Traveling and Getting to UAE

Tourists and visitors to the UAE can arrive into the UAE by land, sea or air. The UAE is well-connected by major airlines of the world. Road transportation is by private cars and public buses. Several cruise ships have added Abu Dhabi and Dubai on their Asian itineraries.

By Road

It is possible to drive into the UAE from neighbouring Sultanate of Oman and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Visitors driving into the UAE require an international driving permit and valid vehicle insurance. Residents of GCC countries can drive in the UAE with their driving licence issued by the countries they reside in. Citizens of the following countries can drive with their driving licence issued by their home countries: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.

There are several entry points along the borders; some are reserved for GCC citizens.

You could also arrive by buses operated by national transportation companies. All visitors must have the correct exit permit from the country of origin and a UAE entry permit/visa.

The UAE has a network of excellent and well-maintained roads, making it an easy destination to explore by car. Vehicles are driven on the right-hand side of the road. Traffic signs are generally in English and Arabic.

By Sea

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are popular stops on the itineraries of major cruise lines. The UAE ports provide modern facilities and fast processing of entry/exit at immigration counters in terms of visa clearance. The ports provide easy transportation to the cities. Cruise passengers are offered a multiple-entry visa, which allows them to get in and out of the UAE through an airport as well.

Cruise ships as large as the Queen Mary 2 have visited the state-of-the-art Dubai Cruise Terminal at Port Rashid.

You can cruise into the UAE through one of the following seaports:

By Air

The UAE’s airlines offer direct connections to most cities in the world including to the faraway continents of Americas and Australia.

The UAE’s national airline is Etihad Airways. It flies from and to Abu Dhabi.

Emirates and its low-cost carrier partner FlyDubai. Emirates flies from and to Dubai International Airport. FlyDubai departs from and arrives at both: Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport.

Air Arabia – It flies from and to Sharjah International Airport. It is the first and the largest Low Cost Carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa.

Several International Airlines regularly fly to and fro between major destinations and UAE Airports.

*** OK TO BOARD: Note that although you may have booked your air ticket and have even obtained an entry permit/visa, depending on your nationality you may not be allowed to board the flight unless you have the ‘ok to board’ approval from the airlines. Kindly check with the airline to avoid any inconvenience.

Last Updated: 1st December 2019