Travel guide
Dubai & the Emirates

The beauty of excess.

A frantic race to build the tallest buildings in Dubai and the most glamorous in the oil capital of Abu Dhabi. Luxury and excess for a destination that has never ceased to seduce and arouse the curiosity of travellers from all over the world. But behind the glitz, there’s a more affordable, less flashy side: palm groves worthy of the Thousand and One Nights, the magically shifting sand dunes, the museums of Sharja, right down to the Gulf of Oman and its turquoise waters…

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United Arab Emirates Dirham


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Salaam Malekoum
  • How are you? = kefalouk
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Zen, wa ant ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = hal tatakalloumou l-faransiyya?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = afham / Lâ afham
  • Sorry = asef
  • Goodbye = ilâ l-liqâ
  • Welcome = Marhaban
  • Thank you (very much) = shoukran (jazilan)
  • Excuse me/Please = min fadlik
  • I am French = anâ faransiyaa
  • My name is… = ismi…
  • No thanks = Lâ shoukran
  • Yes/No = Ayoua / Lâ
  • You’re welcome = Hefwen

Key figures

Area: 83600 km² 

9.4 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • anti-tuberculosis treatment

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever, meningitis and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.


French nationals are exempt from visa requirements. Since the signing of the Schengen visa waiver agreement for Emirati nationals on May 6, 2015, and as a reciprocal measure, a stamp in the passport on arrival at Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports authorizes a stay of up to 90 days, in one or more instalments, over a period of 180 days from the date of the stamp.

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE, or you will be refused entry.