From UPI Payments To Easy Immigration During Summer Break, 5 UAE Updates For You

Essential updates and exciting news.

by Deeplata Garde
From UPI Payments To Easy Immigration During Summer Break, 5 UAE Updates For You

As the summer season kicks off, Dubai is buzzing with activity and exciting developments. From travel advisories and digital payment advancements to new openings, here are all the UAE Updates you need to know to enjoy the best this summer.

1. Navigating the Summer Travel Peak At Dubai Airport

Dubai-based Emirates has flagged a significant peak travel period starting Saturday, July 6, as families gear up for their summer holidays. To ensure a smooth travel experience, the airline advises passengers to adhere to key timings at the airport. Arrive three hours before your departure time, pass through immigration 1.5 hours before your flight, and reach your boarding gate at least one hour before takeoff. Following these guidelines will help you avoid the stress of last-minute rushes and ensure a seamless start to your vacation.

2. UPI Payments Now Available in the UAE

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In a major leap for digital payments, NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) has teamed up with Network International to introduce QR code-based Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This partnership enables Indian tourists and NRIs with Indian bank accounts to effortlessly use UPI for payments throughout the UAE. This development simplifies the payment process and enriches the travel experience for Indian visitors, allowing them to shop, dine, and explore with ease, eliminating the need for currency exchange.

3. Sheikh Mohammed Expands His Scottish Highland Estate

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In real estate news, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has won permission to build an eighth house on his Scottish Highland estate despite concerns from neighbours. Representatives for Sheikh Mohammed lodged plans to erect a five-bedroom home on the Inverinate Estate to accommodate visiting family and friends. This expansion reflects the Sheikh’s love for the Scottish Highlands and his commitment to providing a luxurious retreat for his guests.

4. The Crown and Lion Returns To A New Location

After a brief hiatus, The Crown and Lion has announced its grand reopening, much to the delight of its loyal patrons. This well-known British gastropub, which had left Barsha Heights in 2023, has found a new home at the ibis One Central hotel at Trade Centre. The pub promises to offer the same beloved ambiance and British charm, making it the perfect spot for relaxed dinners, casual drinks, or spontaneous parties with friends. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a first-time visitor, The Crown and Lion’s new location is sure to impress.

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5. NOX: Dubai’s Newest Hot Spot


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For those looking to experience Dubai’s vibrant nightlife, NOX is set to open its doors by the end of July in C2, City Walk’s new licensed district. This trendy new spot aims to redefine the art of socialising with its sophisticated ambience, Asian fusion cuisine, and signature cocktails that embody the essence of international flavours. NOX will welcome guests to its indoor restaurant and lounge during the summer months, with a grand opening of its outdoor terrace slated for October. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxed dinner, casual drinks, or a lively night out, NOX promises to be the place to be.

Stay updated and make the most of what Dubai has to offer this season. From seamless travel experiences to unforgettable nights out, the city is ready to provide an exhilarating summer for all.

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