Money management isn’t something we’d normally associate with Dubai or the UAE. The Emirates are, to put it lightly, rather extravagant. There are man-made islands and beaches, skyscrapers, helicopter tours, you can even buy ice cream coated in gold flakes (quite the upgrade on the 99).
However, thanks to an influx of package and discount holidays, the UAE is no longer a one-nation VIP lounge for the super-rich. Regular tourists like you and us even go there now. Mostly for the glitz and glamour of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but there’s interest, too, in Sharjah, the region’s art and heritage centre, and Fujairah, where you can scuba dive in the Gulf of Oman.
So, we’ve taken the liberty of assuming you’re not a footballer or an oligarch or an heiress and put together this handy guide on managing your money in Dubai and the UAE.