Valuable Tourist Information on Traveling to Dubai |

You and your family have decided to go on holiday to a foreign country. Regardless of your destination the same applies to all holiday travel which involves a passport. To remain organized a check list needs to be compiled so you can remain in control and ensure a hassle free holiday for you and your family. Visa regulations and passport validity are two of the important items.

When travelling to Dubai it is important to note the following. The official language of the UAE is Arabic according to the constitution of the country, while English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields.

Your passports need to be valid for a minimum of three months from date of arrival (six months for business travel).
A valid visa is required by all nationalities except the nationals of the UK with the endorsement ‘British Citizen’ for a maximum of 30 days. Nationals of EU countries (except nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia), for a maximum of 30 days. Nationals of Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA and Vatican City for a maximum of 30 days. Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Other important items to note are the following.
The currency of UAE is Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED). The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT.  220 / 240 volts (50 cycles) is the standard electrical current and a 3 square pinned adapter is required. Mobile telephones can be brought into Dubai. There are also plenty of public telephones dotted throughout the city. Call cards can be purchased in many locations around the city. The country dialing code is +971.

To make an international call:Direct dialing 00 + Country Code + Area Code + Local Number.
The web is an invaluable source of important tourist information but your travel agency should be able to supply you with the important information you need. It is always a good idea though to have your own list compiled as some items may be missed by your travel agency.

Staying Safe – Serviced Apartments and the Single Traveller |

For many business professionals the excitement of interstate and international travel often comes with a myriad of concerns regarding personal safety. Not only is there the uncertainty of travelling from A to B in an unfamiliar environment, but there is also the added concern of being booked into accommodation that feels uncomfortable or unsafe.

Before embarking on a work trip to an unfamiliar destination, it’s common to have doubts about the standard of accommodation that is being provided. Sure, the hotel room looks fine on the internet, but is it well lit at night? Do you have to go outside of your room to access facilities such as microwaves and showers? Will there be a staff member on call 24 hours a day? And is it safe to walk from your car into the hotel lobby?

As a brilliant alternative to booking a room in a large, unknown hotel, serviced apartments offer the singe business traveller the safety and convenience of having all necessary amenities at one’s fingertips. What’s more, they are usually centrally located and come with that all-important home-away-from-home feeling of security.

According to Melbourne Serviced Apartment operator Mr Anthony Gurry, the serviced apartment option is especially popular with female business travellers who identify safety and comfort as the most important elements of their accommodation needs:

“Our serviced apartments are located right in the heart of Melbourne’s most famous fashion district, and many of our guests travel here for fashion shows and product launches. Time and again they tell us that the safety and security provided by our serviced apartments cannot be emulated by large hotels.” He said.

Four and a half star serviced apartments like Quest on Chapel and Quest SXY South Yarra provide the corporate traveller with all the style and pizazz of an upmarket hotel, but come with the added advantages of 24 hour management, fully equipped apartments, familiar faces, and on-site business and conference facilities.