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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.

Airport Information

Name of airport: Dubai International Airport
Transportation between airport and city:
  • Taxi


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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.
Temperature - Five Day City Forcast
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Taxi (sand-coloured)
  • fare: minimum of around Dh5-Dh10 for short local journeys
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Tourist Attraction

  • 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.
  • Bastakiya
    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 marina.
  • 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.
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • 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.
  • WonderLand
    The WonderLand family fun park features a wide range of water attractions extending over 18 hectares.
  • 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 maritime museum.
  • Dubai World Trade Centre
    Rising 39 floors above the city, alongside is the Middle East's leading exhibition and conference complex.
  • 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 species.
  • 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 traditional life.

Tours and Safaris

Tours from Hong Kong
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 offer.
  • Al Sabkha Souk
    Adjacent to the Deira Covered Souk, Al Sabkha is packed with electronics at competitive prices.
  • 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 jewellery.
  • Naif Souk
    Fully-renovated traditional soul.

Sport Facilities

  • Golf
    Dubai is the pioneer of golf in the Middle East with three champion-stantard grass courses open to visiting golfers.
  • Diving
  • Watersports and Deep Sea Fishing
  • Horse Riding
    Riding and horses are part of the local tradition.
  • Co-Karting
    Dubai has the Middle East's first fully-equipped indoor go-kart facility.
  • Flying
  • Ice-Skating
    Dubai has two ice rinks, operated year-round.
  • Shooting and Archery
  • Jet Skiing

Tourism Organizations

Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion Board


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.

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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

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