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Dubai has rapidly grown into a leading tourism and real estate capital of the world. It has gained the status of a progressive employment capital. A lot of international companies in the field of construction, hospitality, finance, media etc are setting business in Dubai. They need a lot of qualified staff to work with them and hence there are great job opportunities here....

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Dubai Shopping

Dubai, the shopping capital of the Middle East, is a shopper’s paradise! What better way to spend your leisure time and beat the Dubai heat than go on a shopping spree in one of the many classy air-conditioned shopping malls which adorn the Dubai landscape.....

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Hotels in Dubai

Besides the Burj-al-Arab, Dubai offers a wide variety of hotel accommodation which is generally considered to be of very high standard and great value for the money. The range includes everything from budget hotel Dubai accommodation to luxury hotels. ...

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Burj Dubai

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the tallest tower of them all? Very soon the answer will be “Burj Dubai”. Burj Dubai is an Arabic word which means "Dubai Tower" when translated to English. This soon to be the tallest man made structure in the world is currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ...

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United Arab Emirates and Dubai Culture

Mosque DubaiAlthough relatively tolerant and relaxed, Dubai 's culture is firmly rooted in Islam. Most Emiratis are Sunni Muslims, and many belong to the strict Wahhabi sect (or more politely, muwahidin), though they are generally much less puritanical than the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia.

Only about a quarter of Dubai's population is Emirati; expats come from all over the world and large communities of Iranians, Brits, Pakistanis, Indians and Philippinos call the city home. Arabic is the official language, but English is the language of business. Urdu, Farsi and Malayalam are also useful. Although there's little in the way of a national cuisine in the UAE - the Bedouin diet catered more to sustenance than to decadence - the city's tradition of trade and long-standing commitment to multiculturalism has nurtured a centuries-old love of international edibles.

 

If you attend any of Dubai 's festivals, you may be lucky enough to see traditional dances like the fast-paced liwa or the Bedouin ayyalah performed. Most Bedouin crafts are practical as well as beautiful: Pots like the birnah and hibb are designed to keep milk cool, while the mehaffa, or hand fan, does the same for you. The barjeel, a windtower and attractive architectural element, directs the smallest breeze into the house; it's surprisingly effective air conditioning.

Arabian peopleAlmost all Emiratis wear traditional dress. Men don the 'I-don't-know-how-they-keep-it-so-clean' ankle-length white dishdasha, topped with a white head cloth (gutra) secured by a black coil (agal). Women slip into a long, black cloak (abaya), and sometimes a black head cloth (shayla) and/or a stiff, gold-colored mask (burqa) to cover their faces. Underneath, they wear whatever they want.

As in any Islamic country, it's important to respect local customs. Visitors, particularly women, do well to dress modestly. It's impolite to photograph people without asking permission first. Men should refrain from shaking hands with women unless the woman puts her hand out first, and women may find that some men won't want to shake theirs; strict Muslims may avoid touching women outside their families. That said, the people of Dubai are used to foreigners' faux pas, and if it's obvious you're trying your best you're unlikely to offend anyone.