United Arab Emirates

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👥  Population: 9.9 million

🌍  Region: Middle East

🗣  Languages: Arabic, English

🚙  Drive on the: Right

💵  Currency: UAE Dirham, AED

☎️  Calling Code: +971

🟢 Internet Speed: Is generally good at 190 Mbps on average

The United Arab Emirates is a relatively young country that became highly developed in a short time. Consisting of mostly desert, the UAE used its oil riches and shrewd use of finances to create a modern, safe society. Wanting to stand out on the global stage you can find a lot of the worlds largest here from shopping malls, to buildings, to aquariums. There is so much packed in this country, it is difficult to run out of things to do.

3 random facts about the UAE

✈️ Terminal 3 in Dubai International Airport is the largest in the world.

🌍 Expats make up around 80% of the population.

🐪 Camels are an integral part of UAE tradition and culture.

Visas

Visiting

Depending on your country of origin you may stay in the UAE visa free for up to 30 or 90 days. Members of the Gulf Coorporation Council have freedom of movement in the UAE.

If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 30 or 90 days. It is called a "Tourist visa".

United Arab Emirates Immigration

Staying longer

Remote workers

The Emirate of Dubai has a visa specifically designed to attract remote workers. We've covered the details of it in our resource for Remote work visas around the world, which you can access here.

Travel remotely

Money

There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into the UAE but you do have to declare anything over AED100,000 or €10,000 when departing from the EU. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.

You can withdraw cash at any ATM in the UAE by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.

Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.

You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.

SIM cards

There are 2 main mobile network providers:

Etisalat has the greatest network coverage and fastest speeds including 5G, so is recommended for most people. You can find SIM cards in official stores around the country, mostly in shopping malls. Take your passport with you as identification to get your SIM.

As of July 2021, 6GB of data will cost you AED125 every 28 days.

Where will you go?