned, I can't speak to the grounds, and you can certainly see mosques from the outside around the city.) They operate a tour most days: The Sheikh ...


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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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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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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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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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Almost everyone addressed the fact that Dubai is a hub for Emirates (and Qantas for their Asia operations) and a large portion of this traffic is transit passengers. Dubai itself is a large and vibrant metropolis, and that drives a lot of traffic to the area; it holds a lot of the world's first/largest/biggest - starting with Burj Khalifa and its ...


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According to Emirates and its visa checker, as you are a Philippines national, transiting to the Philippines through the UAE and have a lay over for more than 24 hours, you need a visa regardless of whether you stay in the airport or not. It does look like there is a transit visa offer available (not an Emirates offer, a UAE offer) where you can receive a ...


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