Smack-bang in the middle of Western Europe, this compact multilingual country effortlessly blends the historic with the new; from countless castles and medieval belfries to innovative art museums and hip cafes. And with some of the best comfort food on offer, you’ll need to pack an empty stomach for gorging on waffles, chocolate, frites and piles of steaming mussels, all washed down with the country’s famous frothy beer.

belgiumAt a glance

Capitals:  City of Brussels, Brussels
Dialing code: +32
ISO code: BEL
Currency: Euro
Population: 10,458,000
Area: 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles)
Language: Dutch, French, German
Life Expectancy: 78
Literacy Percent: 98

 

 must seeMust See’s and Must Do’s

 

La Roche-en-Ardenne, Ostend, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Antwerp, Battle of the Bulge, Brussels, Castles in Wallonia, Eat moules frites, Enjoy the original Spa, Explore Bruges’ canals, Ghent, In Flanders Fields Museum, Join the carnival, Learn about diamonds, Liège, Waterloo

 

MoneyMoney and Costs

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in the major cities and towns. Be aware that some petrol stations and local shops only accept a nationwide payment system known as Bancontact or Proton. In these incidences you’ll have to use cash or, alternatively, you can buy pre-loaded Bancontact cards from the post office.
1 AED =0.23 

fun_factsFun Facts

Belgium is world-famous for beer. There are over 1100 varieties of beers made in Belgium and the country often produces international award winning varieties. French fries are believed to have been invented in Belgium not France. Design of the € symbol were first suggested by the Belgians. There are more castles per square kilometre in Belgium than in any other country. It was the place for the world’s first recorded lottery, to raise money for the poor. The comic strip Tintin originated from Belgium.

SeasonsBest time to go

Low Season (Oct–Mar)
Weather often cold and wet Hotels cheaper, but some attractions close From start of Lent there are numerous superbly colourful carnivals

Shoulder (May, Jun, Sep)
Pleasant weather reasonably likely Crowds thinner, prices might fall slightly but most tourist facilities still open Rush-hour traffic jams return

High Season (Jul & Aug)
Warm weather, many outdoor activities and festivals Hotels get overloaded in the Ardennes, Bruges and coastal towns but are cheaper in Brussels and Luxembourg City

 

EventsMajor Events

Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) (April)
Heilig-bloedprocessie (Holy Blood Procession) (May)
Namur Medieval Festival (July)
Ommegang (July)
Werchter Rock Festival (July)
Gentse Feesten (Music Festival) (July)
Tapis des Fleurs (Flower Carpet)(August)
Open Monument Day (September)
Christmas markets (December – January)

 

visaVisa Info

Belgium tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.

Embassy of Belgium in Abu Dhabi :
6th Floor, Al Masaood Tower – Hamdan Bin Mohammed St – Abu Dhabi, Tel : +971 2 631 9449, Website : www.diplomatie.belgium.be/united_arab_emirates/

 


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