Known as ‘City of Gold’ due to its huge open gold markets, or 'City of Dreams' due to the opportunities it promises, Dubai offers a multitude of tourist attractions and recreational activities to suit everyone's taste.
An extraordinary city built in the heart of a desert, Dubai is a truly cosmopolitan place , a lively and modern environment with flamboyant hotels, an array of world-class dining venues and countless clubs and bars.
Home to the Burj Khalifa; the world’s tallest man made structure at a staggering 828 meters high, the world’s first seven star hotel; the Burj Al Arab, the world’s first indoor ski slope and the world’s largest shopping mall , Dubai certainly knows how to boast being the biggest and the best with its materialistic front.
Dubai’s ambition of becoming a city like no other in the world has certainly been realised, and as the Burj Khalifa suggests, the sky’s the limit for this extraordinary destination.
Dubai or Dubayy (in Arabic) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Arabian Peninsula.
The second largest of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is located on the southern shore of the Arabian Gulf.
Dubai city is a bustling metropolis, while outside the city itself the Emirate is sparsely inhabited and characterized by desert vegetation.
Population : 3.5 million . 80% comprises of Expatriates - Arab, Asians, European, and others.
Climate : Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Rainfall is infrequent and irregular. Falling mainly in winter, it amounts to some five days a year. Temperatures range from a low of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit to a high 118 degrees. The mean daily maximum is 75 degrees Fahrenheit in January rising to 105 degrees Fahrenheit in July.
Local time : Dubai Time is + 4 Hours GMT or 4 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time. GMT is used for all 24 of the world's time zones. Dubai lies between 55°16 East and 25°16 North.
Language : The official language is Arabic, Arabic and English are commonly used in business and commerce. Hindi and Urdu are also widely used.
Currency : Emirati Dirham (AED)
Exchange Rates : Emirati dirhams per US dollar 3.67Electricity : 220 or 240 volts AC 50HZ
A trip to Dubai transports you on a journey through time. Although the early history of the area is not very well documented, archeological discoveries suggests that, as long as four thousand years ago, small fishing communities lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf on the site of modern Dubai. It is also believed that the natural sheltered harbor afforded by the Dubai Creek was a busy port of call on the ancient trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. In recent years, archeologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts, including pottery, weapons and coinage that point to civilized settlements dating back to the third millennium B.C.
These historic finds have been carefully preserved and are now permanently housed in the Archeological Section of Dubai Museum. Modern Dubai, however, traces its origins to the 1830's. At that time, the small fishing village on the Shindagha peninsula at the mouth of the Creek was settled by a branch of the Bani Yas tribe, originally from the Liwa oasis to the south, led by the Maktoum family who still rule the emirates today.
Dubai is really two Cities, Dubai and Deira. Divided by the Creek, they are a paradise for sightseeing and both have their unique characters. You will be amazed at the diversity of architecture and cultures to be found here, ranging from traditional Arab houses to magnificent modern towers of steel and glass.
The Creek is the main artery of Dubai, winding inland from the Gulf for about six miles. On its clear waters you will see traditional teak trading dhows plying their trade across the Gulf, heading as far as India. At night, the waterfront is a hive of activity, as Abras, the local water taxis, crisscrosses the Creek carrying people to their chosen restaurant or attraction for the evening.
Dubai covers an area of about 1,500 square miles (3,900km2) and sits at the base of the Arabian Peninsula, a place where East meets West.
Dubai’s geography and culture is diverse, and the city is divided into a number of residential regions and distinct areas.
DEIRADeira is Dubai’s oldest & busiest neighbourhood.
Filled with traditional sights, sounds, and smells, this part of the city is located on the East side of Dubai Creek, Dubai’s primary commercial waterway.
Dubai International Airport is in the south of Deira, and road networks to and from the airport from all areas of the city are excellent. The Metro runs from both terminal 1 and 3 at Dubai International Airport, and its routes extend to Deira (Al Rigga) onwards to many of the main commercial and residential areas of Dubai. Taxis are also a cost effective means of transport when travelling from the airport to your destination.
The Deira wharfage area is located along the Creek where Baniyas Road enters Al Ras. Here you can see traditional dhows hauling their goods, and water taxis (abras) ferrying people across the creek to Bur Dubai. This is the most interesting part of Deira. Al Ras is home to Dubai’s famous street markets, including the Gold Souk, Textile Souk, Spice Souk, and Fish Souk. This area is very congested and therefore best explored on foot in the cooler hours of the day. The Heritage House and Al-Ahmadiya School, two of Dubai’s most appealing historical attractions, are also located in Al Ras. Extending east is the Corniche Deira, where Al Khaleej Road leads to the bridge connecting the mainland to Palm Deira island and on past Hamriya Port to Mamzar Beach Park.
Deira has extensive hospitality and entertainment attractions. The Dubai Creek and Yacht Club lies next to the Garhoud Bridge and Deira City Centre, and the stunning Park Hyatt Hotel, one of the finest hotels in the world, sits serenely on the banks of the creek. However, most of the action takes place farther north in a triangle between Maktoum Bridge (which connects to Bur Dubai), the Corniche (which runs along the coast), and Abu Baker al-Siddiq Road (which extends between Maktoum Bridge and the Corniche to the east). A number of leading hotels are located along Baniyas Road (such as Hilton Dubai Creek and Sheraton Dubai Creek). To the east near the Clock Tower Roundabout and Al Rigga Road are a number of more moderate hotels, restaurants, and shops, as well as unattractive apartment buildings and a whole lot of traffic.
Bur Dubai is a historic district located on the western side of Dubai Creek.The name means Mainland Dubai, a reference to the traditional separation of the Bur Dubai area from Deira by Dubai Creek.
Bur Dubai historically consisted of all districts between the western bank of the Creek and Jumeirah. The Ruler’s Court is located in the district adjacent to the Grand Mosque.
There are several mosques in Bur Dubai including the Grand Mosque with the city’s tallest minaret and the blue tiled Iranian Mosque. The country’s only Hindu Temple is situated between the Grand Mosque and the Creek.
There are several popular places for tourists including historic buildings and museums. The district is full of shopping streets and souqs (or souk), including the textile souq near the Abra boat station, though most of the well-known souqs are located in Deira.
Bur Dubai lies on the Western side of Dubai Creek, and like Deira, provides a window into the early days of the city. The Al Shindagha Tunnel connects Bur Dubai with Deira at the northern edge near Port Rashid, . Nearby, at the northern tip of the creekside walkway are the Sheikh Saeed House and the Heritage and Diving Village. Walking south along the creek are the Dubai Museum and Bastakiya historic quarter. Visitors can catch a water taxi (abra) from the nearby Al Seef Road area across the creek to Deira.
The upscale BurJuman Centre lies a couple of blocks to the west, and next to it is Al Karama, a business and residential area known for shopping bargains.
The beautiful Creekside Park lies between the creek’s two bridges, Al Garhoud and Al Maktoum. One of the city’s best walking areas, it includes waterfront pathways, a 30m-high (98-ft.) cable car, and a fun educational center for kids called Children’s City. Wafi City is located just to the west of Creekside Park.
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD (SZR)
SZR parallels the coast as it extends west from Za’abeel Park toward Abu Dhabi. Although it’s also an inter-city highway,SZR is the modern business center of Dubai with gleaming skyscrapers lining the road from the Trade Centre roundabout to the area past Interchange 1.
Dubai World Trade Centre was the emirate’s first high-rise when it was built in 1979 and everything around it was still sand. Since then, the area has transformed into a concrete jungle as increasingly modern, tall, and architecturally distinctive buildings have been constructed.
The twin Emirates Towers housing a hotel and office space opened in 2000, followed in recent years by even grander hotels: The Dusit Thani, Fairmont, and Shangri-La among them. In addition to hotels, the buildings lining SZR feature shopping centers, stores, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs, along with offices and luxury apartments.
Just to the west of Interchange 1, the Burj Khalifa dominates the skyline as the world’s tallest structure.
It is surrounded by an area called Downtown Dubai, which includes the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains, The Address hotel, The Palace-Old Town hotel, other hotels, restaurants, office spaces, and entertainment .
BARSHA & BeyondAs SZR continues west, it passes the Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai at Interchange 4, with Dubai Internet City just beyond that, the Dubai Marina and Emirates Golf Club at Interchange 5, and finally Ibn Battuta Mall at Interchange 6 before Jebel Ali Village. From there, it’s about an hour-and-a-half drive to Abu Dhabi.
Originally just a beach, Jumeirah today refers to the entire coastal area west of Dubai Creek toward Jebel Ali.
Al Jumeirah Road, commonly called the “Beach Road,” begins at the Jumeirah Mosque and extends west past waterfront resorts, shops, and restaurants. This is a popular walking area by day and night, filled with casually dressed Western expats. The area is home to some of the most extravagant and expensive villas in Dubai.
The Beach Road then passes the Jumeirah Beach Park as it makes it way toward the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab, and Wild Wadi waterpark in the area called Umm Suqeim. At this point, Beach Road merges with Al Sufouh Road, passing by Madinat Jumeirah, Knowledge Village, and Internet City, and on to Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR).
JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE ( JBR )
A new pedestrian area called “The Walk.” runs in front of JBR This is a fashionable stretch of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars and has quickly become one of the city’s most popular spots.
Dubai’s main 5 star beach hotels are nearby, such as the Ritz-Carlton, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Méridien Mina Seyahi, and One&Only Royal Mirage. It’s faster to reach this part of Jumeirah from the city center by taking Sheikh Zayed Road and exiting at Interchange 5.
The Palm Jumeirah lies off the coast of this stretch of Jumeirah Beach.
The Atlantis resort is on The Palm , with Aquaventure, Dolphin Bay, and The Lost Chambers .
A number of other hotels, restaurants, malls, and entertainment options are on the island. You can travel by car, taxi, or the monorail that runs from the base of the island to the crescent.
This exclusive SZR development is just minutes from Dubai Marina, Emirates Living and Jumeriah. With excellent roads, this development offers a superb base for those working in the commercial areas of Media City, Internet City or even in Abu Dhabi .
The complex comprises 50 islands (46 of which are the residential clusters) each comprising 16 villas.
Each of the 736 houses has its own swimming pool, and the homes sit adjacent to a series of man-made lakes, and the development has a land to water ratio of 1:2.
There are Restaurants , Supermarket , club house, gym, and leisure facility.
Emirates Living is conveniently located between two of Dubai’s main arteries, Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, opposite Dubai Marina. Access is easy from both sides and on to Emirates Road. However, there is no metro station nearby. Within Emirates Living, there are a number of distinct communities. Emirates Hills a mansion style golf course development that overlooks the Montgomerie Championship Golf Course, and which is also within swinging distance of the world renowned Emirates Golf Club. The Lakes (between the two golf courses), The Meadows and The Springs all individual areas that offer tranquil villa life in a secure self-contained gated community, and The Greens is a well serviced community of apartment buildings.
All developments have parks, playgrounds and sports facilities like tennis and basketball courts and gyms, open air pools, and, of course, the lakes. Each area within Emirates Living also has its own community centre with convenience stores, grocery, pharmacies, doctors, gyms, cafés and restaurants. All areas benefit from the golf clubs and schools, including Dubai International Academy, Regent International School, Emirates International School and Dubai British School. The Lakes also has air-conditioned squash courts , volleyball courts and indoor pool.
New Dubai refers to all the new areas being developed in Jumeirah , & Dubailand to Dubai World Central.
Exclusive villa complexes include, Falcon City of Wonders, The Villa, Bawadi,
Apartment developments cover a large area, and are mostly located in and around the Emirates Road (E11), which loops the city, and on the link roads in both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai directions.
These communities are not close to the main urban centres, but offer unique, pleasant and multi-cultural living.
One of the major developments in this area is Jumeriah Golf Estates.
Boasting an 18-hole, par 72 desert style grass golf course and exclusive club house, equestrian center, as well as The Dubai Polo Club, Arabian Ranches is an exclusive villa “lifestyle community” that is set within the heart of the desert.Located on Emirates Roads, which leads to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, this is a self contained and well-serviced diverse community.
For leisure and entertainment at Arabian Ranches, residents have The Village Community Center. It has 20 retail outlets, including a supermarket, and numerous cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Located within the Arabian Ranches is Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS). The school offers both primary and secondary schooling education. There are also number of crèches and nurseries in the development.
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