Top tips for Israeli visitors to Dubai and the rest of the country
As the skies open up and airlines get ready for regular flights and travel from Israel to the UAE, these pointers will lead to a perfect experience.
The biggest myth about travel to Dubai or other parts of the UAE is also the falsest. It is not required for ladies to wear a veil, cover themselves from head to toe, or don the abaya.
When travelling around the UAE, female residents, tourists, and corporate visitors can dress in their personal choice of attire – business, casual, national dress, Western wear, or a mix. This is also true for business travelers and women attending events.
First-time travellers from Israel to UAE should be mindful and prudent about indecent exposure and inadequate clothing, to respect local culture. Many shopping malls display signs about modest dressing, and most beaches permit swimwear, subject to timings and applicable rules. The only restrictions are at places of religious interest (ex. visiting a mosque), where modest garments and a temporary veil are obligatory.
It is true that some of the richest people in the region live in the UAE, but it is simply not true that every person here is rich.
However, the UAE is very culturally and ethnically rich, with close to 200 nationalities. Just as there are uber-wealthy people who call it home, there are also middle class families, single people and blue collar workers from around the world. Another highlight of travelling around the UAE is that it is one of the world’s safest countries, and for fussy travelers, some hotels have female-only floors or all-female staff.
Irrespective of their social or financial status, nationality or ethnicity, Israeli visitors to the UAE will find residents to be nice and normal.
The UAE is a Muslim country but its doors have stayed open for many decades to people of different faiths and religions. Israeli travellers to the UAE will see mosques, and many other places of worship including Christian churches of different denominations, temples for Hindus and Jains, and gurudwaras for Sikhs.
A top travel tip for Dubai is its recent Jewish slant. The Dubai Synagogue, operated by the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) is a welcoming space for residents and visitors. Known as ‘The Villa’, the facilities include rooms for visitors. The Jewish Community Centre of the UAE (JCC) runs a Talmud Torah with almost 50 children. The UAE’s first kosher restaurant (Glatt Kosher restaurant, Armani/KAF is now open in Dubai, at the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. Israeli visitors to UAE will also rejoice when a new synagogue opens in Abu Dhabi in 2022, as part of the multi-faith Abraham Family House.
Freedom of worship is fully intact in the country – as vouched by all those who live here and practice their faiths in peace, and as will be experienced when travelling around the UAE. The only crime is to disrespect or dishonour any religion.
Some Israeli travelers to the UAE fear they will not be able to enjoy a glass of wine after a long day of meetings. These fears are unfounded, especially after a recent ruling.
The UAE has many hotels, restaurants, pubs, and clubs, and purchasing alcohol was permitted at most of them. Residents with government-issued licenses were also allowed to purchase and consume alcohol freely. Now, consumption and possession of alcohol for everyone above the age of 21 is allowed across the country. Muslim residents are also permitted to drink alcohol, without fear of penalties.
The single most important UAE travel tip is to remember that the country has a zero tolerance policy to any type of drugs. It is important to carry necessary paperwork for prescription drugs.
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Admittedly, summers can be a bit harsh with temperatures occasionally rising up to 50 0 C, but most facilities are prepped and prepared to provide maximum comfort.
Israelis travelling to Dubai or other parts of the UAE can enjoy many activities, even on the hottest days. The country has many indoor theme parks, indoor activity centres, and water parks, alongside sophisticated infrastructure that includes temperature controls. The UAE also has an astounding number of temperature-controlled shopping malls, leisure centres, and multiple avenues for indoor recreation.
While July and August are a tad too hot for UAE travellers to enjoy the country fully, the rest of the year is relatively pleasant. The months between October and March see some of the world’s most famous events, and are ideal to experience a variety of outdoor activities.
The UAE may exist in the middle of the desert but Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are very atypical desert cities. In fact, Ras Al Khaimah is in the mountains and Fujairah offers deep-sea diving.
It is a silly UAE travel myth that it will be boring. Dotting the nation are historical sites, shopping and entertainment destinations, sports venues, and cultural experiences.
With beaches, mountains, museums, man-made islands, underwater hotel rooms, indoor skiing, race tracks, international concerts and events, and a staggering choice of global cuisines – it will be hard for most Israeli visitors to Dubai or Abu Dhabi to believe where they are.
As a specialist business set-up company, our teams have been welcoming hundreds of international business travelers and corporate visitors to our sunny shores. We are ready for Israeli visitors to Dubai and the rest of the UAE.
Do you have plans to
- Incorporate a company in Dubai?
- Set up a business in Sharjah?
- Open a new office in Abu Dhabi?
- Get a business licence in the UAE?
We will be happy to answer your questions and arrange your business visit to the UAE.