In just two short decades, Dubai has emerged as one of the world's leading luxury resort and business destinations, securing an unparalleled reputation as a business events destination. Once a quiet desert trading post, today's Dubai is a connected, cosmopolitan metropolis that captures the imagination with its distinctive blend of futuristic architecture, incredible hotels for all budgets, glittery shopping malls, high-powered attractions, global outlook, history and heritage.
Located on the sun-drenched white sands of the Arabian Gulf, at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dubai is distinguished by its eye-popping achievements -- from a palm-shaped island to Burj Al Arab, the world's only seven-star resort, from Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, to the Middle East's only indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates together with a centuries-old culture that imbues every experience with Middle Eastern warmth and hospitality.
Dubai was first established in 1833 when approximately 800 settlers from the Bani Yas tribe arrived at Dubai creek. This harbor led to an economy that thrived on fishing, sea trade, pearling and, eventually, led to its status as a port city.
The story behind the name of Dubai has been questionable. Some say that the name comes from a word that means money, because it was thought that those who lived there had a lot of money. Others have speculated that the name comes from the word “Yadub,” which translates to creek and is befitting of the area which splits the city of Dubai into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai.
By the turn of the 20th century Dubai was a successful port. The souk (Arabic for market) on the Deira side of the creek was the largest on the coast with 350 shops and a steady throng of visitors and businessmen. By the 1930s Dubai's population was nearly 20,000, a quarter of whom were expatriates.
In the 1950s the creek began to silt, a result perhaps of the increasing number of ships that used it. The late Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, decided to have the waterway dredged. It was an ambitious, costly, and visionary project. The move resulted in increased volumes of cargo handling in Dubai. Ultimately it strengthened Dubai's position as a major trading and re-export hub.
When oil was discovered in 1966, Sheikh Rashid utilized the oil revenues to spur infrastructure development in Dubai. Schools, hospitals, roads, a modern telecommunications network … the pace of development was frenetic. A new port and terminal building were built at Dubai International Airport. A runway extension that could accommodate any type of aircraft was implemented.
The largest man-made harbor in the world was constructed at Jebel Ali, and a free zone was created around the port.
Dubai's formula for development was becoming evident to everyone – visionary leadership, high-quality infrastructure, an expatriate-friendly environment, zero tax on personal and corporate income and low import duties. The result was that Dubai quickly became a business and tourism hub for a region that stretches from Egypt to the Indian sub-continent and from South Africa to what are now called the CIS countries.
Since the 1960s, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, then ruler of Abu Dhabi, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum had dreamed of creating a federation of the Emirates in the region. Their dreams were realized in 1971 when Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (in 1972) Ras Al Khaimah, joined to create the United Arab Emirates.
Under the late Sheikh Zayed, the first President of UAE, the UAE has developed into one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita GDP in excess of US$17,000 per annum.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Dubai took a strategic decision to emerge as a major international-quality tourism destination. Investments in tourism infrastructure have paid off handsomely over the years.
Dubai is now a city that boasts unmatchable hotels, remarkable architecture and world-class entertainment and sporting events. The beautiful Burj Al Arab hotel presiding over the coastline of Jumeira beach is the world's only hotel with a seven star rating. The Emirates Towers are one of the many structures that remind us of the commercial confidence in a city that expands at a remarkable rate. Standing 350 meters high, the office tower is the tallest building in the Middle East and Europe.
Dubai also hosts major international sporting events. The Dubai Desert Classic is a major stop on the Professional Golf Association tour. The Dubai Open, an ATP tennis tournament, and the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, draw thousands every year.
Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. And the South Asian subcontinent across the sea, and Qatar neighbors, with Saudi Arabia at the junction, and Oman contiguous.
Within the emirates Dubai is surrounded by Abu Dhabi emirate on the south and west and by Al-Shāriqah emirate on the east and northeast. In addition, the small exclave (detached section) of Al-Ḥajarayn in the Wadi Ḥattá, more than 25 miles (40 km) from the nearest territory of Dubai proper, belongs to the state.
In terms of population, Dubai has an estimated population of 2,504,000 in 2016. This makes it the most populated emirate in the UAE, surpassing Abu Dhabi which, despite having a larger area, has the third largest population in the UAE that is estimated at just over 1.1 million.
Dubai’s ratio of males to females is skewed, with approximately 75% of the population being male. The population is also composed of just 15% native residents, with the remaining 85% being composed of expatriates. About 85% of the expatriate population – or 71% of the total population -- is Asian, primarily from India (accounting for 51%). Other Asians in Dubai are originally from Pakistan (17%), Bangladesh (9%) and the Philippines(3%). The city also has a high number of Somalis, and British expatriates make up the largest population of Western expatriates.
Dubai is a monarchy, with all power leading towards a single person. Since 1833 the reigning Al Maktoum family have ruled Dubai. Under their wise and progressive leadership
Dubai has prospered and it is now the business and tourism hub for a region that stretches from Egypt to the Indian sub-continent, and from South Africa to the CIS countries.
The eighth ruler from the Al Maktoum family, the late His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai from 1958 – 1990, guided the Emirate with compassion and understanding. He realized what was necessary to transform Dubai into the cosmopolitan, prosperous city it is today. Sheikh Rashid along with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is credited with playing a key role in establishing the federation of the United Arab Emirates.
Following the death of Sheikh Rashid in November 1990, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum became Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, positions he held until he passed away in January 2006.
On January 4th 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai following the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Under his leadership Dubai is fast becoming one of the major cities in the world. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed is also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE.
On 1st February, 2008, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was proclaimed Crown Prince of Dubai. He is also Chairman of Dubai's Executive Council. The Deputy Rulers of Dubai are HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is also the UAE’s Minister of Finance.
Over the past decade, Dubai has recorded significant GDP and economic growth, primarily driven by the non-oil sectors. Dubai represents approximately 29% of the UAE’s GDP and in 2016, Dubai’s GDP recorded a nominal growth of 27%. Compared to other emirates and countries in the region, Dubai has relatively little oil and its reserves are estimated to last about 20 years.
As a result of this, Dubai has encouraged private sector activity and had been very successful in creating a diversified economy which is no longer primarily reliant on oil and hydrocarbons. Only 5.4% of Dubai’s GDP comes from the oil sector, other major drivers of economic growth include manufacturing, construction, real estate, financial services and transport storage and communication.
Dubai has grown very aggressively in many sectors including tourism where Dubai leads the region with innovative and modern multi-billion dollar projects. Dubai also focuses on attracting business conferences, new festivals and also high-profile sporting events to the country, in addition to heavily investing in advertising to promote Dubai as the tourist destination in the Middle East.
As of 2015, Dubai is the 7th tourist centers and 22nd most expensive city in the world. It has the largest immigrant population in the world. It’s strategic positioning midway between Europe and Far East has assisted this tourism growth, but has also led to a strong trading and transportation hub with a large re-export market.
Dubai’s economy has been kept open and free to attract investors and business. Government control and regulation of private sector activities has been kept to a minimum. There are no direct taxes on corporate profits or personal income (except for oil companies that pay a flat rate of 55% and branches of foreign banks that pay a flat rate of 20% on net profit generated within Dubai).
Customs duties are low at 4% with many exemptions, 100% repatriation of capital and profits is permitted, there are no foreign exchange controls, trade quotas or barriers and a stable exchange rate exists between the US Dollar and the UAE Dirham (US$1.00=AED 3.678). Liberal visa policies permit easy importation of expatriate labor of various skill levels from almost all over the world.
Dubai’s deliberate policy of investing heavily in transport, telecommunications, energy and industrial infrastructure has enabled it to have one of the best infrastructure facilities in the world; it also contributed significantly both to its ongoing prosperity and attractiveness to international business.
The Emirate features a network of seven industrial areas, one business park and three highly successful, specialized free zones of international distinction, two world class seaports, a major international airport and cargo village, a modern highway network, state-of-the-art telecommunications and reliable power and utilities all of which deliver efficiency, flexibility, reliability, reasonable cost and size.
Complementing its world class infrastructure is a sophisticated service sector that features leading regional and international freight forwarders, shipping companies, insurers plus major international hotels, banks and financial service firms, lawyers, accounting firms, consultants, advertising agencies, top international exhibition and conference facilities, high quality office and residential accommodation, first class hospitals, schools, shopping centers and recreational facilities. Free Zones Websites: Dubai Airport Free Zone Jebel Ali Free Zone Dubai Media City Dubai Internet City.
Dubai’s private sector has invested heavily in real estate such as hotels, residential and commercial properties, recreational and leisure facilities. In addition, a number of factors have contributed to the Emirate’s high quality of life and superior living conditions making it a model location for many to emulate.
Those factors include excellent infrastructural facilities, low crime, clean environment, tolerance and cultural diversity, cosmopolitan life style, modern public administration, availability of a wide range of consumer goods and services, mild winters and clean, palm fringed beaches.
The local business class has a long tradition of trading activity and wide exposure to international business practices and state-of-the-art technologies. Local entrepreneurs have already gained successful experience with international partnerships in franchising, licensing, joint ventures, etc, in various sectors of the economy.
Dubai boasts an extensive foreign trade network extending to 179 states thus offering the investor an extensive choice of potential global marketing outlets for a diverse portfolio of goods and services. As a member of the UAE federation, Dubai is also part of the world’s third-largest export and re-export center after Hong Kong and Singapore.
Major gains have already been made in the profitable manufacture and export of aluminum ingots, fabricated metal products, textiles and ready-made garments, gold and jewelry, prepared foodstuffs, consumer electronics, refined petroleum, chemical and non-metallic mineral products. Supportive commercial, industrial, political and economic factors are currently in place that make possible the extension of these gains to other manufacturing sub-sectors.
Western investors have turned to Dubai to establish their regional headquarters while young entrepreneurs are creating companies in this tiny emirate.
Education in the Emirates has evolved from the simple traditional mode and is in line with international standards. The Ministry of Education is responsible for general education, literacy and adult education programmes. Higher education is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Special education schools are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Schools are licensed by the relevant educational zone in the emirate in which they operate. The Ministry of Education oversees all emirate-based education councils and authorities. Nurseries, daycare centers, and crèches are licensed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
As of 2009, there are 79 public schools run by the Ministry of Education that serve Emiratis and expatriate Arab people as well as 145 private schools. The medium of instruction in public schools is Arabic with emphasis on English as a second language, while most of the private schools use English as their medium of instruction.
Preschool education (kindergarten) covers two years and accepts children from the age of 4. Nurseries are for children up to 4 years of age and might include daycare and crèche facilities. Preschool education is not compulsory.
Until the year 2000, primary education lasted six years for children in the age group 6-11. It included two stages: junior primary (grades 1 to 3, class-teacher system) and senior primary (grades 4 to 6, subject-teacher system). Starting from 2000/01, a new organization of the basic education stage has been introduced, with the first cycle (primary education) covering grades 1 to 5. The admission age is 6.
Under the previous system, the duration of preparatory education was three years (age group 12-14), qualifying students for general or technical secondary education. According to the new structure introduced in 2000/01, the second cycle of basic education covers grades 6 to 9.
The Ministry of Education (2001) reports the basic education is compulsory. General secondary education lasts three years and is for the age group 15-17. After a common first year of core subjects, students can choose between the science or arts tracks. Technical education comprises three main streams: technical, agricultural and commercial.
At the end of the general and technical secondary stages, students receive the secondary school-leaving certificate or the technical secondary diploma after passing the general examination.
Higher education is offered at universities, higher colleges of technology and other higher education institutes. Students who apply through the National Admissions and Placement Office to study at the United Arab Emirates University, higher colleges of technology or Zayed University are required to take the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) which consists of two tests (English and mathematics).
The test in English is used for selection into bachelor’s and higher diploma programmes. Higher colleges of technology offer to secondary education graduates one-year programmes leading to a first or an intermediate diploma, two year programmes leading to a national diploma, and two-year programmes leading to a higher diploma (the latter for two-year post-secondary diploma holders).
Bachelor’s degree programmes generally last four years, or one or more years following the higher diploma. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programmes last six years. The duration of master’s degree programmes is normally two years, and a doctoral degree usually takes at least three years to complete.
The school year consisted of 150 working days, or 30 weeks on average, at all levels. From 2010/11, for government schools the organization of the school year will change from two semesters to three terms, with a total of 180 school days. The academic year is divided into two semesters.
Dubai Government cares about the health and safety of its citizens, residents and visitors, offering a world-class health services. The quality of healthcare in Dubai is widely recognised as the best in the Middle East, drawing medical experts, specialists and mentors from across the world.
In 2011, Dubai had 5,638 doctors and physicians speaking over 40 languages. Healthcare in Dubai can be divided into two different sectors: public and private, it is run by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), which oversees both public and private healthcare, and replaces the Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS).
There are now 28 hospitals in Dubai, 6 public and 22 private, with 3 more major hospitals scheduled to be built by 2025. In 2011, the Ministry of Health announced that it had doubled the funds available for purchasing medicines, with the new budget rising from AED 150million (USD 41million) to AED 300million (USD 82 million).
Dubai not only attracts leading practitioners, but also has a thriving healthcare tourism industry, with patients either travelling thousands of miles for world class care, or taking the opportunity for cosmetic treatment as part of their business or leisure stay in Dubai.
The official religion of Dubai is Islam, the emirate is well-known for its tolerance and respect for all religions. Besides mosques, the city houses many other places of worship including Churches, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhism, amongst others. Visitors and residents are expected to respect Islam and abide by certain etiquette and code of conduct, including the special rules that come into effect during the holy month of Ramadan. Most of the official public holidays are based on the Islamic calendar.
Religion plays a significant role in the culture of Dubai. Mosques can be found throughout the city and at sunset the call to prayer can be heard across the rooftops. It is possible for non-Muslim tourists to visit certain mosques in Dubai; with perhaps the most impressive being the Jumeirah Mosque, tours of which can be booked through the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
There are a number of interdenominational churches in Dubai including Holy Trinity and United Church of Dubai (UCCD), St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and a collection of Christian churches in Jebel Ali Free Zone (St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mar Thomite Church, the Anglican Church, Syrian Orthodox Church and the Dubai Evangelical Church Centre).
Dubai’s culture is rooted in Islam, providing a strength and inspiration that touches all aspects of everyday life. Virtually every neighborhood 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. Built of stone in medieval Fatimid style, the mosque is particularly attractive at night when subtle lighting throws its artistry into sharp relief.
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.
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding has been set up to bring down barriers between people of different nationalities, and to help understand the traditions, customs and religion of the UAE.
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority aims to build on Dubai’s status as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, where East meets West and will actively encourage the over 200 nationalities living and working together in Dubai to contribute to the culture and arts renaissance happening in Dubai.
Some initiatives of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority include the first ever Muhammad the Messenger Museum and the Khor Dubai Cultural Project. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation fosters cross-cultural dialogue with other cultures. It also promotes Arabic heritage through its Oktub (writing), Tarjem (translate), Turjuman (translator), Arab Narrative Encyclopedia, and International Poetry Festival.
Procedures for marriage of Muslims and non-Muslims in Dubai.
Under the Sharia Law applicable in the UAE, marriage is the only legal bond for a man and a woman to establish a relationship and have children. It is prohibited for an unmarried man and woman to live together or share a closed space. As per Article 365 of the UAE Penal Code, the punishment can include a jail term followed by deportation.
Marriage in Islam is a legal contract between a man and a woman, aimed at safeguarding the rights of the couple and their children. The marriage contract should be registered in a Sharia court in the UAE, which ensures that the marriage meets legal requirements. For non-Islamic marriages, couples should contact their church or embassy and follow the marriage laws applicable there.
To get married at Dubai Courts through an Islamic (Sharia) marriage, the following conditions should be fulfilled:
In addition to the conditions given above, there are other special conditions for newly converted Muslims, divorcees, widows, widowers and for marriage of UAE female with expatriates.
Newly converted female Muslims should submit ‘certificate of embracing Islam’ and certificates from any Islamic centre approved by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf). Divorcees should submit official certificate / divorce judgement. Widows and Widowers should submit death certificate of their late spouse.
All certificates not issued in the UAE should be legally translated into Arabic. Power of attorney and other certificates issued from a country outside the UAE should be legally translated and ratified by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country, UAE Embassy of that country, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UAE Ministry of Justice.
Dubai Courts has more than 20 authorized marriage officers (Mazoons) to perform marriage ceremonies, draw up the marriage contract and check all documentation. At the end of the marriage procedure, you can use the decorated wedding room at Dubai Courts to take a few photographs to document your special day before you proceed to your wedding party.
There are thousands of places you can visit in Dubai, that are sightseeing. But it all depends on your pocket and the amount of money you budgeted for the trip. If your budget is to spend thousands of dollars, I will advise you to approach a tour agent that can take you to all tourist centers in Dubai which I may not be able to mention in this article.
But, if your budget is to spend few hundreds to a thousand dollar then you can visit below tourist centers listed. They are the most visited tourist centers in Dubai build with multi million dollars.
Burj Al Arab is a 7 star hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is the third tallest hotel in the world and the world's most luxurious hotel, known as the Persian Gulf pearl. The hotel was built in 280 meters from the beach on the shore of the Persian Gulf within the artificial island only by a bend in the road link to the land, a total of 56 floors, 321 meters high the top of the hotel has a ramp extending from the edge of the building cantilever structure.
Burj Al Arab Hotel has 202 suites, all double room minimum 170 square meters, the largest of the Royal Presidential Suite 780 square meters. Smallest room accommodation is $ 1,500 per day and the Royal Presidential Suite accommodation of up to $ 20,000 per day. The hotel entrance has two fountains, 15-20 minutes for a spray method. The hotel interior door handles, toilet pipes are gold-plated. AI-Mahara seafood restaurant in the hotel where the patronizing, with submarine shuttle. Restaurant in the air you can see the sky and the Gulf.
Burj khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower, is the world's tallest building and man-made structures in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The decision to build Burj Khalifa is reportedly based on the government's decision to diversify from an oil based economy to one that is service and tourism based.
The tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), who also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the new One World Trade Center in New York City. The tower has a total of 160 floor layers with 57 elevators and 8 escalators are installed. The elevators have a capacity of 12 to 14 people per cabin, the fastest rising and descending at up to 10 m/s (33 ft/s) for double-deck elevators. The building has 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor. After the completion of the highest tower, it become a new tourist destination.
Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Dubai Creek flows between Bur Dubai and Deira, and is the historic focal point of Dubai, signifying where trade with the outside world began more than a century ago. The creek is also home to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, comprising an 18-hole tournament golf course, clubhouses, residential development and the Park Hyatt hotel.
When you visit Dubai Creek, be sure to take a traditional abra water taxi from one side to the other to fully experience how Dubai Creek defines the city. The shimmering water, traditional dhows, historic houses, modern buildings, and lively souks and maritime trade will give you a first-hand view of Dubai’s development into a global commercial hub.
The importance of the creek as a site of commercial activity was a justification to introduce improvements to allow larger vessels to transit, as well as to facilitate loading and unloading activities.
The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Dubai. The Mall is part of the US $20 billion Downtown Burj Khalifa development, which is also being built by Emaar Properties. It has over 1,200 shops and over 165 stores that are new to the region, or have opened up stand-alone stores for the first time. For example: the department stores Galeries Lafayette from Paris and Bloomingdale’s from New York, Hamley’s toy store from London, Waitrose from the UK, Book World by Kinokuniya from Japan and many, many more.
The Dubai Mall is a gateway for those wanting to visit the world’s tallest free-standing structure, Burj Khalifa standing at a staggering 828m. In the mall, there is an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex if you're looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festivalin January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August. Dubai mall is the most visited building on the plane.
Dubai marina is a district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The marina is entirely man-made and has been developed by the real estate development firm Emaar Properties of the United Arab Emirates and designed by HOK Canada. The Dubai marina is a mega-development that borders Jebel Ali (the world's largest man-made port). It is full of skyscrapers and hosts the "Jumeirah Beach Walk" with a number of restaurants, hotels an open-air market when the weather permits, and frequent shows. Dubai Marina houses one of the highest concentrations of Westerns in Dubai.
The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates, created using land reclamation by Nakheel company. A man-made island in the shape of a palm tree and is one of the largest artificial islands in the world and a triumph of human ingenuity. Palm Jumeirah has everything you need to enjoy a wonderful holiday break. World famous hotel names, amazing tourist attractions, luxury fashion and shopping malls are starting to open up. Whether you just want to relax or immerse yourself in an exciting world of leisure and entertainment, this is a truly inspirational holiday destination in Dubai.
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group. It offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai.
The Dubai Fountain is indeed the world's largest dancing fountain and one with a very enticing display. Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft, equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It is designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. The show starts every evening at the Burj Dubai Lake. Easy way to approach it is via the Dubai Mall. Shows are every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm to 11pm on weekends. It's the world’s largest dancing fountain with classical, Arabic and world music.
Dubai has succeeded in becoming an important tourism destination in the global tourism map and has become a center of attraction for businessmen and businesswomen, tourists, shoppers, and has all the ingredients and facilities which makes it a multifaceted destination such as good infrastructure and efficient communication, in addition to excellent services in the hospitality sector with its wide range of hotels and hotel apartments with different standards to cater for all the needs of tourists. As of 2015 about 15million of people came to Dubai for tourism.
Dubai has been called the "shopping capital of the Middle East". The city draws large numbers of shopping tourists from countries within the region and from as far as Eastern Europe, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.
Dubai is known for its souk districts. Souk is the Arabic word for market or place where any kind of goods are brought or exchanged. Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping centres, including the world's largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall.
Dubai's numerous shopping centres cater for every consumer’s need. Cars, clothing, jewellery, electronics, furnishing, sporting equipment and any other goods will all be likely to be under the same roof. During the Dubai shopping festival held during the month of January each year, millions of people came to Dubai purposely for shopping.
The quality of healthcare in Dubai is generally high and equal to that in western Europe and the USA, except for highly specialised treatment. Dubai is ranked second for most popular medical tourism destination by the World Bank. Private healthcare facilities are managed by the Dubai Health Authority. It has a sector called Hospital Service Sector (HSS) which governs all public healthcare centers.
Some of Dubai’s doctors and medical staffs, the vast majority are foreigners and were highly trained professional. People from various part of the world especially the third world countries such as Asia, Africa and others seek medical attention in Dubai.
The city of Dubai, vibrant and wonderful as it is, is fast gaining a reputation as a study hub in the Middle East. With foreign universities such as Michigan, Rochester, Wollongong, Murdoch, Middlesex and others opening campuses in this dazzling desert in especially designated areas like Academic City and Knowledge Village.
Many Western universities have opened campuses in Dubai and are heavily advertised not only locally but also in countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Despite the high tuition fee in Dubai universities international applicants increasing yearly.
Business set up has always been encouraged in Dubai. Dubai is starting to attract the eye of business investors since it started to show its economic stability to the international market. The current market trends in Dubai offer plenty of opportunities for foreign investors to tap into imports and export of commodities, as well as taking advantage of the growing tourist traffic of the city for an almost unlimited number of potential clients and customers.
Since, the introduction of tax free by UAE government, my investors are now migrating to UAE to benefit from government tax policy and Dubai is their main settlement.
Job hunting in Dubai is gradually increasing day by day due to diversification of their economy. 30 percent of people entering Dubai yearly gained employment in various companies located in the city. Also, the liberal and tax free policy initiated by UAE government create opportunity for people to earn full salary without paying tax. Unlike Europe and America were workers’ pay huge amount of money for tax.
Getting accommodation is quite easy, it all depends on the amount of money you have at hand or amount you budgeted for you trip. There are three types of accommodation you can get in Dubai.
1. Hotel: Staying in hotel is the best because they have all the facilities you need. The hotel ranges from 3 stars to 7-star hotel and they are very expensive especially the ones located at Dubai tallest building but you can get less ones in deira.
2. Renting Apartment: If you intend to stay in Dubai up to a month or you are coming with your family, it’s advisable to rent an apartment, is cheaper than staying in hotel. They almost have all the facilities you may think of.
3. Share Apartment/Bed Space: If you intend to hunt for job in Dubai, sharing apartment is your best option. It's easier to get in deira area which cost about 350-700 dirham per month. This we give you an opportunity to network with your room mate who has already known the nook and corners of Dubai.
Al Wajeha Al Bahria: cover areas towards the Southwest of Al Maktoum International Airport.
Jebel Ali: is a large commercial port and business hub on the southern outskirts of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Sandy Jebel Ali Beach is near the busy harbor. The area is home to a golf resort and dive centers. The waters of the Arabian Gulf are rich in marine life and submerged wrecks. Nearby, Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club in Abu Dhabi has tournaments and events open to the public,
Jumeirah: is a coastal residential area of Dubai, mainly comprising low rise private dwellings. It is administratively divided into three neighborhoods named "Jumeirah 1," "Jumeirah 2" and "Jumeirah 3." It has both expensive and large detached properties as well as more modest town houses built in a variety of architectural styles. The area is popular with expatriates working in the emirate and is familiar to many tourists visiting Dubai. The top attractions in Jumeirah are Jumeirah Beach and Jumeirah Mosque.
Zabeel: is a community located in eastern Dubai, Zabeel comprises two sub-communities: Zabeel 1, is adjacent to Al Nasr and is bounded to the south by routes E 66 (Oud Metha Road) and D 73 (2nd Zabeel Road). This sub-community is residential and contains Za'abeel Stadium, and Za'abeel Park, a popular spot for sports and live music. Za'abeel 2, is bounded to the east by Za'abeel 1 and to the west by Business Bay. Za'abeel 2 contains the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse and the Ruler's Palace; Zabeel Palace. Both Za'abeel 1 and Za'abeel 2 are relatively newer, more affluent communities with villas and town homes.
Deira: is an area in the city of Dubai, bordered by the Persian Gulf, Sharjah and Dubai Creek. Deira has been the commercial center of Dubai, but has been losing its importance during the past few years due to recent development along E 11 road (Sheikh Zayed Road) and areas further down the coast toward Abu Dhabi. Port Saeed is a small port along Deira's shore of Dubai Creek. Port Saeed holds some of the dhow cruises and small shipping boats in Dubai. Deira has developed much since its early days with the development of both overhead and underground metro tracks, a number of shopping malls springing up (e.g., the Deira City Centre Shopping Mall, and modern buildings and towers currently under construction within the area.
Madinat Al Maktoum: covers the localities surrounding Al Maktoum International Airport
Dubailand: is an entertainment complex being built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which is owned by Tatweer (which belongs to Dubai Holding). When announced in 2003 it was one of the most ambitious leisure developments ever proposed anywhere in the world costing $64.3 billion. Dubailand is divided into six zones (worlds): Attractions and Experience World, Sports and Outdoor World, Eco-Tourism World, Themed Leisure and Vacation World, Retail and Entertainment World, and Downtown. It will be twice the size of Walt Disney World Resort, and will be the largest collection of theme parks in the world.
Al Awir: is a suburb of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, about 35 kilometers from the city center. It was a farming village with Bedouin camps until the 1990s, when the city was hugely expanded and when the Emirates Road was established. Al Awir is bordered by the Ras al Khor in Dubai and by Sharjah to the north.
Ras Al Khor: is a wetland reserve renowned for attracting migratory birds in large numbers. The wetlands have large numbers of birds, crustaceans, small mammals and fish. The Dubai Municipality has taken great efforts to protect and preserve the biodiversity of this delicate ecosystem. Opportunities for experiencing a natural environment in this rapidly building-up emirate are so limited that the opening of Ras Al Khor to visitors is a boon to present and potential nature lovers.
Mushrif: is a commercial-residential district which is somewhat newly built and lies directly under the flight path to Dubai International Airport. Mirdif City Center is one of the attractions.
Bur Dubai: is a historic district in Dubai, located on the western side of the Dubai Creek. It is home to several popular places for tourists including renovated historic buildings and museums. The district has many shopping streets and souqs (or souk), including the textile souq near the abra boat station, though most of the well known souqs are located in Deira.
Madinat Al Qudra: cover areas towards the Southeast of Al Maktoum International Airport.
Hadaeq Mohammad Bin Rashid: covers the Mohammed bin Rashid City which is slated to be the hub of family tourism, and surrounding communities including Al Quoz, Al Barsha, Nad Al Sheba and Al Thanyah.
Nakhlat Deira: cover Palm Deira.
Dubai public transport is control by The Roads & Transportation. The RTA operates buses, trains, taxis, water taxis and Inter-Emirate buses. In general, public transportation is safe to use, convenient and reliable.
Taxi is the most frequently used means of public transport within the Emirate. There are both government-operated and private cab companies. The Dubai Transport Corporation operates cream-coloured taxis. Some of the private cab companies are Cars Taxi, National Taxi, Cititaxi and Metro Taxi.
The meter generally begins as Dhs.12.00 when a requesting a cab from the call center, and 5.00 Dhs. when taking a taxi on the road and is generally charged by distance at 1.5 Dhs. /km. You can catch a taxi in public places anywhere in Dubai or book in advance.
An online booking and reservation service is available. Women who feel uncomfortable or unsafe with male drivers can book so-called “pink taxis” with female drivers.
Dubai has an extensive public bus network, which is a cheaper means of travelling within the several districts in Dubai. Public buses are clean, cheap and is most useful for getting between different areas of central Dubai, or between the various suburbs.
Dubai’s bus services connect different residential, industrial and business districts. Passengers can also make use of night buses and inter-emirates buses. Only recently, Dubai has established air-conditioned bus stops to make waiting for the bus more comfortable for commuters.
Bus fares are paid by purchasing a Nol card before entering the bus. They are available at Dubai metro stations, several bus stations as well as RTA outlets. Dubai is divided into 5 zones and fares vary, depending on the destination.
Dubai Metro is just great! Very clean, safe, comfortable, affordable. The Roads and Transport Authority has been operating two different metro lines in Dubai, the red line and the green line. Those two lines take very different routes and stop at different destinations, offering people an alternative to the car. With special cabins for women and children, as well as a silver class and a gold class, the metro is a comfortable and modern way to commute.
Passengers pay their fares by purchasing a ticket, the Nol card. Nol cards come in 4 categories: red for tourists and visitors, blue for regular users, silver for occasional travellers and gold for individuals wanting to travel in the Metro Gold Class cabins. You can plan your journey by using RTA Wojhati (journey planner), it helps you to plan your route. All their staff at the metro speak good English so they'll explain with a smile how you're supposed to put money on your e-card and how to use it.
There are two airports in Dubai, they are Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai World Central, DWC).
Dubai International Airport is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai's flag carrier Emirates and its low-cost wing FlyDubai. In fact, it has grown at such a furious pace that the present terminals are bursting at the seams, especially during the peak hours around midnight.
The Dubai International Airport has three terminals and another one in the making as of end 2010.
Terminal 1 is the main terminal, used by most major airlines and long-haul flights.
Terminal 2 serves regional and low-cost flights, including all FlyDubai flights.
Terminal 3 is used exclusively by Emirates.
Al Maktoum International Airport, better known internationally as Dubai World Central (IATA: DWC) opened for passenger transportation in October 2013. Dubai plans to develop the airport into the world's largest passenger and cargo hub. Right now, though only a handful of flights land and depart there every day (for example low cost flights with Wizzair).
There are two network providers in Dubai they are Etisalat and Du.
Etisalat - prepaid SIM card is 90 Dirhams available at the Duty-Free Shop (arrival hall) of Dubai Airport, or from any of the supermarkets, grocery stores and petrol stations that are known as Etisalat Recharge cards. It offers a roaming, post-paid wi-fi internet connection known as iZone.
Du - Sim pack is 70 Dirhams available at the Telefonika kiosk in the arrival hall of Dubai Airport, supermarkets and grocery stores.
GSM — Those with GSM phones can expect auto roaming from their home countries. As roaming fees are quite high (easily 3 USD per minute and often more for a call to Europe) and incoming calls are also charged, consider buying a local prepaid GSM SIM card, designed especially for tourists, from one of the two cellular providers of the U.A.E.
Phone Booths — Phone booths are located on most streets. Phone cards can be purchased from hotels and tourist shops.
Internet — The internet connection is available through your rental phone from the Etisalat or if you do not have a phone then you can go to any of the e-cafes that provide access to the internet at very cheap rates. Also, communication over the internet is very simple.
The Voice over Internet Protocol or the VoIP technology is the latest mode of communication that enables anyone to call up their close ones over the internet at very low rates. You can also call up Dubai with very low rentals by using the VoIP technology. VoIP offers text messaging, call scheduling, and call conferencing and call waiting services that has turned up to be a boon for everyone.
The official currency in Dubai is named Dirham (or United Arab Emirates Dirham; AED). The Dirham (AED) is abbreviated as DH or Dhs. It is not the currency of Dubai only, but also other emirates including Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm-Al-Quwain.
The most common notes in circulation are the 100 Dh, 50 Dh, 20 Dh, 10 Dh and 5 Dh note although there are three other less commonly used notes – 200 Dh, 500 Dh and 1000 Dh notes. 1 Dh = 100 fils and coins are available in 25 fils, 50 fils and 1 Dh denominations.
Dollars is widely accepted in Dubai and the major credit cards such as American Express, Diner’s Club, Visa and MasterCard are acceptable throughout Dubai. ATMs can be found across the UAE in malls, hotels and gas stations. ATMs accept foreign credit and debit cards including Switch, Maestro, Cirrus, Union Pay, Visa and MasterCard.