Where is Dubai? How can you visit? Information about traveling there.

  • Dubai is a city-state in the United Arab Emirates, located on the Persian Gulf.
  • To visit, you’ll need to present a valid U.S. passport and check off some simple COVID requirements.

If you’re flying through the Middle East, it’s likely you will pass through Dubai. The city’s airport as of April 2022 had the most international traffic in the world, according to Zawya.

Dubai is also one of the world’s most quickly developing cities. Between 1990 and 2020, the city experienced a population growth of over 500%, according to The Culture Trip, changing it from a small fishing village to the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city.

Because of its location, it is an ideal trading port, and the tax breaks its government has given businesses have made it a significant global business hub, says The Culture Trip.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the world's tallest building at a height of over 2,700 feet.

Where is Dubai?

Dubai is a city-state in the United Arab Emirates, located on the Persian Gulf.

Dubai is ruled by an Emir and is one of seven constituent monarchies of the larger union of the UAE, Expatica explains.

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How to travel to Dubai

If you’re an American traveling to the city-state of Dubai, you’ll need a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for at least six months after your arrival date, according to U.S. News. You’ll also need proof of a return flight to the U.S. in the following 30 days. Alternatively, you need a tourist visa for any visits longer than 30 days.

Emirates Airlines lays out the city’s COVID policy below:

The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, at sunset

As of July 2022, people traveling to Dubai from any country must meet one of these three requirements:

  1. Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code; or
  2. Present a valid Negative Covid‑19 Test certificate that should be based on a molecular diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS‑COV‑2 viral RNA, that is issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and issued by an approved health service provider, with a QR code; or
  3. Present a valid medical certificate issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from Coronavirus SARS Covid‑19 within a period of one (1) month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival, with a QR code.