The second largest of the seven emirates which make
up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has an area of some 3,900 sq km and an established
population of 695,000 (1996). Oil contributes just 20 per cent of economics production.
Trading, manufacturing and services - including tourism - account for 80 per cent.
- Name of airport: Dubai International Airport
- Transportation between airport and city:
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- Sunny, blue skies can be expeted most of the year. Rainfall is
infrequent and irregular. Temperatures range from 10.5 C to 48 C. The mean daily maximum
is 24 C in January rising 41 C in July.
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- Taxi (sand-coloured)
- fare: minimum of around Dh5-Dh10 for short local journeys
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- The Creek The Creek, a natural deep-water inlet which cuts
through the center of the city, is the historical focal point of life in Dubai.
The old district of Bastakiya with its narrow lanes and especially its tall windtowers
gives a ranralising hint of old Dubai.
- Al Boom Tourist Village
The Al Boom Village has several restaurants, an ornament lake, an amusement park and a
- Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
The retored palace, which datesfrom the late 1800s, was built in a commanding position
near the mouth of the Creek at Shindagha.
- Dubai Museum
Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum, was built around 1787. Its lifelike
exhibits vividly depict the everyday life of Dubai in pre-oil days. Also on display are
4000-year-old artefacts from excarvations in the emirates.
The WonderLand family fun park features a wide range of water attractions extending over
- Al Ahmadiya School
Traditional, restored school in Deira.
- Burj Nahar
One of the three watchtowers guarding the old city, the restored Burj Nahar is set in
picturesque gardens in Deira.
- Bayt Al Wakeel
Build in 1934, Bayt Al Wakeel was the first office building in Dubai. It now houses a
- Dubai World Trade Centre
Rising 39 floors above the city, alongside is the Middle East's leading exhibition and
- Bani Yas Square
Bani Yas Square lies in the heart of the deire district. It is the location of the
Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's visitor information centre.
- Dubai Zoo
Located in Jumeirah, it houses a wide range of widelife including indigenous Arabian
- Parks and Gardens
Situated around Dubai are numerous public parks and gardens, including Jumeirah Beach
Park, Dubai Creekside Park, Mushrif Park, Mamzar Park and Safa Park.
- Heritage Village and Diving Village
Located near the mouth of the Creek, these twin villages give visitors a taste of
Tours and Safaris
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- City Tour
- Creek Tour
- Desert Safaris
- Camel Racing
- Horse Racing
- Birdwatching Tour
Main souks/shopping areas
- Al Dhiyafah Road, Satwa
Lively shopping area with fashion boutiques, fabric stores, restaurants and cafes.
- Al Karama
A popular centre offering unbeatable value. Clothing, accessories, toys and furniture on
- Al Sabkha Souk
Adjacent to the Deira Covered Souk, Al Sabkha is packed with electronics at competitive
- Deira Covered Souk
This souk specialises in textiles and is located in the Al Sabkha Bus station area.
- Deira Old Souk
In this maze of alleyways can be found a huge variety of goods, particularly spices.
- Dubai Old Souk and Al Fahidi Street
Known for textiles and electronics at low prices.
- Gold Souk
One of the largest retail gold markets in the world, the Gold Souk sells all types of
- Naif Souk
Fully-renovated traditional soul.
Dubai is the pioneer of golf in the Middle East with three champion-stantard grass courses
open to visiting golfers.
- Watersports and Deep Sea Fishing
- Horse Riding
Riding and horses are part of the local tradition.
Dubai has the Middle East's first fully-equipped indoor go-kart facility.
Dubai has two ice rinks, operated year-round.
- Dubai Commerce and Tourism
- Official Languages: Arabic
- Language of Business and Administration: Arabic and English
- Islam is the official religion of the UAE and there are a large
number of mosques throughout the city. Other religions are respected.
Emergency and Useful Tel. No.
- S.O.S. Worldwide Alarm Centres: Please click here
- Police: 999
- Fire: 997
- Ambulance: 998
- Operator: 100
- International Calls: 150
- Tel No. Enquiry: 180
- Tourist Hotline: 285000
- Taxi: 313131, 853000, 515515, 662233, 365444, 225511, 523281, 666333
- Airport Enquiry: 245777