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By Chris | January 27 2008
The cooler winter months of November to April are the most pleasant times to visit the UAE, when temperatures average around 75°F / 24°C during the day and around 56°F / 13°C at night.
Dubai is dry, with just 12cm of rain per year, concentrated in the winter months.
Etiquette is an important aspect of UAE culture to which visitors are expected to conform. Smoking is allowed in designated areas. Ramadan falls between 1-29 August, 2011 and during this period it is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public places. Alcohol is served only in licensed places.
Western–style dress is widely accepted throughout Dubai but it is advisable to maintain some conservativeness in appropriate places, making sure your shoulders and knees are covered. The UAE has maintained a strict policy of protecting highly public spaces from cultural insensitivity.
Arabic, although is English widely spoken.
United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
$1 = AED 3.67
£1 = AED 5.90
€1 = AED 5.14
Ambulance: 998 or 999 Fire: 997
Coastguard: 04 3450520
US +971 2 414 2200
UK +971 4 311 6000, +971 50 616 2953 (Abu Dhabi)
Approximately 22 million