Dubai or Dubayy (in Arabic) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Arabian Peninsula.
The ruler of Dubai is HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is also the Prime Minister of the federation of UAE. The crown prince is HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
|Facts & Figures|
The second largest of the seven Emirates that make up the United
Arab Emirates, Dubai is located on the southern shore of the Arabian
Gulf. Dubai city is a bustling metropolis, while outside the city
itself the Emirate is sparsely inhabited and characterized by desert
Population : Current population approx. 1.67 million, set
to increase to 3.5 million by 2010. 80% comprises of Expatriates
- Arab, Asians, European, and others.
Climate : Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Rainfall
is infrequent and irregular. Falling mainly in winter, it amounts
to some five days a year. Temperatures range from a low of about
50 degrees Fahrenheit to a high 118 degrees. The mean daily maximum
is 75 degrees Fahrenheit in January rising to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Local time : Dubai Time is + 4 Hours GMT or 4 hours
ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time. GMT is used for all 24 of
the world's time zones.
You can get the right Dubai Time by
dialling 140 (English) amd 141 (Arabic)
Language : The official language is Arabic, Arabic and English are commonly used in business and commerce. Hindi and Urdu are also widely used.
Religions : 96% Muslim, Hindu, Christian, 4% other
trip to Dubai transports you on a journey through time. Although
the early history of the area is not very well documented, archeological
discoveries suggests that, as long as four thousand years ago, small
fishing communities lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf on
the site of modern Dubai. It is also believed that the natural sheltered
harbor afforded by the Dubai Creek was a busy port of call on the
ancient trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. In
recent years, archeologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts,
including pottery, weapons and coinage that point to civilized settlements
dating back to the third millennium B.C.
These historic finds have been carefully preserved and are now permanently housed in the Archeological Section of Dubai Museum. Modern Dubai, however, traces its origins to the 1830's. At that time, the small fishing village on the Shindagha peninsula at the mouth of the Creek was settled by a branch of the Bani Yas tribe, originally from the Liwa oasis to the south, led by the Maktoum family who still rule the emirates today.
|Places to Stay|
to Dubai have an extensive choice of places to stay, which offer
superb service and facilities. There are a number of deluxe hotels
on the beach, though all are close to major tourist attractions
in the city.
Cars are the main method of getting around Dubai and the major hotels provide shuttle bus services for guests.
The Dubai Municipality operates the public bus service from 06:00-23:00. Depending on the destination adult fares vary and these are paid to the driver upon boarding. It is useful to have the exact change.
is really two Cities, Dubai and Deira. Divided by the Creek, they
are a paradise for sightseeing and both have their unique characters.
You will be amazed at the diversity of architecture and cultures
to be found here, ranging from traditional Arab houses to magnificent
modern towers of steel and glass.
The Creek is the main artery of Dubai, winding inland from the Gulf for about six miles. On its clear waters you will see traditional teak trading dhows plying their trade across the Gulf, heading as far as India. At night, the waterfront is a hive of activity, as Abras, the local water taxis, crisscrosses the Creek carrying people to their chosen restaurant or attraction for the evening.
Money Exchanges - Most currencies can be freely converted in Dubai
and you will find money exchange companies all over Dubai. Exchange
houses are open from 8:30 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 20:30.
Click here for today's Exchange rates.
Credit Cards - All major credit cards are accepted in Dubai, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club etc. Most establishments accept credit cards, though at some of the smaller ones you will get slightly better prices if you pay in cash.
Business Days - All Government and private sector offices are closed on Friday & Saturday. Shops and supermarkets are open seven days a week, though on Fridays they start business after the afternoon prayers.
Banks - Most international banks have branches in Dubai,
servicing the usual retail and corporate segments. Transfers can
be made easily as exchange controls are virtually non-existent,
and the Dirham is freely convertible.