The city of gold AKA Dubai is a truly international country and one of the seven Emirates in UAE. Dubai is among the handful of countries in Asia that have developed in line with western technology but retained their Eastern sensibility.
The people of Dubai have converted desert into a modern-day Oasis. It boasts of some of the most spectacular buildings and skyscrapers. The country is home to many famous luxurious hotels such as the Atlantis Palm, where guests can stay in an underwater room, enjoy an indoor theme park and shopping mall.
And speaking of malls, Dubai is perhaps most famous for its annual shopping festival, which certainly does not disappoint! The festival is held each year in January, also the busiest tourist time of the year. The vast and magnificent malls offer great discounts on every brand there is. The best part is international brand launch their collections in Dubai simultaneously to their home country releases. So, you will have no trouble keeping up with the latest fashion and trends.
But if you hate shopping or need a distraction, you can enjoy many indoor attractions such as giant aquariums, artificial snow areas, gaming area, museums to name a few. The population of Dubai is very diverse and is strongly reflected in its culture, food and day to day things.
In addition to sightseeing, food and shopping, you can enjoy many unique experiences in Dubai like a thrilling desert safari which ends with a scrumptious meal followed by a scintillating belly dance performance right in the dessert. You could rent your favourite luxury car which you always dreamt of driving and take it for a spin on the amazing Dubai roads.
So what are you waiting for? Book your Dubai Holiday Package right away!
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United Arab Emirates Dirham
Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham
Population: 2.885 million
Time Zone: UTC+04:00
Area: 4144 square kms
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Official Language: Arabic Language
Capital's calling code: +971
History: Every place has a history and the foundation of Dubai was built on it. Before the glitz and glamour and of course the opulence, at the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai was a fishing village and a successful port. Back then, the Souks in Dubai were large and bustling with a steady throng of visitors and businessmen. In the 1960s, when oil was discovered in the region, Dubai’s fate took a drastic turn. The then ruler of Dubai emirate, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, decided to give a complete face-change to the charming city.
He went on to develop and completely overhaul the existing infrastructure to turn it into a bustling and every-growing megapolis and amongst one of the best cities in the world. In the early 1990s, Dubai’s administrative powers took a strategic decision to emerge as a major international-quality tourism destination. The investments they made in tourism infrastructure have paid off handsomely over the years as tourism in Dubai has increased multiple folds
Geography: Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai the northeastern part of the United Arab Emirates. It is the second largest emirate with about more than 70 percent urban population.
Religion: The culture of Dubai, in a world, is global. However, there are certain things you should keep in mind. People here speak English and Arabic and language won’t be a barrier. While the residents of Dubai follow Islam, they welcome visitors with a smile and respect. However, they are still a bit conservative in nature and it is best to follow their rules and regulations, as you are just a guest in their hometown. You will need to follow their etiquette. No matter where you go, you need to be appropriately dressed. This is applicable to both men and women. Avoid public display of affection, as it is frowned upon. You will be arrested for causing a disturbance if you are caught drunk in a public place. If you have plans to visit the Jumeirah mosque, make sure you cover your head.The people in Dubai take their laws very seriously and if you are caught doing anything illegal, you will be severely punished.
Population: Dubai is a male-dominated society, with the number of males considerably higher than the number of females. The population of Dubai as of now stands at 2.885 million and has a density of about eight times than the entire country. Only 15 percent of this population is made up of UAE nationals. However, the rest of the population is all about the migrants and expatriates. Language: Arabic is the official language of Dubai. However, English is spoken widely by a large part of the population. Some people also speak Urdu, Tamil, Persian, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and other Indian languages within Dubai.
Currency: The currency of Dubai is the Dirham.The value of one Dirham is 17.49 Indian Rupee.
Cost and Money: The rich country Dubai, has something for all the budget holders. They have hotels that offer a night stay for as low as INR 2000-2500 to super luxurious hotels that offer a night stay for more than INR 15000-20000. The food here is also quite affordable; it will cost you INR 300-1500 per meal, depending on your choice of luxury. ATMs are available in every nook and corner of the city, and if you can't find them; you can swipe your credit cards.
My holidays were not good...they were the BEST ! Thanks to the Team of Thomas Cook
My hectic office schedule kept me barred from making a travel plan to Dubai. I didn’t have time to manage bookings or decide what places we wanted to visit. With Thomas Cook’s help I was able to save my time. I also went on a trip that was really friendly budget friendly. I was able to save more than 20k on flights, shopping, sightseeing and entry tickets to various places.
We were six friends and had different arrival and departure dates because of office leaves and prior commitments. When we addressed this issue to Thomas Cook’s team, they made an itinerary so that the best activities can be done together. Their Forex Card is amazing as it got us many discounts at different places. The Cruise and visit to the top of Burj Khalifa were mesmerizing.
Traveling to Dubai during shopping festival is a hectic affair and if you don’t have an expert to manage your trip then you will miss upon a lot of things. When we had booked our trip with Thomas Cook, the initial plan was of stay and sightseeing. But the team suggested us that we take a desert safari package and extend our visit by 3 days.