Dubai Tourist Guide
The Asian continent is now considered as a place full of tourist destinations. Asia is visited by many not only because of the panoramic views and different activities that can be done but because of the diversity in tourism as well. Dubai, being part of Asia, is also known as an excellent tourist spot where one can have a unique and memorable experience. However, because of the cultural differences, there are some things that you need to know before traveling to Dubai. Although the tourism industry in this emirate is fast rising, a visitor, especially women, must consider several things to fully enjoy exploring the emirate of Dubai.
When traveling to Dubai, make sure that you have money that can be exchanged into UAE dirham such as United States dollar or Euro. Traveling to Dubai may require you to loosen your budget especially while you are shopping. In case you are in short of cold cash, there are now many international banks like HSBC, Citibank, and more, than can accommodate you in your financial needs as long as you have an account with them. However, these banks are only available from Saturdays till Thursdays. You may also use major credit cards in most shops, restaurants, and hotels in Dubai. With all these accessible ways of getting money, traveling to Dubai will never be a pain in your wallet and budget.
City Map of Dubai United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East. It is also known as the emirate's main city due to its popularity. In fact, the term Dubai city is used in order to clearly distinguish it from the emirate names Dubai. Most of the time when people say Dubai they rarely refer to the emirate but rather Dubai City.
The United Arab Emirates s located at the southeast end of the Persian Gulf. Dubai is also the second last emirate in terms of size though it is the most populous of them all.
One major distinction between Dubai and the other emirates is that the government of Dubai is aggressively pursuing trade practices that are geared towards reducing its dependence on oil. Most of Dubai's revenues are now coming from Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) through the tourism industry.
Apart from tourism, Dubai also promotes free trade with no significant taxes levied on imported items that can be purchased by anyone at the lowest prices anywhere in the world.
Located on the very shores of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is sometimes nicknamed the Hong Kong of the Arab World. It is a tax-free commercial port where buying, selling, and shipping has surpassed the oil trade of the emirate. The population of Dubai is approximately 1 million. Out of these a majority are South Asia or South East Asia expatriates. Almost 25% of its population can trace itself back to Iran. Then there are about 100,000 British and other western expatriates Dubai. This makes the emirate unique in that the native population is an overwhelming minority.
Population of Dubai
Dubai city recorded one of the highest growth rates in urban population because of a business upsurge that has turned the city into the region's main commercial hub. The city has a population of 1.35 million (2005 estimate). Dubai has a highly cosmopolitan environment and a large part of the population are non-UAE nationals, primarily a mix of other Arab nationals, Asians and Europeans. 80% of Dubai's population is comprised of expatriates with Europeans and Asians.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic according to the constitution of the country, while English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields. Expatriates use their mother tongues but not at official level.
Entry and Customs
Passport valid for a minimum of three months from date of arrival (six months for business travel) required. Often a sponsor will hold a visitor’s passport. In these cases a receipt will be issued. This will generally be accepted in place of a passport where a transaction may require one.
A valid visa required by all natinalities except the following:
(a) Nationals of the UK with the endorsement ‘British Citizen’ for a maximum of 30 days (extendable on request up to 90 days);
(b) Nationals of EU countries (except nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia), for a maximum of 30 days (extendable on request up to 90 days);
(c) Nationals of Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, the USA and Vatican City for a maximum of 30 days (extendable on request up to 90 days);
(d) Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
(e) Transit passengers, provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport for up to 12 hours.
The currency of UAE is Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED).
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT.
Hospitals and Clinics under Department of Health (Dohms) Authority
|Al Maktoum Hospital||04 219 6666
Fax: 04 219 4054
Al Maktoum, Dubai
|Al Wasl Hospital||Tel: 04 2193000
Fax: 04 3241717
|PO Box 4115, Dubai|
|Zulekha Hospital||04 267 8866
Fax: 04 267 8855
P.O.Box 48577, Dubai
|Al Zahra Private Medical Center||04 331 5000
Fax: 04 331 4369
|P.O.Box 23614, Dubai|
|American Hospital Dubai||Tel: 04 336 7777
Fax: 04 336 5176
|P.O. Box 5566, Dubai|
|Belhoul European Hospital||Tel: 04 3454000
Fax: 04 3457052
|P.O.Box: 4674, Dubai|
|Belhoul Specialty Hospital||Tel: 04 2733333
Fax: 04 2733332
|P.O.Box: 5527, Dubai|
|Corniche Hospital||Tel: 02 672 4900
Fax: 02 672 0782
|P.O.Box: 3788, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi|
|Dubai Hospital||Tel: 04 2195000
Fax: 04 2195613
|AL-BRAHA Area, Dubai|
|Rashid Hospital||Tel: 04 2192000
Fax: 04 3113222
|PO Box 4545, Dubai|
|Emirates Hospital||Tel: 04 3496666
Fax: 04 3496664
|Jumeirah Beach Road, P.O. Box 73663, Dubai|
|CosmeSurge & Emirates Hospital||Tel: 02 44 66422
Fax: 02 44 58860
|P.O.Box 30907, Abu Dhabi|
|GMC Hospital Dubai||Tel: 04 2626000
Fax: 04 2628432
|P.O.Box: 3917, Dubai|
|GMC Hospital Fujairah||Tel: 09 2244233
Fax: 09 2244277
|P.O.Box: 7585, Fujairah|
|GMC Hospital Ajman||Tel: 06 7463333
Fax: 06 7464444
|P.O. Box 4184, Ajman|
|Gulf Medical University||Tel: 06 7431333
Fax: 06 7431222
|P.O. Box 4184, Ajman|
|Al Mafraq Hospital||Tel: 02-5823100||P.O.Box: 2951, Abu Dhabi|
|National Medical Center Hospital||Tel: 02 6332255
Fax: 02 6332255
|P.O.Box: 6222, Abu Dhabi|
|New Medical Center Abu Dhabi||Tel: 02-6332255
|P.O. Box: 6222, Foodlands Restaurant Building Airport Road, Abu Dhabi|
|New Medical Center Dubai||Tel: 04-2689800
|Deira, Opp. to Abuhail Center, P.O. Box: 7832, Dubai|
|New Medical Center Specialty Hospital, Dubai||Tel: 04-2679999
|New Medical Center Sharjah||Tel: 06-5536936
|King Faizal Road, Near HSBC Bank|
|Iranian Hospital||Tel: 04 344 0250
Fax: 04 344 0322
|P.O. box 2330,Dubai|
|Kuwait Hospital||Tel: 06 5242111
Fax: 04 344 0322
|P.O. Box: 5735, Al Heera Suburb, Sharjah|
|Neurospinal Hospital||Tel: 04 342 0000
Fax: 04 344 0322
|Jumeirah Road, Dubai|
|Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Hospital||Tel: 02 610 2000
Fax: 02 610 4962
|P.O. box 51900, Abu Dhabi|
|Welcare Hospital LLC||Tel: 04 282 7788
Fax: 04 282 8226
|P.O. box 31500, Dubai|
LIST OF SHOPPING MALLS IN DUBAI