Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. It’s a busy, eccentric and unique destination; a land of daft humour, tea-and-cake clichés and a thousand and one different personalities; a land where thrusting cities like London, Glasgow and Manchester share map space with the peaks of Snowdonia and the colossal slopes of the Highlands.
At a glance
Full Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Capital City: London
Area: 243,610 km, 94,060 sq mi
Time Zone: UTC+1
Languages : English, Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic.
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
Country Dialling Code: 44
Money & Costs
Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, £20, £10 and £5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes.
1 AED =0.21 £
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Gardens of La Seigneurie, Prehistoric Guernsey, Ride the rails, Sailing, St Anne’s Church, Whale watching
Did you know
Big Ben does not refer to the clock, but actually the bell.
Chickens outnumber humans in England.
The English drink more tea than anyone else in the world.
The Queen owns all the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters within 3 miles from the UK.
There are over 30,000 people with the name John Smith in England.
England is thought of as having the world’s worst food.
Best time to go
There is never a bad time to visit the United Kingdom, but for the most reliable weather come during the summer months (June-August) when the days are long and warm. Temperatures can nudge 30°C (86°F), sometimes higher, but the threat of rain is ever present – pack waterproofs as well as the sunscreen. The southeast of England is generally sunnier and warmer than the rest of the United Kingdom, but resorts along the coast get crowded during the summer.
The United Kingdom is arguably at its most beautiful during the autumn months (September-November), when rural landscapes take on brown, red and pink hues as the leaves lose their pigment. Scotland and the north of England bear the brunt of winter (November-March), but snow occasionally blankets much of the United Kingdom bringing with it travel chaos. The mercury has been known to dip to -10°C (14°F), but those kind of temperatures are rare
Harrogate Spring Flower Show (April)
Cheltenham Jazz Festival (May)
Shetland Folk Festival (May)
The Summer BBC Good Food Festival (June)
Wimbledon Tennis Championships (June/July)
Glastonbury Festival (June)
Edinburgh Festival (August)
St Patrick’ Day Parade (March)
Boxing Day Bash at Wimbledon Stadium (December)
British Consulate in Dubai
Al Seef Road Bur Dubai Near to Dubai Creekside Phone:+971 4 309 4444, Website : www.gov.uk/government/world/united-arab-emirates
British Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Khalid bin Al Waleed St (Street 22), Phone:+971 2 610 1100, Website : www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-abu-dhabi
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