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Flourishing as the Middle East’s major commercial hub, vibrant Dubai—a mere fishing village 60 years ago—has blossomed over the past decade into the world’s hottest new tourist destination. A hot but dry desert climate tempered by cooling Gulf breezes, the allure of the mystical desert, great beaches and a chance to sample Arabic culture while enjoying thoroughly modern Western-style amenities are all part of the irresistible appeal.


Population 2,1 million
Currency 1 Dirham (AED) = 100 fils
Opening hours Thanks to split-shift staffing systems, many shops are open 24 hours a day while most others stay open until 21.00 or 22.00. On Fridays many shops close from 11.30-12.30 for Muslim holy day prayers. Times are revised during Ramadan.
Newspapers The Gulf Today
The Gulf News
Khaleej Times
7 Days (free sheet)
Emergency numbers 999 (Police)
997 (Fire)
999 (Ambulance)
Tourist information Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing
Ground, 8th and 9th Floors, Al Fattan Plaza, Airport Road, Deira Dubai
+971 4 282 1111