Entering Dubai: Visitors to the United Arab Emirates must obtain a visa prior to travel unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. Citizens of other countries should apply for visas at their UAE Embassy.
Airport: Comprising three terminals – including one dedicated to Emirates at Terminal 3 – Dubai International (DXB) is the world’s busiest airport for international traffic. Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), opened to passengers in 2013.
Money matters: The UAE currency is known as the Arab Emirate Dirham denoted by AED or more commonly Dhs. The dirham is pegged to the US dollar. All major international banks have branches in the city and working hours are 8am-2pm, Saturday to Thursday. ATMs are widely available and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Embark on a desert safari: Take a backseat and hold on tight as an experienced driver whips you around the sand dunes, teetering on the edge of seemingly sheer drops. There's a stop for a sunset photo before you're whisked away to a traditional-style Bedouin camp. AED295 per adult with Desert Rangers.
Go sandboarding: This is one for true adrenaline-seekers. Strap this snowboard-like contraption to your feet and glide down the dunes just like you would at the slopes of Ski Dubai.
Stay overnight in the desert: Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa features luxury tented-style villas, each with its own private infinity pool. It's a place for relaxation, with a number of chilled activities on offer, the highlight being a sunset camel ride over the rolling dunes, where you can enjoy a beverage as you take in the uninterrupted views.