Travel Guide To UAE

Indian Embassy in UAE

Embassy of India
Plot No. 10, Sector W-59/02, Diplomatic Area, Off the Airport Road, P. O. Box 4090, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Contact Number - 00-971-2-4492700

Working Hours - Sunday to Thursday 0830 Hrs – 1700 Hrs (1300 Hrs – 1330 Hrs Lunch Break) (Friday & Saturday – Weekly Off)

Visa Process for Indians

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to UAE

The following documents are required to get a UAE visa :

  • Scanned copy of original passport
  • 1 photograph
  • Particulars about previous UAE cancelled visa and exit details
  • UAE contact person’s passport copy address and phone number

About UAE

For most people, the United Arab Emirates either means Dubai or Abu Dhabi. And it's not their fault completely. These two cities dominate the travel culture and offer unique opportunities for travellers of all kinds. But beyond the glitter offered by Dubai and Abu Dhabi awaits a diverse mosaic of five other emirates. Each has its own characteristic and outshines the other.

Top Places to Visit in UAE

Abu Dhabi – Serving as the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi is home to the fastest roller coaster in the world and the largest hand-loomed carpet. It is a city where nothing stands still. A city that leaves such an impression that you are sure to fall in love. Top attractions of the capital include Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, Marina Mall and Emirates Heritage Club Heritage Village.

Ajman – Smallest of the seven Emirates, Ajman is a quiet place that makes it perfect for a laidback break. The low-key vibe makes it a great place to take a break from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Top attractions include the Ajman Museum, Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Wasit Wetland Centre and Ajman Family Park.

Sharjah – Dubbed as UAE’s cultural capital, Sharjah is known for its restored homes, artistic localities and galleries. The historic old town can be easily covered on foot. Souks and excellent museums dominate any trip to Sharjah. Top attractions include the Al Mamzar Beach Park, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Al Majaz Park and the Sharjah Aquarium.

Dubai – Known for its impeccable Burj Khalifa, Dubai is a glamorous playground that offers activities unimaginable. It is an excellent amalgamation of the old and new. Top attraction of this ravishing destination includes Burj Al Arab, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Madinath Jumeirah, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Al Fahidi historical District and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Fujairah – Lying along the Gulf of Oman, Fujairah is known for its Hajar Mountains and the beautiful beaches. Also, it the only Emirate that has a coastline just on the Gulf of Oman and none on the Persian Gulf. Top attractions include the Al Badiyah Mosque, Fujairah Fort, Wadi Wurayah, Fujairah Heritage Village, Fujairah Museum, Al Bidya Mosque and Al Hayl Castle.

Ras Al Khaimah – Known for its Arabian Gulf Beaches, Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate and is home to many breathtaking beaches. Top attractions include Ice Land Water Park, Marjan Island, Jebel Al Mebrah, RAK National Museum, Jabel Jais Mountain and Dhayah Fort.

Umm Al Quwain – Least populated of all the seven emirates, Umm Al Quwain is an ideal destination for a vacation away from crowded counterparts. Top attractions include Dreamland Aquapark, Falaj Al Mualla Garden Park, UAQ National Museum and Bassata Village.

Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport are well connected from India. Top carriers including Emirates, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways and Air India offer direct flights between the countries. The shortest flight takes around 3 hours 10 minutes from Delhi to Dubai.

Best Time to Visit

UAE is hot, and it’s so hot that it can leave anyone exhausted. The best time to visit UAE is between April and May or from September to October. The fall shoulder and spring seasons offer pleasant and manageable weather. Reasonable hotel rates can also be bagged during these travel months.

Things to Pack

Because UAE is hot, carrying any clothing that absorbs heat is a big no. Here is a list of things that you must carry when travelling to UAE.

  • An umbrella
  • Loose clothing (prefer cotton)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Travel insurance – to keep the trip covered
  • A pack of wet wipes
  • A pair of sunglasses

Top Delicacies of UAE

Stuffed Camel – It is one of the most relished and amazing dishes of UAE. The dish also holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the most prominent dishes served in the world. This dish is usually a part of wedding ceremonies hosted by elite families. Whole camel, one lamb, 20 chickens, boiled eggs, fish and rice, are the primary ingredients of this prominent Arabic dish.

Shawarma – It is one of the most consumed foods across UAE. The most exciting part is that Shawarma has become extremely popular in many other Asian countries including India. Whether made from lamb or chicken, the taste of this dish is such that you are sure to fall in love with it. The preparation method and taste vary from restaurant to restaurant.

Falafel – What French fries are for Belgians, Falafel is for the Arabs. Popularly known as a side dish, Falafel is low on oil and high on taste. Found in almost every restaurant, Falafel is something that you can savour when you are in the mood to eat something light yet delicious.

Al Harees – Offering a highly exotic taste, Al Harees is a famous dish in all of UAE. Made using meat and wheat, this dish has a few ingredients but an exceptional taste. Al Harees is commonly served in weddings, Ramadan celebrations and EID.

Shopping List Essentials

The Dubai Mall – Any visit to UAE is incomplete without spending an entire day at the Dubai Mall and shopping for exclusive brands. From Bath & Body Works to Sacoor Brothers, you think of a brand and its there at the Dubai Mall. Not only this, Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world regarding the area. Did you know that the total size of the mall is the equivalent of 50 football pitches?

Deira Gold Souk, Dubai – Lined with hundreds of shops selling gold. Deira Gold Souk offers everything from gold bars to gold jewellery. Not only this, some of the best bargains in the world can be found here. When planning a visit to the gold souk, be sure of dedicating an entire day as shop hoping to get the best deal is time taking while being interesting. Purchase from a credit card will be charged extra.

Al Ain Souk, Abu Dhabi – Also known as the old or central souk, Al Ain Souk is a great place to test your bargaining skills while savouring the local atmosphere. Heat is sure to check your patience while here as it is a lot different from the modern air-conditioned markets of Abu Dhabi. From brassware to spices, you will find everything here at this souk.

Top Indian Restaurants in UAE

Punjab Grill Restaurant
Address: Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 2 449 9839

Address: Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi - Suite 3 Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 2 656 0600

Address: Jannah Hotel, Eastern Mangrove Promenade، Eastern Ring Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 2 441 3582

Healthcare Centres

American Hospital Dubai
Address: Oud Metha Rd, Oud Metha, Near Movenpick Hotel - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 377 5500

American European Medical Center
Address: 1st Floor, Tasheel Building, Between 13th and 15th Streets, Airport Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 2 445 5477

Belhoul Speciality Hospital
Address: 2nd Street, Al Khaleej Rd, Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 273 3333


The official currency of UAE is Dirham.

Basics of Local Communication

English Arabic
Good morning Sabah alkhyr
My name is… Aismi hu...
Where is…? 'Ayn hwa...?
Yes Nem fielaan
No La
Please Raja'
Sorry Asif
How Much is This for? Kam hu hadha?

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.