Dubai is a unique destination offering a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, visitors can experience everything from sand dunes to lush green parks, from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.
Dubai enjoys, without doubt, one of the best locations on the planet. Situated halfway between Europe and Asia, few destinations take more than 8 hours direct flying time to or from Dubai. Just overnight from London, four hours from Nairobi, three hours from Mumbai, 8 hours from Hong Kong and a direct flight from the United States or America.
The weekend is Friday and Saturday.
Most shops open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Shopping Malls, Department stores, boutiques, souks and many food shops remain open on Fridays, apart from prayer times (between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm), while larger shops re-open on Fridays afternoon at around 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Dubai provides an endless scope for shoppers. Best buys include clothes and fabrics (check out the designer label outlets at Karama and Al Satwa.), carpets and rugs, electronics, sports goods, perfumes, jewellery, ethnic gifts and novelties, spices etc.
Shopping malls like Mall of the Emirates, Festival City, Burjuman Center, Wafi Center, Al Ghurair and City Center are certainly worth a visit. The amazing gold souk, one of the largest retail gold markets in the world is in Deira.
Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken and understood. Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and other languages are widely used by the large expatriate population.
GMT plus four hours.
Temperature ranges from 10°C/50°F to 40°C/118°F. During April the average temperature is expected to be 25°C/87°F.
The local currency is UAE Dirham.