Dubai & UAE: general travel information

Dubai or Dubayy (in Arabic) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Arabian Peninsula.

The ruler of Dubai is HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is also the Prime Minister of the federation of UAE.
A trip to Dubai transports you on a journey through time. Although the early history of the area is not very well documented, archeological discoveries suggests that, as long as four thousand years ago, small fishing communities lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf on the site of modern Dubai. It is also believed that the natural sheltered harbor afforded by the Dubai Creek was a busy port of call on the ancient trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. In recent years, archeologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts, including pottery, weapons and coinage that point to civilized settlements dating back to the third millennium B.C.

Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab “the sail” soars to a height of 321 metresand 27 floors, dominating the Dubai skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire – Burj Al Arab give you emotion any time you pass close to it. Profile of Burj Al arab is one of the most photographed structures in the world. This all-suite hotel reflects the very finest that the world has to offer. With your chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers, you can be assured of the ultimate in personal service throughout your stay.

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Not far from Burj Al Arab, you can find Madinat Jumeirah, one of the most fascinating resorts in the world, that includes a traditional souq, where you can have unique shopping and dining experience. A colouful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city. Lively trading culture, animated, interactive with:

  • 75 boutique shops
  • 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Open plazas
  • Air conditioned walkways
  • 442 seat Madinat Theatre

Quite close to Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah, there is JBRJumeirah Beach Residence, a huge residential complex that stretches on almost 2 kms, situated in the heart of New Dubai in Marsa. Staying in the Jumeirah Beach Residence experience your home on the beach and live its way of life. Jumeirah Beach Residence offers a wide selection of properties ranging from competitively- priced studio, one, two, three, to four bedroom apartments with sea views, marina views, and other views to suit different budgets and needs. Jumeirah Beach Residence will be one of the most extraordinary residential and holiday destinations on earth.

Other suggested trips are Dhow Cruise with Dinner, Helicopter Tour, Desert Safari or Hatta Mountain Safari. You can easily book excursions in the hotel, but generally you will pay more; DUBAITRADE can help you in making all the reservation both for travel (hotel and flights) and tours, thanks to the partners of its network. Contact us for further information.

  1. Desert and Moutain Safaris
  2. Sand Surfing and Camel Rides
  3. City Tours
  4. Shopping Tours
  5. Cruises
  6. Diving and Fishing
  7. Golf

Hotel Dubai

Each emirate in UAE has many choices to select for spending your vacation whether at the Beach, City or Business Hotel. The destination in general has all the categories of hotels to which it can accommodate the travelers’ budget. That’s why we list all the hotels in UAE to make it easier for you to decide which hotel you want to stay where you can log-on into the hotel website directly and get the exact information about the hotel like location and facilities.


Transportation

Dubai has a public transport agency called the Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA). This authority is responsible for the bus network currently in operation. Recently, the RTA purchased 300 buses from Germany’s MAN AG in an effort to reduce the city’s growing traffic problem. RTA is also developing the Dubai Metro systemThe first line (Red Line) is expected to be completed by 9 September 2009. The yellow lines, currently in development, will go through the man-made Palm Islands.

Lately, the Emirate of Dubai created a new electronic toll collection system in July 2007, which emphasizes the system’s congestion management objectives as well as the choice of technology for the toll system. The new system, which is called Salik (meaning clear and smooth in Arabic) utilizes the latest technology to achieve free flow operation with no toll booths, no toll collectors, and no impact to traffic flow, allowing vehicles to move freely through the toll point at highway speeds.

Each time one passes through a Salik toll point, the toll of AED 4 (1.09 USD) is deducted from his or her prepaid toll account using advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The new system was implemented by the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai.

Airline history

The national airline of Abu Dhabi was formerly Gulf Air, operated jointly with Bahrain and Oman. On September 13, 2005, Abu Dhabi announced that it was withdrawing from Gulf Air to concentrate on Etihad Airways, designated as the new national carrier of the UAE, established in November 2003.

In 1985, Dubai established its airline Emirates, which, as of 2007, is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. Emirates is the eighth-largest airline in the world in terms of passenger volume.

Air Arabia, a leading discount airline in the Persian Gulf region, is based in the Emirate of Sharjah.

RAK Airways is the fourth national airways of the United Arab Emirates, was established in February 2006, is based in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. flydubai, a low cost airline, will open in 2009, and will be the fifth airline in the UAE.

Ports and harbours

The United Arab Emirates has several major ports, including one of the world’s largest, Jebel Ali Port. Other important ports in the UAE include Port Zayed, Khalifa Port, Port Rashid, Port Khalid, Hamriyah Port, Port of Ajman, Saqr Port, Um Al Quwain, Khor Fhakan and Fujairah Port

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