Living in Dubai

Located along the Persian Gulf by the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula and home to the tallest building in the world is Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Literally an oasis in the desert, Dubai rises out of the sands of the Arabian Desert as a haven for those seeking an adventurous lifestyle in a fast-paced, vibrant community. From the desert outskirts to the bustling downtown, Dubai is a global city for all ages. Nearby cities in the United Arab Emirates include Sharjah, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain.

Dubai's tropical climate allows for mild winters, comfortable springs, and languid summers, perfect for the variety of outdoor activities. With year-round sunshine and warm winds, Dubai offers ideal weather for a visit to the beach, sailing, or exploring the nearby desert by camel-back.

What is most unique about Dubai is the culture. A veritable melting pot of races and cultures, Dubai is a multifaceted, colorful society. The local Emerati people are known for their welcoming spirit and generosity, and are a deeply family orientated society. This attitude is reflected in all aspects of Dubai life, from the academically excellent schools and universities to the burgeoning medical facilities. While many religions are represented within the city, Islam is most prevalent, which requires a cultural and religious sensitivity in public life.

A popular tourist destination, Dubai offers an array of recreational activities and attractions. Relax and work on a tan at the beach, or explore the local man-made islands, created in the shape of palm trees or in the shape of the world, located two and half miles off the coast. Close proximity to the Arabian Desert allows for camel rides by sunset or, for the truly adventurous, "dune bashing," an exhilarating ride through the desert dunes with an off-road vehicle.

Enjoy Dubai's eclectic cuisine, with a food palate almost as diverse as its people. Heavily influenced by Arabic, South Asian, and Chinese cultures, Dubai offers mouth-watering, authentic dishes that are sure to please all taste buds. From high dining at one of Dubai's many five-star hotels to the local shwarma shop, dishes satiate even the pickiest appetites. Favorites include Ossiano, Armani Ristorante, and La Petite Maison.

It is no surprise that Dubai, United Arab Emirates is becoming more than just a vacation spot. With an economic growth rate that is double China's, it is quickly expanding to a popular place to live. From its downtown buildings that touch the sky to its luxurious seaside resorts and quiet desert villages, Dubai is a premier relocation spot.

Demographics

Dubai is a city with a population of approximately 2,262,000, according to a 2010 census. The common currency is the Emirati Dirham, which is approximately $3.63 AED for every US dollar. It is situated in the United Arab Emirates along the Persian Gulf and in the Arabian Desert, with close proximity to cities Sharjah, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain.

Lifestyle

Dubai takes pride in its high standard of living. Pamper yourself in one Dubai's many spas for a day of relaxation, featuring massages, saunas, and swimming pools to unwind in after a long day. Visit the beach with a good book and dip your toes in the water. When it's time to eat, choose from one of the many five-star restaurants that the city has to offer.

Dubai's exotic location and zest for fun provide an endless array of nightlife activities. Enjoy annual festivals such as the Dubai International Film Festival, showcasing popular movies from Hollywood and India. Dance the night away in Dubai's famous nightclubs, sparking the New York Times to name Dubai as "the kind of city where you might run into Michael Jordan at the Buddha Bar or stumble across Naomi Campbell celebrating her birthday with a multiday bash." Enjoy a view of the city at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, at 2,723 feet.

For great shopping, Dubai offers a variety of choices. For a more authentic feel, experience the open-air market Dubai Spice Souk, selling a variety of traditional fragrances and spices. The Dubai Mall offers many luxury brands known worldwide, with over 1,200 stores, sure to meet every shopaholic's need.

Things to Do

Burj Khalifa

View Dubai from a bird's eye view at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The outdoor observation deck named At the Top is located on the 124th floor. The deck features the Behold Telescope, which allows visitors to view the area in real time and also saved images from different times of the day or different weather conditions.

Dubai Fountains

Set to music and designed by the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain shoots water as high as 500 feet - the height of a 50-story building. Performances occur daily on the Burj Khalifa Lake.

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Situated directly on the Arabian Sea, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is fun for all ages. Themed around the story of Juha, a popular character from Arabian folklore, Wild Wadi is the only Arabian themed amusement park in the United Arab Emirates. The Wild Wadi Waterpark features 28 rides and attractions.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Experience the local wildlife at this local reserve, dedicated to the conversation of the natural inland desert ecosystem outside of Dubai. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is home to 57 plant species, over 120 birds and 43 mammals and reptiles.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Located in the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwood Zoo is the largest suspended aquarium in the world, with over 33,000 aquatic animals. The aquarium features over 400 sharks and rays, with the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world. Take a glass-bottom boat ride to view the wildlife below your feet, or for the truly adventurous, suit up for a shark dive, taking you inches away of a variety of sharks and rays.

Learn More about Dubai

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