DUBAI AS A DESTINATION:
Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is the natural meeting place at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, and a global hub for trade, commerce, knowledge exchange and innovation. Dubai has transformed itself into a buzzing international metropolis and has embraced people from over 200 nationalities who live and work in Dubai, calling it home.
Dubai’s central location makes it one of the busiest travel hubs in the world and Dubai International Airport is ranked first in the world for international passenger traffic with over 7,000 weekly flights. Moreover Dubai has a diverse range of premium, standard and budget hotels offering services that cater to all needs and budgets. There are close to 700 hotels in the emirate, together offering more than 100,000 rooms. Current estimates show that a total of 134,000 rooms are expected by the end of 2018.
Dubai has a politically stable environment and a safe city for citizens, residents and visitors alike. According to Interpol, Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world in terms of crimes and health, making it a reassuring ground for all.
Bordered by shimmering beaches and vast deserts, Dubai is a city of stark contrasts. From the ultra – modern metropolis that is full of state of the art infrastructure, skyscrapers, shopping malls, and the world’s most spectacular hotels, to winding waterways and historic alleyways, bustling souks, and beautiful mosques that are steeped in Arabian culture.
Dubai has something to offer for everyone.
The official currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham (abbreviated to Dhs or AED), with each dirham divided into 100 fils. Dirham notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 denominations, while common coins come in Dhs 1, 0.5 and 0.25.
The dirham is pegged to the US Dollar at the official exchange rate of Dhs 3.6725 to every US Dollar.
ATM’s, banks and money exchange bureaus can be found throughout Abu Dhabi. Credit cards, such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club, are widely accepted in the United Arab Emirates.