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The UAE is open to international tourism

The United Arab Emirates is open to travelers from all countries. Vaccinated visitors must present the vaccination certificate, while those who are not fully vaccinated should present a negative result of an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours before arrival. Passengers, irrespective of whether they are vaccinated, do not need to quarantine on arrival.

Depending on your nationality, you can get a VoA (Visa on Arrival) or apply for your prearranged Visit Visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel. Nationals of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia – are allowed to enter the UAE with their national identity card.

Transiting through Emirati airports is permitted. Transiting passengers are not required to present a health certificate (unless it is mandated by their final destination).

Practical tips

  • If you are flying to United Arab Emirates from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportDubai International Airport DXB, Abu Dhabi International Airport AUH, or Sharjah Airport SHJ.

    These are also the best (and cheapest) airports to fly into United Arab Emirates. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce, and airfare decreases as a result.
Best airports to fly into United Arab Emirates: Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Sharjah (SHJ), Ras Al Khaimah (RKT), Al Ain (AAN)
United Arab Emirates has has 12 main airports, and the following are the most significant – Dubai International Airport DXB, Abu Dhabi International Airport AUH, Sharjah Airport SHJ, Ras Al Khaimah Airport RKT, and Al Ain International Airport AAN.
  • Once in United Arab Emirates, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, FlyDubai, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Rotana Jet, and Royal Jet. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation) and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near United Arab Emirates can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirArabia, Air India Express, FlyNas, Flyadeal, FlyDubai, Jazeera Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Saudia, SalamAir, Smartwings, Vistara, and Wizz Air. If you have a layover in United Arab Emirates and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money.

Flights to United Arab Emirates
from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to United Arab Emirates. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to United Arab Emirates, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. Direct flights from Canada (Toronto) to UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi) are operated by three airlines: Air Canada, Emirates, and Etihad Airways, with an average flight time of around 13 hours. If you're looking for non-stop flights from the US, check out Emirates, Etihad Airways, JetBlue, and United Airlines for the latest offers. They have direct to Dubai from the largest hubs in the US, including Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington.
  • United Arab Emirates is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to United Arab Emirates with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to United Arab Emirates from the US and Canada are: Air Canada, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Flights to United Arab Emirates from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to United Arab Emirates — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Direct flights from Europe to UAE are just a few hours long (around 6 hours if you fly non-stop from Frankfurt, and just 4 hours 30 minutes from Athens). Most European hubs have a nonstop connection to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, including Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Warsaw, Vienna, and Zurich. Among the airlines that operate Europe - UAE routes, you'll find both full-service carriers such as Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Neos Air, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, and low-budget companies by the likes of AirArabia, Eurowings, FlyDubai, Pegasus Airlines, Smartwings, and Wizz Air
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to United Arab Emirates include Air France, British Airways, Condor, Cyprus Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to United Arab Emirates from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.

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Things to know before flying to UAE
Airlines flying to UAEAeroflot, Air Arabia, Air Astana, Air Baltic, Air Blue, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air India Express, AnadoluJet, Arkia Isreali Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Condor, Cyprus Airways, Egypt Air, El Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Eurowings, Expo Aviation, FlyArystan, FlyNas, Flyadeal, FlyDubai, Etihad Airways, Go First, Gulf Air, IndiGo, Iran Air, Iraqi Airways, Jazeera Airways, Kam Air, KLM, Kenya Airways, Korean Airlines, Kuwait Airways, LOT, Lufthansa, Luxair, Mahan Air, Middle East Airlines, Neos Air, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Palestinian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qeshm Air, Rwand Air, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Royal Nepal Airlines, Saudia, SalamAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Serene Air, Singapore Airlines, SpiceJet, SriLankan Airlines, Smartwings, SWISS, Syrian Arab Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Wizzair, Vistara
Airlines of UAEEmirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, FlyDubai, Wizzair Abu Dhabi, Rotana Jet, Royal Jet

Main airports in UAEDubai International Airport (DXB) — Dubai
Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai World Central) (DWC) — Dubai
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) — Abu Dhabi
Sharjah Airport (SHJ) — Sharjah
Ras Al Khaimah Airport (RKT) — Ras al-Khaimah
Al Ain International Airport (AAN) — Al Ain
Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) — Dubai
Al Bateen Executive Airport (AZI) — Abu Dhabi
Fujairah International Airport (FJR) — Fujairah
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €200 – €500 (from Europe)
✈ $600 – $900 (from USA)

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Home check-in service on Emirates

In Dubai and Sharjah, Emirates partnered with DUBZ to offer a “home check-in.” DUBZ agents complete the check-in process in your home or hotel and take your bags to the airport. You can just enjoy the rest of your day and breeze through the airport later. Remember to book the service at least 24 hours before your flight.

The home check-in service is complimentary for First Class passengers.

Duty-free rules

The United Arab Emirates is serious about the duty-free concession. There is a limit for bringing in certain items. As of [current_date format=”F Y”], alcoholic beverages for personal consumption – such as wine or spirits – cannot exceed 4 liters per person (or 24 cans of beer), and you can carry only 400 cigarettes or 2kg of tobacco. The total market value of all other articles and gifts must be under AED 3,000 (~$810).

Anything above those limits must be declared at the airport.

Know your time zone

The United Arab Emirates has only one time zone – it observes UAEST (United Arab Emirates Standard Time) all year, which is UTC/GMT+04 time zone. As a result, clocks in UAE are 3 hours ahead of London and 8 hours ahead of New York. UAEST does not have an associated daylight saving time.

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure time on your plane ticket is always listed based on the time zone of the departure airport. We suggest resetting your watch during the flight – it will help your brain adjust to the new time zone and to deal with jet lag.

The cheapest time to fly to United Arab Emirates

Middle East countries, like UAE, are extremely hot from April to September. So, if you have a choice, try visiting Dubai between November and March for cooler weather (the temperates range from 30° C to 12° C). However, as these are the best months for tourists, they see a sharp spike in tourist footfall. Travelers from different parts of the world love to visit Dubai at the end of December and celebrate the new year as well – make sure to reserve your flights, hotels, rental car, etc well in advance.

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Oryx hotel inside the Doha airport

Airside of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, there’s a conveniently located Oryx hotel, offering transiting passengers a choice of six different room types. You can make a booking for a night, but the hotel also accepts bookings by the hour – great for a little nap during the layover.

All guests are offered complimentary access to the Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Centre during their stay, with the choice of spa, massage treatments, fitness, and squash activities.

As the rooms tend to be often fully booked (with only expensive suites left), we recommend booking in advance.

Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Emirati airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

It is always a good idea to bring some cash with you to UAE. Plan ahead and exchange some money for Emirati dirham at home, or use one of the many ATMs located at the airport and in almost every city.

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Airlines of UAE

The United Arab Emirates has two flag carriers – Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. According to SkyTrax, both airlines have a high 4-star rating for product quality (seats, amenities, catering, cleanliness, etc) and staff service. They are also known for their big planes, comfortable seats, and spacious premium cabins. Emirates’ network is far superior for overall connectivity – the airline now flies to more than 150 destinations across 85 countries, while Etihad currently serves less than 70 international destinations.

Most short-haul and medium-haul routes from/to UAE are operated by its local airlines: Air Arabia, FlyDubai, Wizzair Abu Dhabi, Rotana Jet, and Royal Jet. These are all budget airlines (AKA no-frills airlines) that offer flights at much lower prices in comparison to full-service airlines such as Emirates and Etihad. Because budget airlines manage affordable tickets by cutting down on their operation costs, they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight refreshments and meals, or Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment. In most cases, their tickets are fixed and non-refundable in case of no show-up or cancellation.

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Flights to United Arab Emirates
from major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to United Arab Emirates look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to United Arab Emirates will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting UAE and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

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