FAQs
I want to work in the UAE; how can I obtain a work permit?

You will need to be sponsored by an employer.

What are the UAE Public Holidays for 2011?

st January_____________________New Year’s day
15th February___________________Mawlid Al Nabee (Birth of the Prophet)
29th June______________________Al Isra’Wal Miraj (Ascensions of the Prophet)
30th, 31st, 1st & 2nd Aug/Sep______Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan
5th November___________________Arefat Day
6th, 7th and 8th November________Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
26th November__________________Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
2nd December___________________UAE National Day

Religious festival and holidays are based on the lunar Islamic Hijri calendar and dates can vary slightly as they depend upon the sighting of the new moon.

I am a non-Muslim and visiting the UAE during the month of Ramadan; is it ok for me to eat and drink in public places?

During Ramadan all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating, drinking and smoking in public areas during daylight hours should be avoided. However, hotels provide meals at restaurants that are not exposed to the public view in the fasting hours.

I am a Romanin citizen travelling to the U.A.E. on holiday. Do I need a visa?

No.

Can I enter the UAE with my grandchildren?

Yes, with written approval from a parent or guardian.

Is it safe for a single woman to travel to the UAE?

Yes. The UAE is one of the safest countries in the world.

I am a Christian but wish to visit some mosques in the UAE. Is that possible?

Visits to mosques can be easily arranged through your tour operator or hotel. Just make sure you are appropriately dressed.

What happens if I am found in possession of illegal drugs?

The penalties for drug trafficking, smuggling and possession, of even residual amounts, are severe.

Is it legal to share a hotel room in the UAE with my partner if I am unmarried?

No.

Is kissing and holding hands appropriate in public?

No. Public displays of affection are considered disrespectful and may lead to a police caution or even arrest.

I want to go to study in the UAE; how can I obtain a student visa?

Contact the consulate here.

What is legalisation?

Please see the legalisation section on this website.

Is healthcare free for foreigners in the UAE?

No. If you require medical treatment you or your travel insurance company will need to cover the costs.

What are the UAE Public Holidays for 2012?

1st January_____________________New Year’s day
4th February___________________Mawlid Al Nabee (Birth of the Prophet)
17th June______________________Al Isra’Wal Miraj (Ascensions of the Prophet)
19th, 20th, 21st August ______Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan
25th October___________________Arefat Day
26th, 27th and 28th October________Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
15th November__________________Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
2nd December___________________UAE National Day

Religious festival and holidays are based on the lunar Islamic Hijri calendar and dates can vary slightly as they depend upon the sighting of the new moon.

What are the business working hours in the UAE?

Government offices open at 7.30 a.m. and close at 3.00 p.m. Private offices tend to keep longer hours, adopting either “straight shift” or “split shift.” The former normally requires eight working hours beginning between 7:30am and 9:00am with a lunch break lasting 30 minutes to an hour. The latter involves commencing between 9:00am and 10:00am and ending between 8:00pm and 9:00pm, with a three- to four-hour break in between.

During Ramadan, working hours shorten by two to three hours, with most of the work accomplished in the early hours of the morning or much later in the evening after the day’s fast is broken at sunset.