Welcome to Dubai.
Dubai is a comparatively new tourist destination and has achieved its popularity in recent years. In actual fact it is a desert city with a superb infrastructure, liberal policies (by regional standards), and exceptional tourist amenities. Only 5 hrs from Europe and 3 hrs from most parts of the Middle East, the Near East, and the sub-continent of India, Dubai can be an excellent opportunity for those, who look for a great short break whether for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining or sporting events. It is a city of supremes: for the fastest, biggest, tallest, largest and highest.
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The weekly day off is on Friday. Since September 2006, a weekend of Friday and Saturday has been taken on for the public sector and schools. Government institutions, multi-national companies, most schools and universities are now having their days off officially on Friday and Saturday. Some local companies will still work first part of the day on Thursday with a full-day on Saturday.
The climate in Dubai is very warm in general being situated on a coastal strip bordered by desert, the city of Dubai gets into very hot dry weather conditions on the hottest days and quite humid during the cooler days in summer. More moderate, cooler weather lasts from the end of September to beginning of May (daily temperatures from October to January and March to May are on average in the lower 20s Celsius/70s Fahrenheit), note that the temperature in the night changes dramatically: in winter nightly temperature ranges from 10 to 16 Celsius (50-60 Fahrenheit). In May, June, July, August and September, the sunrays are rather powerful: temperatures can reach 45 degrees Celsius mark in the city and even higher in the desert! Due to the heat and humidity factor most activity outdoors are excluded for the daylight hours during summer.
From December to April one could expect the highest precipitation, which at 10 cm (5 in) still isn't much. Due to statistics, in some years there was no more than a few minutes of shower in Dubai. In November 2006 it was documented rainfalls up to 50 cm of rain with temperatures going down to record lows.
Dubai can offer its visitors a whole range of different experiences. From the beautiful undulating desert sands to the bustling downtown areas - the vast unspoiled beaches and the mountains to the east -
Dubai is a city of adventure, contrast, discovery and surprise.
Throughout these Dubai pages we concentrate on getting too and from Dubai firstly by visting our information page on Dubai Airport.
Once landed in Dubai you need to know how to get around this city either by taxi, train, metro etc. This is explained in our Dubai Travel page.
If it is accomodation you require in Dubai, check out our listings of Hotels in Dubai.
Dubai's central district is divided into two parts - Deira on the northern side and Bur Dubai to the south. Each has its share of fine mosques and busy souks, of public buildings, shopping malls, hotels, office towers, banks, hospitals, schools, apartments and villas. In Dubai, the world is encapsulated - restaurants and bars with diverse international themes - outstanding sports facilities including 3 international standard golf-courses - a superb tennis stadium and internationally renowned horse racing courses.
Cultures and ethnic diversity abound in a harmonious and safe atmosphere which is the envy of the world. There are parks and gardens, plus golden sands in abundance, and by contrast, the drama of the desert. A visit to Dubai is nearly always accompanied by an adventure into the vast desert where the rolling sandscape is both a challenge and an opportunity to experience an extreme environment in the capable hands of professional drivers.
Three major business economies are very popular in Dubai and are renowned the world over - Shopping - Property Investment and Tourism.
Firstly you have shopping in Dubai. Over 40 major shopping malls and over 3, 500 shops to visit. Every global retail company or brand has an outlet in Dubai. To find the best of eveything to do with retail therapy go to our Dubai Shopping page, which lists all the major shopping centers and malls in Dubai.
Dubai Property has been the main driving force of the economy of Dubai. Every new Dubai property development has been sold "off plan" with property completions taking on average 3 - 4 years to complete. We give you an insight into the Dubai property market from the past, to today and what the future holds.
Still talking about Dubai property, one has to mention that the Burj Dubai. At the beginning of May 2008, the Burj Dubai has reached a height of 636 metres (2, 087 ft), with more than 160 completed floors. Even today the projected final height of the Burj Dubai is officially being kept secret due to competition from other builders worldwide. We have been told however figures released by a contractor on the project has suggested a height of around 818 metres (2, 684 ft). The Burj Dubai's construction manager, Greg Sang, has said only that the final height would be greater than 700 m (2, 297 ft), and that it would be the world's tallest free-standing structure when completed.
Another engineering masterpiece in Dubai, is the Dubai Towers. Dubai Towers – Doha (Dubai), is a cutting edge supertall skyscraper with a roof height of 400 metres (Spire height - 437 metres) to be constructed in Doha, Qatar.
The most prolific view of Dubai has to be seen from above or even better from space. The coastline of Dubai has seen dramatic change this last 4 years with man made islands being built of the shoreline of Dubai. These incredible feats of human engineering include - The World Dubai and Palm Island Dubai.
The World Dubai is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands being constructed in the shape of the world map and situated 4 kilometres off the coast of Dubai.
Palm Island Dubai is a further 3 man made islands off the coast consisting of Palm Island Jebel Ali, Palm Island Deira and Palm Island Jumeirah
Dubai Sports City is going to be an amazing development where sport is life, champions live, and legends are made. Dubai Sports City will have over 50 million square feet of sporting venues, academies, quality residential villas and apartments , community activities and retail shopping malls.
Even with the downturn globally of property prices, a global credit squeeze, high crude oil costs and rising inflation, the Dubai Real Estate market still seems to be very buoyant. We take an insight into Dubai Marina and also the pros and cons of buying Dubai Apartments or renting them. We give comparisons of rentals against purchasing.
When visiting Dubai, please take more time to enjoy all the facilities. Most people think of Dubai for great shopping, temperate climate, the beaches and sun bathing.
Dubai has a lot more to offer.
Camel rides, camel races, gold souks, silver souks and fabrics from around the world. Barren mountains and remote villages - red sands, yellow sands, oasis and wadis - water-parks and wonderful architecture - Dubai is like no other city in the world - to visit Dubai is to experience both the traditional and the ultra modern - the sophisticated city and the rugged terrain of mountains and desert. A true adventure which attracts increasing numbers - both on business and in pursuit of a new and exciting holiday destination.
The desert is an opportunity to experience an adventure like no other - take a four wheel drive vehicle to spectacular desert terrain where the dunes reach 100 metres and the landscape is at once awesome and picturesque. Guests enjoy candle-lit suppers in traditional bedouin tents whilst being entertained by exotic belly-dancers. And no trip to the desert would be complete without a camel ride.
Variety is at the heart of the Dubai experience - whether its peace and quiet on secluded beaches - or adventure and challenge on a desert safari - has sufficient depth to satisfy even the most seasoned traveller.
Water sports in Dubai are truly impressive. On the Jumeirah beach a coral reef has been constructed some 2 kilometres off-shore and diving is just part of a huge range of water based activities. Sailing, water-skiing and of course swimming are available at numerous locations.
Who would have ever thought a golf course could be built in Dubai - A desert country! It has taken great courage, wisdom and vision to build such things. Dubai has now over 9 golf courses - Four Seasons Golf Club, Arabian Ranches Golf Club,
Emirates Golf Club, Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, The Montgomerie.
Where else in the world will you find a snow ski resort and ice skating in the desert.
Only in Dubai !
People who read this page on Dubai , were also interested in the following Dubai pages:
Burj Dubai - Dubai Airport - Dubai Apartments - Dubai Investment - Dubai Islands - Dubai Marina - Dubai Property - Dubai RealEstate - Dubai Shopping - Dubai Sports City - Dubai Towers - Dubai Travel - Palm Island Dubai - The World Dubai - Hotels In Dubai