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    Dubai – a brief overview

    Dubai may have built its reputation on hotels, hotels and more hotels but there’s more to this desert city than that. True that its design hotels, shopping malls, elegant restaurants and swanky bars are some of the highlights of this city on the move, but there’s also another world of desert adventures, historic neighbourhoods such as Al Bastakiya in Bur Dubai,

    traditional dhow boats crossing Dubai Creek and cultural enterprises connecting locals and visitors. White sandy beaches, lush parks, golf courses and marina watersports offer plenty of activity options – and of course, more record-breaking architecture is always on the horizon.

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    The Dubai Mall

    Doha Street
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 362 7500
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    Opening times:
    Daily, usually 1000-0000
    (times vary; see website for details)

    Home to an aquarium, ice rink and more, many visit The Dubai Mall just to see the world’s largest dancing fountain set in the 12-hectare (30-acre) Burj Khalifa Lake, its water dance set to a musical soundtrack.

    Wild Wadi Waterpark

    Next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 348 4444
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900 (Sep-Oct and Mar-Apr)
    1000-2000 (Jun-Aug)
    1000-1800 (Nov-Feb)

    This water park has over 30 rides including a lazy river and adrenaline-fuelled Wipeout FlowRider, all themed around Juha, a character from Arabian folklore.

    Atlantis The Palm

    Crescent Road, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 426 2000
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    Opening times:
    Various (see website for details)

    More than a hotel, this huge resort is home to Aquaventure Waterpark, the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the Atlantis Dive Centre.

    At The Top

    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 888 8124
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-0100

    A high-speed lift whisks you to the 124th-floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Experience 360-degree views and learn about Dubai, past and present.

    Zabeel Park

    Sheikh Rashid Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 398 6888
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Wed 0800-2300
    Thurs-Sat 0800-2330

    A welcome patch of green at the Creek end of Sheikh Zayed Road, this is a great spot for picnics, boating and views from the 45m-high (148ft) Panoramic Tower.

    Dubai Museum

    Opp. Grand Mosque
    Al Fahidi St
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 0830-2030
    Fri 1430-2030

    Pearl diving exhibits and galleries depicting everyday life in old Dubai bring history alive in this museum that’s inside Al Fahidi Fort which dates back to 1787.

    Ski Dubai

    Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 409 4090
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Wed 1000-2300
    Thu 1000-0000
    Fri 0900-0000
    Sat 0900-2300

    The Middle East’s first indoor snow resort with five different runs, a Freestyle Zone for boarders, the world’s largest indoor Snow Park and themed restaurants.

    Global Village

    Exit 37 Emirates Rd
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Wed 1600-0000
    Thu-Fri 1600-0100

    For around five months from October to March, this shopping, food and cultural extravaganza is one of Dubai’s biggest attractions.

    Sheikh Mohamed Centre of Cultural Understanding

    House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi District, Bur Dubai
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 353 6666
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 0900-1700
    Sat 0900-1300

    In the historic Al Fahidi district, this cultural centre is open to the public with a full calendar of events including heritage tours, Emirati meals and guided visits around Jumeirah Mosque.

    Burj Al Arab

    Al Sufouh Road
    74147 Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 301 7777
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    The public beach by this luxury hotel is the best place to capture this iconic Dubai landmark, the luxurious Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) designed to resemble a fluttering sail.

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    Lufthansa Stadt des Monats: Dubai – Schnee in Dubai? Und ob! Es gibt zwei Eishockey- Teams, Wintersportler können sich auf einer Eislaufbahn und in einer großen Skihalle austoben.

    The Middle-Eastern metropolis is Lufthansa’s city of the month in September.

    Winter in the desert

    Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 409 4090
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    Despite its lack of winter weather, Dubai has two ice hockey teams, and winter sports enthusiasts can ski and skate at a gigantic indoor ski resort.

    Manhunt

    Al Ittihad Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 4 269 2222
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    What do a Hummer H3, a Ferrari FF, a Lamborghini Aventador and an Aston Martin One-77 have in common? Are they part of the sheik’s fleet? No, they are the vehicles employed by the Dubai police force.

    Golden Times

    Al Sufouh Road
    74147 Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 301 7777
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    In Dubai, all that glitters is quite often gold. A total of 1790 square meters of gold leaf were used to decorate the interior of the luxurious seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel.

    Icecold Price

    800 Jumeria Rd
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel. +971 50 113 8497
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    The world’s most expensive ice cream? “Black Diamond,” a scoop of vanilla topped with saffron, truffles and gold leaf, costs 730 euros at the Scoopi Café.

    Boom

    Dubai’s population has increased 24 000 percent since 1900. Back then, some 10 000 people inhabited the small port city. Today, the number is closer to 2.4 million.

    Capital of cranes

    In 2008, roughly 20 percent of the world’s construction cranes were deployed in Dubai – a visible sign of the city’s incredibly rapid growth.

    Heavenly drinks

    122nd floor, Burj Khalifa
    Dowtown Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel.: +971 4 888 3828
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    Dubai’s highest bar, the At.mosphere Lounge, invites you to clink glasses 442 meters above the ground. The bar is located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    With its man-made islands, opulent hotels and iconic buildings, the United Arab Emirates has always been a show-stopping, headline-grabbing destination, offering an intriguing blend of Islamic culture and modernity. Explore the country’s luxurious side and be pampered at the reams of five-star abodes and spas, flex your

    credit card with world-class designer shopping, or dine at gourmet restaurants. Alternatively, visit the nation’s less showy attractions including the buzzing Creek with traditional abra boats, and a vista dotted with mosques and markets, or the Falcon Hospital where tours teach visitors how to care for the UAE’s royal birds.

    Geography

    The UAE sits at the top right hand corner of the Arabian Peninsular bordered by Oman in the east and Saudi Arabia in the south. All of the Emirates bar one sit on the on the Persian Gulf opposite Iran, and cover a distance spanning 650 km (404 miles) along the coastline. Fujairah is the only Emirate that sits on the Gulf of Oman. The UAE covers an area of 83,600 sq km (32,300 sq miles), Abu Dhabi covers 87% of the country’s land mass, which has a consistent terrain of mainly desert. This is home to native animals such as gazelles and the Arabian oryx, which was reintegrated into the area 40 years after it was hunted to extinction. Whilst 80% of the land mass is desert, other ecological terrain includes mountain areas and marine coastal areas.

    The highest recorded point in the country is an unnamed peak stretching 1,910m (6266ft) high near the Jabal Bil Ays in Oman (but within the UAE border).

    The lowest point is at the Persian Gulf. The country only has 3.8% forest and woodlands due to the arid conditions. In an oasis is it common to find date palms, acacia and eucalyptus trees. Sand storms are common in the UAE, and this can cause traffic on the roads due to the poor visibility.

    Off the coast of Fujairah the waters are rich in calcium carbonate, and make the ideal breeding ground for coral reefs such as alveopora coral, African pillow coral, brain coral, raspberry-rice coral and more. The marine life in the area is rich due to these diverse coral formations and species in the area include Arabian carpet sharks, areloate groupers, black-finned melon butterfly fish, blacktip reef sharks, parrot fish and even whale sharks, which can be spotted by snorkellers and divers between the months of April and July.

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    Population: 5473972

    Population Density (per sq km): 65

    Capital: Abu Dhabi.

    Language

    Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken and used as a second language in commerce.

    Currency

    UAE Dirham (AED, also written as Dhs) = 100 fils. Notes are in denominations of AED1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of AED1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils (10 and 5 fils coins are rarely used).

    The Dirham is tied to the US Dollar.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are widespread.

    General business opening hours

    The official working week is 0900-1700 Sunday to Thursday, though many government offices have limited hours – most are open between Saturday-Wednesday 0800-1300 and 1500/1600-1800/1900, Thurs 0730-1200. Many offices are closed every afternoon during the month of Ramadan.

    Country information

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 02. January 2015
    Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension): 16. May 2015
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 18. July 2015
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 23. September 2015
    Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year): 13. October 2015
    National Day: 02. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Dubai

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    A work-hard-play-hard culture means Dubai is crammed with sexy lounge bars, rooftop terraces, shisha cafés and beach bars.

    Toro Toro

    Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    South American rhythms at this pan-Latin restaurant-lounge with a long Cachaça Bar.

    SPiN

    WAFI City, 26th Street
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Ping pong lounge bar and club owned by actress Susan Sarandon with the world’s only 18-carat-gold table tennis table.

    Jetty Lounge

    One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Rd
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Stylish beach bar playing chill-out tunes and serving light snacks and Asian-inspired platters.

    Music Hall Dubai

    Jumeiral Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Live stage performances mixed with DJ sets at this flamboyant club/theatre/music hall venue on Thursdays, Fridays and holiday nights.

    Madinat Theatre

    Souk Madinat Jumeirah
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    It’s worth checking the schedule for musicals, comedy and dance at this lovely theatre.

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    Restaurants in Dubai

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    That the world meets in Dubai is reflected in its impressive restaurant scene, from legendary Friday brunches and traditional Arabic food to pan-Asian cuisine and raucous American-style crab shacks.

    Mekong

    Anantara Dubai The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Expensive

    For Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, head to the Anantara Hotel’s signature restaurant.

    La Porte Des Indes

    The Address, Dubai Mall
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Expensive

    This world-renowned Indian restaurant, with locations in London and Brussels, brings its acclaimed menu to Dubai.

    Fümé

    Pier 7, Dubai Marina
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Moderate

    Uncomplicated classic dishes evoking family dinners at this neighbourhood restaurant.

    Claw BBQ Crabshack and Grill

    Souk Al Bahar
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Moderate

    Lively restaurant and a menu which includes grilled alligator, buckets of crabs and Buffalo wings.

    Turath Al Mandi

    503 Jumeirah Beach Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Price: Cheap

    Authentic Arab cuisine, delicious breads and flavoured oils in this informal restaurant.

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    Dubai Shopping Festival

    1 January – 1 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various shopping malls

    All the big stores and almost every shop in Dubai slashes prices in this month-long retail extravaganza.

    Dubai Marathon

    23 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: Course starts and finishes at the Dubai World Trade Centre

    Take in the dynamic sights of this world-renowned city while pounding a marathon, 10km (6 miles) road race or shorter charity run, depending on your ability. The Dubai marathon attracts local and international athletes every year, with big prize money for the winners.

    Dubai Desert Classic

    26 January – 1 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Emirates Golf Club

    Played on the beautiful Emirates Golf Club course in Dubai, this annual tournament is part of the European Tour and is loved by golfers and golf fans around the world. Always attracting the biggest names in the sport, the tournament boasts past winners who are such greats as Seve Balsteros, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods. One of the most famous Dubai Desert Classics of recent years was the 2001 tournament when a certain Tiger Woods found the water on the tricky 18th hole allowing Thomas Bjorn to steal victory on the final hole. The Dubai Desert Classic has been complemented by The Race to Dubai, in which the European Tour’s top players compete in a minimum of 50 tournaments in a season-long contest that replaced The European Tour Order of Merit.

    Dubai Tennis Championships

    23 February – 2 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Dubai Tennis Stadium

    Featuring singles and doubles competitions for both men and women, the annual Dubai Tennis Championships attract some of the biggest names from the sport. Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport have all played here in the past. With huge prize money at stake, the women’s tournament is part of the WTA Tour and the men’s is part of the ATP Tour and always produces some explosive matches.

    Dubai World Cup (horse race)

    1 – 28 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Nad Al Sheba Racecourse

    A huge event not only in Dubai but in horse racing circles around the world, The Dubai World Cup is the richest horse race meeting globally. The Dubai World Cup is always the thrilling finale, but it is one race on the 2km (1.3 mile) sand and dirt track which is flood-lit at night and crowded with thousands of cheering spectators. A further five thoroughbred group races are included in the day’s programme plus another group for purebred Arabian horses. The races attract some of the best horses and riders in the field, eager to compete for million of dollars that are at stake in prize money. This one is a must for horse racing aficionados.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Dubai

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    It’s not uncommon for hotels to outdo each other in Dubai, with the world’s largest and highest of everything.

    Luxury international chains dominate but you’ll find budget and boutique options too.

    H Hotel

    1 Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Expensive

    Luxury hotel with contemporary Arab-inspired rooms and renowned Japanese restaurant Okku.

    Conrad Dubai

    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Expensive

    New luxury design hotel, home to popular nightspot, Purobeach Urban Oasis.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Residences

    Al Barsha 1
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Moderate

    Great location by Mall of the Emirates with outdoor pool, all-day dining and Indian restaurant.

    Beach Hotel Apartment

    Jumeirah 01, Beach Road, Al Hudaiba Street 10b,
    Community Number 332
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Moderate

    Comfortable spacious apartments with free Wi-Fi, parking and on-site restaurants.

    Ahmedia Heritage Guest House

    Al-Ras Deira Sikkat al Khail Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    Category: Cheap

    All rooms overlook the courtyard in this traditional guesthouse inside an ancient mansion.

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    Pack the kids off to the desert!

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    Lufthansa Stadt des Monats: Dubai – Aquarium in der Dubai Mall

    A family trip to Dubai? Sounds exhausting, but we gave it a try anyway. Conclusion: No child could wish for more – tamed – adventure.

    Desert safari

    Emirates Holidays Building
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 4 214 4888
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    Bumping over dunes in a jeep is far more fun than any rollercoaster ride. There are also camel rides to be had, belly dancers to be seen and chances to be photographed with a falcon on your arm or dressed up as a bedouin family – and the camel ride, falcon show and trip to the bedouin camp are all included in the price. After nightfall, the camp lights are switched off for five minutes to give a clearer view of the stars and a floodlit dune.

    Hello Kitty Spa

    Town Centre Jumeirah
    Jumeirah Beach Road
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 4 344 9598
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    The world’s first Hello Kitty Spa is a paradise for princesses, small queens and little girls who aspire to such royalty. In the fluffy pink beauty salon professionals take care of their young clients’ nails, make-up and hair – and serve them colorful cup cakes and delicious strawberry juice.

    The Lost Chambers

    Crescent Road, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 426 2000
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    The aquarium with its 65 000 marine inhabitants extends throughout the hotel. Sharks, moray eels, seahorses and piranhas surround guests in more than 20 different pools and exhibitions, underwater labyrinths and tunnels. There’s also the Touch Tank, a kind of watery petting zoo, plus the Aquatheater, which stages an interactive show.

    Aquaventure Waterpark

    Crescent Road, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 426 2000
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    Adrenaline rush guaranteed! There’s also plenty of watery fun awaiting visitors young and old on the famous Jumeirah Palm. A 1.6-kilometer-long river  complete with rapids, wave troughs and waterfalls meanders across the park. Bold family members can slide down the Tower of Neptune’s 37 meters into the shark lagoon below or plunge down the longest water chute in the world. A huge water playground, a wave pool and some quieter carousels are all provided for younger visitors.

    Sega Republic

    Doha Street
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel: 04 362 7500
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    Boing, beep, paff. Your kids’ eyes will be on stalks at the Sega Republic. With more than 250 electronic games and nine big rides to choose from, it won’t be easy deciding what to do first– Tetris, breakdance or maybe freefall tower? Rides and games can be paid for individually or chosen from a variety of day passes.

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    Wednesday

    02.09.2015

    40°C / 31°C

    104°F / 88°F

    Thursday

    03.09.2015

    40°C / 30°C

    104°F / 86°F

    Friday

    04.09.2015

    42°C / 32°C

    108°F / 90°F

    Saturday

    05.09.2015

    42°C / 31°C

    108°F / 88°F

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    06.09.2015

    40°C / 31°C

    104°F / 88°F

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    07.09.2015

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    102°F / 90°F

    Climate & best time to visit United Arab Emirates

    The UAE draws sunseekers from all corners of the globe due to the fact that it is blessed with year-round sunshine, blue skies and very little rain. The best time to visit is between October and April, when temperatures hover at a pleasant 25-28°C (77-82°F) and the Gulf is perfect for swimming. The hottest time of year is during the sweltering summer months of June to September, when humidity can seem unbearable and temperatures can skyrocket to 45°C (113°F). The country is well prepared for hot weather, however, with temperature controlled swimming pools and permanently air-conditioned hotels, malls, taxis and metros. Rain and wind can occur in the months of January.

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    Jan31 °C7 °C24 °C13 °C65 %11 mm18.2 h
    Feb33 °C7 °C24 °C14 °C65 %36 mm28.2 h
    Mar40 °C10 °C27 °C17 °C63 %22 mm18.2 h
    Apr41 °C8 °C32 °C20 °C55 %8 mm< 19.8 h
    May45 °C15 °C36 °C23 °C53 %1 mm011.1 h
    Jun47 °C20 °C38 °C26 °C58 %0 mm011.4 h
    Jul47 °C20 °C40 °C28 °C56 %0 mm010.4 h
    Aug48 °C24 °C40 °C29 °C57 %0 mm010.2 h
    Sep44 °C22 °C38 °C26 °C60 %0 mm010.3 h
    Oct40 °C14 °C35 °C22 °C60 %0 mm09.8 h
    Nov41 °C10 °C30 °C18 °C61 %2 mm< 19.5 h
    Dec31 °C9 °C26 °C15 °C64 %14 mm18.2 h
    year48 °C7 °C33 °C21 °C60 %94 mm69.6 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +971

    Telephone

    Main area codes: Abu Dhabi 2; Ajman, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain 6; Al-Ain 3; Dubai 4; Fujairah 9; Jebel Ali 4; and Ras al-Khaimah 7. There is a good local telephone network. Telephone calls within each state are free.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is excellent. Tourists can purchase pre-paid mobile SIM cards.

    Internet

    There are numerous internet and Wi-Fi cafés in the UAE but VoIP telephone systems, such as Skype, are officially blocked. Websites deemed culturally or religiously insensitive are also blocked.

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    Shopping in Dubai

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    Key Areas

    Malls, souks and hotel shopping arcades dominate Dubai’s shopping scene. You’ll find stores scattered along Jumeirah Beach Road and Sheikh Zayed Road, and for something in between markets and malls, head to the modern recreations of Souk Al Bahar and the Souk Madinat.

    Markets

    Deira on the north side of Dubai Creek is home to the spice, gold and perfume souks. In historic Bur Dubai is the textile souk and lively Indian and local stores. For talented tailors, head to the areas of Satwa and Karama. On Friday mornings, the organic food and crafts market in Safa Park attracts many.

    Shopping Centres

    Shopaholics love Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall. The Mall of the Emirates is another big draw, or explore the country-themed sections at Ibn Battuta Mall, Deira City Centre and Bur Dubai’s smart BurJuman. Other options include Egyptian-themed Wafi Mall, Italian-style Mercato Mall’s and DragonMart for Chinese goods.

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    My Dubai

    I begin my day in Dubai with a boat trip on Dubai Creek that takes me past modern high-tech buildings, traditional old houses and mosques to the Spice Souk, a street market. The air there is filled with the glorious smells of vanilla, cinnamon and incense, and I buy myself some nuts for the journey.

    Ulrike Rosenberg, Flugbegleiterin bei der Lufthansa gibt ihren persönlichen Tipp für einen Besuch in Dubai

    Ulrike Rosenberg, flight attendant

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    Good to know

    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Though the UAE is fairly modern, it is an Islamic country and women may feel more comfortable when dressed modestly. The UAE is fairly liberal and foreign women can dress as they please, however covering the shoulders and knees is a requirement in public areas like shopping centres and also during periods of religious significance. Men are also expected to dress with respect. Homosexuality and adultery are both illegal and while non-married couples aren’t lawfully permitted to stay together in the same hotel room, it is common practice and rarely enforced.

    Alcohol is tolerated, with non-Muslims allowed to drink alcohol in the cities’ plentiful hotel bars and restaurants (except for Sharjah). Tourists are permitted to bring four litres of alcohol into the country, though under 20s are not allowed to drink alcohol or buy cigarettes.

    It is illegal for everyone to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadan, and on the day or eve of days of national importance, alcohol isn’t sold and bars are shut. As in all Muslim countries, it’s best to keep displays of affection private – kissing or embracing in public is not only considered disrespectful, it could lead to police caution or even arrest. Holding hands is generally fine, but swearing, rude gestures and drink driving are all punishable by imprisonment. Drugs are a strict no-no and could land you in serious trouble. It’s worth checking what medicine and painkillers you bring into the country, as even some common pain medications like codeine are prohibited.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 999

    Food & Drink

    Though the water in the UAE will taste different, it is safe to drink. However, bottle water is so cheap to buy in the emirates that most visitors opt to drink it instead of tap water. A 500ml bottle of water costs between AED1-6, while a one-gallon bottle of water costs approximately AED12. Food standards are high in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, both of which have international cuisine and world-class restaurants. Care should be taken in smaller desert towns, where hygiene restrictions are not enforced as often. Be aware when eating meat, particularly spit cooked shawarma (kebab) meat, that has been sitting in the stifling summer sun for hours.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, measles and diphtheria are sometimes advised when travelling to this region. If you are snorkelling or scuba diving and get a coral cut, it is advisable to disinfect the wound immediately to avoid infection, as the coral contain a high amount of bacteria. If disinfectant is not readily available, a course of antibiotics may be required.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Heidenreich, Christian
    German Medical Clinic
    Office 1001
    Al Batha Tower
    10th floor
    Buhairah Corniche
    P.O. Box 61771
    Sharjah
    United Arab Emirates
    Tel. +971-6-5750280

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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