For most of 2021, travel to Dubai wasn’t allowed. But, the destination was made available to UK residents starting in August. Here are some things you should know about travelling there and back to the UK.
Few airports witnessed such a drastic shift in travel patterns between March 2020 and March 2020 as Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Abu Dhabi. The emirates’ status as long-distance connection hubs in Asia-Pacific is still diminished, but they put on a great show. When you fly into Dubai, the skyscrapers of the world will be visible. You will also see resort hotels that rival luxury and dinky wooden boats which still travel along the creek. A little further inland you will find the desert where all of this was born. You can still see the life of the pre-oil days from the tented camps. How simple is it to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi right now? This guide will help you learn everything you need for travelling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
What are Dubai’s travel restrictions?
Dubai welcomes UK tourists, though you must have proof of a negative Covid-PCR test less than 48 hours before the scheduled flight departure.
Your RT PCR test certificates must be either in digital or printed format in English, Arabic or both. It must include a QR-code and proof that the test took place in an authorised facility. All certificates in languages other than English must be validated.
After your arrival, you may need to repeat the PCR test and then isolate until the result is available. (When our personal visit was in January 2022 at Dubai Airport, we were asked to do a PCR and then were allowed to go to the hotel. A text later that day confirmed our negative results.
Children under 12 years old, and those with moderate to severe disabilities, do not need to take a PCR exam.
Dubai Visitors must have valid international healthcare insurance before travelling.
Abu Dhabi and the other United Arab Emirates have differing entry requirements. For more information, visit the UAE government Website.
Dubai: Do tourists need to be quarantined?
Travellers could be required to complete a PCR Test upon arrival in Dubai. This will depend on where you are coming from. Please visit the Emirates Airline site for the latest. It is possible that you will be requested to perform a random DNA test upon your arrival. If you are requested for a PCR test, you may need to quarantine to ensure the results are accurate.
If the test results are positive, you may need to isolate yourself for 10 consecutive days. You can either stay at home if that is convenient or at a hotel or hospital.
Places to Visit in Dubai
Burj Khalifa Dubai’s iconic landmark and most visited tourist attraction is at 829.8 metres, making it the tallest and most prominent of all the city’s points of interest.
Visit the observation deck on the top 124th floor. This is a must-do while you’re in the city. From this birds-eye perspective, you can see the entire city skyline.
The sleek observation deck experience also includes a multimedia presentation of Dubai and Burj Khalifa. A high-speed elevator takes you up to the observation level for 360-degree views over the skyscrapers and desert to the ocean to the east.
Dubai’s famous night-lights panoramas are a popular reason for photographers to visit the city at night.
Dubai Mall is the city’s leading mall. It offers indoor and outdoor activities that keep kids entertained. It has access to the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Aquarium.
If you want to have more entertainment options, there are also an ice-skating area, gaming zone and cinema complex.
Dubai’s magnificent museum can be found in the Al-Fahidi Fort. The fort was built in 1787 as a defence for Dubai Creek. The walls of Al-Fahidi Fort are made out of traditional coral blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor supports wooden poles. The ceiling, made from plaster, mud, and palm fronds, is supported by wooden posts.
The fort was used as a residence by the ruling family, as well as a seat of government and garrison. It was restored in 1971. The museum is now the city’s leading museum.
The entrance houses a fascinating collection of old maps of Dubai (Emirates) that shows the massive expansion that occurred in the region since the oil boom.
The court is home to several traditional boats and a house made of palm leaves with an Emirati wind tower.
The right hand hallway includes weaponry. The lefthand hall highlights Emirati musical tools.
Below the ground floor, display rooms feature exhibits/dioramas covering traditional Emirati lives (including pearl-fishing and Bedouin life) as well artefacts taken from the 3,000-to 4,000-year old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.
Jumeirah Mosque is regarded by many as the most beautiful among Dubai’s mosques.
The Jumeirah Mosque in Cairo is a perfect copy of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque.
This stone structure is constructed in mediaeval Fatimid traditions. Two minarets highlight the subtle details in the rockwork. The evening lighting with flood lights makes it stand out.
The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid – Centre for Cultural Understanding, which also has a program that includes lectures, lectures, and cultural meals – organizes guided tours of this mosque in order to promote a better understanding of the Muslim faith.
What are the rules regarding Brits returning from Dubai to the UK?
Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to have a test done or quarantine completed before they travel to England. Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated must still complete a Covid Test on or before arrival in the UK. The test is not mandatory unless the result proves positive.
The legal requirement to quarantine abroad for travellers after day two testing has been lifted as of Thursday 24 Feb. Chris Whitty is the Chief Medical Officer of England and has suggested that people self-isolate if they have tested positive for Coronavirus after Thursday 24 Feb.
However, those who are positive to Covid in Scotland and Northern Ireland should also isolate. No matter their status in vaccination, all travellers who travel to the UK will need to continue to fill out a passenger Locator form.