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About Dubai

About Dubai
About Dubai

Dubai is a unique destination that is both a dynamic business centre and a tourist paradise, offering more attractions, shopping, fine dining and quality hotels. From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.

Dubai offers a range of hotels to suit every taste, whim and budget! From the glitzy, opulent and of the most expensive and only seven star hotel in the world all the way through to the very affordable. Then there are the resorts in the desert where tourists can experience unmatched peace and tranquillity. Whatever the choice, it will definitely be an unforgettable stay as a tourist or business traveller.


3,885 sq. kms.


2.106 Million (2013 estimate) Majority live in Dubai City and its suburbs which has a cosmopolitan population.

Local Time

GMT plus four hours.


Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken and understood. Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and other languages are widely used by the large expatriate population.


Temperature ranges from 10°C/50°F to 40°C/118°F. During April the average temperature is expected to be 25°C/87°F.


The local currency is UAE Dirham and is tied to the US dollar at an exchange rate $1 = Dhs 3.68 (fluctuating).

Business Hours

The weekend is Friday and Saturday. Government offices are open from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.Private Sector office hours vary, but are generally from 8:00 am to 06:00 PM. Shop Hours are similar in their opening times, but most shops remain open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Shopping Malls, Department stores, boutiques, souks and many food shops remain open on a Friday, apart from prayer times (between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm).

Shopping and Entertainment

One of Dubai’s greatest attractions is indeed its superb shopping. Apart from the shopping areas and the traditional souks, there are a growing number of modern shopping malls and commercial complexes, offering a wide range and selection for eager shoppers. From the most modern shopping malls to the traditional souks (markets), Dubai provides an endless scope for shoppers. In terms of sheer variety, quality and services. Best buys include clothes and fabrics (check out the designer label outlets at Karama and Al Satwa.), carpets and rugs, electronics, sports goods, perfumes, jewellery, ethnic gifts and novelties, spices etc. Shopping malls like the Dubai mall, Mall of the Emirates, Festival City, Burjuman Center, are certainly worth a visit. The amazing gold souk, one of the largest retail gold markets in the world is in Deira.


With a long history as a trading hub, Dubai has established itself as a major destination for an eclectic array of local and international events. Throughout the year, Dubai hosts a range of popular annual sporting activities, dazzling entertainment attractions, as well as conferences and exhibitions. Dubai has a lively nightlife. Hotel bars range from sophisticated cocktail lounges to typically informal pubs and Western-style lounges. Most of them serve food and many feature pianists, guitarists, duos and bands nightly.

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