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
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.

About Dubai

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).

Local Time
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT.

Hospitals and Clinics under Department of Health (Dohms) Authority

Hospital Telephone
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
Emergency Room: 04 309 6777
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
Emergency: 04 2140258
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
Emergency: 09 2244233
P.O.Box: 7585, Fujairah
GMC Hospital Ajman Tel: 06 7463333
Fax: 06 7464444
Emergency: 06 7463333
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
Fax: 02-6332256
P.O. Box: 6222, Foodlands Restaurant Building Airport Road, Abu Dhabi
New Medical Center Dubai Tel: 04-2689800
Fax: 04-2682353
Deira, Opp. to Abuhail Center, P.O. Box: 7832, Dubai
New Medical Center Specialty Hospital, Dubai Tel: 04-2679999
Fax: 04-2678889
New Medical Center Sharjah Tel: 06-5536936
Fax: 06-5536378
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




Malls Telephone
Abraj Shopping Center 04 211 1479

Deira Souq, Dubai

Abu Hail Shopping Center 04 266 9600
Fax: 04 3241717
Abu Hail Rd, next to Ramada Continental
Al Ain Center 04 351 6914

Bur Dubai

Al Bustan Center 04 263 0000 Al Tawr Area
Al Dhiyafah Center 04 345 4955 Al Dhiyafa Road, opp. Plaza Hotel
Al Futtaim Center 04 222 2000 Salahuddin Rd, near Fish Roundabout
Al Ghurair Center 04 222 5222 End of Riqqa Rd
Al Hana Center 04 398 1777 Next to Dubai Plaza Hotel
Al Khaleej Center 04 355 5550 Bur Dubai
Al Mamzar Shopping Center 04 297 7790 Al Mamzar
Al Manal Center 04 227 7701 Deira
Al Maydan Shopping Center 04 295 5000 Deira, opposite Nasser Square
Al Musalla Tower 04 397 4424 Bur Dubai
Al Rais Shopping Center 04 352 7755 Bur Dubai
Al Twar Center 04 263 6622 Dubai
Beach Center 04 344 9045 Jumeirah Beach Road
Bin Hendi Avenue 04 295 1010 Garhoud Deira
Burjuman Center 04 352 0222 Close to Trade Center Road and Bank Street
Century Mall 04 296 6188 Al Shabab Sport Club, Mamzar
Dana Shopping Center 04 227 9555 Deira, Al Maktoum Street
Dragon Mart 06 577 6699 Al Warsan Area
Dubai Shopping Center 04 294 9992 Next to Deira City Center
The Dubai Mall   Sheik Zayed Road
Deira City Center 04 295 1010 Near Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Gold & Diamond Park 04 347 7788 Dubai
Hamarain Center 04 261 1110 Deira, Abu Hail
Holiday Center 04 331 1113 Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
Jumeirah Beach Centre 04 349 9702 Jumeirah Beach Road
Jumeirah Plaza 04 349 7111 Jumeirah Beach Road
Karama Shopping Center 04 337 4499 Karama
Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall 04 368 5888 Jebel Ali, between interchange 5 & 6
Lamcy Plaza 04 335 9999 Opposite to American Hospital
Lulu Center 04 335 1415 Karama
Lulu Hypermarket 04 298 8880 Al Qusais
Mall of the Emirates 04 340 3392 Sheikh Zayed Road
Magrudy Enterprises 04 344 4192 Jumeirah Beach Road
Mazaya Shopping Center 04 343 1092 Sheikh Zayed Road
Mercato Mall 04 349 5858 Defense Roundabout Jumeirah Beach Road
Nakheel Center 04 224 8880 Deira
Oasis Center 04 339 5111 Sheikh Zayed Road
Palm StripShopping Mall 04 224 9222 Jumeirah Beach Road
Reef Mall 04 224 2240 Deira
Safest Way Shopping Complex 04 343 4050 Sheikh Zayed Road
Souk Madinat Jumeirah 04 366 8888 Next to Burj Al Arab
The Galleria 04 209 6788 Hyatt Regency Hotel
The Inter Continental Plaza 04 223 2279 Inter-Continental Hotel
The Village 04 344 7714 Jumeirah Beach Road
Town Center Jumeirah 04 344 0111 Jumeirah Beach Road
Twin Towers Shopping Center 04 224 9222 Deira, Baniyas Road
Villa Moda 04 330 4555 Emirates Tower Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Wafi Shopping Mall 04 324 4555 Al Wasl Road
Warba Center 04 266 6376 Abu Bakr Siddique Road, next to JW Mariott Hotel


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