Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, the beautiful city of Dubai in United Arab Emirates has consistently attracted millions of Indian tourists every year. Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. Dubai now relies on revenues from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.
A visionary personality and well-respected personality, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai) is responsible for the growth of Dubai into a global city.
The readers of ME keen on visiting Dubai during ‘Dubai Shipping Festival’ or DSF scheduled next month in December 2018,
below information is very fruitful:
How to reach Dubai? : Almost all major airlines connect Dubai with the major cities of India. During DSF, most airlines offer bargain fares to woo the passenger-traffic.
Where to stay? : Dubai offers a vast array of accommodation-options. However, most Indian tourists prefer to stay at Holiday Inn Hotel located in Bur Dubai area. Holiday Inn Bur is Dubai’s most popular 4-star hotel known for its impeccable service and strategic location. Located opposite BurJuman Metro Station, this hotel is operated by IHG’s veteran German hotelier and General Manager, Mr Bruno Fischer.
The most prominent tourist attraction: Described as both a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder,’ Burj Khalifa, developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, is the world’s tallest building. Rising gracefully from the desert, Burj Khalifa honours the city with its extraordinary union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world. The tower was inaugurated on January 4, 2010, and is responsible for a number of world-firsts. The tower became the world’s tallest man-made structure just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004. Burj Khalifa utilised a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres of concrete; 39,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement; 103,000 square metres of glass; and 15,500 square metres of embossed stainless steel. The tower took 22 million man hours to build.
Meena Bazaar: It is the shoppers’ paradise in Dubai. Also known as ‘Mini India’ in Dubai, Meena Bazaar is full of Indian restaurants, thousands of gold showrooms, apparel shops and handicraft outlets. Well-known Indian fashion designer, Alpa Mashru-Savani operates her designer boutique of Indian garments in Meena Bazaar.
Indian community in Dubai is extremely close-knit. Prominent Indian faces known for their social service initiatives in Dubai include Monica Ketan Lakhani and Salim Patni.
Although Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English is the most spoken language in Dubai. You will also find a lot of expatriates who speak Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, etc.