I visited Dubai a few months ago and it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to so far. Beyond the glossy building exteriors, there is a lot one can do while in Dubai; from the desert safaris to learning the unique cultural diversity. The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March. Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. During the winter months, the city sees blue skies and prime beach weather; peak tourist season. You can escape the crowds if you visit during the summer months, but be prepared for triple-digit temperatures and high humidity levels.
If you are looking for a summer holiday inspiration for 2019, better include Dubai on your bucket list! On this post, we are going to look at the Visa requirements Kenyans must meet before visiting Dubai.
Visa Requirements For Kenyan Citizens Visiting Dubai
- Kenyan Passport valid at least six months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa (Not photocopy )
- Coloured passport sized photo 4.3 cm x 5.5 cm against a white background
- Coloured scan of passport detail pages (last two pages of your passport)
- Documents supporting the purpose and the conditions of the planned visit (e.g. letter of invitation, travel itinerary, round trip ticket, hotel reservation with payment guarantee etc.)
- Completed visa application form
You can apply for your UAE Visa with your local travel agent or apply online with United Arab Emirates Airlines such as Emirates or Etihad.
UAE / Dubai Visa Charges for Kenya citizens
Single Entry ((Tourist/Visitor/Business)
Ksh 5,643. ( AED 200 )
Multiple Entry ((Tourist/Visitor/Business)
Ksh 11,286 ( AED 400 )
Single Transit (not leaving the airport)
Ksh 2,821 ( AED 100 )
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Advice For Those Traveling on a Modest Budget and Looking For More Exploring Relaxation Than Pure Luxury.
1. Be ready for long queues at DXB ( Dubai International Airport) – Check-ins for about two hours.
2. Stay in Deira at one of the mid-market hotels near the Creek – It’s pretty cheaper there.
3. Taxis for getting around are plentiful and cheap ($10 – $15 depending on where you are in Deira), and it’s better to be near the city center and souks for eating, shopping, etc. Make sure you give your driver references to big landmarks, as I discovered that they don’t always know the whole city that well.
4. Dubai is extremely easy to navigate around, almost everyone speaks English and it is a unique place and totally worth seeing. It is a great destination if you are either a first-time traveler who is a bit nervous about leaving Kenya.
5. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is visible from just about anywhere in the city ( you will need a ticket to enter this building ) Check the prices here. Pre-book tickets for the tickets online, and you’ll pay less than half the price of an immediate entry ticket during non-peak times (and save yourself a third during peak hours). At its feet, you’ll find the Dubai Mall, one of the world’s busiest malls.
6. Burj Al Arab – world’s only seven-star hotel is located at Madinat Jumeirah complex.
7. Don’t worry if your budget won’t stretch to a beach resort – free public beaches such as Kite Beach and JBR Beach have sun loungers, showers, and cafes.
8. Don’t visit Dubai during Ramadan. You will not be able to drink or eat in the public.
9. The public transport network in Dubai is the Metro. As a tourist, you’ll need to purchase a “Red Nol Card” which you can load up with credit at any Metro station. The card itself costs 2AED ( about Ksh 56 )
10. Cultural Breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is the best thing to do!
- The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March ( You can escape the crowds if you visit during the summer months, but be prepared for triple-digit temperatures and high humidity levels)
I hope you will enjoy your Visit to Dubai (:
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