Visit Dubai

Although Dubai is not the capital of the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi is), it is without any doubt the most famous city in the country. And until recently, it was probably the most dynamic city of the UAE.
Unfortunately, the crisis hit the UAE, and Abu Dhabi regained its capital status, as Dubai felt the full impact the 2009 financial crisis. 

General presentation

Name: Dubai (in english),  دبي (in arabic)
The name "Dubai" refers to main city as well as the Emirate in which this city lies.

Head (emir): Mohammed bin Rachid al Maktoum, also known as Sheikh Mohammed
Previous emir: Maktoum bin Rachid al Maktoum, his brother
Crown Prince: Hamdan bon Mohammed al Maktoum, his son
The emir of Dubai is also the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Inhabitants: officially 2 million, probably less after the crisis

Tourism: must see's and must do's in Dubai

If you have a stopover in Dubai, or if you travel to the city, you should definitely see:
  • The Burj Khalifa Tower, the highest tower in the world
  • Burj Dubai, the most luxurious hotel in the world
  • the old Dubai, with its gold souk and spices souk
  • Aquaventure and Wild Wadi
  • Palm Jumeira and the Atlantis
  • Ski Dubai, the indoor ski slope of the UAE
  • The shopping centres: the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall

Traffic and parking in Dubai

Traffic in Dubai, although not as bad as that in Abu Dhabi, is pretty dreadful. Taxis drive extremely badly and pedestrians are fearless when crossing 6 lane highways.
The main arterial road into Dubai is often congested due to large mass movements of traffic either in or out of Dubai. There is an significant amount of commuting between Sharjah and Dubai creating heavy morning and evening traffic loads.
More recently, the trend has seen strong commuting  developing between Abu Dhabi and Dubai due to better job opportunities arising in Abu Dhabi in the post crisis era. This has created similar traffic trends on the southern end of Dubai.

For more information on public and private transport in the UAE, read Public and Private Transport in the UAE.

On the other hand parking is, for the most part, free in Dubai and since the crisis and the significant decrease in inhabitants, one can quite easily find available parking areas.