DXB City Expert June 2019

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

SO THIS IS DUBAI

Get the skinny on the city with a quick history lesson. Armed with knowledge,

head out to discover all the emirate has to offer for the holiday of a lifetime

The Dubai Fountain, as seen

from Palace Downtown

SCRATCH BENEATH

THE SURFACE

A city of visual superlatives, it’s difficult

to imagine Dubai without the gravitydefying

presence of Burj Khalifa, the

roar of supercars along its highways

and wealth of plush malls, luxury hotels

and record-breaking attractions.

Back in 1833, the nomadic Bani

Yas tribe – led by the Maktoum family

– migrated from the country’s desert

interior to what was just a small coastal

fishing, pearling and trading settlement.

Nothing much changed for the next

100 years until Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed

Al Maktoum became ruler and ordered

that Dubai Creek be dredged to

accommodate larger trading vessels,

thus setting in motion the transformation

of Dubai into a modern mega city.

The discovery of ‘black gold’ in 1966

was the real game-changer with

newly found oil wealth the catalyst for

the establishment of the United Arab

Emirates. In an historic first, the ruling

tribes of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah,

Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah

came together on 2 December 1971,

followed by Ras Al Khaimah one year

later, to form the country.

Under the leadership of the UAE’s first

president, the late Sheikh Zayed (ruler

of Abu Dhabi), and with the can-do

attitude of Sheikh Rashid and support

of the rulers of the other five emirates,

the rest, as they say, is history.

The modern-day metropolis you’ve

seen on TV is every bit as exciting as

you can imagine. For a rich experience,

we recommend that you get out onto

the city streets, meet some of the more

than 200 nationalities who are proud

to call Dubai home, and discover

just what makes this one of the best

destinations in the world to visit.

The climate

The temperature in June can reach a

peak of 40°C (104°F). The sun's rays are

strong, so be sure to slather on the high

protection factor suncream.

The currency

The UAE Dirham is what you’ll use. Notes

come in 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10

and 5, and their value is pegged at

Dhs3.67 = USD1.

The weekend

The UAE weekend falls on Friday/

Saturday. Friday is the holy day so bear

in mind that some attractions may be

closed until the early evening.

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