The United Arab Emirates or (UAE) is a federation of 7 emirates with enough political, judicial and economic autonomy. Its capital is Abu Dhabi. The country borders Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south.

Finding a single word to define it is very difficult, but these are some that may help you understand its diversity: dunes, camels, hawks, oil, history, futuristic metropolises, mosques ... all that and much more you will find if you travel to the UAE.

ClimateThe climate of the UAE generally is very hot and sunny. given its location. Summers are hot with maximum temperatures above 40ºC (104ºF) and minimum night temperatures around 30ºC (86ºF).

Winters are mild and short, with temperatures that oscillate usually between 23ºC (74ºF) during the day and 14ºC (57ºF) at night.

As it happens in the rest of the region, rains may occur and are more frequent between December and March.

Visa regulations: if you are a Spanish passport holder you will not need to get a visa to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at the International Airport and proceed to immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visitor's visa that may be extended for an additional 30 days paying an extra fee.

Time zoneGMT +4. There is no winter / summer time adjustment in the UAE. In summer, when in the peninsular Spain it is noon, in the UAE it is 14pm. In winter, when clocks are set on the peninsula at noon, it will be 15pm in the UAE. 

Currency: The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils and is pegged against the Euro € (EUR 1: AED 4.51845 in Feb 2018). Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.


  • Voltage: 240 V
  • Frequency (hertz): 50 Hz
  • Wall sockets: British-style three-pin ones are standard.

Vaccinations: there is no obligation or specific recommendation for any vaccine when traveling to the country. 

Religion: Although Islam is the official religion of the country, the United Arab Emirates have always advocated freedom of religion.