Dubai comprises two towns which have merged into one; Bur Dubai and Deira, which are divided by the 10km long Dubai Creek. Bur Dubai is a bustling commercial area containing hotels, shopping and golf courses and Deira is the old city centre – although both areas are home to the traditional architecture and souqs.

Approximately 20 minutes from the city of Dubai is Jumeirah Beach. This is a major tourist area, which has a large number of fantastic award winning hotels, and a beautiful sandy beach. The man made port of Jebel Ali is about 30km away.

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Fact File

CapitalAbu Dhabi

LanguageArabic and English

ClimateA sub-tropical, arid climate. Rainfall is irregular, and, falling mainly in winter, it amounts to approximately five days per year. Temperatures range from a low of about 24 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius

CurrencyUnited Arab Emirates dirham

VisaNo visa is required for Irish passport holders

HealthNo compulsory vaccinations but please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau for further advice

PassportsPassports should be valid for at least six months after proposed date of departure from the U.A.E.

Time ZoneGMT + 4