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Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. With a shape like a slanted rectangle, it’s bounded in the north by Sharjah and in the south by Abu Dhabi. The city is rather like an independent city-state. It is the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, developing rapidly, especially in the tourist and trade sectors. Recently, Dubai won the bid to host EXPO 2020, a Universal scale Registered Exposition approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), Paris.
It has an arid subtropical climate with scorching, humid summer weather averaging 42 degrees (108F) in the daytime and 28 (84F) at night. Fall and Spring are still relatively hot, with daytime temperatures between 25 and 40 degrees (75-100F) and nights around 20 degrees (65-75F), with less humidity. Winter weather is pleasant and dry, with daytime highs of 25 (75F) and nighttime lows of 10 degrees (55F). It is known for its beaches, with water temperature in summer getting as hot as 37 degrees (99F). The water temperature tends to be around 20-25 degrees (75F) in winter and 30 (85F) in Spring and fall as outside temperatures rise.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DUBAI
December, With an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, December is our favourite as the maximum temperature doesn’t cross 26 degrees Celsius and rainfall increases to 20mm over four days at the end of the month.
Transport is controlled by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), an agency of the government of Dubai, formed by royal decree in 2005. In the past, the public transport network has faced congestion and reliability issues that an extensive investment programme has addressed, including over AED 70 billion improvements planned for completion by 2020, when the city’s population is projected to exceed 3.5 million. In 2009, according to Dubai Municipality statistics, there were an estimated 1,021,880 cars in here. In January 2010, the number of Dubai residents who use public transport stood at 6%.
See also: Emirati cuisine.
Arabic cuisine is trendy and is available everywhere in the city, from the small shawarma diners in Deira and Al Karama to the restaurants in Dubai’s hotels. Fast food, South Asian, and Chinese cuisines are also trendy and are widely available. The sale and consumption of pork are regulated and is sold only to non-Muslims in designated areas of supermarkets and airports. Similarly, the sale of alcoholic beverages is held. A liquor permit is required to purchase alcohol; however, alcohol is available in bars and restaurants within hotels. Shisha and qahwa boutiques are also famous in Dubai. Biryani is also a renowned cuisine across Dubai, being the most popular among Indians and Pakistanis present in Dubai.
See also: Music of the United Arab Emirates
Dubai Opera opened its door on 31 August 2016 in Downtown Dubai with a performance by Plácido Domingo. The venue is a 2000-seat, multifunctional performing arts centre able to host theatrical shows, concerts and operas, and weddings, gala dinners, banquets, and conferences.
Arabic movies are famous in Dubai and the UAE. Since 2004, the city has hosted the annual Dubai International Film Festival, which serves as a showcase for Arab and Middle Eastern film-making talents. The Dubai Desert Rock Festival was also another major festival consisting of heavy metal and rock artists but is no longer held in Dubai.
One of the lesser-known sides of Dubai is the importance of its young contemporary art gallery scene. Since 2008, the leading modern art galleries such as Carbon 12 Dubai, Green Art, gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, and The Third Line have brought the city onto the international art map. Art Dubai, the growing and reputable art fair of the region, is a significant contributor to the contemporary art scene’s development.