As the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka is also the country’s cultural and commercial hub offer many excellent attractions both old and new. Within Old Dhaka, the historic area of the city, there are many important historical sites and landmarks to be explored reflecting the city’s rich heritage - some of the finest landmarks in the city include the Baitul Mukarram Mosque, the 10th largest in the world, or the 17th century Lalbagh Fort which was the scene of multiple battles over the centuries. Dhaka also hosts a diverse calendar of festivals and cultural events each year and boasts many modern malls for those who love browsing the shops. Foodies will find Dhaka to be an eclectic place offering cuisine from all over the globe whether it’s enjoying authentic street food or dining out at a high-end restaurant.
When to Visit Dhaka
The Dhaka weather is hot all year round, although it does cool off a bit over the winter between December and February. The city also experiences a lengthy rainy season from May to September, so this may be a period to avoid if you have lots of plans to go out and explore the city and the surrounding area. Many choose to visit Dhaka when the weather is more pleasant from November to February and when rainfall is minimal. Although this is the peak tourism season, it is still possible to find cheap flights to Dhaka if you book early enough.
Flights to Dhaka
The main airport in Dhaka is Shahjalal International Airport, the largest in Bangladesh. There are a number of airlines offering direct flights from the UAE to Dhaka. fFrom Dubai International Airport you will be able to fly with Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Emirates, while visitors from Abu Dhabi International Airport can also travel with Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Air Arabia also offers flights from Sharjah Airport to Dhaka if this is a more convenient journey for you.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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Dhaka Travel Information
A number of nationalities are granted visa-free access to Bangladesh but this does not include those from the UAE. Nationals from the UAE are able to acquire a visa upon arriving in the country. The visa is valid for a period of up to 30 days and can be obtained at the airport. The currency used in Bangladesh is the Bangladeshi Taka, while Bangladesh is 2 hours ahead of the UAE so make sure you put your clocks forward.
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