Everyone thinks they know Dubai but Signature can help you discover many new sides to the city which truly never sleeps. Often thought of as the loud and proud centre of Arabian life, Dubai does have a quieter, more serene side to it but it takes a little local knowledge and an adventurous spirit to seek it out. Once a quiet pearl fishing village, the Dubai of today would be completely unrecognisable to past generations. The city constantly reinvents itself and appears to be evolving almost before our very eyes. It's exciting, exhilarating and enticing and might just be the must-see destination of the 21st century.
Of course, millions of travellers come to Dubai for the world-class shopping, sparkling malls and amazing range of local and international goods. The shopping malls are a destination in themselves and a truly wonderful place for a spot of people watching. Dubai is buzzing with people from around the world and it's where cultures come together with captivating results. Dubai's souks offer a glimpse into the city's past and are a fabulous way to while away a few hours, in the relative cool of the covered markets, seeking out leather goods, souvenirs, traditional craft items, handbags and spices.
In Dubai, visitors can truly indulge their palate and can taste food from a different world region every day of the week. With more than 500 restaurants to choose from, it may be tricky to know where to start, but a traditional Arabian dining experience is a pretty good place. Sharing plates of mezze followed by grilled meat, fresh vegetables and kebabs is a gratifying and sociable way to eat, finished off with delicate baklava pastries and strong coffee. As with many Muslim countries, alcohol is available in restaurants and bars but cannot be bought in supermarkets. There are licensed and unlicensed liquor stores for local residents and the best advice is to drink only with a meal and respect local traditions and laws regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol.
Flight time from the UK (London) Approximately 7 hours.
Arrival Airport Dubai International Airport.
Entry details (for British passport holders) You do not need to obtain a visa before departure, a 30 day visa will be issued on arrival. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Time difference GMT +4 hours
Currency United Arab Emirates Dirham.
Language English and Arabic.
Public Holidays Ramadan 9 July - 7 Aug 2013. Ramadan is the Holy Month when Muslims fast during daylight hours. Restaurants may be closed during the day and alcohol restrictions may apply at hotels. Contact Signature for further details.
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A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and direct you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. If you've booked the VIP Mahaba meet and greet service, you'll be escorted and fast tracked through customs. You'll receive a welcome pack containing local information and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel and the local representatives will also make contact with you during your stay.
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