Religious Sites. Some schools, such as The American School of Dubai, also offer the curriculum of the United States. In 1841, a smallpox epidemic broke out in the Bur Dubai locality, forcing residents to relocate east to Deira. … A female slave was caught in the act of starting one such blaze and was subsequently put to death. Imārat Dubayy) is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE traditional ghotrah is white and is held in place by an accessory called "egal", which resembles a black cord. Any person held preaching religious hatred or promoting religious extremism is usually jailed and deported. Dubai has a wide range of parks like Safa park, Mushrif park, Hamriya park, etc. [11] It is estimated that Dubai produces 50,000 to 70,000 barrels (7,900 to 11,100 m3) of oil a day[133] and substantial quantities of gas from offshore fields. Dubai's geographical proximity to Iran made it an important trade location. D Long, B Reich. m. and is called 'Pearl of the … Port Rashid, Jebel Ali, Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and theme-based free-zone clusters such as Business Bay are all located in this section. [23], In the early days since its inception, Dubai was constantly at odds with Abu Dhabi. Each park is uniquely distinct from the other. Dubai. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday and Saturday, as a compromise between Friday's holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday and Sunday. Private Yacht Tour Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest and the original of three Palm Islands, and it is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of Dubai. 126,737 reviews. Book Business Class Return until 03 Jan 21. from INR 61,923* South Africa. Dubai also hosts both the annual Dubai Tennis Championships and The Legends Rock Dubai tennis tournaments, as well as the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament and the DP World Tour Championship, all of which attract sports stars from around the world. The Emirati country code and United Arab Emirates area code chart below gives you the necessary information for calling Emirati cities. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, joined the UAE on 10 February 1972, following Iran's annexation of the RAK-claimed Tunbs islands. [227] Prior to 2006, the weekend was Thursday-Friday. [239] Similarly, the sale of alcoholic beverages is regulated. [87] The Dubai government has denied labour injustices and stated that the watchdog's (Human Rights Watch) accusations were 'misguided'. The eastern and western sections of the city are connected by Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Shindagha Tunnel, Business Bay Crossing and Floating Bridge. [37], Despite a lack of oil, Dubai's ruler from 1958, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, used revenue from trading activities to build infrastructure. Clubs and bars are found mostly in hotels because of liquor laws. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, prolonged, windy, and humid, with an average high around 40 °C (104 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F) in the hottest month, August. [169], Dubai has been called the "shopping capital of the Middle East". Dubai is positioned at 25°16′11″N 55°18′34″E / 25.26… Since it opened in September 2004, the Dubai IFC has attracted, as a regional hub, leading international firms and set-up the NASDAQ Dubai which lists equity, derivatives, structured products, Islamic bonds (sukuk) and other bonds. Dubai also has multiple gorges and waterholes, which dot the base of the Western Al Hajar mountains. East of the city, … [5][6][7], Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai aims to be the business hub of Western Asia. "Beirut Showing Signs of Recovery From Wounds of War". 40 with a total score of 55.9. [65] Dubai summers are also known for the very high humidity level, which can make it very uncomfortable for many with exceptionally high dew points in summer. As of the fourth quarter 2006, its trading volume stood at about 400 billion shares, worth $95 billion in total. Etisalat uses a proxy server to filter Internet content that the government deems to be inconsistent with the values of the country, such as sites that provide information on how to bypass the proxy; sites pertaining to dating, gay and lesbian networks, and pornography; and sites originating from Israel. Dubai also – like its neighbours on the Trucial Coast – entered into an exclusivity agreement in which the United Kingdom took responsibility for the emirate's security in 1892. The influence of Arab and Islamic culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine, and lifestyle is very prominent as well. In 2001, Dubai Municipality embarked on an e-Government project with the intention of providing 40 of its city services through its web portal, []. ",, "Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates", Environmental Development and Protection in the UAE, "Climate in Dubai across the year. [225] The Marine Transport Agency has also implemented the Dubai Water Bus System. East of the city, the salt-crusted coastal plains, known as sabkha, give way to a north–south running line of dunes. Accommodations: 5,579 properties: Popular hotel: Gevora Hotel - The Tallest Hotel in the World: Popular area: Dubai Marina: Nightly rates from: $9: Airport: Dubai International Airport: Reasons to visit: Shopping, Beaches, Sightseeing: Discover the neighborhoods of Dubai. [81] By early 2009, the situation had worsened with the Great Recession taking a heavy toll on property values, construction and employment. Arabic movies are popular in Dubai and the UAE. US Library of Congress – Legislative Branches, Dubai Municipality's e-government initiative. Dubai. 249 reviews. Welcome to DocuStream. Al Bidya Mosque. The 1967 price of gold was $35 an ounce but its market price in India was $68 an ounce – a healthy markup. [121] English is used as a second language. The AED 4 billion first phase of the project will be complete by January 2015. Archived Editions. The UAE has also appointed a Minister of Tolerance to promote tolerance as a fundamental value of the UAE, a country filled with a diverse range of faiths and ethnicities,[73] and also a Minister for Youth Affairs. Previously, alcohol was only accessible for the locals with special licences. [204] In January 2010, the number of Dubai residents who use public transport stood at 6%. Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum family since 1833; the emirate is a constitutional monarchy. One theory suggests the word used to be the souqin Ba. [245] The Dubai Desert Rock Festival was also another major festival consisting of heavy metal and rock artists but is no longer held in Dubai. The first phase of the airport, featuring one A380 capable runway, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo and a passenger terminal building designed to accommodate five million passengers per year, has been opened. The eastern section of the city forms the locality of Deira and is flanked by the emirate of Sharjah in the east and the town of Al Aweer in the south. [69], The Dubai Municipality (DM) was established by the then-ruler of Dubai, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in 1954 for purposes of city planning, citizen services and upkeep of local facilities. The older districts of Dubai cover an area of 1500sq. [41], On 7 April 1961, the Dubai-based MV Dara, a five thousand ton British flagged vessel that plied the route between Basra (Iraq), Kuwait and Bombay (India), was caught in unusually high winds off Dubai. Since 2008, the leading contemporary art galleries such as Carbon 12 Dubai,[246] Green Art, gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, and The Third Line have brought the city onto the international art map. Early the next morning in heavy seas off Umm al-Quwain, an explosion tore out the second class cabins and started fires. Because of the touristic approach of many Dubaites in the entrepreneurial sector and the high standard of living, Dubai's culture has gradually evolved towards one of luxury, opulence, and lavishness with a high regard for leisure-related extravagance. There are a small number of Pakistani schools offering FBISE curriculum for expatriate children in Dubai. The project was an outstanding success, with shipping queuing to access the new facilities. 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[271] In 2013 Synergy University Dubai Campus[272] opened its campus in Jumeirah Lakes Towers being a first University in Dubai to be located outside of Educational Zones (Knowledge Village or Academic City). In 1910, in the Hyacinth incident the town was bombarded by HMS Hyacinth, with the loss of 37 killed. [151] Indians, followed by Britons and Pakistanis are the top foreign investors in Dubai realty. With the collapse of the pearling industry, Dubai fell into a deep depression and many residents lived in poverty or migrated to other parts of the Persian Gulf. The crucial policy shift came as the United Arab Emirates witnessed severe economic crisis that led to a drop in alcohol sales by volume in a decade. The population density is 408.18/km2 – more than eight times that of the entire country. A flotilla of small boats from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al-Quwain picked up survivors, but 238 of the 819 persons on board were lost in the disaster. Free parking. Dubai is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates and is roughly at sea level (16 m or 52 ft above). [76], Alcohol sale and consumption, though legal, is tightly regulated. Dubai's topography mainly consists of fine, white sandy deserts and a flat coastline. Entry is complimentary for First Class, Business Class and eligible Emirates Skywards customers, and you can also pay to enjoy our lounge in Dubai. [119] The median age in the emirate was about 27 years. A Blue and a Purple Line have also been planned. One of the lesser known sides of Dubai is the importance of its young contemporary art gallery scene. In May 2013, Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan was revealed. [179] The event will bring huge economic benefits by generating activities worth billions of dirhams and may create over 270,000 jobs. [94], Dubai has one of the world's lowest crime rates,[95] and in 2019 was ranked the seventh-safest city in the world. [112], As of 2013[update], only about 15% of the population of the emirate was made up of UAE nationals,[113] with the rest comprising expatriates, many of whom either have been in the country for generations or were born in the UAE. [249], Etisalat, the government-owned telecommunications provider, held a virtual monopoly over telecommunication services in Dubai prior to the establishment of other, smaller telecommunications companies such as Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC—better known as Du) in 2006. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques which are scattered around the country. The Dubai International Airport is located south of Deira, while the Palm Deira is located north of Deira in the Persian Gulf. Dubai Metro consists of two lines (Red line and Green line) which run through the financial and residential areas of the city. These were constructed by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, which gave the beach its local name (Chicago Beach), which was transferred to the Chicago Beach Hotel, which was demolished and replaced by the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in the late 1990s. Karim, Luiza", "The UAE: Internal Boundaries And The Boundary With Oman. As of 2018[update], it operated internationally serving over 150 destinations in over 70 countries across six continents. [232][233], Dubai is known for its nightlife. p.157, The Middle East and North Africa. The UAE Centennial Plan aims to make the UAE the world’s leading nation by 2071. Dubai has a free trade in gold and, until the 1990s, was the hub of a "brisk smuggling trade"[35] of gold ingots to India, where gold import was restricted. [187], The completion of the Khalifa Tower, following the construction boom that began in the 1980s, accelerated in the 1990s, and took on a rapid pace of construction during the decade of the 2000s, leaves Dubai with the world's tallest skyline as of 4 January 2010[update]. [10] A centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, Dubai's economy relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. [143] As of February 2009[update], Dubai's foreign debt was estimated at approximately $80 billion, although this is a tiny fraction of the sovereign debt worldwide. [19], The history of human settlement in the area now defined by the United Arab Emirates is rich and complex, and points to extensive trading links between the civilisations of the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia, but also as far afield as the Levant. This gold was, in the vast majority, re-exported - mainly to customers who took delivery in international waters off India. [159] On 6 May, Dubai's businessman from the hospitality sector, Khalaf Al Habtoor stated that the coronavirus pandemic left the economy and his companies “bleeding”. There is a sizeable community of Somalis numbering around 30,000, as well as other communities of various nationalities. [236][237] Large shopping malls in the city, such as Deira City Centre, Mirdiff City Centre, BurJuman, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall (the world's largest) and Ibn Battuta Mall as well as traditional Dubai Gold Souk and other souks attract shoppers from the region. Oil accounted for 24% of GDP in 1990, but had reduced to 7% of GDP by 2004. United Arab Emirates. [118] There are over 100,000 British expatriates in Dubai, by far the largest group of Western expatriates in the city. During the summer seasons from late May to September when the climate can get extremely hot with an average high of about 40 °C (104 °F), the garden stays closed. Current local time in United Arab Emirates – Dubai – Dubai. [255] The penal code contains official provisions that prohibit digital access to pornography; however, it does not address cyber crime or data protection.[256]. In 1947, a border dispute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the northern sector of their mutual border escalated into war. [210][211][212], Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB), the hub for Emirates, serves the city of Dubai and other emirates in the country. Dubai … [127], Non-Muslim groups can own their own houses of worship, where they can practice their religion freely, by requesting a land grant and permission to build a compound. [142] This has had a major impact on property investors in the region, some of whom were unable to release funds from investments made in property developments. The festival was designed to showcase the variety of flavours and cuisines on offer in Dubai featuring the cuisines of over 200 nationalities at the festival. [137] One of the more traditional methods of getting across Bur Dubai to Deira is by abras, small boats that ferry passengers across the Dubai Creek, between abra stations in Bastakiya and Baniyas Road. [216] When completed, Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International will be the largest airport in the world with five runways, four terminal buildings and capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo.[217]. It was opened in September 2009. Points of Interest & Landmarks. [8] It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. The Red Line, which has 29 stations (4 underground, 24 elevated and 1 at ground level) running from Rashidiya Station to UAE Xchange Station in Jebel Ali, is the major backbone line. Dubai is on the migration path between Europe, Asia and Africa, and more than 320 migratory bird species pass through the emirate in spring and autumn. 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