Entry requirements to the UAE are in constant flux, which is why you should double-check all information by checking the official tourism website (www.dubaitourism.ae) before you make final plans.
At the time of research, citizens of 34 developed countries, including nearly all of Western Europe plus Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA, were eligible for free on-the-spot visas on arrival in the UAE at air, land and sea ports. Visas are valid for 30 days, with an additional grace period of 10 days. Don’t risk outstaying your visa as the fine is Dh100 a day, which can soon add up.
If you’re a citizen of a country not included in the list above, a visit visa must be arranged through a sponsor – such as your Dubai hotel or tour operator – prior to your arrival in the UAE. The non-renewable visas cost Dh100 and are valid for 30 days. Citizens of Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries only need a valid passport to enter the UAE and can stay as long as they want. It is generally not possible to enter with an Israeli passport, but there’s no problem entering the UAE with an Israeli stamp in a non-Israeli passport.
Note that passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.
Anyone aged over 18 years is allowed to bring in the following duty-free:
400 cigarettes plus 50 cigars plus 500g of loose tobacco.
4L of alcohol or two cartons (24 cans) of beer (non-Muslims only).
A total cost of gifts not exceeding Dh3000 in value.
You are not allowed to bring in:
Alcohol if you cross into the UAE by land.
Materials (ie books) that insult Islam.
Firearms, pork, pornography or Israeli products.
You must declare to Customs:
Cash (or equivalent) over Dh40,000.
A total cost of gifts with a value of more than Dh3000.
Medicines (you must be able to produce a prescription).