Passports and Visas: It is each travelers responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa if required. Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies.
Trip Preparation: A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, youll have copies for easier reporting and replacement.
Health Information: Check with your personal physician for the latest overseas travel health information, or contact the Center for Disease Controlís travelersí hotline at 404-332-4559, web site www.cdc.gov. United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates enforces very strict drug policies. Many pharmaceuticals that are considered over-the-counter in the United States are prohibited in Dubai. For a complete list, please visit the U.S. Department of States United Arab Emirates Embassy website at http://abudhabi.usembassy.gov/restricted_medication_.html. Essential prescription medications should be stored in their original bottles. Please also ensure that you have proper documentation for your prescriptions. It is recommended that non-essential medications such as cold and sinus medicines be left at home and purchased locally if needed.
Hotels: Right Travel has carefully ed each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard rooms with two single beds and private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgrade. Room ion is strictly at the discretion of the hotel management. We reserve the right to make hotel substitutions with those of equal standard.
Hotel Check-in/ Check-out: Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.
Shopping: Shopping in a foreign country can be a wonderful experience. We do include a few stops at recommended popular shops on every escorted tour, intended to enhance your cultural experience. As you explore the country independently, you may find fantastic, one-of-a-kind merchandise. You may get terrific bargains. However, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is United Arab Emirates - Dubai is one of the worlds major port cities, making it a shopping paradise. With some of the largest malls on Earth, carrying almost every major designer and brand, there are stores to suit all tastes. Or, for a more traditional flavor, spend some time in the souks and bazaars, where haggling is still practiced.
Currency: We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country youre visiting before you leave the U.S. It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert U.S. dollars to the local currency. Its also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most U.S. ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs dont always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash or travelers checks, exchange them at banks where the rate is more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. United Arab Emirates - The Dirham is the currency of United Arab Emirates.
Credit Cards: While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.
Your Safety is Very Important: Every effort has been taken by Right Travel to ensure your safety. However, it is important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while youre on your trip. Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Dont put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place. (In case that one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place.) Dont leave valuables laying loose in your room-use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe. If youve purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Right Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Right Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.
Local Emergency Phone Numbers: Dubai General Emergency: 999
Languages: Dubai - Arabic is the local language. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.
Electricity: Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances. United Arab Emirates - The voltage used is 220 volts.
Code of Conduct: Dubai - The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country. Shaking hands is the standard greeting, followed by pressing the palm of the right hand to the heart to indicate sincerity. Modest dress is appropriate and public displays of affection can inadvertently cause offense. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset. Please be respectful of this practice and do not eat, drink, or smoke in public during this time. In Dubai, women may not be photographed, and men may only be photographed if they have given their permission. For the most part, consumption of alcohol is restricted to hotel bars.