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Dubai travel insurance

Where are you when you get a desert climate with average temperatures of 43°C, a hotel that uses over 1,500 square metres of gold leaf as decoration and a shopping mall with over 1,200 shops? The answer is (of course) Dubai.


Do I need travel insurance for Dubai?

Dubai is synonymous with manmade luxury and with hotels that offer you helicopter transfers from the airport and one with 29,000 crystals in its ceiling, who are we to argue? There are plenty of jaw dropping sights to see – the dancing Dubai fountains complete with 6,600 lights, the manmade Palm island in the sea and a ski resort with real snow (yes, really). But there’s one thing we don’t want your jaw to drop at – and that’s the cost of your dream holiday if you don’t have the right travel insurance.

It’s not a legal requirement to have travel insurance for Dubai so you won’t get arrested and thrown in a cell for not having it, but we certainly wouldn’t recommend flying half-way around the globe (or anywhere for that matter) without the reassurance of travel insurance.

When choosing the right cover for Dubai you should make sure you opt for a policy that includes healthcare. If you should need medical help while visiting Dubai, you’ll be charged for it, so always check you’ve got cover and that your policy includes emergency care and flights home. You might also want to find out if you’re expected to cover any costs first, with reimbursement from your insurer later.


Can I get cheap travel insurance to Dubai?

No one likes a cheapskate, even less so when you’re far away from home with nobody to call on when things go a little wrong. Choosing travel insurance shouldn’t be about what’s the cheapest – think about what you need and want in a policy first, starting with what type of trip it is likely to be. Cancellation cover is invaluable ahead of a holiday so make sure the policy you choose covers the actual cost of your trip should it be cancelled for reasons outside of your control.

Think about what you might get up to, some activities such as scuba diving might be considered risky (even if you’re a pro) so double check that your policy has you covered. Add to this the cost of your luggage if it decides to fly on to another destination – you’d be surprised just how much the contents of your suitcase can add up to.

Once you know what you need from your Dubai travel insurance to cover, then let us compare leading travel insurance providers and help you get the right level of cover at the right price for you.

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What else do I need to think about if I’m going to Dubai?

Dubai is one of seven emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it’s a Muslim country and its laws and customs are very different to what we’re used to in the UK. That said, Dubai is extremely tolerant and welcoming to people of all faiths and nationalities, it’s also considered very safe.

Now, we like to think of ourselves as helpful, so we’ve put together a few handy and quirky facts about travelling to Dubai. All you have to do is make sure you’ve compared and found the right travel insurance for Dubai which suit you – simples.

Dubai facts you might like to know

- Visa: If you’re a British citizen you can get a 30 day visa on entry. It can be extended while you’re in Dubai for a fee at the immigration office.

- Currency: The official currency is the UAE dirham (Dh) and cash machines are readily available.

- Tipping: You don’t have to tip but it is common and very welcome. Only food and drink outlets inside hotels are allowed to add service charges to your bill (usually 10%).

- Vaccines: You should see your doctor at least one month before travelling just to double check but in most cases you shouldn’t need anything specific to travel to Dubai or the UAE.

- Time difference and flights: Dubai is +4 hours ahead of standard British time (GMT) and the average flight time to Dubai from London is 6 hours and 45 minutes.

- Camel racing: A very popular sport in Dubai, and to make it even more thrilling, robots now ride them in races (that’s got to be worth seeing).

- Police cars: Even the police cars are luxury, the police fleet includes a Ferrari and a Lamborghini.

- Know where you’re going: Because building work is continual, there are no official street names or addresses in Dubai, so a map is very useful. That is changing though as a new mapping system will allocate buildings with their own ‘barcode’.

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