Alcohol: While alcohol is served at restaurants mostly located
in hotels, it can also be purchased at the Arrival Duty Free store in Dubai International
Airport or with a special
permit valid for non-Muslim residents only. Dubai operates a zero tolerance policy to
driving under the influence of alcohol.
Currency and credit cards: The official currency
of the UAE is the Arab Emirates Dirham (AED or Dhs). Each Dirham is divided
into 100 fils and is held constant against the US Dollar at an average of 3.67.
All banks operate from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm, Saturday through Wednesday and 8.00
am to 12.00 noon on Thursdays. Currency exchange houses are open until late in
the evening. All international credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
Dress code: Visitors are free to
dress according to their personal choice. Dress sensibly, without wearing too
much revealing clothes in public places or places of worship. Shorts and skirts
are acceptable for ladies. Most Emirati men and women still choose to wear the
traditional national dress. Lightweight summer clothing can be worn for most of
the year, but the temperature can drop quite sharply at night during the winter.
Electricity: The standard electricity supply is 220/240 volts. American appliances may need a transformer.
is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural
heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their
approach to visitors.
Arabic is the official language, English is very widely spoken,
especially in business. Given the large size of the expatriate
population, several other languages are also used in everyday life,
headed by Hindi, Urdu and Farsi.
Photography of buildings and sights is widely acceptable. Local people,
especially the women, do not take kindly to being photographed without
their prior permission. In general, it is best to avoid taking
photographs (or video footage) of any individual in a National Dress.
Safety and security:
Dubai is a very safe city for visitors and residents alike, with
minimal chances of untoward events. However, locking your car and
minding your personal belongings is always recommended.
Travellers holding passports with a right of residence in the following
countries can get a visa on arrival at Dubai International Airport - a
visit visa valid for 60 days is stamped directly in your passport by
immigration officials: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei,
Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, GCC Countries, Germany, Great
Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Vatican City.
bai Municipality (www.dm.gov.ae)
Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (www.dubaitourism.ae)
Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (www.dcci.ae)
has a very eventful social calendar. With international sporting
events, shopping and entertainment festivals, music and cultural
programs held at various indoor and outdoor venues all year - round.
from the world’s richest horse race - The Dubai World Cup, and
international jazz festivals, to the home grown Dubai Shopping
Festival, Dubai also hosts regionally significant exhibitions and trade
shows on a regular basis.
While the actual dates
of many important events are timed to match the season, the Lunar
calendar and the holy month of Ramadan change from year to year. The
chart below provides a guideline to the city’s many events:
: The Dubai Marathon, Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai International Jazz
Festival, Emirates Cup Traditional Dhow Sailing Race, Dubai
International Sailing Week Regatta
February : The Dubai Terry Fox Run, Dubai Tennis Championships
March : Dubai Desert Golf Classic, Dubai World Cup, Dubai International Kite Surfing Challenge
April : International Jewellery exhibition
May : Local and international events
June : Dubai Summer Surprises, UAE National Sailing Championship
July : Dubai Summer Surprises
August : Dubai Summer Surprises
September : Local and international events (Dubai, the City that Cares festival)
October : Gulf IT Exhibition (GITEX), UAE Desert Challenge
November : Horse racing season, Dubai Traditional Dhow Sailing Race
December : Rugby 7s, Dubai Air Show, Dubai Grand Prix, National Day celebrations
The city of Dubai
embraces its namesake creek, dividing it into two halves. The main
sightseeing circuit in Dubai is split between Bur Dubai and Deira which
lie on opposite sides of the water, and the gently curving Dubai Creek
is an attraction in itself. You will have plenty of opportunities for
some brilliant views of the city from the water: gleaming skyscrapers
on one side, and old trading dhows on the other.
Deira’s many attractions include the historic quarter of
Bastakia, as well as old Souks and covered marketplaces. Wandering
along the alleys, you can explore the Spice Souk and the Gold Souk. The
Dubai Museum is housed within the beautifully restored Al Fahidi Fort,
and is a must-see for first time visitors to Dubai. Built in 1799 to
defend the city against invasion, it has served as both palace and
prison and the museum’s collection includes life-size figures and
galleries depicting Arab houses, mosques, date gardens, desert and
On the Bur Dubai side, Heritage Village, located in the Shindagah area,
is a family destination where you can watch potters, weavers and
artisans at their crafts. The adjoining Diving Village offers a
cultural microcosm of pearl diving and fishing. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum
House, a museum restored from the house of Dubai’s former ruler
and dating back to the late 1800s, is within the same complex. With its
unusual layered rooms and authentic wind towers, Sheikh Saeed’s
House showcases regional architecture at its best.
If you drive west from the city centre, you will reach the popular
suburb of Jumeirah, home to some of Dubai’s finest luxury hotels
and resorts, unspoilt stretches of sunny beaches and water sports
complexes. In Jumeirah is the Grand Mosque, re-built in 1998, with the
city’s tallest minaret, nine large domes and 45 small domes - a
distinguished landmark and an important place of worship.
About 115 km south east of Dubai, in the heart of the rocky Hatta
Mountains, is the 3000 year old Hatta Village, an important historical
site for the region. The two towers overlooking the village used to be
defence fortresses against hostile invaders, and during a relaxed day
at the Village, you can visit the Houses of Traditional Handicrafts and
Palm Products, The Castle Centre, and the 200 year old Sharia Mosque.
In contrast to the traditional attractions of Dubai and the surrounding
areas, the city boasts world-class business and leisure facilities.
Dubai is home to Ski Dubai - the first indoor ski resort in the Middle
East. This unique resort spans 22,500 square meters, which is
temperature controlled at -1° to -2°, and covered with real
snow throughout the year. The theme of Ski Dubai is that of a mountain
resort - with qualified instructors to guide you through the
intricacies of learning to ski or snowboard. Inside the resort, a
retail shop, themed restaurants and the world’s largest Snow
Park, offer something for everyone.
|Dubai is a veritable shopper’s paradise! Whether it is for gold, electronics, carpets, spices, textiles or more.
city is one of the largest retail gold markets in the world, selling
everything from ingots to intricately hand crafted jewellery, and
bargaining is welcomed almost everywhere. The Gold Souk area in Deira
has glittering street-front stores and hides dozens of alleys housing
smaller shops. The newly built Gold and Diamond Park on Sheikh Zayed
Road is an attraction for serious jewellery shoppers.
city is also home to some of the Middle East region’s most prestigious
shopping malls, boutiques and department stores that house retailers of
haute couture, hi-tech electronics, home furnishings and accessories or
traditional Arabic crafts. Dubai is famous for offering top
international brands at unbelievably reasonable prices.
larger shopping mall complexes also house cinema theatres, food courts,
entertainment centres and play areas for children, allowing for
complete family shopping experiences.
Choose to browse through
the older markets and the narrow walkways located in the Meena Bazaar,
Karama and Naif areas, dedicated to inexpensive reproductions of
international brands; leather goods and textiles; computer and
electrical accessories and Arabic perfumes.
Most shopping venues and
cultural destinations sell a range of gifts and souvenirs representing
Dubai: The Seven Sands of the UAE, traditional Bedouin jewellery, sand
art, packaged dates and date products, Arabic sweets, wooden crafts and
palm leaf handicrafts.
is an exciting year round destination that offers unlimited
opportunities for rest and recreation, be it a walk through a lush
green family park, an adventurous day in the waters of the Arabian
Gulf, or a pampering session at one of the many health spas.
Some of Dubai’s beaches are attached to private hotels, where,
for a small fee, you can spend the day on the sand and in the waters of
the Arabian Gulf. Other beaches and waterfronts - the Corniche and the
Creek - are free for public access, and feature a range of water sports
offered by several operators.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
One of Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions is the desert
safari: a unique experience that combines an adventurous 4WD car ride
over sand dunes with camels, belly dancers, henna designers, falconers,
and a barbecue dinner by starlight. Other attractions include sand
skiing, sand boarding, sand karting and 4WD desert driving
The warmth and shelter of the Gulf attract a large variety of fish, and
several local companies provide full and half day trips to the best
fishing waters about 12 km offshore from the mainland.
Dubai has the unique distinction of being the only golfing centre in
the world to host major international tournaments on both the European
and Asian PGA circuits. Visiting golfers can choose from various clubs
and courses, each of championship quality and presenting a different
type of challenge.
Treatments and therapies:
Dubai is home to an extraordinary number of spas and wellness clinics,
ranging from internationally renowned brands to ancient Chinese and
Indian holistic treatments.
Most shopping venues and cultural destinations sell a range of gifts
and souvenirs representing Dubai: The Seven Sands of the UAE,
traditional Bedouin jewellery, sand art, packaged dates and date
products, Arabic sweets, wooden crafts and palm leaf handicrafts.
a leading regional commercial hub with a state-of-the-art
infrastructure and a world-class business environment, Dubai provides
investors with a unique and comprehensive value-added platform that
make Dubai the logical place to do business.
The Most Pro Business Attitude
• Dubai believes that “if its good for business, its good for Dubai”
• Sophisticated fast track business initiatives (business set up in 20 minutes in free zones)
• 139 of the G500 MNCs in Dubai, 9 out of top 10 present in Dubai
• Robust economic clusters including technology & Internet hub, media hub, finance hub & healthcare hub.
• World class free zones
The Best Regulatory Environment
• No Corporate Tax -The only exceptions to this are oil producing companies & branches of foreign banks.
• No Income Tax
• 100% Ownership in Free Zones
• No foreign exchange controls, trade barriers or quotas
• No restrictions on capital repatriation
• Strong investor incentives and protections
• Easy access to key decision makers
Relatively Low Cost Work Environment
• Access to low cost regional talent
• State of the art telecommunications
• Competitive energy costs
• Competitive real estate costs
• Competitive import duties (5% with many exemptions)
the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, Dubai has developed
rapidly from oil and gas based state to a broadly based market economy.
A 30 year development plan provided for substantial investment in
education and infrastructure (transport and telecommunications) and has
led to rapid growth in trade and inward investment.
offers a world-class airline (Emirates Airlines), world-class tourism
(over 30 five-star hotels and the world’s first seven-star hotel,
Burj Al Arab) and world-class sporting events: The Dubai World Cup (the
world’s richest horse race), the Dubai Desert Classic (golf) and
the Dubai Rugby Sevens.
Dubailand is a huge
development located towards the desert. It consists of 6 themed worlds
& comprising over 200 individual projects it will soon become the
biggest, most varied leisure, entertainment & tourist attraction on
the planet. approximately seven projects will finish by 2008 forming
the 1st operational phase of Dubailand. Dubailand expects to employ
300,000 and attract 200,000 visitors a day!
The Dubai International
Financial Centre (DIFC) is a specially created financial district for
the whole of the Middle East. It has been set up to accelerate the
repatriation of $1 trillion, which is currently invested & managed
outside the region. Located between the London & Hong Kong stock
exchanges it is a unique free zone with its own laws.
In recent years, Dubai
has established Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, providing the
regional hubs for IT (notably Microsoft and HP) and media businesses
(Reuters and CNN). In September 2003, Dubai hosted the 2003 Annual
Meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and the
International Monetary Fund.
|The success of the
Dubai economy is the result of dynamic and visionary leadership, an
ultra-modern and efficient infrastructure, the absence of government
bureaucracy, and a diversely skilled, well educated, multi-cultural and
multi-lingual workforce. It has an abundant supply of housing for
expatriate professionals, and excellent schools and centres of further
Voted the safest city in the world for four consecutive years by a
study compiled by Interpol. Crime in Dubai is virtually non-existent.
Prime locations of Dubai will always be in demand and are likely to
provide excellent investment opportunities in the long term. It is
unlikely that these locations will see an oversupply when only so much
can be developed in one area. There are 15 Free-Zones where developers
can build freehold property available for purchase by non-nationals. In
fact, within the next 5 years there is an estimated 40,000 unit
shortfall, leaving an estimated figure
of 150,000 new residents without the possibility of buying*. In
addition, a buyer has the option to transfer his property purchase
during his payment terms at low fees.
All this has made Dubai one of the fastest growing cities in the world,
and one of the world’s most prominent centres for business
and leisure. Expatriates can enjoy a quality lifestyle in a city that
meets all their expectations. Dubai: a positive and liberal atmosphere,
bursting with multi-cultural life, cutting edge recreational facilities
and excellent business opportunities. Dubai is a tax-free haven under
the year-round sun.
The Palm Dubai
Cost information to buy a real estate in Dubai
Are there any other costs involved when purchasing an apartment(s)?
Land Registry fee of 1.5% - 2 % payable upon completion.
Service Charge payable annually.
As it is freehold ownership, the apartment owners will have a say on
who the management company is, therefore the management company will
always charge competitive rates.
Solicitors are not usually used as the contracts are easy to understand & non-negotiable.
TAX-FREE capital growth and rental income in Dubai.
What are the fees for the tenant if renting the apartment?
There is a tax payable annually on rent of 5% of rental value. It is
normally added on to the DEWA (Dubai Electric & Water Authority)
bill and is paid by the tenant only. This tax does not apply if the
apartment is not being rented out.
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