Travel to United Arab Emirates

By | October 25, 2021

Area Dubai: 3,885 km²
Area UAE: 83,600 km²
Residents Dubai: 3,137,000 (Oct. 8, 2018)
Residents UAE: 9,267,000 (2016)
Population density UAE: 111 E / km²
Form of Government: Federal hereditary monarchy
System of Government: Constitutional monarchy
Language: Arabic, (English)
Islam is the state religion (76% of the population),
but Hindus, Sikhs and Christians (9%) also live in the UAE
Currency: Dirham (AED)
1 AED = 100 Fils
Exchange rates:
1 USD = 3.673 AED (fixed)
1 EUR = 4.46 AED
1 AED = 0.22 EUR
1 CHF = 4.14 AED
1 AED = 0.24 CHF
(rate from 01/26/2021)
Telephone area code: (+971) 4
Time zone: UTC +4 hours.

In 2020, 743 Germans officially emigrated to the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is an emirate. 1,267 came back to their homeland. It is located on the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf and is the most populous emirate. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 13,183 Germans officially emigrated to the United Arab Emirates and 12,447 moved back to Germany.

Due to the rapid increase in the population due to immigrant workers over the last 45 years or so, the proportion of foreigners is almost 90%. Almost 60% of the entire population come from South Asia. Because most of the migrant workers are men, the UAE has an imbalance between the sexes: for every 100 women there are 218 men. The official language is Arabic. Hindi, Urdu and Persian are also spoken. English is the language of business.

Only about one percent of the country’s area is populated. The vast majority live in cities. According to allcitycodes, 76% of the total population (citizens and immigrants) are Muslims, 9% are Christians and the remaining 15% are mainly Hindus and Buddhists.

Until the global economic crisis that began in autumn 2008, Dubai was a revolutionary, emerging and rapidly developing region. Since then, the construction boom has stalled and the financial situation is tense. Since the end of the oil reserves is in sight, Dubai is increasingly relying on tourism.

Travel and Visa

Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic

The flight connections as well as entry and test regulations can change quickly for the United Arab Emirates due to the current corona pandemic.

Foreign travelers who want to stay in the United Arab Emirates for a short period of time (e.g. tourists or business people) can enter, provided they meet the general entry requirements. You must be able to prove that you have travel health insurance abroad.

If you live in an emirate other than Dubai, it is strongly recommended that you check your personal data on the portal of the ” Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship ” (citizen phone: +971 6005 22222) before starting your journey.

All travelers wishing to enter Dubai (including “ residents ”) must provide evidence of a negative PCR test from all departure locations upon check-in. The swab must not be older than 72 hours before departure. Children under the age of 12, disabled people and UAE nationals are exempt from the test requirement. For passengers departing from certain countries, another PCR test will be carried out upon arrival at Dubai Airport.

Travelers flying to Abu Dhabi from Germany must present a negative PCR test upon check-in at the foreign departure airport. The swab may have been taken no later than 72 hours before departure (shorter deadlines may apply to other departure locations). The test result must be printed out in English or Arabic or the language of the place of departure. Children under the age of twelve and people with disabilities are exempt from the test requirement.

Upon entry at Abu Dhabi Airport, an additional PCR test is mandatory. Children under the age of twelve and people with disabilities are exempt from the test requirement.

The test and quarantine regulations after entering Abu Dhabi depend on the respective departure airport and vaccination status. Vaccinations administered abroad are generally not recognized. Tourists and business travelers arriving directly from Germany are currently not subject to any quarantine requirements, but must have a PCR test carried out on the sixth and twelfth day of their stay.

In the event of a quarantine obligation, travelers must quarantine at home or in a hotel after entering the country. During the quarantine, a GPS tracking bracelet must be worn, which is put on the travelers at the airport. People under 18 and over 69 years of age are exempt from the obligation to wear a wristband. The quarantine must not be left, not even to return to Germany early.

Source: Federal Foreign Office on July 29, 2021

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

VISA is issued immediately upon entry into Dubai or the UAE. The tourist visa is valid for 90 days. A valid passport is required for this. Work in Dubai is therefore not allowed.

Travel to United Arab Emirates