I am a Malaysian citizen travelling to UAE on holiday. Do I need a Visa?


I am a Malaysian citizen travelling to UAE on a business trip. Do I need a visa?


I wish to study at the university in UAE; is my degree going to be recognized when I return to live in Malaysia?

Contact the Ministry of Higher Education in your country.

I am not a Malaysian citizen but I live in Malaysia. Do I need a visa to travel to UAE?

Maybe. It depend on your nationality please see the Visa Section on this website.

Can I enter UAE with my stepchildren without their biological parent?

Yes with a written proof of parental responsibility.

Do I have to pay income tax in UAE?

No, you do not. UAE does not have any federal income tax on salaries.

Where can I find recent press releases or statements?

In the news section of this website.

Can I enter the UAE with my grandchildren?

Yes, with a written approval from a parent or guardian.

My children have a different surname to mine; do I need a proof of parental responsibility in order to enter UAE?

It would be advisable.

My company is sending me to do some commercial filming in UAE, where can I find out about a filming permit and obtain press credentials?

You should contact:

National Media Council
P.O.Box 3790, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +97124044333
Fax: +97124044368
email: admin@nmcuae.ae

I want to work in UAE; how can I obtain a work permit?

You will need to be sponsored by an employer.

What is the minimum validity period that I need to have in my passport?

Six months, beyond the end of your intended stay. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least three months in order to travel in and out of the country.

I want to go to study in UAE; how can I obtain a student visa?

Contact the consulate here.

What is legalisation?

Please see the legalisation section on this website.

Are there any restrictions on single women travelling to UAE?


Is it safe for a single woman to travel to UAE?

Yes, UAE is one of the safest countries in the world.

Is it legal to share a hotel room in the UAE with my partner if I am unmarried?


Is kissing and holding hands appropriate in public?

As in all Muslim countries; public displays of affection are considered disrespectful and may lead to a police caution or even arrest.

I am a Malaysian citizen who lives in Malaysia. Can I get married in UAE?

Yes, but you have to contact the Malaysian Embassy or Consulate in UAE.

Is my marriage certificate going to be valid in Malaysia if I get married in UAE?

Yes, if it is properly legalized. Check with the local Malaysian Embassy or Consulate.

I have a Malaysian Driving Licence; Can I drive in UAE?

No, you should apply for International Driving Licence or UAE Licence,

Can I drive a private vehicle on my Malaysian driving Licence in UAE?

No, but you can obtain a temporary UAE driving licence for 6 months even if you are not resident. This can be arranged at the Traffic Police in each Emirate.

Is healthcare free for foreigners in UAE?

No. if you require medical treatment you or your travel insurance company will need to cover the costs.

What medication am I allowed to bring into UAE?

Some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in Malaysia are controlled substances in UAE. Such medication is not allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health. Check the list of prohibited medication via http://www.moh.gov.ae/en/.

What are the restrictions on drink driving in the UAE?

There is zero tolerance approach to drink driving. Convictions will lead to fines and stiff penalties. Being drunk in public is also a punishable offence.

What happen if I am found in possession of illegal drugs?

The penalties for drug trafficking, smuggling and possession, of even residual amounts, are severe.

What is the most approperiate dress code in public for UAE?

A modest dress code should be followed in public places.

I am a non-muslim but wish to visit some mosques in UAE. Is that possible?

Visits to mosques can be easily arranged by through your tour operator or hotel. Just make sure you are approperiately dressed.

I am a non muslim and visiting UAE during the month of Ramadan; is it ok for me to eat and drink in public places?

During Ramadan all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating, drinking, and smoking in public areas during daylight hours should be avoided. However, hotels provide meals at resturants that are not exposed to the public view in the fasting hours.

What are the UAE public holidays for 2012 & 2013?

2012 Calendar

New year (1st Jan, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (1)
Prophet MOhammed's Birthday (4th Feb, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (1)
Israa & Miaraj Night (17th Jun, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (1)
Ramadan expected to begin (20th Jul, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (0)
Eid Al Fitr (19th Aug, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (3)
Arafat Day (25th Oct, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (1)
Eid Al Adha (26th Oct, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (3)
Hijri New Year's Day (15th Nov, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (1)
UAE National Day (2nd Dec, 2012) ----> Holiday Duration (2)

2013 Calendar

New year (1st Jan, 2013)
Prophet MOhammed's Birthday (24th Jan, 2013)
Israa & Miaraj Night (6th Jun, 2013)
Ramadan expected to begin (14th Jul, 2013)
Eid Al Fitr (19th Aug, 2013)
Arafat Day (14th Oct, 2013)
Eid Al Adha (15th Oct, 2013)
Hijri New Year's Day (5th Nov, 2013)
UAE National Day (2nd Dec, 2013)

I am a student and wish to do a project on UAE; where can I find some promotional material?

Explore the useful links listed on this website. Or contact our Media department via media.kualalumpur@mofa.gov.ae

We are organizing a cultural event; can the Embassy supply us with any promotional material?

Yes, our Media department can provide you with complimentary general information on UAE. Send your request to media.kualalumpur@mofa.gov.ae

How do I set up a business in UAE?

See the Business and Trade section of this website for general information. Contact the local chamber of Commerce in the relevant emirate for specific information.

What are the business working hours in UAE?

Many business work on a two shift system, for example (8am- 1pm) and (4pm-7pm). Working days are 5 days with Friday and Saturday as the weekend. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, normal working hours are reduced by two to three hours per day.

Are there any student exchange or Arabic programmes in UAE?

Conact our Media Department.

I am a qualified teacher in Malaysia; can I apply for a job in UAE's educational institutions?

that will depend on the institution and your qualifications. Contact the concerned institution.