Dubai is one of the most exciting cities in the world. With the largest building, the world’s only seven star hotel, indoor ski sloopes, and the largest malls, beautiful beaches, intriguing deserts, Dubai offers to its residents & visitors sunshine throughout the year. Every year Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors from all around the world.
Even though the summers can be uncomfortable with temperatures in July and August going upto around 45ºC (113ºF) with high humidity. However, Dubai is well geared up for high temperatures, and public transport, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and leisure attractions are all air conditioned.
English is widely spoken in Dubai, and as all restaurant menus, road signs and other information is usually presented in both English and Arabic.The local currency is the dirham, which is pegged to the dollar at Dhs 3.67 *. Dubai offers a sophisticated network of banks, currency exchanges and ATMs, making it easy to access money across the city.
Dubai is the true representation of a tolerant and a multicultural cosmopolitan and people from all nationalities are welcome, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay. While dress codes are fairly liberal, swimwear should only be worn on beaches or at swimming pools, and when visiting shopping malls and other attractions, tourists should wear clothing that is not too tight or revealing. Certain attractions, such as mosques or religious sites, usually have stricter dress codes, requiring both men and women to cover up bare shoulders, arms and legs, and women to wear headscarves.
Despite being governed by Islamic laws, alcohol is available to tourists in licensed bars and restaurants (these are almost always located inside four and five star hotels), and in airport duty free shops. Drinking in public places (such as beaches) is not permitted, and being drunk and disorderly in public can result in stiff penalties.
Public Transportation System
Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the most modern cities in the world, equipped with the latest infrastructure. The government of Dubai has invested heavily to build a technologically advanced and convenient network of public transportation facilities, including the Dubai Metro, buses, taxis, and marine transportation. The city offers easy and affordable travel to its residents and visitors alike.
The Road and Transport Authority is the governing body for all public transport and has a detailed website offering all information on how to move around in the city using one of the public transport service available. You can visit the website by clicking here.