Holiday in Dubai

Informative guide for visiting the city of Dubai

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A brief history of Dubai and the some essential tips about Dubai are given below.

HISTORY OF DUBAI

Dubai is part of the union of seven states (emirates) of United Arab Emirates, UAE. The other emirates are Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Quwain. The union was formed on 2nd December 1971 and is celebrated every year as UAE National Day.
Pre-1958
  • Sheikh Saeed of the Bani Yas clan ruled over Dubai from 1912-1958
  • Dubai had a thriving pearl diving industry until the invention of artificial peals in 1926
  • The Great Depression of 1929 further collapsed the economy of Dubai
1958-1990
  • Sheikh Rashid took over the reigns of Dubai in 1958
  • The discovery of oil in 1966 changed the fortunes of Dubai
  • Dubai was established as a re-exporting and trading under Sheikh Rashid
  • United Arab Emirates was formed in 1971
1991-2006
  • After Sheikh Rashid's death in 1990, he was succeeded by his son Sheikh Maktoum
  • Projects like Dubai Internet city, Dubai Media City, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah were launched during this period
Today
  • After the death of Sheikh Maktoum in Jan 2006, his brother Sheikh Mohammed became the ruler of Dubai
  • Dubai is scaling new heights everyday with his ambitious and audacious plans

BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT DUBAI


When to visit Dubai
  • Dubai has very hot and humid summer months from Apr to September
  • Temperatures in July and August touch 50 degrees Celcius
  • The start and end of the Summer is characterized by Sand Storms
  • Winter starts in October and lasts till March
  • Temperatures in December and January drop till 5-8 degrees celcius
  • Sometimes, it also rains in Dubai during the winter months.
Currency
  • UAE Dirhams (Dhs or AED) is the official currency of Dubai.
  • It is pegged to US Dollar at the rate of US$1 = AED 3.67.
  • There are many currency exchanges spread across Dubai. UAE Exchange, Al Rostamani, Al Ansari Exchange are some of the popular ones.
  • You will get best exchange rates in the shopping areas of Bur Dubai or Deira. Its best to avoid exchanging at the airport.
  • Major international Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted in Dubai.
Dress Code
  • Dubai is a very modern and open city but it still follows the Islamic rules.
  • Shorts, skirts, sleeveless dresses are acceptable for ladies but be sympathetic to local culture.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes when visiting places of worship.
  • Please dress sensibly and modestly specially during the holy month of Ramadan.
Social Conduct
  • Public display of affection is frowned upon and public sexual acts can lead to jail time followed by deportation.
  • Holding hands, or a greeting hug or a kiss on the cheeks is acceptable but please avoid anything beyond that.
  • In 2008, a British couple was arrested and faced jail sentences because they had sexual contact on a beach in Dubai.
  • Please excercise caution and common sense, any indecent behaviour or even losing your temper could land you in a jail
  • Drinking alcohol in the open is also punishable by law.
Photography
  • It is considered impolite to take photographs of Emiratis, especially the women, without asking their permission to do so.
  • Avoid taking photos/videos of anything that might offend the local government or the ruler.
  • In 2013, an expat was arrested for uploading a video of an Emirati assaulting a van driver.
  • Photography of government and military buildings is also prohibited
Phone numbers
  • The phone numbers in Dubai have 7 digits.
  • The landlines have a 2 digit prefix of 04 and the mobiles have 3 digits prefixes like 050,055,056.
  • When calling within Dubai, you just dial the prefix and the 7 digit phone number.
  • When calling from abroad, you skip the 0 in the prefixes. You just dial the ISD Code (+971), then the prefix without 0 and then the 7 digit phone number.
  • When calling abroad, you prefix 00 and then the ISD code and then the local number.
Mobile Networks
  • The mobile networks in Dubai follow the GSM technology with SIM Cards.
  • Dubai has 2 mobile network providers Etisalat and DU.
  • Etisalat offers visitors package for AED 60 and gives free credit of AED 25.
  • DU offers visitors package for AED 50 and gives free credit of AED 20.
  • SIM cards can be purchased at the Dubai airport arrivals, in the shopping malls, supermarkets and also in grocery stores.
Internet Connectivity
  • Most of the big shopping malls in Dubai offer free Wifi
  • DU and Etisalat have 3G packages which you can purchase on arrival.