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General Information About Dubai City
Dubai Holidays Written by admin on 2008-09-29

So, your visiting the beautiful city of Dubai?

Well listed in this article are a few interesting facts you might be interested in knowing including, weather, festivals, destination guides for Dubai (all the best), and a few other things. I think it’s important for people to know these types of things because the last thing you need is to go to a city you have never been to before, unprepared! That’s just about the worst thing ever! First things first, let’s start with the weather and make our way down the list! Not that it’s not already obvious but the city of Dubai is located in the Middle East, the hot and humid Middle East. Needless to say it’s usually always hot around those parts so I highly doubt you are going to have to worry about bringing those big winter jackets you’re always lugging around in the winter time where you live! The climate is hot and dry. The mean January temperature is 65°F. and the mean temperature in July is 92°F. The average annual rainfall is 6in. Here are some generalized temperatures:

Average Temperatures in Dubai (In Fahrenheit):
(High Low)

January – March 80F 54F
April – June 97F 65F
July – September 103F 77F
October – December 92F 58F

The next thing you are going to want to know is the currency as well as what languages they speak in Dubai. The monetary unit is the dirham (AED) which is divided into 100 fils. The dirham is linked to the Special Drawing Right of the International Monetary Fund. It has been held constant against the US dollar since the end of 1980 at a mid-rate of approximately US$1= Dh3.67. Also, if you need to exchange your American dollars or whatever currency you have, into AED currency “houses” are available as well, these houses are open from 8:30am-1:00pm and 4:30-8:30pm. Main language: Arabic; English is also widely spoken as well!

There is actually a really important “holiday” celebrated but it’s different each year so make sure you look this up before you even make plans to Dubai, the reason I say this is you probably won’t want to visit this incredible city during this holiday which is called Ramadan! In many Muslim countries, labor laws stress that Muslims may be required to work a maximum of six hours daily during the holy month of Ramadan. Offices, shops, and other places of employment adjust to the reduced working hours. Restaurants close and food may not be consumed during the day by non-Muslims. Night turns into day with prayer and family life being the focus of activities. In the UAE, shopping centers are open late into the night, the streets are crowded with people, and television offers special late night viewing for the entire family. I have actually seen this information on a few websites and it’s not only rude but illegal to eat during this holiday, so make sure you read up on this stuff beforehand!

Holidays are subject to change according to the moon, so in turn there are no set dates. However, here is a small list of when the holidays will take place, these are more guesstimates than anything else, but just so you get an idea:

  • Hijra New Year: Year 1424 began 4 March 2003
  • Prophet’s Birthday: A significant day for many Muslims
  • Israa’ Wal Miraaj: The Prophet’s miraculous night journey to Heaven
  • UAE National Day: 2 December, The official establishment of the United Arab Emirates
  • Eid Al Fitr: Feast of Fast Breaking at the end of the month of fasting
  • Eid Al Adha: Feast of Sacrifice; occurs during the pilgrimage to Mecca, commemorating the example set by Prophet Abraham
  • Accession Day: The day Shaikh Zayed Al Nahayan become ruler of the UAE

It’s important if you stay there that you know how to get around, in some place there are taxis and buses and in other places where applicable there are also water taxis.
Buses run between Dubai International Airport and Deira bus station every half hour, and metered, beige-colored Dubai Transport taxis take new arrivals to any point in the Deira or Bur Dubai city centers. Although they can’t serve the airport, there are scores of private taxis in all shapes and colors.
As these aren’t metered, you may need to haggle a bit about fares. Local buses run from the Deira bus station, near the gold souq, and the Bur Dubai Station on Al-Ghubaiba Rd. Monthly bus passes, known as taufeer, get you unlimited travel on either side of Dubai Creek or throughout the city.

Dubai is a very beautiful city to visit year round, but as with any other place you visit it’s important to know some basic facts before you go, or even better before you book, especially if you wouldn’t feel comfortable being there for certain holidays like Ramadan! I’m sure this is a really cool thing to be involved in, but personally I would feel like I was being more of a burden than anything else, so for me I would choose to not travel around that time.

Of course you can go or do whatever you want, just make sure you respect their religion and respect them! I really hope you enjoy your trip, I know you will have an amazing experience and it’s a place you will want to visit time and time again! Have fun!

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