GENERAL INFORMATION

AIRPORTS

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Dubai International Airport is a major aviation hub in the Middle East and is the main airport of Dubai. It currently has 3 terminals serving 100 airlines, which connect to over 140 destinations. The airport has a meet-and-greet assistance service known as Marhaba Services.
CAR RENTAL
There are many local and international car rental companies with offices at the airport and a majority of them provide chauffeur services. Limousine services are present at Dubai airport.
TAXIS
The taxi service is provided by the government-run Dubai Transport - airport taxi service, where each cab is meter-run. Pick-up charge from the airport and the final fare will be calculated according to the recorded distance travelled and any applicable surcharge. The estimated journey time to Al Majaz

Premiere Hotel Apartment Sharjah from the airport is between 25 to 30 minutes.
SHARJAH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Sharjah is centrally place between the commercial hub of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Being only 20 minutes driving distance away from Dubai, Sharjah is ideally suited to cater to both markets. The Sharjah International Airport is located in Sharjah –United Arab Emirates. It is the second largest Middle East airfreight Hub in terms of cargo in the region and it is increasingly becoming popular throughout the world as favourite transit, departure and arrival point for passengers. The airport has a meet-and-greet assistance service.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
BANKS

There are many international banks represented in Sharjah. Money exchange houses operate throughout the city and are in most shopping malls. Bank opening hours are 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturdays to Wednesdays, although some are also open from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. On Thursdays, banks operate only from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Exchange houses are open from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

BUSINESS HOURS

Private companies work either straight shifts from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or split shifts from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The government offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Weekends are on Thursdays and Fridays for government organisations while private and multinational companies are usually closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

CLIMATE

In the summer (April to September), temperatures in the UAE will vary between 38°C – 48°C (100°F – 118°F) in the daytime and between 26°C – 30°C (79°F – 86°F) at night with high humidity levels. In the winter (October to March), the days are sunny and pleasant with an average of 26°C (79°F), while nights are cool with an average of 15°C (59°F).

CLOTHING

Dressing in Sharjah is casual and modest.

CURRENCY
The currency used in the UAE is the Dirham and is abbreviated as Dhs or AED. Each Dirham is further divided into 100 fils. Credit cards and US dollars are widely accepted in hotels and major shops.
CUSTOMS
Each traveller is allowed a maximum of AED 40,000 in undeclared cash, 200 cigarettes, 40 cigars, 2 grammes of tobacco, 2 litres of spirits and 2 litres of wine.

As in most countries, it is illegal to bring in drugs, firearms and pornography.
ELECTRICITY
Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 cycles.
EMERGENCY CALL NUMBERS
  • Police / Ambulance: 999
  • Fire Services: 997
HEALTH
Sharjah generally has a high standard of medical care, both in primary health and in hospital facilities.