Life in Dubai!
Dubai is one of the most exciting cities in the world. With the world’s largest building, the world’s only 7-star hotel, an indoor ski slope the largest malls on the planet, beautiful beaches and intriguing deserts, Dubai offers to its residents and visitors sunshine all year round. Annually Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors from all over the world.
Although average summer temperatures can reach 45ºC (113ºF) with high humidity during the months of July and August, the city is well prepared with air conditioning in all shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, leisure attractions and public transport.
English is widely spoken in Dubai. All restaurant menus, road signs and other information are usually presented in both English and Arabic. The local currency is the dirham (AED), which is pegged to the dollar at AED 3.67 *. Dubai offers a sophisticated network of banks, currency exchanges and ATMs, making it easy to access money across the emirate.
Dubai is the true representation of a tolerant and multicultural cosmopolitan city. 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. 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.