Dress Code: As a sign of respect for local customs and traditions, a modest dress code is strongly advised. Wearing revealing clothing in public places should be avoided at all times. Swimwear is acceptable only at hotel pools, resorts and beaches. Before leaving those areas, change into causal wear.
Currency: The UAE currency is the known as the Arab Emirate Dirham denoted by AED or more commonly, Dhs. One dirham is divided into 100fils. The dirham is pegged to the US dollar at a mid-rate of approximately US$1=Dhs3.679
Greeting: The acceptable male greeting on meeting a Gulf Arab is to stand up and shake hands. However, for a man to shake the hand of a Muslim woman (and vice versa) is, in most circumstances, considered unacceptable, Local women will usually not offer their hand to a man and will nod and smile instead, and some local men prefer not to shake hands with women. If in doubt, wait until a hand is offered when meeting someone for the first time
Driving: Cars are left-hand drive and proceed on the right side of the road as they do in Europe. (Note that international driving permits and overseas driving licences are not valid in private cars in the UAE).
Credit Cards: Major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and visa are accepted in most hotels and shopping malls.
Business Hours: Most businesses are open from 8am-6pm Saturday to Thursday. Embassies, consulates, and government offices operate from 7.30am-2.30pm