It’s that time of the year again and we are preparing to return to Dubai to participate in the annual Automechanika Middle East show. The higher temperatures and rougher roads create a greater need for reliable products to keep engines running. Temel Gaskets continues to explore the growing opportunities through the Dubai auto parts market and distribution channels in an effort to provide the end users with products they can rely on.
If your travels are taking you to Dubai this year, we have 5 busines travel tips that can help make your trip a breeze.
1. Transportation is convenient with Taxis.
You’ll find that all roads in and around the city center are very well maintained and organized. Taxis are widely available, safe, fairly inexpensive and most importantly air-conditioned. Fares won’t exceed AED 50 ($13) unless you’re traveling to outskirts of the city. The fare from Dubai’s World Trade Center to the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone should be around AED 110-150 (U.S. $30-40), from Dubai to Abu Dhabi approximately AED 400 ($108). For longer distances, it may be better to check with your hotel for a car service. The fare from the airport will depend on where your hotel is located; on the other hand, it’ll most likely be below AED 100 ($25) so long as your hotel is within the city center limits.
If the purpose of your visit to Dubai is to attend the Automechanika Middle East, you are not alone. Many others will be there for the same purpose and that same group will be intending to catch a cab at the same time with you, once the show wraps up. Beware of taxi lines at the end of show times.
Dubai Metro rail stretches from one end of the city to the other, combined with Dubai Tram, they cover a good bit of geography. If you are traveling between stations, and especially during rush hour, light rail may offer a greater consistency over travel time. Tickets can easily be purchased at each station from kiosks or cashiers. This is a good way to do some sightseeing as well. All trains are air-conditioned and travel above the ground with a clear view of the surroundings.
2. Dubai has a hot climate.
Dubai has great beaches and resorts, but you’ll quickly pick up on the dessert climate. The days will be hot and humid; the evenings will be cool and still humid. We wouldn’t recommend remaining in direct sun light during the day for extended times, on the other hand, a stroll in the evening times will be a good way to burn off the rich and delicious dinners. We strongly suggest staying hydrated throughout the day. Water is the surely a great option, and you will most certainly be pleased if you switch it up with Dubai mint lemonade every once in a while.
You should consciously take on the habit of putting on sunscreen and consider it as normal as grabbing your wallet on your way out. You’ll be happy to have your sunglasses while outside during the day.
Even the short distances might not be possible to go on foot during the day. Please don’t underestimate the combination of direct sunlight and humidity.
While the climate is hot, Dubai has climate control figured out just fine. From bus stops to giant spaces in malls, the temperatures will be more than pleasant and sometimes even too cool. Mainly while in taxis and also while in some properties, it’ll be a good idea to carry along an extra layer, depending on your preference.
3. Keep in mind the difference in business days.
Business week starts on Sundays in the UAE. Private UAE companies usually close Friday and Saturday. Business meetings are rarely, held on Friday; on the other hand, you might still want to suggest if a meeting might be possible on Saturday. Some businesses open for half day on Saturdays. Businesses that have international operations, might have staff on Friday, it’s always best to ask.
Government offices open at 7:30 am Sunday through Thursday, closing at 2 p.m. for the day. Local shops often close from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. for lunch and then reopen for several hours in late afternoon, evening times.
Public spaces, such as malls, restaurants are open 7 days a week.
4. Have the ease of local calls with a local sim card.
Dubai Internet City is one of the hot spots in Dubai and offers significant opportunities for tech investments. The presence of many technology leaders in Dubai Internet City is definitely an evidence of the city’s modern infrastructure and up to date technology resources.
Even if you prefer to use our own line, in case you have global coverage, it’ll likely to be a great convenience for your meetings with local businessmen, for them to be able to reach you on a local number. Right inside World Trade Center and inside most malls, you can find stores to purchase pre-paid sim cards for one of the service providers that operate in Dubai. The two providers in the UAE are Etisalat (Emirates telecommunications Corporation) and Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company).
5. English will get you far, but a little bit of local speak might get you further.
Due to the number of visitors in Dubai and the international trade that takes place, English is a commonly spoken language. English will be the language of choice for most businesses that operate internationally and also in public spaces.
While you’ll be able to conduct most of your business in English, a little bit of Arabic will gain notable attention from your local business partners and set you apart from the general crowd.
So if you are up for it, here is a quick list of phrases that might come in handy:
The easy way to greet is “Salam”, which is the equivalent of “hi”.
The more formal and customary greeting is “As-salam alaikum,” (peace be upon you) to which the reply is “Wa alaikum as-salam,” (and upon you be peace).
Goodbye is “Ma salamaa”.
Please is “Min Fudlek” and thank you is “Shukran”
You’ll hear Arabic speaking people very frequently say “Inshallah” which means “God willing”. You’ll more likely hear this phrase inserted in English sentences too. It is a common response when agreeing on next steps or a particular course of action and when referring to desired outcomes for future projects.
Once the work is over, there are many places to see in Dubai. Most sightseeing can be done along Sheikh Zayed road. Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall is home to the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. Right inside Dubai, you’ll find what may seem to be an infinite number of restaurants and shops, a record size aquarium, the world’s largest choreographed fountain system similar to the Bellagio fountains. Further down the road, Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai Marina and still on the same road but way further down, you may visit Abu Dhabi.
We wish you safe travels and best of luck in your business meetings.
Please feel free to visit Temel Gaskets booth, located at H6-506.
As always, we strongly suggest doing additional research before your trip, such as consulting with your local authorities about any legal requirements during your visit.