Practical Information in Al Ain

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Al Ain is the garden city of Abu Dhabi. It is a great place to vacation or do business.

Currency

The currency used is the UAE Dirhams. There are many ATMs available in most parts of Al Ain, but it is still best to inform your bank before traveling abroad. They may charge you for cash withdrawals. It is a good idea to exchange a small amount before going to Al Ain, since you will need the local currency as soon as you arrive.

Population

The city has an approximate population of 374,000 people. Most of them are Emirati nationals and Pakistani expatriates. There are very few expatriates from other nations.

Language

The language spoken is chiefly Arabic. Since there are many Pakistani expatriates, they speak Urdu as well.

Visa Information


Citizens of many countries are issued visas on arrival. If this doesn't apply to you, you must apply for a visa in advance. Such tourist visas are issued to individual tourists from East and West Europe who are not entitled to a visa on arrival, as well as visitors from Thailand, South Africa, and China. The tourist visa must be sponsored by hotels and tour operators. It entitles its holder to a 30-day stay and cannot be renewed. The fee is Dh100, with an additional Dh10 for delivery. Check if your country is on the list for whom a visa is issued on arrival. If not, apply for a visa after booking your hotel room or tour with the tour operator.

Health and Safety

There are many hospitals in Al Ain. It is best to get  medical insurance before traveling there, as medical costs can be expensive. There is not much of a night life in this city, and women are advised not to go out alone after dark.

Local Customs and Etiquette


As it is a city in an Islamic state, Al Ain has strict rules about the consumption of alcohol. Women tourists and those visiting this city for purposes of work are advised to dress modestly in accordance with the local customs and culture. If you follow the customs of the place, Al Ain is a delightful place to visit, with its green trees and oases. This second largest city of the Emirate should be on the must visit list of all tourists to the UAE.
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