A flavourful melting pot of sparkling nightspots, fresh seafood, sizzling Mediterranean passion and mythical legend, Greece is a fascinating and enchanting destination. The country has long held appeal for travellers, who decamp to its shores to lounge on beaches, explore ancient relics and take advantage of the legendary Grecian hospitality.

greeceAt a glance


Full Name: Republic of Greece
Capital City: Athens
Area: 131,990 km
Population: 10,787,690
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2
Languages: Greek
Currency: Euro
Country Dialling Code: 30


must seeMust See’s and Must Do’s


Corfu’s Old Town, Meteora, Rhodes’ Old Town, Athens, Birdwatching, Delphi, Discover the Cyclades, Epidaurus, Hellenic Festival, Hit the beach, Karst caves, Knossos, Lake Plastira, Monemvasia, Mount Athos, Mycenae, Olympia, Sailing, Samaria Gorge, Watersports


MoneyMoney and Costs


Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.

AED =0.23 €


fun_factsFun Facts


In Greece, people celebrate the “name day” of the saint that bears their name rather than their own birthday.
Greeks do not wave with an open hand. In fact, it is considered an insult to show the palm of the hand with the fingers extended. Greeks wave with the palm closed.
A large amount of the Greek population are superstitious.
Greece has more goats than any other country in Europe.
Santa Claus is Greek.
13% of the English Dictionary is derived from Greek words.

SeasonsBest time to go


Low Season (Nov–Mar)
Many hotels, sights and restaurants shut, especially on islands. Accommodation costs up to 50% less than in high season. Ferry schedules are skeletal. Temperatures drop; Athens and Crete can see snow.
 Shoulder (Apr, Sep & Oct)
Accommodation prices can drop by 20%. Temperatures are milder. Internal flights and ferries have reduced schedules. Few crowds.
High Season (Easter & May–Aug)
Everything is in full swing and transport is plentiful. Accommodation sometimes costs twice as much. Crowds and temperatures soar.

EventsMajor Events


Rockwave Festival (January – July)
Easter (April)
Anastenaria Firewalking Festival (May)
Acropolis Rally (Mid June)
Hellenic Festival (June)
European Music Day (Mid June)
August Full Moon (August)
Assumption Day (August)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (November)


visaVisa Info


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

Embassy of Greece in Abu Dhabi :

31st street,Al Muroor Area, Behind Bangladesh School, Tel : +971 2 449 2550, Website : www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad/en/uae-en