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Travel guide Dubai A-Z

Abu Rashid Dubai

Abu Rashid is the host of a popular radio show in the Emirates. Abu Rashid solves problems of listeners in his program and is a true benefactor.

Architecture in Dubai

The architecture in Dubai is phenomenal, and often surpasses the superlatives. The first skyscraper in the city was the Dubai World Trade Center, which was built in 1978. From the late 90s to the present day there are many major construction projects carried out. Dubai has the most buildings over 300m high, and most of the buildings that are higher than 200m of all cities in the world. Dubai's skyline is dominated by the 828 meter high Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Off the coast there are several artificial palm islands built, including Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. Another project in Dubai is The World, a series of islands in the form of the world with different continents.

Beaches Dubai

Dubai has several beautiful beaches. Most beaches are located between the old Dubai Marina at Port Rashid and the new Dubai Marina. Hotels near the beach are: Hilton Jumeirah, One & Only Royal Mirage, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Qasr and Mina A'Salam.

Best time to travel for Dubai

Between September and May the climate is pleasant in Dubai, this may be the best time for travelling tot Dubai. In the summer it is very hot, but all the hotels, restaurants, bus, shopping malls etc. have air conditioning. The sea temperature varies between 23 degrees in January and 33 degrees in August.

Border formalities Dubai

For Dubai, you need a passport that has at least six months validity upon entry into Dubai. If you enter overland Dubai is not allowed to bring alcohol.

Business hours in Dubai

In Dubai banks are open from 8:00 am to 13:00 pm from Sunday/ Thursday. Restaurants from 12.00 to 15.00 pm and from 18:30 pm to midnight. Shopping centers are open from 10.00 to 22.00 pm from Sunday / m Wednesday, from 10:00 am to midnight from Thursday/ Saturday. Supermarkets from 9:00 am to midnight, some 24 hours a day.

Capital of Dubai

Dubai is both: city in the United Arab Emirates and capital of the emirate with the same name.

Children on holiday in Dubai

Dubai is very suitable for children to go. Note the travel period; in summer the temperature is often too hot for small children. Dubai has nice parks for kids and the whole year the climate is suitable for swimming outdoors. Many hotels offer babusitting service from 70 dirhams for 3 hours.

Clothing rules Dubai

In Dubai, one must take into account a number of dress codes. For access to shopping centers, religious buildings and most public buildings the shoulders and knees must be covered. This applies to both men and women. Women should not wear short skirts, dresses or pants. Men can wear shorts, but preferably be such that the knees are covered. Visiting a restaurant in shorts is not done. Swimwear should only be worn at the pool or on the beach. Topless sunbathing is not permitted.

Culinary Dubai

Almost all the cuisines are represented in Dubai. Restaurants in Dubai are often of a very high level. In a lot of restaurants there is a dress code, please check with reservation to avoid disappointment. The original kitchen of Dubai is the cuisine of the Middle East. Which is known for the use of dried fruits, legumes, and especially because of the many herbs. Alcohol is only served in restaurants with a liquor license. During Ramadan hotels do not serve alcohol, but you can order alcohol through room service.

Culture Dubai

The official religion in Dubai is the Islam, the culture is Arabic. However, the many different people who live in the country, also bring a variety of other faiths and cultures along. In terms of art, there is much to do in Dubai, there are several events organized and there are many galleries in Dubai. Dubai is very modern and is called the New York of the East, the archtecture is ultramodern. However, one can find also traditional architecture and authentic souks in Dubai.

Disabled in Dubai

Many hotels in Dubai have facilities for the disabled. Dubai is easily accessible for wheelchair users. There is an association for disabled people in Dubai, the RDAD.

Drugs

Dubai has a zero tolerance policy on drugs. So never take drugs to Dubai and stay in Dubai far away from.

Economy of Dubai

Because of he oil discovery in the 60s Dubai is now one of the richest countries in the world. The enormous economic growth is especially intense in the development of prestigious real estate projects. The only seven star hotel (Burj Al Arab) in the world is located in Dubai, but also the development of the so-called Palm Islands is a feature of the tremendous growth. These islands are reclaimed pieces of land in the sea in the shape of palm trees. The tourism industry is one of the sectors where substantial investments be made. Furthermore, Dubai is also developing in the financial services, ICT and aviation and freight connections between Asia and Europe.

Education in Dubai

Primary education in Dubai is free for everyone, it takes six years and is compulsory.

Electricity in Dubai

The electricity network in Dubai has a power supply of 220-240 volts. They use the so-called British 3-pin plugs.

Fauna and Flora Dubai

People often think that there is little animal life in the desert, this is not entirely true. In the desert of Dubai there are wild dogs and cats, antelopes, rabbits and hares, hedgehogs and bats. There are also reptiles like serpents, lizards and geckos. There are lookouts to observe the birds.

Fly to Dubai

The average flight time from Amsterdam Schiphol to Dubai is 6 hours. Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB) is the home of Emirates. The airport has three terminals. The second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC) is still fairly new and already partly in use. When it is finished, it will be the largest airport in the world.

General travelinformation Dubai

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the emirate. Dubai consists of two joined together cities, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south. The districts are separated by the Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai). The United Arab Emirates are a federation made ​​up of seven emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain, Sharjah, Ajman and Fujairah.

Geography of Dubai

The city of Dubai is situated on the north side of the territory of the same emirate. The city is bisected by a creek, the Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek), a narrow bay of the Persian Gulf. The salt water of the Gulf flows to about 12 miles inland.

Government of Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates. At the head of each emirate is a sheik. The sheik of Abu Dhabi is the president of the United Arab Emirates.

Healthcare Dubai

The tap water is drinkable in Dubai, but bottled water is available everywhere and is also offered when eating in restaurants. Dubai has plenty of excellent hospitals, medical centers and dentists. Doctors generally speak good English. The prices of private hospitals are quite high. For Dubai there are two vaccinations recommended for all travelers: DTP and hepatitis A. For stays longer than two weeks, a typhoid vaccination is recommended.

History of Dubai

Dubai played a major role on the trade route from Europe to India from the fifteenth century. Dubai became the center of the struggle between local forces and European imperialists. Both the Persians, the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupied for a shorter or longer period (parts of) the current emirate Dubai. 1830s Dubai was captured by the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Al Maktoum family who still prevalent in the emirate. In 1966, oil was found in 1969 started the production and export of oil. State revenues increased spectacularly.

Homosexuality in Dubai

Homosexuality is not a problem in Dubai as long as you respect the local customs. Overt expressions of affection are not appreciated, but this also applies to heterosexual couples. An interesting book is Gay Travels in the Muslim World by Michael Luongo.

Inhabitants of Dubai

Dubai has 2,164,538 (2013) inhabitants. Only a quarter of the population is originally from the UAE.

Internet in Dubai

Most hotels in Dubai offer free or paid Wi-Fi in the lobby, and depending on the hotel you can also access the internet in the room, or via WiFi or via a cable. Also major tourist spots like the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates offer a free wifi connection. Please note that there is a "porn" filter used on the Internet.

Language

The official language of Dubai is Arabic, but in most places they speak also English.

Money Matters Dubai

Dubai has been, as elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates, the dirham (Dh / AED). The rate of the dirham is pegged to the U.S. dollar. A dollar is AED. 3.67. There are plenty of ATMs in Dubai, starting at the airport. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. In Dubai, it is quite normal to haggle. Exceptions are the shops in the shopping malls and supermarkets with fixed prices.

National anthem of Dubai

The Emirati Tahiat Alalam is the national anthem of the United Arab Emirates.

National Day Dubai

On December 2, Dubai celebrates National Day; the day the seven Emirates in 1971 got together in the UAE.

Parking in Dubai

The prices are low, fines for illegal parking are 100-200 dirhams. Parking at malls and other attractions is mostly free in Dubai.

Pets in Dubai

It is no problem to take your pets to Dubai. Your pet must be microchipped and have a valid passport and vaccinations. Your veterinarian can give you information about the current state of affairs.

Photography in Dubai

Photographing military installations and airports is prohibited in Dubai. Never take unsolicited photos of people.

Ports of Dubai

There are two major ports in/ near Dubai: Dubai Port Rashid and Port Jebel Ali. Jebel Ali is the largest man-made port in the world.

Post

Post Offices in Dubai are open from Saturday/ Thursday, on Friday the post offices in Dubai are closed. Mailboxes are generally accessible.

Public Transport in Dubai

Few people take the bus in Dubai. Abra water taxis are day and night available on the Creek, the fare is one dirham per ride. Since 2009 Dubai has an excellent subway system. The subway is cheap and fast and therefore an excellent way to explore Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland.

Religion

The official religion in Dubai is Islam. Other religions are respected, so there are for instance Christian churches in Dubai. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims fast: they do not eat, smoke and have sex. Bars are close to 19:00, live music is banned and dance clubs are generally closed throughout the month of Ramadan. Some restaurants do not serve alcohol during Ramadan.

Safety in Dubai

Dubai is relatively safe. Compared to many other major cities around the world pickpocketing, theft and other forms of petty crime are rare in Dubai. The two biggest risks in Dubai are formed by the sun (heat stroke, dehydration, burns) and traffic. Ambulance: 998/999, Fire: 992, Police: 999.

Smoking in Dubai

Dubai has a pretty strict smoking policy. Smoking is allowed outdoors or in special smoking areas.

Taxis in Dubai

All taxis in Dubai are cream colored with a colored roof. The different colors of the roofs are different taxi companies. The taxis from the RTA have red roofs and are by far in the majority. In addition there are four other taxi companies (orange, yellow, blue and green roofs) and special taxis for women with pink roofs with only female drivers.

Telephony Dubai

The country code is +971.

Time Dubai

The time zone of Dubai is UTC +4.

Tipping

If there is no service charge listed on the account in Dubai's restaurants, a tip of 10% is usual. Maids in hotels expect a tip of about five dirhams per day per room.

Traffic in Dubai

Dubai has an excellent road network. Sheikh Zayed Road runs through Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Weather/ Climate Dubai

Dubai has a hot and dry desert climate. In the winter months Dubai is pleasantly warm with an average temperature of 24 degrees. In the period from April to October, it is extremely hot with temperatures in the months of July and August which can reach 50 degrees Celsius in the shade. In March and April sandstorms may occur.

Weekend

The weekend in Dubai is Friday and Saturday.

Women in Dubai

Traveling in Dubai for women is not as difficult as is often thought: you do not have to wear a veil and you can drive. Of course, traveling will be even easier if you adapt to the habits: avoid direct eye contact with men, do not sit in the frontof a taxi unless the driver is a woman, in public transport sit in the female section.

World Expo Dubai

The World Expo 2020 will be in Dubai. Dubai is the first city in the Middle East that may organize the World Expo. The World Expo will be held from January 4 to June 30

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