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Where is Dubai
Dubai is one of the worlds most modern city located at the great Arabian Gulf in the country of United Arab Emirates or UAE it is close to Oman and also close to iran by sea. Dubai is a mega city where every structure has been well planned and constructed. Dubai was merely a fishermen village only about 20 - 30 years ago but due to the dynamic leadership and wisdom of its rulers it has become one of the greatest cities of the world.
The state of Dubai where Dubai lies has an area of 3885 square kilometers. Dubai is also constructing several artificial groups of islands causing further expansions in its area. Three groups of islands that go under the name-The Palm- cover areas of 80 square kilometers, 7 million square meters and around 14 million square meters. The fourth group of islands-The World- covers an area of 9 kilometers in length and 6 kilometers in width.
Dubai although a new tourist destination, has become one of the most popular city and vested by thousands of tourist daily. Dubai in reality is a desert city built with superb infrastructure, liberal policies, and excellent tourist amenities. Dubai is only 5 hrs by air from Europe and 3 hrs from most parts of the Middle East, the Near East, and the Indian sub-continent of India & Pakistan, Dubai is a great short break destination for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining, sporting events, and enjoing the never ending sun and sands. It is a city of superlatives: for the fastest, biggest, tallest, largest and highest, Dubai is the destination reaching exterems of every thing.
Dubai is situated on a coastal strip bordered by desert hence gets very hot. However in the recent years due to heavy plantation and supply of desalanised water from the sea its weather is changing. The summer is from May to September when it is rather hot but between November to April it is very pleasant and comfortable. What ever weather be Dubai has ample supply of Electricity for Air-conditioners every building is Air-conditioned and so are cars.
Getting to Dubai
You can reach Dubai by air from most major cities of the world. There are direct flights nearly all over the world.
Travel Tips !
Time: GMT + 4 hours
Dubai International is 4 km to city centre. Distance from Dubai International to other emirates:
Abu Dhabi:170 km
Sharjah: 15 km
Ajman: 30 km
Umm Al Quwain: 55 km
Ras Al Khaimah: 100 km
Fujairah: 130 km
Arabic is the official language while English and Urdu are also widely spoken and understood.
Electricity: 220/230 volts A/C
Hotels and restaurants usually include 15% service charge with their bills. It is up to the clients to give whatever they feel.
Certificate required for cholera and yellow fever if arriving from affected area.
Currency: Dhs = UAE Dirhams. 100 fils = 1 dh
Notes: Dhs 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 & 5
Coins: Dhs 1, fils 50, 25, 10
Fixed:National Day (December 2 & 3); New Year's Day (January 1)
Varies: Eid Al Fitr; Eid Al Adha; Hijra New Year's Day, Prophet's Birthday; Accession Day, Essra Wal Me'raj
Emergency numbers: Police - 999; Fire - 997; Ambulance - 998
Average temperature: - January between 14 and 24 degrees Centigrade. Maximum - August between 29 and 41 degrees Centigrade.
Hours of work: Government - 7:30 am - 14:30 pm. Closed Fridays and Saturdays.
Places of interest:
Creek side, Dubai Museum, dhow rides in the creek, desert safaris, beaches and parks, Wild Wadi amusement park.