Travel InformationDetails regarding travel to the Middle East DNS Forum 2019
You can land at one of the following airports in Dubai:
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) – This is the home to Emirates Airlines and FlyDubai. Most of the other airlines land at this airport when flying to Dubai. The airport is approximately 30 KMs away from the venue, and a taxi ride could last 20-40 minutes.
- Dubai World Central Airport AKA Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) – Some of the FlyDubai flights, regional flights, and low-fare carriers land at this airport. The airport is approximately 40 KMs away from the venue, and a taxi ride could last 30-50 minutes
There are also two other airport options nearby Dubai:
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – This airport is home to Etihad Airways, and is in Abu Dhabi. It is more than 100 KMs away from the meeting venue. A taxi ride would last approximately 1 hour, and there are bus shuttles between this airport and Dubai International Airport
- Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) – This airport is home to Air Arabia, and is located in Sharjah. It is approximately 55 KMs away from the meeting venue, and a taxi ride could last 45-60 minutes
Whichever airport you land at, there is a safe and reliable taxi service located just outside the arrival hall of any of the airports mentioned above. Just follow the signs, and you should get there.
Ride-hailing applications such as Uber and Careem are options as well. However, Careem functions across the UAE, but Uber is functional only in Dubai.
Transportation within the City
Taxis are widely available anywhere in the city. They are easy to locate as they are light brown, and have a “taxi” sign on them. You can find out more about the taxis in Dubai here.
Ride-hailing applications such as Uber and Careem are functional in Dubai.
The weather in Dubai in February is usually very pleasant with temperatures averaging a high of 24 Co during the day, and 15 Co during the night. A day averages eleven hours of sunshine.
The official currency in the United Arab Emirates is the Emirati Dirham (AED). As a country with a high expat population, many currencies are acceptable for exchange with the AED. If you are traveling from overseas, having some USD or Euro cash to exchange to AED is advised. Conversion information can be found online here.
Banks are open from Saturday to Wednesday between 08.00 – 15.00, and on Thursday between 08.00 – 12.00, and they are closed on Friday.
To exchange currency, there are many exchange offices that you can use.
Electricity is 230 V AC, 50 HZ. Widely used plug types include Type C, Type D, and Type G. Please refer to this page for more information.
Dubai is located on a time zone of UTC +4.00.
Police – 999
Fire Department – 997
Ambulance – 999
The official local language of the UAE is Arabic, and English is widely used.
UAE’s country code is 971. For any international calls, dial “+ (country code) (phone number)”.
The UAE has two mobile operators:
4G is available via both operators.
Credit cards are widely used in the UAE, and all kinds of cards should work; i.e. Visa, MasterCard, American Express (Amex), Visa Electron, and others. Nevertheless, carrying some cash is strongly recommended as credit cards might not be accepted in some instances (taxis, buses, restaurants…).
The official weekend days are Friday and Saturday.