Business hours

Businesses are open from 8.00am to 1.00pm and 4.00pm to 7.00pm, Saturday to Thursday. Some companies work a straight shift from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Banks are generally open from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

All offices are closed on Fridays. Very few retail establishments are open on Friday until after 4.00pm due to prayer time. In traditional areas small shops and businesses may close at prayer times every day.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day and Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
January 3* – Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
May 16 – Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet)
July 17 – Eid al-Fitr* (End of Ramadan)
July 18 - Eid al-Fitr*
July 19 - Eid al-Fitr*
September 23* – Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
September 24 – Eid al-Adha*
September 25 – Eid al-Adha*
December 2 – National Day

* Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon, and each year the dates change. Private sector holidays for the Islamic festivals may vary from the dates above.


The climate in the UAE is very hot and humid during the summer months. From May to October, temperatures are consistently above 40ºC and the humidity level is extremely high (up to 95 per cent). Some areas inland and especially in the mountainous areas in the east of the country are a little more pleasant. During winter, the evening temperature is usually a minimum of 15ºC and a maximum in the range of 20 to 25ºC.

For weather details in the UAE, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


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The official currency is the dirham (AED). There are 100 fils to the dirham.

Time zones and time differences

The UAE is six hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Abu Dhabi, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

The UAE's country code is +971.

For calls to the UAE from Australia dial: 0011 + 971 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from the UAE to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

The UAE’s power supply is 240 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The round two-pin plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Dubai Tourism

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