From a humble village to a cosmopolitan city Dubai has transformed from a humble fishing village to one of the most cosmopolitan and innovative cities in the world today. Tracing its origins back to 3,000 BC, Dubai's inhabitants made their livelihood from fishing, pearl diving, boat building and sea trading, before the discovery of oil in the late 1960s. In 1971, Dubai joined its neighbours to form the United Arab Emirates, safeguarding the area's prosperity.

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Buggy Safaris

Head off-road with Dune Buggy Dubai to discover the thrills of the desert. You can find activities to suit whatever level of adventure you crave. The Morning Dune Buggy Safari features an early bird hour-long ride in your own open buggy. If you're looking for more, try the Evening Desert Safari. Here, you'll go dune bashing in a brand new Land Rover. After the drive, you'll sit down for live entertainment consisting of a traditional dance show. Food, beverages and henna painting enhance the experience with sand boarding and camel riding available to keep the excitement going until late at night.


Thrill-seekers can get their kicks at sea in JBR Beach, where Dubai’s latest toys are getting hearts racing. Flyboarding, also known as water jet-packing, sees adventure lovers fitted into a small board and strapped to a specially-made backpack that sucks up seawater, before spitting it back out, propelling the rider into the air. If you have never tried it before, no worries. Even beginners will be able to manoeuvre themselves around the marina – just be prepared to make a splash crash-landing the first few attempts.

Dubai Food Festival

Held annually, Dubai Food Festival celebrates the city's distinct food scene, celebrity chefs and world-class dining experiences. The festival features a fantastic line-up of events from late February to early March. The exciting schedule typically includes Dubai Restaurant Week, where foodies can taste must-try restaurants for less; an array of beachside food stalls at Beach Canteen; Taste of Dubai, where food, culture and music mix for an epic weekend event; and much more.

Emirati Cuisine

While modern flavours and techniques influence Emirati food, the cuisine still retains much of its traditional character. A medley of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, saffron, turmeric and nutmeg take centre stage alongside dried fruits and fresh herbs like coriander, mint and thyme. Try traditional harees, mandi and karak tea at restaurants like Logma at The Dubai Mall, JBR's Seven Sands and Al Hadheerah, tucked away among the dunes of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.


From chic outdoor shopping precincts to super-sized city malls, there’s no better place to indulge in retail therapy than Dubai. And it’s not just the shopping that attracts; there’s also ice rinks, ski slopes, fabulous cinemas, spas and restaurants districts to keep you entertained. Take in the attractions of The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk and The Beach at JBR as a starting point.


Lavish gold jewellery, hand-woven fabrics, oud fragrances and bargain knick-knacks – you'll find it all in our bustling souks, or Arabian markets. While the emirate lives up to its reputation as a thriving modern city, the souks have been a crucial part of daily life and trade for centuries. For an immersive cultural experience, visit the gold, spice, perfume and textile souks in Dubai's historical neighbourhoods of Deira and Bur Dubai and, for a modern take, visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah or Souk Al Bahar.

Dubai International Airport
The Dubai International Airport, Dubai

Dubai International (DXB) is located four kilometres (2.5 miles) southeast of Dubai. Transportation from the airport is possible by taxi, bus or metro. The Terminal 1 departures concourse (Sheikh Rashid Terminal) is linked to Terminal 1 via a tunnel with travelators. Terminal 2 is used exclusively for business and charter flights. Transfers between the terminals takes about 10 minutes using the airport shuttle service. Taxis are provided by the government-run Dubai Transport airport taxi, where each cab is meter-run. Bus stations are located opposite both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Buses run frequently and serve the most popular places in Dubai (www, must be bought prior to the journey. You can also take the metro to and from the airport. The metro runs at ten-minute intervals and stops at various stations located across the city.

Dress code and customs

Dressing in public Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that is a melting pot of diverse cultures and religious faiths. All attires and cultural preferences are generally acceptable. Swimwear is permissible on beaches, pool and spa areas and for water-based entertainment, but is not considered appropriate in areas such as business districts and shopping malls. It is pertinent to note that in the more historical quarters of the city and places of religious worship, dressing conservatively is appreciated. In mosques, clothing that covers shoulders, arms and legs and head scarves for women, are required. Displays of affection Local tradition provides that handshakes should be initiated by women as a sign of respect, and that public displays of affection are kept to a minimum. Holding hands is acceptable; but kissing and hugging in public areas is not permitted. Drinking alcohol Alcohol is served in licensed establishments such as hotels, bars and specialised shops to those over 21 years of age. However, drunk and disorderly conduct, as well as drunk driving are not acceptable. Use or possession of illegal drugs is also strictly prohibited.

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