Dubai is the leading center for tourism and business in the Middle East. It is the second largest of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi, which is the capital city, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quawain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah are the other six emirates in the federation.
Dubai offers the visitors a fascinating kaleidoscope of contrasts – An exotic destination with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, Dubai combines the comfort and convenience of the western world with the unique charm and hospitality of Arabia.
Temperature range from a low 10 degree C / 50 degree F to a high of 48 degree C / 118 degree F. The mean daily maximum is 24 degree C / 75 degree F in January rising to 41 degree C / 105 degree F in July.
UAE Dirham. US$ 1 = 3.65 approx. 100 fils = 1 Dirham
Photography is generally welcome outdoors, however people should refrain from taking pictures at beaches, private areas, airport terminals and government offices. Permission must be sought from the respective offices from taking pictures in shopping malls and private areas. Taking pictures of unknown people especially women is considered rude and offensive.
Light weight clothing is recommended during the summer whereas suitable clothes should be worn during winter when temperatures can fall especially during night time. Clothes revealing one’s body is considered offensive and should be avoided when outdoors.
Government Offices are open from 0730 to 1430 (Sunday to Thursday). Private sector offices are generally open from 0800 to 1300 and 1600 to 2030. Many shops stay open until 2200. The weekend is Friday and Saturday.
The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. Other languages may be spoken by Hotels and some other businesses.