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How To Get Dubai Visa[Official Website Click Here]
I somehow wonder why on Internet we don't have many site that help us with visas.It's just us,searching in the whole Google network,or asking our friends or friends of friends to guide us through.Dubai was one such case.Although the process was simple,we decided to not take a risk and pre-query "Marhaba Services" who we have had heard from one of our friend that they guide you in the best way possible for Dubai.So we,took all our documents,and took the help of Marhaba Services who were very confident of our passports(UK & US stamped) and said that we will get in three days flat if approved,which we got over mail.I would highly recommend them,but now that I know what is required and what isn't,may be I can guide you through.Also,with Emirates Airlines you get assistance on visa.We couldn't book Emirates because our time didn't match,however,to avail visa assistance you can also follow up with them(I have heard they are the best airline to Dubai but never got a chance to fly in them sadly).Similarly,with low cost but convenient airline Air Arabia.However,in both cases your return journey should be by a single carrier i.e to and fro by Emirates or to and from by Air Arabia.
- A Tourist Single Entry Visa would ideally cost INR 6300 and is valid for 58 days from date of issue(Stay 28+2 days)
- You can also avail 96 Hours visa only Dubai which costs INR 4800 and is valid for 58 days from date of issue and is for 96 hours only.
- Your passport(Mandatory)
- Return and Onward Journey Tickets(Mandatory)
- US/UK visa stamped copy(optional)
- 4.3 x 5.5 cms photo(Mandatory)
- Application Form(Mandatory)
- Proof of Stay (Optional - Booking.com is highly recommended:Read reviews before you book)
- Proof of Sufficient Funds to cover travel(IT returns etc)(Mandatory)
Currency of UAE
UAE Dirham(AED) = INR 17(Current Rate)
Best Time To Visit
Year round but November to March is pleasant weather
Best Budget Places To Stay In Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Al Diar Dana Hotel , Abu Dhabi ( AED 300 Double Room,INR 5100) : Huge Spacious Rooms for its price
Al Diar Mina Hotel , Abu Dhabi ( $ 54 Double Room , INR 3294) : Lonely Planet Recommended
Dubai Youth Hostel , Dubai ( INR 2018 )
Package or No Package / Flights we Opted For
Since we were on our own tour with friends,we chose to go without package.However looking at the options we have the MakeMyTrip Dubai package with Airfare looks like a good option.As the individual airfares itself cost somewhere around 16-25k(The lowest is Oman Air with 18k Airfare return).We chose Air Arabia to Shahjah as the timings were perfect for us(Leaving at 2 ,reaching at 5) and chose to board a bus from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi(AED 40 , 1 Hour).While return,we chose services of Qatar.Qatar Airways is one of my favorite Airline,I know I can never go wrong with Qatar...the leg space is adequate,the food on board is awesome and even the services of the crew are at par.Air Arabia however has pay for check in luggage if not prior notified about the luggage(Please read) you carry.Fortunately we had done so..
The Spectacular Sunrise of Abu Dhabi Airport
I talked about my landing with lights in my last blog-post. Little did I say about my exit from the airport.It so happened that I was busy purchasing local sim card at the airport to activate my cellphone with a local number(Don't forget to do that,the roaming charges will burn your pocket),and just then I saw an orange hue outside.The dawn was slowly shining over a tall monument just outside the airport.I took out my Camera.and there goes Click Click.How beautiful can a sunrise be..Slowly and patiently I got into by bus from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi not knowing what lies ahead.What lies ahead was no less than a wonder.It started with heap of scattered sand on both sides,and a broad road on which my bus was treading at its own speed.Moving ahead,moving on.And then came sea on one side and another.Sea?Deep Blue Sea?Sea with a backdrop of sand,sand playing with sea.Every moment Every second,I felt like taking pictures,but the window of my bus had dirty grey lines playing spoilsport.Even then I could manage to take some interesting snap shots.Would you like to see one?
Abu Dhabi First Glimpse
The rugged sand with endless sea took a smooth sophisticated way at the Corniche . Corniche is a road that winds along the side of a steep coast.It looked like I would love to walk there forever,or may be have a cuppa of Hot Turkish Coffee in one hand and admire the coastline.Talking of Turkish Coffee,the moment I arrived at Abu Dhabi Airport,I saw a small counter with Tea,Coffee,Turkish Coffee etc as Menu.Happily I gave him AED 10 and to that I had my first sip of the Turkish Coffee.It can be said in one word "Either you would like it,or you would abhor it - There's nothing that comes in between".It has a sharp bitter taste with tinge or flavors of spices.It reminded me of Kahwa in Kashmir to some extent only if it was made on Coffee.I added sugar,bitter isn't my favorite and so the sweetness with bitterness and flavors of spices was just what I wanted.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque : Where Blessings Shower Every Hour
What To Wear In Abu Dhabi/Dubai
Respecting the culture,it is essential to wear little conservative clothing but that doesn't mean you have to be dressed in layers of clothing.I didn't find unusual stares in the whole of Abu Dhabi or Dubai or Sharjah;anything below knee is acceptable or an inch or two above too is acceptable.No transparent clothing,No ultra revealing clothes.As long as it is modest,it is acceptable.In Mosque there are dress codes,but you dress yourself for the occasion in the changing rooms.In Desert Safari in Dubai you can wear shorts also.In Malls too,the instructions are written to be dressed appropriately and no PDA:Public Displays of Affection and as long as you wear clothes you are comfortable in and its modest,shouldn't be a problem.As I said,I didn't find unusual stares anywhere.For Old Dubai Gold Souk area,wear clothes which are below knee or preferably full length.
The taste I can never forget:Almost melting in the mouth Papparoti
So Abu Dhabi was indeed Spectacular
Since the whole of Abu Dhabi was celebrating the World Expo Win and the 42nd National Day,we saw the city glittering with lights everywhere.From Roaring cars in the night to smoking Paan Shisha,Abu Dhabi was indeed a small and sweet visit.Abu Dhabi Mall,Marina Mall,Al Wahda Mall,Khalidiyah Mall are some of the places where you can shop your best.
Ferrari World,May be next time I have more reasons to go
Image Source : Best In Travel Magazine
Just when I said in my last blog-post I might visit it once more ,was for a reason.Although I did see the Mosque and wondered why isn't it in 7 wonders of the world,I missed on two great places I would have easily covered had I stayed for two more days.And slowly walking down the Corniche remains a dream even now.
Image Source : Visit Abu Dhabi
When I posted on twitter some time back,what places to see in Abu Dhabi,
Sangeeta Reghu Nair who blogs at http://sangrywords.blogspot.in/ , suggested
Sangeeta Reghu Nair @Sangrywords 26 Nov
@ankionthemove - #AbuDhabi grand mosque is a must tour to do ... Absolutely beautiful!! then you could the day @YasMarinaAD @FerrariWorldAD
@ankionthemove #YasWaterWorld is also is fun place to go .. and the Maybe a coffee and shisha by Corniche in the evening
And there's more:
Arun Mysore @arunmsk 2 Dec
@ankionthemove Tourist club area, Marina mall, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Hamdaan Street.
Since,I was in Abu Dhabi for just a day,I could only admire the famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque,had Dinner,tried Shisha for the first time and woke up to another beautiful morning and a road trip to Dubai.
50 Best Places to eat by Time Out Abu Dhabi
Where To Eat By Visit Abu Dhabi ( Search for AED 1-50 at the link for best budget places to eat)
I couldn't explore many food joints,as I didn't have all the time,if you have been to Abu Dhabi and know of popular local joints,feel free to comment below.