How Do I get a VISA for DUBAI

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My wife and I are going to have 2 nights each way in Dubai coming and going in May 2021 ( we hope ) going to the Greek Islands for 3 weeks. I have looked on line and it looks like as an Australian I can get a VISA on entry but I can't see the cost. Can someone please tell me the situation
What recommendations of "Must do" in a couple of days each time ?
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There is no cost for visa-on-arrival for the UAE. There - you get 'something for nothing' :)


For things to do, this will give you a start:


 
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There is no cost for visa-on-arrival for the UAE. There - you get 'something for nothing' :)


For things to do, this will give you a start:


Thanks Rooflyer
Does that 30 day Visa give multiple entry for coming and going or do we get a separate Visa on return coming back ?
thanks for the other info too
 

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Thanks Rooflyer
Does that 30 day Visa give multiple entry for coming and going or do we get a separate Visa on return coming back ?
thanks for the other info too

Don't know, sorry, but mechanically I don't think there would be a difference. You still have to front up at immigration. If its good for multiple entries, they'll probably stamp it and you are on your way. In not, maybe a few minutes more, a stamp and on your way. Edit. Have a look at the 'Trip Reports' thread and search on Dubai, and/or Burj Khalifa and you'll find some AFFers TRs with experiences in Dubai.
 

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Don't know, sorry, but mechanically I don't think there would be a difference. You still have to front up at immigration. If its good for multiple entries, they'll probably stamp it and you are on your way. In not, maybe a few minutes more, a stamp and on your way. Edit. Have a look at the 'Trip Reports' thread and search on Dubai, and/or Burj Khalifa and you'll find some AFFers TRs with experiences in Dubai.
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A few things to do:
Access to the Burj al Arab is restricted so if you don't stay there you can get in for a look around by having afternoon tea at their Skydeck Bar - need to book well in advance.
Friday brunch at Traiteur Restaurant at the Park Hyatt is worth getting dressed up for, if that sort of thing appeals. It's a buffet with so much on offer - so don't have breakfast beforehand
You could spend all your time walking shopping malls of course
If you have a need for speed, catch a cab to Abu Dhabi and try the Yas Marina F1 Circuit where you can self drive a race prepped Aston Martin or Ferrari etc. (after some driving and safety instruction)
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is worth a visit too
 

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Maybe some ideas here?

 

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Note that Ramadan falls in early May 2021...
 

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Here's another vote for avoiding Ramadan. Food options are very limited during this time.
As well as the other suggestions already made by people, I would go to the Dubai Creek (you can use the subway) and take a ride across in the traditional abra (boat) to the spice market and gold souk. Great street foods, interesting sights, you might want to buy something. The abra ride is very cheap and it's cooling to be on the water. Eat some local foods - not just in the hotels. Go to one of the beach resorts and have a drink or coffee overlooking the beach. Swim if you want to, or try some of the adventure sports like hoverboarding/flyboarding. A hobby of mine is to visit the supermarkets and check out the different foods. The date aisle will stretch for miles and who knew that there were 20 or more different types of dates! It's also fun to go out to a shopping mall and just people-watch the local families enjoying their time together.
If you have a car, take a drive to Fujairah (about 90 mins). The scenery on the trip is amazing, and the town is coastal (Arabic style) and interesting to look around. There is a beautiful mosque there.
 

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I forgot to say - go to The Bar at The Address (yes really, that's the name) near the Dubai Mall for an expensive coughtail, but with a magic view. When we were there, they had a special offer if you donated a book to their library, there was good discount off a coughtail - from memory about 50%. It's a really lovely view.

The food shot is from a Lebanese street food restaurant - there are heaps of these in Dubai


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A few things to do:
Access to the Burj al Arab is restricted so if you don't stay there you can get in for a look around by having afternoon tea at their Skydeck Bar - need to book well in advance.
Friday brunch at Traiteur Restaurant at the Park Hyatt is worth getting dressed up for, if that sort of thing appeals. It's a buffet with so much on offer - so don't have breakfast beforehand
You could spend all your time walking shopping malls of course
If you have a need for speed, catch a cab to Abu Dhabi and try the Yas Marina F1 Circuit where you can self drive a race prepped Aston Martin or Ferrari etc. (after some driving and safety instruction)
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is worth a visit too

Thanks
Sounds like 2 nights each way is not enough !
 

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That date really needs to be avoided. Dubai during Ramadan during the day is just not enjoyable for tourists.

With long diligent investigation and giving it a lot of thought and planning we are booked to arrive on the 12th May 2021.
Ramadan finishes on the 11th May.
Pure cough, I had no idea that was even a consideration.
Guess we will have to fight the locals for the buffet !
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Here's another vote for avoiding Ramadan. Food options are very limited during this time.
As well as the other suggestions already made by people, I would go to the Dubai Creek (you can use the subway) and take a ride across in the traditional abra (boat) to the spice market and gold souk. Great street foods, interesting sights, you might want to buy something. The abra ride is very cheap and it's cooling to be on the water. Eat some local foods - not just in the hotels. Go to one of the beach resorts and have a drink or coffee overlooking the beach. Swim if you want to, or try some of the adventure sports like hoverboarding/flyboarding. A hobby of mine is to visit the supermarkets and check out the different foods. The date aisle will stretch for miles and who knew that there were 20 or more different types of dates! It's also fun to go out to a shopping mall and just people-watch the local families enjoying their time together.
If you have a car, take a drive to Fujairah (about 90 mins). The scenery on the trip is amazing, and the town is coastal (Arabic style) and interesting to look around. There is a beautiful mosque there.

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You could also visit the Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (it's in the Dubai Creek area) and go to their Iftar (end of Ramadan celebration feast). Pre-booking essential, but you have time on your side. I think they also have a smaller session on some Fridays after Friday prayers as well. There are other good activities here - unfortunately it has always been closed for some Eid (fesitval) or other every time I have been in Dubai, so I am yet to go ther. My son, who lives in Dubai, highly recommends it.

Another idea is to hit the sand dunes either by camel or by buggy as you prefer - obviously this is an organised activity, but your hotel can help you with that.

Dubai is a surprisingly good place to pass a few days. It's an exotic world city, with plenty to see and do.
 

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