About Dubai

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has the largest population in the UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory (4,114 km2) after Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline and heads up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai is often misperceived as a country or city-state and, in some cases, the UAE as a whole has been described as ‘Dubai’.

The earliest mention of Dubai is in 1095 AD, and the earliest recorded settlement in the region dates from 1799. The Sheikhdom of Dubai was formally established in 1833 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti Al-Maktoum when he persuaded around 800 members of his tribe of the Bani Yas, living in what was then the Second Saudi State and now part of Saudi Arabia, to follow him to the Dubai Creek by the Abu Falasa clan of the Bani Yas. It remained under the tribe’s control when the United Kingdom agreed to protect the Sheikhdom in 1892 and joined the nascent United Arab Emirates upon independence in 1971 as the country’s second emirate. Its strategic geographic location made the town an important trading hub and by the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai was already an important regional port.

Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region.[8] It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo. Although Dubai’s economy was historically built on the oil industry, the emirate’s Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.[9][10][11] Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, such as the world’s tallest Burj Khalifa, in addition to ambitious development projects including man-made islands, hotels, and some of the largest shopping malls in the region and the world. This increased attention has also highlighted labor and human rights issues concerning the city’s largely South Asian workforce. Dubai’s property market experienced a major deterioration in 2008–2009 following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, but is making a gradual recovery with help coming from neighboring emirates.

As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world, and the most expensive city in the Middle East. Dubai has also been rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East, including by American global consulting firm Mercer who rated the city as the best place to live in the Middle East in 2011. -Source by Wikipedia

 

Climate

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Facts

  • Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world, with very low crime rates meaning travelling around the city is very safe. That said, Dubai is a big world city and common sense precautions should be observed. Women should have little trouble exploring the city alone. However, a modest sense of dress will ensure less unwanted attention in the more traditional parts of the city.
  • Loose-fitting cottons suit the year-round sunny climate best, with hats for the heat of the day. Winter evenings can be surprisingly cool, and it is best to come equipped for ferocious air conditioning. Although Dubai is generally permissive, you should dress modestly when around town, and long skirts or trousers and short sleeves are a must when venturing further afield, especially during Ramadan.
  • As a major part of the future growth in tourism, Dubai is building Dubailand. This project is projected to be the most ambitious tourism, leisure and entertainment destination ever created.
  • Dubailand will have different themes namely: 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 built in four stages, the first of which is already well underway, with completion of the entire project expected by 2020.
  • The Burj Dubai tower under construction already is the world’s tallest building, and it’s final height is still unknown. The developer hasn’t yet announced what it will be for fear a competitor will try to top it. Dubailand will be more than twice the size of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Islam is the official and dominant religion of Dubai. There are also a few followers of Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the Bahai faith.
  • Dubai is also featured with first man-made or artificial islands known as Palm Islands.
  • Dubai is fastest growing city in the world.
  • There is no crime in Dubai
  • A liter of gasoline costs 2.5 dollars
  • There are 360 sunny days a year
  • Dubai is called the new Florida
  • There are 80% foreigners from over 160 nations
  • Dubai is the world’s fourth richest country

 

Attractions

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai and with its height of 829.84 m is the tallest manmade structure in the world. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010 and is part of the new 2 km2 flagship development called Downtown Dubai. The tower is center for the world’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment. The skyscraper was initially called Burj Dubai, but since its completion coincided with the global financial crisis, the government was forced to seek multibillion dollar bailouts from its oil-rich neighbor emirate Abu Dhabi to complete the tower. In honor of the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his crucial support of the tower, the tower was renamed Burj Khalifa.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is one of the most luxurious, and with height of 321m, it is fourth tallest hotel in the world. The building itself is one of the most photographed monuments in the world and is recognized as the symbol of Dubai. The shape of the building is designed to mimic the sail of a dhow – traditional sailing vessel. The building stands on artificial island and it is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.

Dubai Museum

Established in the Al Fahidi ruler’s 18th century fort, the Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai. The museum contains exhibits presenting traditional way of life in the Dubai Emirate – including souk, fishing, domestic and desert travel scenes. Some pieces date back 4000 years. Galleries show scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms as well as desert and marine life.

Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Mall, with its 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, and over 160 food and beverage outlets is one of the the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations. It is part of the Burj Khalifa complex and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week. Attractions within the shopping mall include the famous Dubai Aquarium and Under Water Zoo, with the world’s largest viewing panel, Dubai Ice Rink, Gold Souk, Fashion Catwalk atrium, Oasis Fountain Waterfall, SEGA Republic indoor park, 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens etc.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort, first in the Middle East, 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. Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and gradient where skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts in the Freestyle Zone.

Gold Souk

Located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira, Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market (or souk) in Dubai. Hundreds of small stalls sell gold from many countries, from actual ingots to finely worked jewellery, as well as silver, precious stones and pearls. By some estimates, approximately 10 tons of gold is present at any given time in the souk. Gold is aggressively promoted with special offers and raffle draws during Dubai Shopping Festival & Dubai Summer Surprises.

Dubai Creek

Dubai creek divided the city historically into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai and is the reason for the city’s development as a successful trading port with Iran and India. The boat trip of one or two hours down the Creek is the best way to view the attractions on the both sides of the Creek – dhows that line the creek, remarkable buildings and four bridges that cross the Creek.

Palm Island

Palm Island Dubai (Jumeirah Palm Island) is one of the most ambitious real-estate developments on earth, heralded as the 8th wonder of the world as it can be seen from space along with another major landmark, The Great Wall of China. It is one of three islands called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) which extend into the Persian Gulf. Jumeirah Palm island features themed hotels, villas, apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, and a variety of retail outlets. The most popular feature being 5 star aqua themed hotel Atlantis.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the largest man-made marina in the world and one of the first of the new residential projects in New Dubai. It is created by bringing the waters of the Persian Gulf into the site of Dubai marina. The development of this area is intended to create large urban space with a residential focus and a pedestrian friendly urban community capable of accommodating a large international population. Dubai Marina is designed so that residents can arrive home, park their car and walk around the city, taking full advantage of all the resources in the community. It features apartment buildings, towers named after precious stones and Arabic scents, shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants, line the promenade.

Desert Safari

One of the most visited and famous activities in Dubai are desert safari tours. Safari tours in Land Cruisers and Hummers take visitors right into the heart of the desert where they experience the excitement of a roller-coaster tour down the astonishing high dunes (dune bashing). The exciting dune bashing usually includes visit to the traditional village where one can get insight into the traditional life of the Bedouins, try the ‘hubbly-bubbly/sheesha’ and the henna painting or can enjoy one of the activities such as camel ride, sand boarding, and belly dancing. -Source by Top Dubai Attractions