Last modified 10/09/2023
Due to the oil revenue, Dubai began building a series of structures aimed at attracting the world’s cosmopolitan tourism. This would give an economic alternative when they ran out of oil reserves. They have achieved all that despite their Islamic culture and religion.
Dubai, also called the Emirate of Dubai, is one of the United Arab Emirates, and it is located on the Persian Gulf. It has a very sunny weather; the hot season (47oC during the day and 25oC during the night) goes from March to November, and the cold season (25oC during the day and 15oC during the night) goes from December to March. The months from June to September are high season for tourists.
The air entry to Dubai is through the Dubai International Airport. Its ceaseless flow of passengers (34 million in 2007, 38 million in 2008, 40 million in 2009 and 43 million as of November 2010) has turned it into the most important airport in the Middle East. Over 130 airlines currently fly into it, which has made it necessary to build a new one, known as Dubai World Central International Airport or Al Maktoum International Airport (its construction started in 2007, and it is estimated to be completed in 2017; flights are coming in since last July) because it is reckoned that 120 million passengers a year will arrive to Dubai by 2020.
Dubai’s natural tourist resources are its beaches with crystal-clear waters, almost perfect temperatures and white sands, all of which calls for swimming, diving and windsurfing activities.
Its main public beach is Jumeira Beach. Other well known public beaches are Open Beach or Russian Beach and Al Mamzam Beach. Some others are private beaches because they belong to existing hotels in the area, such as Jumeirah Beach Park. A fee must be paid to access them.
Dubai City´s architectural development has caused a new artificial tourist resource to appear when big structures aimed to tourism or leisure developed, such as:
1.Burj Khalifa, which is the world´s tallest building and 832 meters high, had the working name of Burj Dubái during construction, and is the world´s only seven star hotel. It has been operating since January 2010.
2.Emirates Towers are actually two towers 355 meters (offices) and 309 metres (Jumeirah Emirates Towers five star hotel) high.
3.Twin Tower, pioneer skyscraper building.
4.Rose Tower, 333 meters high building turned into a five star hotel.
5.Palm Jumeirah, a group of palm-shaped islands built on land reclaimed from the sea.
People in Dubai travel in government-owned buses, with more than 190 routes (http://www.rta.ae/). Additionally there are taxis to hire online, though their prices are much higher than those of buses (http://dtc.dubai.ae). In 2009 the Dubai metro began operating with two lines.
As for those who enjoy art, the Dubai National Museum and the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts. Center can be visited. Most lodgings are very expensive five star hotels, but a search on web pages such as http://www.edreams.com/ helps find daily lodging fees ranging between 37 to 51 euros per room.