Dubai City Guide | Dubai Tourism – United Arab Emirates



Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Ruler of Dubai; he is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and member of the Supreme Council of the Union (SCU). Dubai is represented by eight members in two-term periods to the Federal National Council (FNC) of the UAE, the supreme federal legislative body.

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates occupying an area of approximately 3,900 kilometers. . It is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf, sharing its borders with Abu Dhabi in South, Sharjah in North east, Sultanate of Oman in Southeast, Ajman in West and Ras Al Khaimah in North.

It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. It provides you with a multicultural environment in all fields. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world. It’s a tourist paradise, offering many attractions, shopping, fine dining and quality hotels. Dubai has been called the "shopping capital of the Middle East". From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. It is the world most desired tourist destination which has made the city a must-see location, and tops the to-do list for most, worldwide. And that's despite the fact that the region is full of sunny locales but no one can overlook the returns it offers. The landmarks, the beaches, the highest living standards, best of service, night life etc.

Dubai – The wonder land where you will find the world's tallest tower, largest single acrylic sheet aquarium, worlds best man made islands, underwater hotels, the best of sky scrapers, longest driverless metro train.

Dubai is a unique destination; also a dynamic business center. Dubai really knows how to create headlines. Once being a little fishing village where pearl diving and fishing was the main source of income, today under the wise leadership of its Rulers, Dubai’s focus on trade and industry transformed it into leading trade port. Dubai has created history by expanding and growing multifold. Jebel Ali Industrial area, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Sports City, Dubai Motor City, Dubai International City etc are a classic examples of how savvy Dubai is and at the same time the Dubai Heritage Village, Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammed’s cultural centre keeps it grounded with the heritage , culture and tradition that Dubai comes from.

Getting around in Dubai
Taxi - the most common way of getting around. Metered cabs are widely available. They are efficient and have well-trained and courteous drivers. You can book a cab at your door step by calling the concerned service. For more info visit

Additionally, most hotels offer transport for their guests. There are also a number of radio taxi companies that have cars on call and whose numbers are available at all hotels. Cars are available from car rental companies for visitors having a valid international driving license.

Dubai Metro trains – A Guinness award winner. Currently run at 8-minute intervals, between various stations located across the city. It is the world’s longest driverless metro system, for more info visit

Water Taxi / Abra - An interesting way to travel between Bur Dubai and Deira is by water taxi across the Dubai Creek. RTA has launched fully air conditioned water buses to enhance Dubai's water transport. Either you can travel by an ‘Abra’ for mere AED 1, or pay AED 4 to travel by RTA managed Air conditioned small boats.

Dubai RTA Bus – Is another well managed, reasonable, comfortable way of getting around Dubai and also has a good connectivity to the neighboring Emirates.

Of all the above modes of travel which are managed by RTA help you move around ‘Cash less’ and can be accessed with prepaid ‘Nol’ Cards. For more information please visit

Things to do / see in Dubai

The Dubai Museum
Is in the heart of the city and tells a lot about the rich culture, heritage and life style of people in the past. It offer a unique trip to the desert life, traditional Arabian home, mosque, fishing, pearl diving, trade etc. The major artifacts are the excavated graves, musical instruments, Deadly weapons, like bows, arrows, spears, swords, shields, pistols, axes etc.

Bastakiya - Is the restored old district with narrow lanes and tall wind tower the olden day method of cooling homes. It gives a tantalizing glimpse of old Dubai.

Sheikh Saeed Al MaktoumHouse - It was once house to grandfather of the present Ruler, it has been restored to a museum now.

Jumeirah Archeological Site.
It is one of the most important Archeological Sites in UAE, where the links are found dateing back to 6th century AD

Jumeirah Mosque
It is one of the most beautiful and fine example of modern Islamic architecture under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding.

Burj Al Arab
It is an impressive landmark in the history of Dubai, unofficially known as the only seven star hotel built on an artificial island. The hotel is constructed in sail shape, with out of this world interior and not to miss the spectacular view from the Sky view bar.

Wild Wadi waterpark
Overlooking the beach and with Burj Al Arab and Jumeriah beach hotel as its back drop is a fun water theme park.

Gold Souq & Spice Souq
The Gold souq is one of the largest retail markets in the world, selling everything from ingot to intricate jewelry. The narrow lane of spice souq fill your olfactory nerves with drifting aroma of saffron, cardamoms, and cloves, cinnamon, incense, dried fruits, nuts etc. It is sold straight from the sacks. They are open for bargains.

On the outskirts of Dubai one can explore a small town called Hatta, located at the foot hills of Hajar Mountains, there is a lot to do and enjoy here from the crystal clear pools, in cracks of rocks, the traditional fort, mud houses, rock climbing.

BurjKhalifa is the world’s tallest Building. It has around 900 residences. It shoots up to a height of 828 meters and has an observation deck at level 124 that can be reached in under 60 seconds through a dedicated lift.

Once in vicinity of BurjKhalifa, one should not miss the Dubai Mall, holding several world records like largest Performing Fountain & Largest single sheet acrylic panel aquarium. Kidzania, a kids interactive learning centre.

Atlantis Resort and hotel
Stationed at Crescent of Palm Jumeirah is a provider of state of art luxury standards. It excites all alike young, not so young and kids. With umpteen activities to keep you occupied. The Marine and water park, Aqyaventure is a must to venture in. The lost kingdom, the fish feeding activities, shopping, dining, night club, beach, fitness center, business center you name it they have it all.

Dubai personifies the ‘Green Desert’. It is full of activities to do and lot to unfold. There are ample of parks like Safa Park, Mushrif Park, Creek Park, Umm Squeim Park, Beach parks in Mamzar & Jumeirah are famous picnic spots.

Great Malls like Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates, Bur Juman, Ghurair City Centre,Deira City Centre,Lamcy Plaza, ArabianCentre and so on.

Snow Ski, water fall, dune bashing, desert safari, dhow cruising, jet ski, para sailing, boat rides, resort, golf, bird watching etc are some fun activities that can be indulged when in Dubai.
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