The United Arab Emirates sits proudly on the north-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and west and the Sultanate of Oman to the east and north. The country is made up of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm AI Quwain, and Ras AI Khaimah. Abu Dhabi, which occupies over 80% of the country, is the biggest emirate, with Dubai the second largest.
Dubai is made up largely of arid desert and with sometimes breathtaking sand dunes hiding the odd oasis.
The UAE government spending time and money on its ‘greening’ programme. Well-maintained grass, healthy palm trees and pretty flowers lining endless roads are a common feature in this part of the world.
Dubai is well-known as the gateway between the East and the West infusing modernity and style with the traditional Arabic hospitality. Here you can take your pick from the world’s richest horse race and traditional sport of falconry, make merry at the night clubs, shop for the world’s biggest brands or go hunting for spices in primitive souks.
Dubai has managed to create the right balance western influence and eastern tradition. Its culture is rooted in Islamic traditions that penetrate the Arabian peninsula and beyond, but the city’s visionary development is evident proof of an open-minded and liberal outlook.
Perpetual sun and clear blue skies sum up Dubai’s weather. The emirate has a sub tropical and arid climate that gets very hot in the height of the summer. Rainfall is infrequent and normally only occurs in winter. Occasionally there are sandstorms when the sand is whipped off the desert. Temperatures range from a low of around 1 D’C (SD’F) in winter, to a high of 48C (118′F) in summer. The mean daily maximum is 24′C (7S’F) in January, rising to 41 ‘C (1 D6′F) in August.
In the race for excellence, there is no finish line” – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and the Ruler of Dubai.
Inspired by the vision of its ruler, the glittering metropolis of Dubai is moving ahead in dizzying pace to clinch the top position among other global destinations, ahead of other traditional favourites like Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore..
The world’s eyes are strained on Dubai where even the most incredible is becoming possible. Man-made islands, building of a new coast-line, the world’s tallest habitable tower, new parameters of leisure water-front living, the world’s largest mall, a rotating tower….the list is seemingly endless.