The Netherlands is a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe. It punches well above its weight culturally, laying claim to the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondrian, amongst others.

netherlandsAt a glance

Capital : Amsterdam

Time Zone : GMT +1

Language : Dutch

Currency : Euro

Dialling code : +31

Area41,528 sq km

Population16.9 million



must seeMust See’s and Must Do’s

Drive or cycle across the Afsluitdijk, Enjoy a football match at one of the top Dutch stadia, Amsterdam Arena, Take a trip to Arnhem, Visit  Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer (the Aalsmeer Flower Auction), Take a glass-topped boat tour, Enjoy the spectacle of one of Holland’s cheese markets, Corpus Experience, Leiden, Visit Amsterdam’s diamond traders, Dutch National Railway Museum, Haarlem, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Leiden, Maastricht, Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland, Rotterdam, Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), The Hague, Walk through Keukenhof Gardens in spring, Wadden Islands, Celebrate King’s Day in The Hague,  Wander through the Van Gogh Museum, The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam


MoneyMoney and Costs

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

1 AED =0.23 €



fun_factsFun Facts

Most graves are leased for 10, 15 or 20 years only and not purchased due to the short supply of grave space.
About 30% of all Dutch births happen at home as a result of a large and established network of certified midwives.
Dutch people are the tallest in the world
Amsterdam is built entirely on poles
In Some Places In Amsterdam There Are Cats – Everywhere
Amsterdam is home to the world’s smallest movie cinema – it seats one person!

SeasonsBest time to go

High Season (Jun–Aug)
Everything is open.Your best odds of balmy weather to enjoy a café terrace or a countryside bike ride. Crowds fill the famous museums. Prices peak, book ahead.

Shoulder Season (Apr & May, Sep & Oct)
Most sights open. Few crowds. Prices are moderate; you’ll only need to book popular places in Amsterdam. Weather can be wet and cold. Bring warm clothes for outdoor cafés.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)
Many sights outside major cities close. It may just be you and a masterpiece at a famous museum. Weather can be chilly and/or snowy, biking is only for the hardy. Deals abound.


EventsMajor Events

Flower parades in spring
King’s Day (April)
Parkpop pop festival (June)
North Sea Jazz Festival (July)
Maastricht Carnival (August)
Prinsjesdag (September)
Saint Nicholas’ Eve (December)



visaVisa Info

For long-stay visas (stay more than 90 days), you may submit your visa application with prior appointments at the Consulate General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Dubai, UAE and those applying for short-stay Schengen visas (for business, tourism, leisure – stay up to 90 days) may submit their application at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre.

Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai :
Al Habtoor Business Tower, 30th floor , Tel : +971 4 440 7600

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi
Al Khaleej Al Arabi St – Abu Dhabi, Tel : +971 2 695 8000

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