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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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Where to put vibrator when transit flight goes through UAE and Dubai

Neither: you should leave your vibrator at home. You can easily buy a new one in Australia. If you have a "self-transfer" in DXB or AUH, you will need to take all your luggage, both checked ...
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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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Dubai to Europe without flying

As others have pointed out, anything else than flying or taking a cruise ship to UAE is much more dangerous and only for someone adventurous and resourceful. I'm not sure your mum is the type, given ...
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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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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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Dubai to Europe without flying

I believe this is really a matter of how adventurous you want to be. There's a ferry from Dubai to Bandar Lengeh, in Iran. From there, a few busses and/or trains can get you to Tehran. I'm not sure if ...
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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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Car rental not honouring agreed price

You're fine. The agreement was that you would get car X at price Y. On arrival, they could not keep their end of the deal, so you don't have to keep your end either. I do have to say that this is ...
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How does the swimming pool in Dubai Airport's Terminal 3 work?

Just for the record to put in an answer: 1) it's part of the (fantastic) (confusingly named) "Dubai International Hotel" which is literally absolutely right in the airport - literally next door to ...
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How can I connect in Dubai if the UAE won't let me transit because of my nationality?

According to a Timatic search using the United Airlines interface, you can transit without a visa. Searching for a Afghan national transiting in the Emirates yields: United Arab Emirates - Transit ...
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Does a 14 day visa for Dubai start on date of issue or date of arrival?

From what I understand, there are two different limits: the duration of validity, which starts on the day of issue, and limits when you can enter the country the duration of stay, which starts on the ...
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Can I bring alcohol to Dubai?

You can buy it, and there is a duty free shop (with alcohol) just before the exit of the airport at baggage claim hall), after immigration, just to confirm that you can buy it. My commentary: I do ...
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Covid Test Requirement for Dubai Transit From Ireland to Indonesia

Since your final destination is not Dubai, you do not need a PCR test for transiting. Emirates: Transiting passengers are not required to present a COVID 19‑PCR test certificate unless it is ...
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Long term single entry tourist visa for Dubai: using this can I work in company?

We'd have to see the visa to be sure (if you want to post a picture of it with your personal information blacked out, that would be helpful), but this sets off a lot of alarm bells. A tourist visa ...
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Islamic art museums / Galleries in Dubai

According to the staff at my hotel, the answer is "technically no, practically yes" Specifically, within the Dubai metropolitan area, but just over the border. In the Sharjah "Heart of Sharjah" / ...
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Duty Free Shopping in Dubai during 2 Hour Layover

Assuming your flights are on time and you've already checked in for your connecting flight, then yes, easily. Dubai is (usually) quite efficient and organized, and even if you need to go through ...
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Can Israelis recheck luggage in Dubai?

I don't think you can travel on your proposed itinerary. Entry to the UAE is not permitted for Israeli passport holders. You can only transit airside if you are traveling with an Israeli passport and ...
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Will a UAE stamp in my passport cause problems entering Israel?

Just as a follow up: Absolutely no problems arriving or departing Tel Aviv. Security was a breeze - definitely the best, most efficient, and fastest security I have ever seen in an airport, and ...
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Dubai (UAE) flights connection without leaving the airport

After some investigation I got the answers. UAE allows transit without visa when the time between connecting flights is less than 24 hours. You can not receive and check-in your luggage yourself in ...
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8 Hour Overnight Layover in Dubai. Does it make sense to book a hotel outside the airport for the night?

As an alternative to off-site hotels, you might consider accessing an airside lounge that is open overnight, either by payment or by membership or status. See here: http://www.sleepinginairports.net/...
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