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Updated on 25 January 2017

If you’re looking for an affordable way to stay in touch with family and friends back home, why not subscribe to a prepaid mobile package while in Dubai.

Etisalat - Visitor’s Line

The Etisalat visitor line gives you instant connectivity, rich pack selection, hassle free experience and access to the widest 3G & 4G network in the UAE. For just Dhs 100, get started with the Visitor Line and subscribe to any one of the below packs, with which you can Talk, Surf and Text as you need. The Visitor line is valid for 90 days and it can be extended for 90 more days for Dhs10. The Visitor Line packs are valid for 14 days and can be re-purchased for Dhs 75. Free one Careem ride in the UAE worth Dhs 100. 

The visitor line is available at airport arrivals and Duty Free outlets in Dubai and Sharjah, your nearest Etisalat Business Centers and in all major malls across the UAE. 

Required documents: Passport with Visit Visa number.

Visit www.etisalat.ae for more information.


Du - Visitor's Mobile Package

The Du Visitor Mobile Line (VML) is a prepaid mobile line specially designed for tourists or business travellers visiting the UAE. It gives all the benefits of a mobile line, allowing you to stay in touch with your friends and relatives in the UAE or abroad.

The Visitor Mobile Line costs Dhs 35 (approx. $9.54) and is loaded with 20 flexible minutes (national or international), 20 flexible SMS (national or international) and 200 MB of data. All benefits are valid 7 days from the time of line activation and minutes used to make international calls are applicable for 175 destinations.

Minutes used to make international calls are applicable for 175 destinations. For a full list of destinations, visit here. You can get your ­Visitor Mobile Line at any of the airport branches or shops and authorised dealers across the UAE.

Required documents: Passport with Visit Visa number.

Visit www.du.ae for more information.

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Dubai Properties (DP) has announced that it will unveil its new luxurious development, 1/JBR, at Cityscape Global 2015, which will be held 8-10 September 2015, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

MGM Resorts International, which operates hotel brands such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage, has been picked to run a new resort in Dubai.

The world’s first Bugatti-styled homes are being launched by luxury real estate developer, DAMAC Properties, during the Cityscape Global exhibition in Dubai

Kalba Waterfront Mall will be located at the centre of the development area in the Kalba Eco-tourism Project in Sharjah, UAE.

Nakheel is investing Dhs 150 million to bring 105 km of bicycle tracks to its communities across Dubai, with all routes linked to the Government’s Cycling Master Plan.

A new outdoor destination is set to open within months in Dubai’s outskirts - Dubai Safari.

Located on the Bluewaters Island complex in Dubai Marina, the Dubai Eye will stand at 210m high (689 ft), overtaking the new High Roller in Las Vegas which stands at 167.6m (550 ft) and makes it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

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Due for completion in December 2015, the $43.5 million Dubai Frame project, situated in Zabeel Park, will allow panoramic views of both Old Dubai and New Dubai.

Dubai has a tropical desert climate, with summer months reaching the mid to high 40 degrees while the winter months are milder and more comfortable.

We've listed the embassies and consulates in Dubai and the UAE for the assistance visitors and tourists may require.

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Dubai’s Ruler H.H. Sheikh Mohammed announced the development of ‘Dubai Harbour’, a unique new waterfront destination that will feature the region’s largest marina.

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Set for completion in 2017, at a cost of $136 million, the Museum of the Future will serve as a facility for trend forecasters, innovators and those simply curious about what society will look like in the decades to come.

Nakheel and Centara Hotels and Resorts signed a joint venture agreement to create a 550-room, Dhs 500 million beachfront resort with waterpark on Deira Islands in Dubai.

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The first round of formal sales of apartments at Dubai’s next prestige project, The Royal Atlantis Residences on the Palm, starts on Saturday 28th January.

Useful Contact Numbers for Department of Tourism and Dubai International Airport

Dubai adds Meydan One Mall in shopping and entertainment destinations in Dubai, to be operational by 2020.

The UAE won the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020. This will be the first time that the World Expo has been staged in the Middle East.

Stella Maris Tower aims to become one of the most successful waterfront developments in the city, offering residents a lifestyle unlike any other.

Bulgari Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Dubai-based real estate development company Meraas Holding for a new hotel in Dubai set to open in 2017.

Donald Trump Jr has launched the new Trump International Golf Club at the Damac Hills project in Dubai.

The ultimate family-fun hotel will open at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination.

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Desert safari is a real 'must do' when your on holiday in Dubai.
Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common
Take a magic carpet ride across rolling red sand dunes, with an amazing bird's eye view of the untouched desert below.
Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied
HAPPENINGS
Dubai International has announced that monthly passenger traffic numbers in January reached 8 million according to Dubai Airports.
Dubai is the only Middle Eastern city to be ranked in the top 10 list of global cities with maximum hotel rooms, according to the Insider Money report.
IMG Worlds of Adventure has given its guests the chance to unlimited access the world’s largest indoor theme park 365 days a year.
New Order announces their first ever show in the Middle East performing at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on Friday 7th April.
Dubai Tourism has announced updates to the Desert Tour & Camp regulations.
Guests at Dubai Opera will soon be able to enjoy a spot of pre-show dining, with an on-site restaurant set to open this summer.
Passengers at Dubai International (DXB) were all smiles on Monday after they were treated during the International Day of Happiness.
Dubai Tourism released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016.
Rhythm On The River aims to get you toe-tapping and clapping with live entertainment. The highlight will be the floating stage on the river, with none other than Michael Jackson’s double paying
Some of the world’s top female tennis players enjoyed the annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Players’ Party last night.
Dubai Municipality will start its activities as part of the 37th UAE Plantation Week celebrations with the opening of Al Warqa 3 Park and other new parks.
SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year.
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has opened an exhibition dedicated to the
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has approved several projects for the fourth quarter of 2016/17 Development Plan in the UAE.
California electric automaker Tesla is plugging into the UAE electricity grid with an investment of tens of millions of dollars to support the arrival of its new cars by summer.
Global Village has been ranked the number one brand in the Leisure and Entertainment category among consumers in the UAE
Burj Khalifa Annex is hosting the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition that presents the design and style of the James Bond franchise and the craft behind
Follow Truckers DXB for a laid-back vibe with live music and quality street food from a variety of food trucks. Chill out in the vibrant outdoor settings of different venues and peruse the
Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers after near record numbers in 2016 according to Dubai Airports.
Dubai Airports will introduce a new baggage rule to help improve service, reduce the risk of mishandlings and enhance the performance of its check-in and baggage operation.
UAE campaign encourages switch from bottled to tap water.
The 2017 Dubai Latin Fest is bringing Grammy artists to Dubai Media City Amphitheatrefrom Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th April. Popular Salsa band
Emirates had to divert 60 of 194,000 flights in 2016 to save passengers who needed immediate medical care.
Sharjah-based Omran Properties will launch three real-estate projects in Sharjah worth Dhs 2.47 billion.
Saudi dentist and humanitarian set a new record that added to her tally of world records, while crossing the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal.
History comes alive at Saruq Al-Hadid Museum where locally unearthed artefacts are displayed that evidence Dubai’s role as a hub for trade and civilisation in the Arabian Peninsula
There will be another record breaker in the making when the world's biggest dhow 'Jadaf' set to sail from Dubai this month.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched Dubai-Opoly, a new recreational game as part of its efforts to promote Dubai.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Uber have announced the trial of an economy offering 'uberX' that will provide customers in Dubai safe and affordable rides.
Marcel Kittel was a proud man on Saturday after defending his Dubai Tour title with another majestic sprint finish on the fifth and final stage.
Andy Murray became the first British champion at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as he defeated Fernado Verdaso 6-3 6-2.
Mountain bikers and hikers can enjoy two new trails in Hatta, Dubai with a total length of 12km.
Arrogate of Saudi Arabia has won the USD 10 million (Dhs 36.7m) Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse edging out Gun Runner of the US.
The medicine called Flumox is not available nor allowed in Dubai and the UAE.
Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth Dhs 11 billion (3 billion USD) in 2017.
Emirates has confirmed the restriction of electronic devices on US-bound flights starting 25th March.
Round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and get ready to burn up the quarter mile this April, as UK Curve Theatre brings their hit
Emirates has announced on Wednesday that starting next month it would reduce flights to the US following the recent electronics ban and visa restrictions.
World Art Dubai returns for a third edition with artists from five continents and over 150 international galleries coming to Dubai World Trade Centre from
Construction on the 153-room Hotel Indigo in Dubai’s Sustainable City is set to begin.
Dubai Holding to develop the largest public park in Dubai as part of Dubai's position to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Al-Futtaim has announced the development of a new Dubai mall located in Jebel Ali that includes Dubai's second IKEA store.
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central witnessed a strong surge in 2016 climbing 85% according to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
Good Morning Britain & Lorraine, ITV's Breakfast Shows, recently visited the Emirates Palace and local attractions in Abu Dhabi.
Ras Al Khaimah has welcomed health and fitness enthusiast Nicholas Watson, along with six fellow cyclists to the emirate during their mission to raise awareness.
Dubai is well known for always looking towards the future, but a new museum in the Emirate gives visitors a deeper look into the UAE’s past
Guinness World Records has confirmed that the title for the ‘Largest Stencil’ has been broken for the very first time in Dubai.
A convoy of electric vehicles set out on a 700km long road trip through the UAE to mark the start of the first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (Emirates EVRT).
For many visitors, Dubai's healthcare system offers them an opportunity to get quick access to doctors and services.
The Nokia 3310 is back with a revamped version as announced at the Mobile World Congress and will be available soon in the UAE.
Alia Ali, an artist with a heritage as colourful as her work, is influenced by Yemeni, Bosnian, American and Austrian cultures. The People of Pattern exhibition is her latest
Expo 2020 Dubai launched a search for producers of authentic Emirati and regional products including dates, Arabian coffee and sweets, chocolate and spices.
We rounded up the top travel apps that will make every stage of your trip easier and more enjoyable. Bon voyage!
The Arabian Travel Market is a trade show for professionals to get the latest updates and trends in the industry. This year’s event features a focus on travel
Global Village has recorded an attendance of 5.6 million guests in Dubai this season.
A couple was overwhelmed when Dubai officials welcomed them with gifts and flowers upon arrival at Dubai airport.
Etihad Museum is hosting its first exhibition on the UAE postal history until 30th April.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal.
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is on track to launch the Hope spacecraft in July 2020 on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
Dubai Airports has unleashed the world’s fastest free wi-fi connection 'WOW-Fi' at an airport to millions of passengers that travel through the airport.
The Camel Trek participants were overwhelmed by the hero’s welcome they received after successfully completing a journey in the desert of the UAE.
Emirates Airlines preview the enhanced verson of the signature Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge
The Dubai skyline takes a leading, if ill-fated, role in the new teaser trailer for the environmental disaster flick Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler.
Abu Dhabi will host the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event, to be held first time in the Middle East.
Expo 2020 Dubai unveiled the last major design in Al Wasl Plaza, an open space that combines design, technology and dome trellis with huge projection.
According to Dubai Carbon, there’s money in that half-eaten club sandwich or leftover pizza now making its way into your kitchen dustbin.
If you have never been to a camel race before, saddle up for a fun day out for the whole family. The tournament is one of the highlights of
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup concludes with the fifth and final tournament of the series, the Dubai Cup. Take a picnic to enjoy on the sidelines of the polo field or if
Dubai has welcomed just over three million visitors over the first two months of 2017 according to Dubai Tourism
DXBeach, the ultimate day to night beach party, makes a welcome return to Zero Gravity on Friday 14th April. Featuring an all-star line up with Brit Award
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