No visa required for Singaporeans to enter the UAE
A number of countries do not require visa to enter the UAE. Most are from the western world, though I am pleased to inform that Singaporeans can enter the UAE for up to 60 days without a visa.
Countries not requiring visa: France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Embassy of the UAE in Singapore:
600 North Bridge Road
Tel: 65 - 62388206
Fax 65 - 62380081
Packing List for Dubai
Trolley bags and backpacks are recommened. Suggested items are cotton clothes, shorts, jumpers, good walking shoes, sandals, sneakers and umbrellas. Formal clothes and black shoes are recommended for business meetings. Formal dress is also required for entry at many night clubs. Bring sunscreen, deodorants and medicines with you or otherwise you may directly buy them in Dubai. Digital cameras, still cameras, camera films and movie cameras are a must. Shorts, t-shirts and sandals are suggested for beach activities. Good quality sun glasses are a must.
Burjuman Centre - A class of shopping!!!
Burjuman is one of the most popular shopping centres of Dubai. Its located at the intersection of the Trade Center Road and Khalid Bin Waleed Street in Bur Dubai. The shopping mall is open Saturday to Thursday from 1000 hrs to 2200 hrs. On Friday it opens from 1600 hrs to 2200 hrs.
Not every one can afford shopping at Burjuman because of expensive stuff here. So the target market is mostly the elite class. Most of world's high class brands have their presence at Burjuman. But still there are some shops where a budget traveler can go for shopping.
Food court at Burjuman is one of the best in Dubai. It has Pakistani, Indian, Persian, American, Chinese, Thai, Lebanese, Japanese and Middle East's cusine available. Its timings are 1000 hrs to 2330 hrs from Saturday to Thursday. On Friday these are from 1600 hrs to 2330 hrs. Every thing, that you can think of, is available in Burjuman Centre. Books, good, furnishing, clothes, sports equipment, electronics, beauty products, flowers, shoes, toys, perfumes, jewellery and a lot more.
The best time for shopping is during sales period. And the best deals are during Ramadan when prices are reduced even to 70% off so you can buy all expensive branded stuff easily.
All basic facilities like underground parking, telephone, postal services, currency exchange, ATM, rest rooms, car wash, prayer rooms, baby strollers, wheelchairs, mother and child centre etc are available. One thing that I liked the most is that on every floor they have traditional Arab tents with sofa seats to relax.
Gift wrap facility is also available free of cost at Customer Service counter. I would strongly recommend you to pay a visit to Burjuman next time for shopping. Prices are fixed so there is no game of bargaining. Its so simple!!
A drink with the caddies
Another nice place to have a drink is the Creek Golf Club. From the bar, you have a superb view of the Creek and the golf course. You don't have to be a member to go to the bar but you will need to be one to practice your swing later on.
Driving and Safety on the road :-)
Safety on the road
Motor vehicle statistics in various parts of the world has indicated what the traffic accidents cause in term of public or privates losses or human causalities. In the UAE, the statistics shows that traffic accidents are considered among the leading fatality causes among the youths.
Causes of the traffic accidents
The statistics of Dubai Police indicated that the most important reasons of traffic accidents in 2000 are the following:
Passing red lights.
Poor anticipation by the motorists.
Knowing what should be done during accidents and emergencies helps a lot in avoiding chaos and fear. Knowing the first aid, no doubt, is of utmost importance as it could be the difference between life and death, the difference between temporary and permanent disability, the difference between fast and prolonged treatment.
There are a number of instructions, which should be followed in case of any traffic accident.
Make phone calls and describe the problem and seek help by requesting ambulance or fire fighting, (in Dubai/U.A.E. the number to be called is 999 .
Get the spectators away from the accident scene.
Put warning signs on the road.
Direct the traffic.
Give information about the location of the accident, number of injured people and your phone number.
Do not attempt to move the injured.
If you have any knowledge about first aid, try to help the injured if necessary.
Emergency tools inside the car
Additional inflated tire.
Lift jack to lift the car when changing tires.
Wooden piece to stabilize the lift jack.
Basic tool box.
First aid kit.
Additional fan belt and water hoses.
Electrical wires for recharging the battery.
Maps for the roads.
Enough amount of water.