Discover the extravagant luxury, high-tech facilities and old world charm of Dubai. This United Arab Emirates (UAE) state is located on the eastern coast of the Arabic Peninsular, in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. Renowned, worldwide, as a booming centre of international trade and innovation, Dubai has fast become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Only in Dubai can one gaze upon, and travel up, the world’s largest freestanding structure (the Burj Khalifa), shop in both exclusive designer malls and traditional trade souks and indulge in feasts inspired by the flavours of the world while staying in a 7-star hotel!
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the UAE. There are approximately 2,780,000 residents from over 200 nationalities, plus countless tourists and traders on any given day! The state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, tax-free living and a strategic location in the centre of the major trading continents, make Dubai the ideal to place to do business. The by-product of this is a dynamic prosperity—the reason that Dubai is one of the leading luxury holiday destinations in the world! Extravagance abounds in this captivating city-state. There is a rich Arabic culture that underpins local life in the city, but all are welcome and encouraged to explore and enjoy Dubai to the absolute fullest!
- Country: United Arab Emirates
- International Airport: Dubai International Airport
- Language: Arabic and English
- Currency: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED)
- Population: Approximately 2.78 million
- Religion: Islam (though all other faiths are welcome)
- Government: Absolute monarchy
- Weekend: Friday and Saturday
History and Culture
Dubai has a rich, Arabic cultural heritage. While it is now more known for its intriguing mix of deserts, beaches and luxurious manmade feats, the culture of the Emirati people still have a major role to play. Dubai is an absolute monarchy. The Al Maktoum family have reigned there since 1833—the current ruler being His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bi Rashid Al Maktoum. In addition to being the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan is also the Chairman of Dubai’s Executive Council and, like his predecessors, has wisely and progressively led Dubai into prosperity. Although tradition and culture underpin life in Dubai, the UAE state is a warmly hospitable destination. Emirati people tend to preserve Islamic heritage, with the majority being Muslim. Despite this, the people of Dubai are extremely tolerant of their multicultural citizens and guests—all religious beliefs are welcome. Over 200 nationalities call Dubai home, including Emiratis, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Sri Lankans and Americans (just to name a few!). Each new group has brought with them their own style, strengths and flavours. There are currently over 6000 restaurants and cafés in the bustling city, offering every cuisine imaginable. Click here to read more about which flavours, cultures and customs to expect when you embark on your next Dubai family holiday!
What to do in Dubai
Dubai’s excellent infrastructure attracts international investors in areas of trade, transport, tourism, industry and finance. Because such a broad range of sectors are both present and thriving in Dubai, there are plenty of things to do and see, no matter how unique your particular interests are! Observe the astounding blend of 21st Century comforts and old-world charm throughout the city-state. Wander between overflowing trade souks or buy big brands in modern shopping malls. Go on a safari through the desert or assess the lay of the land from incredible, record breaking buildings like the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai has engaging activities for children, couples, business travellers and more. Splash around at Wild Wadi Water Park, learn local history and cultural heritage at the 18th Century fort that houses the Dubai Museum, play golf on your choice of at least 9 championship courses or visit The World—a man-made archipelago of 200 islands designed to roughly reflect a map of the globe! Do more in Dubai. Whether you want 7-star luxury, Michelin Star food, retail therapy or a glimpse at some of the most impressive world-firsts in architecture and technology, Dubai is the perfect destination for you!
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