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United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates is located in the Middle East and has a population of 4.4 million people. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain) and offers an exotic blend of things to see and do, from riding a camel through the desert to sipping a cocktail on the beach. The most popular destination within UAE is the city of Dubai, which is filled with a rich culture, sky-scrapers and fabulous shopping. The UAE's Medical Tourism industry is experiencing a 15% annual growth every year, and they expect to welcome more than 11.2 million medical tourists by 2012. The official language of UAE is Arabic, and English is widely spoken and generally used as a second language for commerce.

Medical tourism

The UAE have a large number of Medical Tourism providers that specialise in a wide range of areas. In general, if you need something, the UAE can offer it. They have a large number of facilities that cater for Cancer treatment, Cardiology, Cosmetics, Dental, Eye procedures, Hair transplants, Infertility treatments, Neurology, Obesity, Orthopedic and Spinal. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

The UAE can get quite hot and humid, so the best time to travel is between October and May when the temperature is more under control. The hottest months are from June through to September, with little rainfall. While temperatures during UAE's winter (December to January) are the coolest you will get, the weather can often bring a lot of rain and clouds. Winter is also the high season so prices will rise for accommodation and travel and people will need to book well in advance.

Money and costs

The official currency in UAE is the UAE dirham (AED, symbol Dh), which is pegged to the US dollar. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.

Visas

Tourists from the USA, Canada, UK, many European nations and Australia can enter the United Arab Emirates for up to 30 days without a visa. The major exceptions from Europe are those travellers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. It must also be noted that UK nationals must travel with a passport reading 'British Citizen' as national status.

Getting there

The two main entrance points for the United Arab Emirates are Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but there are also international airports in Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Al-Ain.

Dialling codes

To call United Arab Emirates, the country dialling code is +971.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on United Arab Emirates at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com/​united-arab-emirates

UAE Tourism - www.dubaitourism.ae

UAE Embassy in the USA - www.uae-embassy.org

UAE Embassy in the UK - www.uaeembassyuk.net

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011