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City in a Day
There is lots to see and do in Dubai and though one day is definitely not enough, if planned ...
Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature
It’s a celebration of the written word at the first ever Literature Festival in Dubai where over ...
Dubai Tennis Championships
The Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship is a professional tennis tournament held annually. It is ...
Dubai Summer Surprises
Summers in Dubai are full of fun and excitement as the city is in a grip of Summer Surprises, a ...
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Dubai Today
Glitz, glamor, gloss! All this comes to mind when you talk about Dubai, the city which has risen from the vast stretches of barren Arabian sands to the bustling metropolis it is today. From gypsum and lime houses with their distinctive wind towers to cool them, to high-rise, high-powered buildings, Dubai has come a long way. Today Dubai, the commercial capital of the UAE, enjoys the distinction of being a city where people of 200 nationalities co-exist in peace and harmony. A city which has many ‘firsts’ in its serpentine list of achievemnets – the world’s tallest building-Burj Dubai,

Dubai back then
Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates
and is the most important tourist destination among them. Less than a century ago, this region was a barren wasteland, home to bedouin tribes. Hundreds of years ago, a few settlers had made the mouth of the creek their base and it is from here that the city of Dubai flourished. Dubai was strategically located on the ancient trading route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley and soon became a populated place. The main occupation of the people in those times was commerce, hunting, and raising sheep. Its geographical locat

Burj Al Arab
This iconic structure is the symbol of a modern Dubai. Shaped like a boat with a billowing sail and
Madinat Jumeirah
Tradition and opulence combine to form a resort that is both luxurious and impressive. Styled to rep
Al Maha Resort
For those who like to go ‘far from the madding crowd’, the Al Maha Resort, named for the Arabian
Al Murooj Rotana Hotel
Conveniently located off Sheikh Zayed Road opposite The Dubai Mall and Burj Dubai, Al Murooj Rotana
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Conveniently located in the business district of Dubai, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers is ideal for th
Raffles Hotel
Conveniently located next to Wafi Mall, the Raffles hotel boasts luxurious suites and hotel rooms wh

Emirates Towers Boulevard
If exclusivity is what you desire, then the Boulevard is just the right place for you. With two floo
Saks Fifth Avenue
Enjoy the elegance of New York as you shop at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Though half way across the
Wafi City
Wafi City is in a league of its own. Three pyramid shaped atrium roofs and the stained-glass window
Boutique 1
This boutique provides a chic atmosphere for you to browse through cutting-edge brand names as you s
Al Liali
Think jewelry, think Al Liali! The name Al Liali is synonymous with jewelry and stands out way above
This shop stocks ready-to-wear and accessories from all over the world. Some of the brands retailed

Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature
It’s a celebration of the written word at the first ever Literature Festival in Dubai where over 6
Taste of Dubai
Witness a celebration of food at the Taste of Dubai. For those who value good food, this is an oppo
Dubai Desert Classic
The year 2009 sees the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Desert Classic, a prestigious six-day, professi
Bride Show
The Bride Show is an event looked forward to by not just brides to be, but all those interested in f
Skywards Dubai Int’l Jazz Festival
The Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival has entered its seventh year in 2009. Soulful melodie
National Day
Come December 2nd, and the city is in a feverish grip as it celebrates its independence from Great B

You don’t have to have a fat wallet to afford good Italian food. Come give your taste buds a trea
Kamat Restaurant
Slated to be Dubai’s finest chain of fine dining vegetarian restaurants, Kamat holds the sway as f
Da Vinci's Restaurant
If  its Italian you want then pay a visit to Da Vinci’s where you’ll be served authentic, t
La Baie
Be prepared for an evening of enchantment as you dine at La Baie, the signature resort of  Ritz
Deira City Centre Food Court
A large variety of cuisines from around the world are on offer at Deira City Center Food Court. From
Butcher Shop & Grill
Mall of the Emirates Tel: (04) 347 1167.

Fast Facts
Location : Dubai is situated on the Arabian Gulf, in the northeastern part of the UAE. It is bordered by a 115 km coastline on one side and is surrounded by the Hajjar mountains on the other.  Dialing code: Country code for the UAE -- +971 City code for Dubai – 04 For eg. if you are dialling from outside the UAE, you will dial 00971 4 xxx xxxx. Landline to landline phones within Duabi are free except in hotels. Emergency /Information numbers: Police -- 999 Fire -- 997 Ambulance – 998/999 Tourist Information Helpdesk -- 04 223 0000 Tourist Police – 800 4438 Coastguard – 04 345 0520 Car Breakdown Service -- Best to contact your car hire company. Arabian Automobile Association (800 4900 free phone) can also assist. Highway Patrol -- Telephone Directory Services -- 180/181 Telephone Assistance -- 100 Dubai International Airport -- 04 224 5555 Flight Enquiry -- 04 216 6666 Dubai Taxi -- 04 2080808 Population: Languages: Arabic is the official language in the UAE. However English is widely spoken by the diverse community of people residing here. English is also used in business communications. Urdu, Hindi, Farsi and Tagalog is also spoken by a large number of the expat community. Time zone: GMT +4 all the year round There is no daylight saving time. Average January temperatures: High 23°C Low 14°C Average July temperatures: Hig


In Muslim countries there is usually a masjid at every street corner so we are not listing masjids here.

What to do with Children in Tow
Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi is a water-theme park spread over 12 acres and featuring 23  exciting rides. ...

In Muslim countries the food served in most restaurants is Halal so we are not listing halal restaurants here.

Health and Safety
Dubai is largely a secure city and law breakers are dealt with severely. It is safe to venture out late at night though ceratin areas may ...

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