Dubai information ( by Fassino Real Estate)

“A nation’s glory is measured by its past and present and its civilized development, perpetuating the memory of the past, the construction of the present and the planning of the future.”
 ( H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE )

Area: The total area of Dubai is approximately 2,428 sq. miles.

History: The seven independent emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah came together to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the year 1971. While Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE, Dubai remains its commercial centre.

Location: Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the South West corner of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai enjoys 365 days of warm sunshine, with cooler evenings and occasional showers in the months between November to March.

The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate with infrequent and irregular rainfall, amounting to less than 13 centimeters a year. Temperatures range from a low of 10 degrees (Celsius) to a high of 48 degrees. The average daily maximum is 24 degrees in January, rising to 42 degrees in July.

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Time zone: The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT (+4 GMT)

Population: Dubai is home to 1,321,453* residents with a high percentage of the population employed. * According to the latest census conducted on population, residential units and establishments in the emirate –

Transport: Dubai offers a variety of inexpensive and efficient public transportation and you can choose between metered local taxis, intra-city and inter-city buses, private car hire services and abras (local boats).

Economy: The UAE is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, with a GDP of 378,761 Million Dirhams in 2004, and has the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. While oil and gas production form UAE foundation, Dubai is increasingly broadening its economic activity to include: real estate, tourism, trading and manufacturing.

Cultural mix: Owing to the resources and foreign enterprises located in Dubai, more than 80% of the population are expatriates from across the globe and the city is home to almost 200 nationalities.

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Local Facts

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.

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Electricity: The standard electricity supply is 220/240 volts. American appliances may need a transformer.

Hospitality: Dubai 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.

Languages: While 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: 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.

Visa regulations: 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.

Useful Links:
Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (
Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (
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                                                                           Seasional Highlights

Dubai 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.

Varying 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:

January : 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


                                                                          Places of Interest

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 marine life.

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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.


Dubai 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.

Beaches: 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.

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Desert safaris: 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

Fishing: 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.

Golf: 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.


                                                                      Why Invest in Dubai?
As 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)

Since 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.

Dubai 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.

                                                                               Dubai Economy
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 education.
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.

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                                          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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