Q. What are the Visa requirements I need to be aware of?

UK passport holders: No advance application is needed. When you arrive at Dubai International Airport your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry visit visa upon passing through immigration which is valid for 30 days.

Indian passport holders: 3-5 working days are required to process the e-Visa provided that the passport is valid for at least six months. A bonafide certificate from your institution and letter of sponsorship from your parent/guardian must be provided till the age of 18.

Spread your wings will not be held responsible for any visa requirements. Each student is responsible to get his/her visa. For more information visit your country’s visa related website. 

Q. How do I dress?

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that is a melting pot of diverse cultures and religious faiths. All attires and cultural preferences are generally acceptable. Swimwear is permissible on beaches, pool and spa areas and for water-based entertainment but is not considered appropriate in areas such as business districts and shopping malls. It is pertinent to note that in the more historical quarters of the city and places of religious worship, dressing conservatively is expected. In mosques, clothing that covers shoulders, arms and legs and head scarves for women, are required.

Q. Will my phone work in the UAE?

Activating an international roaming package is advisable before arriving in the UAE if you do not want any unpleasant surprises in your next monthly bill. Alternatively you can get a sim card at the airport from one of the two network carriers – DU or Etisalat starting at AED 55 for a 7 day package.

Hotels, malls and restaurants all offer free wi-fi. Please be advised that whatsapp call and Facetime are blocked in the UAE. Depending on the sim card package you will be able to make international calls.

Q. What do I need to bring on my trip?

Bathing suit
Covered clothing
Sun hat/Sunglasses
Walking shoes/Flip flops
Laptop +/ Tablet

Q. Who will be my guide?

You will have an experienced local course guide with international exposure, who is knowledgeable in their respective course verticals and will be there for any questions during the tours. 

Q. How do I get around Dubai?

a. Metro line
b. Taxis
c. Careem/ Uber

Q. What’s close to my hotel?

ZabeelHouse MINI is located in the heart of Al Seef offering you 90 restaurants and 350 retail options at your doorstep.

Zabeel House MINI distance from locationDriving Distance
The Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa11 minutes (8.8 KM)
City Walk11 minutes (9.1 KM)
Gold and Spice Souk14 minutes (9.2 KM)
La Mer15 minutes (9.6 KM)
Kite Beach21 minutes (18.5 KM)
The Palm & Atlantis27 minutes (29.2 KM)
JBR Beach28 minutes (31.7 KM)


Q. Why Zabeel House MINI?

Zabeel House MINI is tailored to young travellers looking for a fun place from which to explore Dubai. A work of art with a smart price, this funky space delivers more than just the essentials, featuring incredible artwork and sculptures, collective workspaces and well-designed rooms with SuitePad tablets, great showers, SMEG fridges and Nespresso coffee makers.

Q. With special dietary requirements can I find my preferred food in Dubai?

Food that will be provided by us, will have a vegetarian option. For any extra options please write to the hotel in advance contact.alseef@zabeelhouse.com. Dubai offers a large variety of dining options that cater to most preferences.

Q. Is Dubai safe?

Dubai is rated as one of the safest countries to visit. We make sure our programme has trusted individuals to guide students during the duration of their stay. You will find that most people are friendly and helpful. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

  • Do not wear revealing clothes or expensive jewelry, that may encourage unwanted attention.
  • Walking around with other spread your wings programme members is advised.
  • Keep all your valuables in the safe of the hotel.

Q. How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

Airport pick-up and drop-off are included as part of your package. You will be contacted before your trip via email to provide us with your flight details. 

Q. Who can I contact in case of any questions?

Please email or call us if you have any questions.
UAE: +971 55 664 9347
UK: +44 7826 394597

Q. What are the emergency numbers in the UAE?

British Embassy: +971 4 309 4444
Indian Embassy: +971 4 397 1333
Police – 999
Ambulance – 998
Fire Department – 997

Q. Do I need to purchase my own airline ticket?

 Tickets will need to be booked in advance by each student individually. Tickets must be booked to arrive and depart from Dubai International airport (DXB). Alternatively book with our affiliate, Expedia.

Q. Who’s coming on this trip?

A global collective of student networks, initially from Europe, Middle East & Asia.

Q. I have more questions, who do I ask?

Get in touch with us via the contact form