Dubai lies at the very heart of Arabia and is the leading centre for business and tourism in the Middle East. It is the second largest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Located on the shores of the beautiful Arabian Gulf, Dubai is a city-state, built between the desert and the blue-green waters of the Arabian Gulf. It retains the ancient Islamic heritage amidst the architectural wonders of a modern, cosmopolitan city of almost 1.4 million people.
The “Pearl of the Arabian Gulf”, concentrated mainly around the Dubai Creek, the finest natural shelter on 1600 km of coastline, ranks as the most important port and commercial centre in the UAE.
Originally a small coastal village known for its trading, fishing and pearling, Dubai has gradually grown and transformed to a prime city destination for luxury, business, tourism and shopping, and is a preferred venue for international and corporate events.
Dubai is also home to some of the finest and biggest shopping malls of the world. Shoppers can find the best in luxury designer labels and fantastic bargains. For those who prefer traditional shopping experiences, souks are some of Dubai's main attractions, including the Gold Souk in Deira or the spice and perfume souks.
On the Bur Dubai side of Dubai in the Al Fahidi Fort is the Dubai Museum, which should not be missed. The Grand Mosque is also on this side of the Dubai Creek, featuring 45 small domes and the city's tallest minaret. The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the city's largest and most beautiful mosques. Dubai offers fun for all the family, with the 18-hectare WonderLand fun park featuring a wide range of water attractions. Visitors can also enjoy desert safaris and dune driving in four-wheel-drive vehicles, as well as camel racing, horseracing and falconry. Moonlit Arabian desert barbecues complemented by Bedouin tents and traditional entertainment are part of the local activities offer.
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Arabian Gulf. The UAE consists of 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm-al-Quwain, Rak al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
It is advisable to always double check updated information about UAE Visa with a travel agent or the nearest UAE embassy before travelling. Please do not overstay your visa as this will result in detention and fines.
UAE Time Zone
GMT +4 hours
The electricity is 220/240 volts AC
The official currency of the UAE is the UAE Dirham, most commonly abbreviated to AED or Dhs.
USD1 = AED3.65
GBP1 = AED6.04
AUD1 = AED2.98
INR1 = AED.08
The official language is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken and understood. Both languages are commonly used in business and commerce.
Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. The summer season extends from May to October, with usually hot and humid weather and daily temperatures in the mid 40s (Celsius). During the winter months (December to February), the temperature is in the mid 20s (Celsius).
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