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Are you off to the United Arab Emirates soon?

We know that buying travel insurance isn't the most exciting part of planning your trip to the United Arab Emirates, but it is important. Read on for some tips on what to consider before selecting a policy:

  • The cost of your holiday - You may have to cancel your holiday and although that's extremely disappointing, it is nice to know you may be able get your money back
  • Think about the activities that you might do while you're away - We cover more than 50 adventure activities as standard, such as bungee jumping, and we can cover other more extreme activities too
  • The cost of your baggage
  • Also, don't forget to check the latest travel advice for United Arab Emirates from the FCO

We can cover your kids for free!

If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

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So if you've got a cat, dog or rabbit that needs insuring, get them covered today.

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What is covered with travel insurance to the UAE?

As standard, our policies cover for over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
  • Personal accident and liability
  • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
  • Abandoning your trip
  • Delayed departure
  • Accommodation cover
  • Scheduled airline failure
  • Personal belongings and baggage
  • Personal money, passport and travel documents
  • Legal expenses

In order for you to have the best possible holiday, we’ve put together some important information that you might want to know before you travel to the UAE.

Currency

UAE dirham

Most common languages spoken

Arabic

Capital

Abu Dhabi

Continent

Asia

Population

Approx. 9 million

Plug type

Plug types C, D and G

Driving side

Right-hand side

Seasons

Spring - March to May

Summer - June to August

Autumn - September to November

Winter - December to February

Laws

Local laws and customs

Do I need a visa for the UAE?

As a British citizen with a valid passport, you can obtain a visitor’s visa upon arrival in the UAE, which last up to 30 days. You don’t need to fill out an application for these visas before you travel as they are free of charge on arrival.

You can find more information about .

Healthcare in the UAE

Healthcare services in the UAE are very similar to those in the UK. However, medical costs for expats and visitors in the UAE can be quite high, so it’s important to make sure that you have the right level of cover to ensure medical treatments are covered, should anything happen.

 More information about the healthcare services in the UAE can be found here.

Did you know that...?

  • More than four out of five people living in the United Arab Emirates aren't actually Emirati. They're expats who have adopted the UAE as their home. Most can't become citizens and have to return home as soon as they retire or stop working.
  • How do you keep the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, clean? With over 24,000 windows the 830m-high skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, uses a combo of people on wires, special bucket machines, and trained falcons to kill pigeons.
  • Salukis, one of the oldest known breeds of hunting dog, are the must-have fashion accessory for street-cred youngsters in urban areas of the United Arab Emirates. They're the only teenagers who don't mind going out with a dog on their arm.
  • The United Arab Emirates stopped driving on the left and switched to the right on 15 August 1966. It probably didn't cause too many headaches, as there were only 13 cars registered in Dubai in 1968!
  • The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Dubai, is worth US$4 billion. His neighbour, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, is worth US$15 billion. He's also the UAE's president. Great public sector pay? No, the roles are all hereditary.
  • The Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates has a US$10 million prize, making it the richest horse race in the world. Don't expect to have a trackside flutter though - gambling is illegal in the UAE.
  • How much would you be willing to pay for a personalised number plate? Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri of the United Arab Emirates parted with £7.2 million for the registration plate "1". Maybe he had trouble remembering longer ones.

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