Sun and Sea lovers the Burj Al Arab salutes you as the Statue of Liberty would if you were to arrive in New York, or the Eiffel Tower as you arrived in Paris. Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, ruled by his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE. It is a must see for those wishing to relocate their business or just want to go for a lavish vacation. The local infrastructure helps make a trip to Dubai smooth and hassle-free.
The Burj Al Arab really lives up to its reputation as the best hotel in the world. The moment you arrive at the airport you’re swept off your feet by a white Rolls Royce to take you to the man-made island the hotel is built on. If you choose to land on the hotel’s helipad you can cross the bridge via helicopter. When you arrive, there are no words to explain the amount of opulence. The marble floors are from Italy, the exuberant interior with gold leaf covering, the leopard upholstery, the silk wallpaper, it’s enough to keep your mouth open. If you are traveling to Dubai make sure you bring proper attire. You may feel the heat outside if you go in July but rest assured that air conditioning is blasted in every restaurant and on any public transportation you may use.
The local currency is the “dirham” and the banks are happy to change it for you. The ATMs are conveniently located throughout the city. This makes for easier shopping which is another plus in Dubai. You’ll find the most intriguing shops and boutiques.
All the name brands and the locals provide an array of trinkets, authentic treasures and jewels that you will want to take home. At the Global Village cultural marketing and activities will tire you out. There are festivals year round but in January the “One World…One Family” Dubai Shopping Festival is great for discounts, firework and retail fun. You do not want to miss a variety of music groups at the Dubai International Jazz Festival.
Nightlife is livelier than ever. People are required to be culturally sensitive to the city. Men and women are asked to wear clothes that are not too revealing, covering their arms, legs and shoulders. Although the city is governed by Islamic laws alcohol is available for purchase at restaurants and duty free shops. Consumption of alcohol however is prohibited in public places if found drunk in public one may be subject to stiff penalties. Prepare your checkbook it is not cheap.
Charitable Dubai is something one thinks about once you see the wealth in that city. His Highness The Sheikh launched the Dubai Cares campaign to support education for children and combat poverty in the Middle East. The campaign also supervises the ‘Thirst for Education” which provides clean drinking water for children around the world. Numerous charities found a home in the United Arab Emirates from the disabled to the Well to do the services are comparable. Dubai for your next vacation! It is the pace to visit.
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