A premier tourist destination, thriving metropolis, a world business centre and a haven for sport and leisure enthusiasts is what Dubai has become synonomous for today. A city of unique flavor and personality, Dubai is an attractive location for people from all over the world who come to work and live in a leading cosmopolitan and international environment.
The city has a welcoming culture, a virtually crime-free environment, a booming economy, world-class infrastructure, a multicultural environment and exceptionally high standards of living. Blessed with 365 days of sunshine and golden beaches, Dubai offers a vibrant nightlife, restaurants, bars and clubs. A host of all year round entertainment and sporting events that caters to all nationalities.
Voted as one of the World’s best holiday destinations and recognised as the gateway to the Gulf. Acknowledged as an emerging commercial hub and one of the most desirable places to live on the planet.
Dubai is a rapidly growing, cosmopolitan city. Its laws are fair, its society stable and welcoming. The city is clean and safe. It is the commercial and leisure capital of the United Arab Emirates and beyond it, the Middle East. Dubai was the first to introduce foreign ownership of land in the region, and is home to some of the finest leisure facilities in the world. Quality of life is extremely high.
Far from being the boiling caldron of popular imagination, weather for the majority of the year (October-June) is lovely. It rains only a couple of times a year, mainly in winter (average 13 centimetres a year). Temperatures range from a low of about 10 degrees Celsius to a high of 48 degrees Celsius.
English is spoken by the vast majority of people living and working in Dubai. All service staff – be they taxi drivers, waiters or hotel staff – speak English. Alongside Arabic, English is the language of commerce. Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Malayalang, Farsi, Pashtu and a host of other languages are widely spoken – reflecting Dubai’s extraordinarily rich culture.
The currency is the United Arab Emirate Dirham (AED or DHS). It has been fixed to the United States Dollar at a rate of 3.67 for many years to ensure currency stability. US Dollars are, however, widely accepted in hotels, shops, restaurants and taxis, as are many other currencies.
Dubai has very simple visa regulations. Thirty-three European, North American and Asian nationalities are stamped in on arrival at the airport, at no charge. Other nationalities can arrange visas through hotels or UAE embassies and consulates world-wide.
Bars, clubs and restaurants crowd Dubai’s streets and hotel foyers like nowhere else in the region. Alcohol is freely available in most quality outlets. The sexes can mingle freely. All the authorities ask is that residents and visitors are respectful of the national religion, Islam. What this means is that displays of public drunkenness are quite rightly frowned on.
Freedom of worship is allowed to all religions. Christian churches of many denominations have existed in Dubai for years.
Dubai is internationally recognized as one of the top five safest cities in the world. Crimes against a person are extremely rare. Theft is similarly almost non-existent. You can expect lost goods to be returned before you ever reach a police station.
Aware that the oil reserves will not last forever, Dubai has set about realising their vision to make Dubai the largest tourist and financial centre in the world. In May 2002 when the Crown Prince of Dubai HH general Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made a commitment to allow foreign nationals to own a property within the emirate. To date over 200,000 expatriots have bought second homes in Dubai, and the economic growth of the emirate gains momentum year open year.
Dubai's rate of growth is expected to beat that of China, acknowledged to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world today with a growth rate of 8.5 per cent.