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Dubai Travel Guide, United Arab Emirates

Dubai: A Desert Wonder 

Dubai is one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates and is a gleaming cosmopolitan gem in the eastern Arabian Peninsula. Written accounts put Dubai at 150 years of existence, even before the formation of the UAE.

Located in the Persian Gulf Coast, its landscape is highlighted by sandy coral and gravel deserts. The city has attracted worldwide attention due to its billion-dollar economy and ultra-modern lifestyle. This article takes a look at this fantastic middle-eastern treasure. 


Dubai was established in the early 19th century. From this time until around 1833, the city remained dependent upon Abu Dhabi, until the Al Maktoum dynasty took over. The city operates on a government of constitutional monarchy. Border disputes occurred between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 1947 and it wasn't until 1979 that the issues finally came to a rest. Years later, with five other emirates, Dubai was part of the United Arab Emirates. It continued to generate revenues from its oil and trade industries. In 1990, the Persian Gulf War affected the city in a massive way and funds were withdrawn from banks because of unstable political conditions. After the Persian Gulf War, oil prices went sky high and brought Dubai to turn its attention to free trade and tourism. Construction of real estate, such as the Burj Al Arab hotel and residential developments, helped to market Dubai as a tourist destination.

People and Culture 

Being a city in the Middle East, Dubai finds itself rooted firmly in its Islamic traditions, though its society comes with a high level of tolerance for different lifestyles. Here, foreigners may practice their own religion freely, alcohol is served in hotels, and, given reasonable discretion, and the dress code is also liberal. Despite this, Dubai remains close to its cultural heritage. This can be seen through traditional manners of dress by locals, art, and even sports.The official religion for Dubai and the UAE is Islam, and mosques can be found all over the city. There are two Christian churches in respect of other religions, namely the Roman Catholic St. Mary's and inter-denominational Holy Trinity.

Dubai has a population of 1,422,000 inhabitants, according to the census of 2006. This includes 1,073,000 males and 349,000 females. The 250,000 or so laborers in the city are of South Asian heritage and work on real estate projects such as the Dubai Marina.


Though it is a common idea that Dubai earns largely from its oil industry, the bulk of it comes from real estate, trade, and financial services. Its petroleum and natural gas industries contribute significantly less to the economy.

Main Attractions

Dubai is now one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. It boasts of lavish hotels, astonishing man-made islands, and souks (or markets) which all make for a one of a kind experience. One of the sights not to be missed is the Deira Clock Tower in eastern Dubai in Deira. It is a roundabout in the intersection of Um Hurair Road and D 89 and is one of the very important landmarks to Dubai residents. Tourists should definitely not fail to visit the Burj Al Arab hotel, the only seven-star rated hotel in the world. It stands on a man made island on the Dubai coastline and offers extravagant suites, chauffer-driven Rolls Royce, and a bar that juts out if the building's side. 

For more culture-oriented visits, there is the Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House, which is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It is a perfect example of traditional Arabic architecture. For a modern look into religious architecture in Dubai, people will stand in awe of the Jumeirah Mosque, made entirely of stone and is the most photographed building in the city.The Dubai Creek is an attraction as well, offering cruises that tourists can enjoy.

For those looking for a shopping destination, souks or traditional markets provide an interesting experience, its Spice Market being the highlight, carrying exotic aromas and flavors for a real taste of Dubai.

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  • MadSuhA Few Days Vacation in Dubai
    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    This was an interesting trip. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was certainly surprised. I think that most people living in the Western World have some prejudice against the Arab world. I certainly thought I would feel a bit uneasy in an Arab State. We are used to personal freedom and modern...
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  • MadSuhDubai Museum
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    This Museum is located inside the Al Fahid Fort and is one of the best places to experience some of the truly original Arabic artwork and more. The museum documents the life and history of Dubai and the entire Arabic peninsula
  • MadSuhJumeirah Beach
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    Jumeirah Beach is an amazingly beautiful beach on the outskirts of Dubai. You should go there and then also visit the Burj al Arab which is quite close.
  • MadSuhBurj Al Arab
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    The Burj Al Arab is supposed to be the most expensive hotel in the world. When I went there I told the guard that I was in Dubai for a travel conference and that we were supposed to get a tour for free. He made some phone calls and I was...
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