DUBAI, UNITED ARAB OF EMRATES
Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.
The local currency is the dirham, which is pegged at AED 3.67 to 1 US dollar. Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan and all visitors are welcome. However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.
DUBAI HISTORY: Some 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Maktoum Family, settled at the mouth of the creek in 1833. The creek
the creek in 1833. The creek was a natural harbour and Dubai soon became a centre for the fishing, pearling and sea trade.
ATTRACTIONS: Although Dubai is seen as a relatively young destination, it has a fascinating history and a vibrant heritage that offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into Arabian culture. A good place to start exploring the history and heritage of Dubai is the Dubai Museum: it is located inside Al Fahidi Fort, one of Dubai’s oldest buildings dating back to 1787. There are other museums in Dubai and in surrounding emirates that also offer important insights into the history and growth of the city and of the United Arab Emirates.
CULTURE & HERITAGE: Courtesy and hospitality are among the most highly prized of virtues in the Arab world, and visitors will be charmed by the warmth and friendliness of the people. Dubai ’s culture is rooted in Islam, providing a strength and inspiration that touches all aspects of everyday life. Virtually every neighbourhood has its own mosque, where the faithful congregate for prayer five times every day. One of the largest and most beautiful mosques is Jumeirah Mosque- a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture.
DUBAI NATURE : Dubai, with an area of 3,885 square kilometres, is the second largest emirate in the UAE. Situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek, a natural inlet from the Gulf which divides the city into the Deira district to its north and Bur Dubai on its south.
The population of Dubai is steadily increasing and is currently approx. 2.106 million of which 15% are Emiratis.
The Dubai time zone is GMT + 4.
Dubai has a tropical desert climate because of its location within the Northern desert belt. Summers are extremely hot and humid, with an average high around 41 °C and overnight lows around 30 °C. Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are warm and short with an average high of 23 °C and overnight lows of 14 °C. The weather in Dubai can bring short and irregular rainfall as is typical for the Middle East.
Currency is UAE Dirham (Dhs) or Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) and is pegged to the US Dollar @3.67 Dhs – 1 US$
The official language is Arabic, however English is widely spoken.
Electricity is 220 volts, 3 pin sockets are most
Health & Safety
There aren’t too many places in the world you can travel to and feel perfectly safe, as a traveler or visitor. UAE was recently rated one of the safest places in the world, and Dubai – even with its large traveler base – is equally safe and pleasant for the visitor.
Health insurance comes as a standard benefit with many jobs. For those self employed or running their own companies, health insurance is vital as the cost of medical care is high.
Shop Opening hours:
Normal shopping hours are from 9.00 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4.00– 9.00 p.m. However, many shops, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi stay open all day. Most shopping centres open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m – frequently later. Some supermarkets are open for 24 hours. Although shops and shopping centres are fully air conditioned, the cool of the evening is a favourite time for shopping. Shopping centres and most shops are open on Friday, the Islamic day of rest, but they all close for Juma (Friday) prayers from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.