Dubai Overview


Dubai has transformed itself from a humble pearl-diving village into an international hub for tourism, trade and logistics, and gained a reputation as the gateway between the East and the West.



Over a very short period of time, Dubai has transformed itself from a humble pearl-diving village into an international hub for tourism, trade and logistics, and gained a reputation as the gateway between the East and the West.


Dubai has the largest immigrant population in the world. The weekly day off is on Friday. Note that, since September 2006, a harmonised weekend of Friday and Saturday has been adopted for the public sector and schools. Government departments, multinational companies, and most schools and universities are now off on Friday and Saturday (after years of a mixed bag of Friday/Saturday and Thursday/Friday weekends). Some local companies still work half a day on Thursday with a full day on Saturday, but larger companies tend to permit relaxation and time off work for their employees on Friday and Saturday.


Dubai is divided into multiple districts or municipalities:

Jumeirah 鈥 A diverse district whose residents are the Europeans to the Filipinos to the Pakistanis; a mixed Little Europe, Karachi and Manila. Jumeirah is much favoured by Europeans due to the ease of access of the beach, Beautiful villas are seen here. Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence’s the Walk and Jumeirah Mosque are the top attractions.

Downtown Dubai 鈥 While Bur Dubai and Deira are traditionally considered “Downtown”, the Downtown Dubai development is smack in the center of the “New Dubai,” between Dubai Marina on the south end and the border with the city of Sharjah to the north. It includes the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world), the Dubai Mall (world’s biggest), Dubai Fountain, and lots of other skyscrapers and hotels.

Dubai Marina 鈥 is a mega-development that borders Jebel Ali (the world’s largest man-made port). It is full of skyscrapers and hosts the “Jumeirah Beach Walk” with a number of restaurants, hotels an open-air market when the weather permits, and frequent shows. Dubai Marina houses one of the highest concentrations of Westerns in Dubai.

Satwa 鈥 One of Dubai’s Little India and Little Manila, due to the presence of Filipinos and Indians, a rise in Filipino and Indian restaurants, shops, supermarkets are seen here. Gold and textiles is what people come here for, Gold Souk might be your top destination but Satwa too has gold shops and is hassle free, not so crowded.

Karama 鈥 More of like a mixed commercial residential district, one of Dubai’s Little Indias and Little Manilas, cheap eats and cheap buys are the top things here.

Bur Dubai 鈥 A historical district and Bur Dubai is usual term for the area from Jumeirah to the creek, the creek separates Bur Dubai from Deira. Tourist attractions from abras to souks to floating restaurants to the famous creek are found here.

Deira 鈥 Dubai’s old Financial centre, today Deira is a bustling commercial-residential district with some old souks, including one specializing in spices.

Arabian Ranches and Emirates Hills 鈥 These are two separate places, residential rents here are expensive due to the land value, just like the whole of Dubai, these two are Man-made.

Mirdiff/Mirdif 鈥 A commercial-residential district which is somewhat newly built and lies directly under the flight path to Dubai International Airport. Mirdif City Center is one of the attractions. This is another residence for the well-to-do.

International City 鈥 Just a simple residential area in the middle of the desert, what’s special about it is its architectural design, the residential rents here are cheap and is somewhat the next Chinatown as many Chinese businessmen and women reside here.

Without doubt, Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities on earth and a must see destination for the 21st century. With famous attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world麓s tallest building), the Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah and the world麓s largest shopping malls, Dubai is a magnet for global travellers. Read any article about Dubai and you麓re almost certain to see the words 麓ambitious麓, 麓record-breaking麓 and 麓staggering麓.


This impressive growth has not gone un-noticed, and each year thousands of people move to Dubai to claim a piece of the action. This attraction has produced a population of over 2 million people, made up of more than 200 nationalities, who in turn create a dynamic, cosmopolitan vibe that can be felt running throughout the city.


The UAE is a safe, politically stable country, which has a good education system, up-to-date healthcare facilities and modern infrastructure. The city also has a portfolio of world-class hotels, the second busiest airport on the planet and one of the worlds leading airlines. The sun shines almost every day, and with impressive shopping, leisure and sports facilities, and everything being tax-free, why wouldn麓t you want to visit!


On the 4th May, 2013, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated that by 2020 Dubai will welcome 20 million visitors per year, and the annual contribution made by tourism to the city麓s economy will triple.


19th January 2020


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