The words ‘first, tallest, deepest, most expensive, lavish, outlandish’ could have been created for this city. Where else would you find a seven-star hotel, visit a series of 200 man-made islands in the shape of the countries of the world, or climb the world’s tallest building?
Amidst all this modernity, as you head from a swim in the sea or a business meeting to designer boutiques, a round of golf or a top teppanyaki restaurant, the age-old souks still attract those who like to haggle. And yet only a few kilometres into the magnificent desert there are still camels roaming free.
There is a vibrant and cosmopolitan air about Dubai, for instance the way the traditional abra boats carry a kaleidoscope of tourists side by side with sari-wrapped Indians and locals sporting spotless dishdashas.
Dubai has a hot desert climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy, and humid, with an average high around 41 °C and overnight lows around 30 °C in the hottest month, August. Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are warm with an average high of 24 °C and overnight lows of 14 °C in January, the coldest month. Dubai summers are also known for the high humidity level, which can make it uncomfortable for many.
Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubai’s lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions. As of 2013, Dubai was the 7th most visited city of the world and the fastest growing, increasing by a 10.7% rate. Dubai is expected to accommodate over 15 million tourists by 2015. The emirate is also the most populous emirate of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It is distinct from other members of the UAE in that a large part of the emirate’s revenues are from tourism.
On November 2, 2011 four cities had their bids for Expo 2020 already lodged, with Dubai making the last-minute entry. The delegation from the Bureau International des Expositions, who visited Dubai in February 2013 to examine the Emirate’s readiness for the largest exposition, was impressed by the infrastructure, and the level of national support. In May 2013, Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan was revealed. Dubai then won the right to host Expo 2020 on November 27, 2013. The event will bring huge economic benefits by generating activities worth billions of dirhams and may create over 270,000 jobs
Abu Dhabi is according to surface, the biggest and on grounds of oil resources, the richest emirate to which also more than 200 natural islands belong to, in the Persian Gulf. The capital of the same name of Abu Dhabi lies on a peninsula. It is at the same time the capital of United Arab Emirates. Visitors from all over the world are fascinated by the skyline of Abu Dhabi, the long beaches and an endless desert.
The emirate Sharjah exists of 4 non coherent territories which are connected by highways with each other.
Sharjah town lies in immediate neighborhood of Dubai and is equally rich with wonderful green arrangements, blossoming gardens and parks, as well as its harbor and the "Creek". The covered market of "Sharjah Souk" with her approx. 600 shops is especially imposing.
Smallest of all emirates lies away with its long white sandy beach immediately in the Persian Gulf in direct neighborhood to Sharjah and is only approx. 25 kms from Dubai.
Ras Al Khaimah
The emirate belongs to the smaller sheikdoms of the U.A.E. and has no skyline. Caused by a big water reservoir, agriculture is pursued in bigger style, while the beaches of the Persian Gulf attract tourists. In addition, there are a number of attractive beach hotels under construction.
The emirate Fujairah is one of the nicest emirates and lies within the Indian ocean, near the Hajar mountains. Long sandy beaches as well as good diving possibilities and snorkelling possibilities make it an ideal destination for beach vacation.
Umm Al Quwain
The emirate with the slightest population figures lies in the North between the emirates, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah and exists as a coherent territory. A dreamlike beach and the clear number of only 2 hotels of the middle class offer ideal conditions for casual beach vacation. With the "Dreamland" Aqua park Umm Al Quwain is one of the worldwide biggest of its kind