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Dubai Country & Tourist Information.

  • Dubai Country & Tourist Information

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Area: The total area of Dubai is approximately 2,428 sq miles.

History: The seven independent emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah came together to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the year 1971. While Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE, Dubai remains its commercial centre.

Currency and exchange rates with converter: The Dubai currency is the UAE dirham (Dh.) also known as the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) in the international money markets and foreign exchange.

Location: Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the South West corner of the Arabian Gulf.

Weather: The country enjoys 365 days of warm sunshine, with cooler evenings and occasional showers in the months between November to March. 5 day forecast

Climate: The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate with infrequent and irregular rainfall, amounting to less than 13 centimetres a year. Temperatures range from a low of 10 degrees (Celsius) to a high of 48 degrees. The average daily maximum is 24 degrees in January, rising to 42 degrees in July.

Time zone: The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT (+4 GMT)

Population: Dubai is home to a little less than 1 million residents with 79% of the population employed.

Dubai Habtoor guest services:

  • Dubai Airport limousine service upon request.
  • Tour and travel desk.
  • Twice daily complimentary shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping malls and shopping centres.
  • Business Centre offering photocopying, faxing, printing, translations, e-mail access, express mailing and full secretarial support.
  • Guest Relations Officers
  • 24-hour Concierge.
Transport: The country offers a variety of inexpensive and efficient public transportation and you can choose between metered local taxis, intra-city and inter-city buses, private car hire services and abras (local boats).

Economy: The UAE is one of the world's wealthiest countries, with a GDP of US $54 billion (2000), and has the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. While oil and gas production form its foundation, Dubai is increasingly broadening its economic activity to include: real estate, tourism, trading and manufacturing.

Cultural mix: Owing to the resources and foreign enterprises located in Dubai, more than 80% of the population are expatriates from across the globe and the city is home to almost 200 nationalities.

Dubai Tourist Attractions:

  • Long, wide sandy beach, lapped by the tranquil waters of the Arabian Gulf on your doorstep.
  • The Palm Jumeirah - Eighth wonder of the world (5 minutes' drive along Jumeirah Road.)
  • Wild Wadi - Dubai's largest water theme park, offering the tallest and fastest water rides outside North America. Attractions include Flood River, Lazy River Wave Pool and others that guarantee a great time for all (10 minutes' drive along Jumeirah Beach Road).
  • Golf Courses - Emirates, Creek and Jebel Ali golf courses. Take a taxi to your chosen course; the nearest is Emirates Golf Course (10 minutes' drive along Sheikh Zayed Road).
  • Mall of the Emirates - Biggest entertainment, shopping and leisure complex in the Middle East, which also includes a large indoor ski slope. Open September 2005 (10 minutes' drive along Sheikh Zayed Road).
  • Downtown Dubai, Souks, Museums and Creek - The historical focal point of Dubai. A must for any visitor is a stroll by the Creek, where dhows still load and unload their cargo's as they have done since Dubai first started as a trading port. The traditional way to cross the Creek from the Deira side to Bur Dubai is by abra and at the same time you will have some great views. The Dubai Museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, the city's oldest building (25 minutes' drive).

Dubai Attractions

  •  Jumeirah Mosque
  • Dubai Marina
  • Mercato Shopping Mall
  • The Dubai Creek
  • Global Village
  • Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai
  • Heritage Village
  • Gold Souk (Gold Market)
  • Spice Souk
  • Nad al Sheba - horse racing
  • Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
  • Emirates Golf Club
  • Montgomerie Golf Club
  • Dubai Shopping Festival
  • Deira City Centre Mall
  • Wafi City Mall
  • Bur Juman Shopping Mall
  • Ibn Batuta Shopping Mall
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Jebel Ali
  • Internet City
  • Media City
  • Knowledge Village

Dubai Business Attractions:

  • Media City and Internet City - Home of the major IT and communications companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, CNN, IBM, Routers etc (5 minutes' drive along Jumeirah Road).
  • Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone and Port Authority - The largest port and free trade zone in the Middle East (20 minutes' drive along Sheikh Zayed Road).
  • Dubai World Trade Centre and Convention Halls - The venue for the major UAE exhibitions and key events (15 minutes' drive along Sheikh Zayed Road).
  • Dubai Financial Market - Dubai stock exchange (15 minutes' drive along Sheikh Zayed Road).

Dubai Habtoor guest services:

  • Dubai Airport limousine service upon request.
  • Tour and travel desk.
  • Twice daily complimentary shuttle bus service to the city centre, shopping malls and shopping centres.
  • Business Centre offering photocopying, faxing, printing, translations, e-mail access, express mailing and full secretarial support.
  • Guest Relations Officers
  • 24-hour Concierge.