Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ahlan wa Sahlan: DUBAI

Ever been Dubai, no then your missing a lot. Dubai is a beautiful place to be for fun, enjoyment, laugh, recreation or honeymoon, everything goes there.

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a population over 1 million that offers a wonderful taste of Arabia, seamlessly combining some of the world’s most exciting tourists developments in a distinctive blend of modern city and desert.

Dubai is considered by many as the ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’ and is the second largest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai is mainly split in three parts, east of Dubai is called Deira, centrally located is Bur Dubai and the far west of Dubai is Jumeirah Beach. The best thing is you won’t get lost because Al Khaleej Road runs from Deira all the way through Bur Dubai and joins Jumeirah Beach Road, and the Jumeirah Beach Road is parallel to the Jumeirah Beach itself. How can you get lost, you can’t even if you try.

Dubai's central business district is divided into two parts: Diera on the north side of the Creek and Bur Dubai to the south. They are connected by a tunnel and two bridges. But no matter which side you find yourself on, a stroll along its banks will remind you of the city's centuries-old trading traditions. And each side has everything you might want, from great hotels and stores to mosques and bustling markets (souks.)You cannot get bored when your in Dubai, because there is just too much to do i.e. water sports, tennis, golf, fishing, adventures, diving, culture and finally shopping.

Where else can you spend a vacation that combines sand dunes and Middle East culture with stunning high rise hotels overlooking pristine beaches and the warm turqouise waters of the Arabian Gulf (also known as the Persian Gulf)? If that's not enough, Dubai is a shopper's paradise. The tiny emirate is a duty-free zone and during its March Shopping Festival, two million visitors arrive looking for discounts on gold, electronics, clothing, and Persian carpets.

Dubai is competing to be one among the 7 wonders of the world. With its God given oil money, the Dubai Tourism have utilised the land and now they have moved into the sea. They are building what the Arab world has never done before, they are developing The Palm Islands and The Worlds which involves construction of the world’s three largest man-made islands The Palm – Jumeirah, The Palm – Jebel Ali and The Palm – Deira.

The World is an exclusive residential development on a mega scale covering 300 exclusive man-made islands that are currently rising from the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The expected date for completion is 2010. The Islands, which will be visible from the moon with the naked eye, are expected to contribute to Dubai’s position as a premier global tourist destination and have been hailed as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.

In our next issue of Dubai we will discuss the new rise of developments in Dubai.
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