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Dubai Vacation and Travel Guide
Dubai (دبي) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, it has a total area of 4114 km². It is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, in the Arabian desert. Its capital is the city of Dubai, the salt water inlet of the Persian Gulf called Khawr Dubayy traverses the city in a northeast-southwest direction.
Dubai is cataloged as a cosmopolitan society due to the cultural development it has experienced over time. This is reflected in its architecture, music, clothing, cuisine and lifestyle in general.
However, its predominant Islamic and Bedouin identity, where religion has a special relevance for its inhabitants, also confers a traditionalist and conservative character.
Architecture in Dubai
Dubai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of diverse architectural styles. Many modern interpretations of Islamic architecture can be found here, due to the rise of construction and architectural innovation in the Arab world in general, and in Dubai, in particular. As a result of this boom, architecture has developed new levels of design and technology with the construction of skyscrapers.
The pace of skyscraper construction in Dubai is much higher than in any other city. It reached a climax in 2010 with the completion of the Burj Khalifa, which is, by far, the tallest building in the world with 829 meters high.
The typical dishes of Lebanese cuisine, such as shāwarmā, faláfel and hummus, predominate. It is common to use spices and condiments from the region to accompany many of these dishes, such as cinnamon, saffron and turmeric. There are also abundant fruits such as cucumber, tomato and eggplant, among others. Likewise, it is traditional to pour dry lime juice into food. It must be emphasized that, for religious reasons, pork is restricted, although it can be found in some shopping centers and restaurants.
As for desserts, the inhabitants of the emirate usually consume sweets and chocolates made with camel's milk, consumed by the ancient Bedouin tribes that inhabited Dubai. There is even a farm specializing in the production of camel milk, Industry for Camel Milk and Products, responsible for several of these products. In addition to the regional dishes, there is a variety of foods to taste from European, American, Indian and Asian cultures.
Tourism in Dubai
Tourism has played a crucial role in the diversification of the emirate's economy, which has also been favored by its geographic location in the Middle East as a "natural gateway to emerging tourism markets". Its consolidation as one of the main tourist destinations resulted from "the prevailing political, economic and socio-cultural conditions" in the UAE. Since 1997 the tourist activity is regulated by the Department of Commercial and Tourist Marketing of the emirate.
The emirate's strategic plans, which have guaranteed investment in several infrastructure projects such as the Burj Al Arab hotel in 1999 and other resorts, have since been imitated in the other emirates of the federation.
Dubai is one of the most visited cities in the world according to its air traffic and the fastest growing. Most come from India, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Oman and the United States. One of the main tourist activities in Dubai is commerce, which is why it is considered as the shopping capital of the Middle East, but also in its possession of other ancient and modern attractions, especially the big skyscrapers.
The biggest lure for tourists is based mainly on purchases with various free zones that exist in the emirate and current tax policies that facilitate the acquisition of even luxury products at affordable prices. Dubai is the only place in the world that has more than 70 shopping centers, as well as the largest shopping center in the world, the Dubai Mall. Dubai is also known for traditional districts or souks. Many luxury boutiques and jewelry stores are also located in the city.
Dubai is also known as "the city of gold", for the Dubai gold souk which has about 250 gold stores and the Dubai Shopping Festival held annually. Some of the main tourist destinations in Dubai include the Burj Khalifa, which has an observation platform where you can see the urban landscape of the capital; the Dubai Museum, which houses a collection of maps, objects and historical documents that show the evolution of the area over time; the Al Bastakiya residential area, built by Persian merchants of pearls and textile merchandise, and which includes a gallery of modern art; the Khawr Dubayy, the incoming water that crosses the capital, can be traveled by boat; the Dubai Aquarium that contains more than one hundred species of marine creatures and the beach of Jumeirah, which includes a complex of hotels and restaurants. It also has several theme and amusement parks, such as Creekside Park, Zabeel Park, Safa Park, Wild Wadi and Dubai Miracle Garden.
Throughout the year various social events are held that include cultural and entertainment activities such as the Dubai Shopping Festival, held in January and intended for retail trade; and the Dubai Summer Surprises, which offers celebrity presentations and concerts, workshops and interactive courses, and is usually held between June and August. These two events attract more than four million visitors each year.
Other notable events include the Dubai World Cup, a purebred horse race held in March; the International Boat Show of the Middle East in April, where representatives of several countries participate in an exhibition of yachts, boats and water technology; the International Exhibition of Gulf Technology, in September, which exhibits information and communication technologies; the Emirates Cup, a dhow race on the Jumeirah coast organized in October; the UAE Dessert Challenge, competition of five days of modified cars in the desert, during the month of November; the traditional camel races that last for five months and take place in the town of Nad Al Sheba; the Dubai International Film Festival, which features prominent films from Arab cinema and other countries in December; and finally the Dubai Air Show, a display of aircraft and aviation technology that attracts more than 25,000 visitors in December.
If you are planning to travel to Dubai, whether for business or tourism, in addition to the passport and visa, we recommend you to check the following information: International Airports, Airport security rules, Type of luggage allowed and weight limits, Most visited cities, Driving in Dubai, Electricity, Time Stripes, Business Hours, National Holidays, Weights and Measures, Commercial Practices and Etiquette Rules. While the code of etiquette is strictly governed by Islam, the wearing of Muslim clothing is not mandatory. As in the other emirates of the federation, men often wear a kandura, a white tunic that extends to the knees. and that is made of wool or cotton; women wear an abaya, a black tunic that covers most of the body and represents a "symbol of modesty."
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Dubai Internatinal Airport
Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي) is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It is also the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the 6th busiest cargo airport in world, the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements, and the busiest airport in the world operating with only two runways.
Dubai International is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) east of Dubai and spread over an area of 2,900 hectares (7,200 acres) of land. The airport is operated by the Dubai Airports Company and is the home base of Dubai's international airlines, Emirates and flydubai. The Emirates hub is the largest airline hub in the Middle East; Emirates handles around 65% of all passenger traffic and accounts for approximately 42% of all aircraft movements at the airport.
Dubai Airport is also the base for low-cost carrier flydubai at DXB. The airport consists of three terminals and has a total capacity of 90 million passengers annually. Terminal 3 is the second largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world. There are over 7,700 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 270 destinations across all six inhabited continents.
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