The economy plays a vital role to the UAE, which is why it is constantly growing. More and more international companies are attracted by the excellent business conditions, which make them set up branches here. As a proof, Dubai Internet City were established in the last 2 years. In the area of conferences and conventions as well as for individual events, the hotels and suppliers provide the best location, perfect service and the most modern technology. So whatever your ideas are, there is nothing you won't find in the UAE.
Arabic is the official language of the UAE while English is the language of business, though it competes with Urdu as the lingua franca. You will have little trouble making yourself understood, though when you venture out to the rural areas you will find that English is not as widespread. Knowing the Iranian language, Farsi, will help you get by.
Urdu and Malayalam (the language of Kerala in India) can both be reasonably useful because of the large number of Pakistani and Indian expats.
The UAE Dirham (Dhs) is divided into 100 Fils. Notes come in denominations of Dhs 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000. There are 1 Dhs, 50 Fils, 25 Fils, 10 Fils and 5 Fils coins (although the latter two are rarely used today)
Over 33 nationalities can get their visa directly at the Dubai International Airport free of charge.
Dry and hot humid summer with comfortably soft winter.
Plus four (4) hours GMT.
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m., Lunch break from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is the month during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. Bars and Pubs are closed for serving the alcohol in a day time throughout the month. Those with a liquor license can still buy alcohol for consumption at home. Everyone, regardless of their religion, is required to observe the fast in public. That only means not eating and drinking but no smoking as well. Although it is unlikely you will be arrested for breaking these rules, as you would be in Saudi Arabia, you may stopped by the police and told to get rid of your sandwich or put your cigarette out.
In Sharjah, alcohol is strictly prohibited
In taking photographs of places or people, ask for permission from the concerned people in a very polite manner before taking the shot. Military facilities must not be photographed at all.