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First aid scissors confiscated by Dubai airport security

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 ...
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Carrying Condoms while traveling to Dubai

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), ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

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, ...
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Travelling as unmarried couple in Dubai

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 (...
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Travelling as unmarried couple in Dubai

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 ...
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Why is the Dubai airport so busy?

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% ...
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First aid scissors confiscated by Dubai airport security

(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' ...
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First aid scissors confiscated by Dubai airport security

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 ...
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What is Dune Bashing?

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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Will it cause problems if my hair is too short on my passport photo?

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. ...
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Can I bring alcohol to Dubai?

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 ...
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Why is the Dubai airport so busy?

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 ...
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Travelling to Kiruna, Sweden from Dubai, clothing during extreme cold climate

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 ...
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Does my Emirates flight from London to Dubai fly over Syria?

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 ...
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Can I ask for cash back in a grocery store in Dubai as it's done in the US?

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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Is 1.5 hours of a layover time in Dubai practical?

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 ...
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In Dubai, Can the hotel seize your passport and documents for being unable to pay your bill fully?

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 ...
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How long of a layover do I need to visit the Burj Khalifa?

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 (...
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Why is the Dubai airport so busy?

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, ...
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Can Mosques in the UAE be Visited by Non-Muslims?

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 ...
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Square donuts in Dubai

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 ...
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Is 1.5 hours of a layover time in Dubai practical?

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 ...
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Why is the Dubai airport so busy?

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 ...
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27 hours layover in Dubai and no valid visa

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 ...
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Can I use a second passport for Dubai layovers?

Yes he can. Dubai does not care whether South African entry and exit stamps match up nor that there is no exit from South Africa shown in his British passport. The process is very quick and for me did ...
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Using 96-hour transit visa for Dubai from India

You cannot get a 96-hour transit visa, because you are returning directly to India. You're visiting Dubai, not transiting it: According to an email from Amer Contact Center, a passenger can apply ...
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3-star hotels in Dubai, UAE

I'll answer the latter part of the question first, no you won't need a visa. US citizens are entitled to a visa-free entry to Dubai i.e. UAE. Just show your passport to the immigration officer and he ...
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Am I likely to see a snake on a desert safari or in a souk in Dubai?

I’m planning to visit the souks and take a desert safari including dinner at a campsite during my 5 day holiday in Dubai Chances of such an encounter in a Souk are negligible, Those are crowded ...
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Does the Yagmur Continental hotel in Dubai really exist?

Well, IF we're very generous, it might be a real hotel but I can't find a sign of it online, so it's either very, very new, or just changed names. However, the site you've been sent? Fake. Or at ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

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 ...
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