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It is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has the largest population in the UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory (4,114 km2) after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region. It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo. Although Dubai's economy was historically built on the oil industry, the emirate's Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, such as the world's tallest Burj Khalifa, in addition to ambitious development projects including manmade islands, hotels, and some of the largest shopping malls in the region and the world. This increased attention has also highlighted labour and human rights issues concerning the city's largely South Asian workforce. Dubai's property market experienced a major deterioration in 2008–2009 following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, but is making a gradual recovery with help coming from neighbouring emirates especially Abu Dhabi. As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world, and the most expensive city in the Middle East. Dubai has also been rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East.
Dubai Police and the Roads and Transport Authority play major roles in ensuring safety and traffic regulations and use smart technology to ensure traffic violations are kept to a minimum. the devices analyze all traffic data in real-time and provide advice on the best route to reach your destination in the shortest time. The road shoulder should not be used for taking a rest or using the mobile phone. you can use the Dalili Navigation System introduced by the RTA on various navigation devices. Motorists can be fined AED 600 and given six black points on their license for overtaking on the road shoulder. you can conveniently pay your fines online. The RTA also advises all motorists to avoid using the road shoulder. In case you have broken the traffic or parking laws. Available at most electronic shops and priced between AED 600 to 2000 (depending on brand and features). . To avoid traffic jams and get real-time information about traffic congestion and figure out the fastest route to your destination. A system of black points leading to confiscation of your driving license is in force to ensure adherence to traffic laws.What must be known to first-timers in Dubai? Driving in Dubai and traffic laws The rapid development of Dubai’s roads and transport network can only work with a system of rules and regulations. but this facility is normally for minor infringements. except in an emergency. The RTA defines an emergency for motorists as exceptional circumstances such as a vehicle breakdown or medical emergency. while parking on the road shoulder without just cause can lead to an AED 200 fine. since it may block an ambulance or police car.
you should only drink in a hotel Public displays of affection: Holding hands. Women will usually be required to wear a headscarf when entering mosques. Drinking: Drinking or being drunk in public is not tolerated and the legal drinking age is 21. as it is also a Muslim city. arms and legs. Swearing: Swearing and making rude gestures such as the middle finger are considered as a criminal act in the UAE. Nudity at beaches is illegal. Swimwear: Wearing bathers outside the beach is against Dubai's decent laws and swimsuits in general should be modest. but visitors should cover up elsewhere. although when visiting mosques. kissing or gets cosy with your other half could lead to arrest and imprisonment. Visitors to Dubai should dress modestly. government building or shop can result in a fine. religious sites or older parts of the city. Shorts and T-shirts are suitable attire in many places. Swimwear is acceptable at the beach or around the swimming pool. both men and women may feel more comfortable wearing loose-fitting clothes that cover shoulders. Smoking: Lighting up in a shopping mall. particularly in conservative areas and public places. However. Sex outside marriage: Sex between those who are not married is illegal and can lead to severe criminal sanctions. there are certain factors to take into consideration in terms of dress code and behaviour. .Dubai’s culture and etiquette Dubai is a modern city that welcomes visitors from around the world.
Dubai Chamber achieved the coveted LEED certification for Existing Buildings. 2012. has launched the Green Building Regulations & Specifications. Masdar began to annually host the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in 2008 and was selected to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). water and renewed energy as part of the green buildings project in Dubai. which will make savings of around AED10 billion until 2030. which will be the first emission-free city in the world. One of the initiatives of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai is embodied in the Dubai Green Tourism Award. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE announced a long-term national initiative to build a green economy in the UAE under the theme 'A green economy for sustainable development. Environmental Tourism Environmental tourism is a new type of environment friendly tourist activity that man practises to preserve the innate.In December 2011. while the Drainage and Irrigation Department of Dubai Municipality has a grey water treatment plant for use in irrigating local parks and trees. natural and cultural heritage of the environment which he lives in. a set of specifications and guidelines for regulating the criteria of the structure that allows adequacy in the consumption of electricity. 2012. in co-operation with Dubai Municipality. the Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai allocated AED12 billion for producing electricity from the solar energy. . which was launched last year by Dubai Government for the hospitality industry sector with the aim of reducing carbon emission from hotels by 20 per cent. Green Buildings In implementation of a decision issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Abu Dhabi aims also to produce 7 per cent of its energy by 2020 through the project of Masdar City. and as part of Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 for applying the specifications of green buildings to all the buildings and premises in Dubai with the aim of keeping Dubai a healthy city with a clean and pollution free environment. Sustainable Energy In 2009.' The initiative was announced just one day before the start of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on 16th January.Green Dubai On January 15.
Dubai Duty Free has received around 300 awards which bear testimony to the operation’s retail success including being named the ‘Best Airport in Duty Free Shopping’ presented at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards. the winning trophy in the Event Marketing category was presented to Dubai Duty Free for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2013. and the Frontier “Best Airport Retailer of the Year” received by the operation for an unprecedented sixth time.6 billion) in 2012. faced strong competition from other international sporting events to emerge as the winner in this highly competitive field. “Patron of the Arts” at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patron of the Arts Awards.Dubai Duty free Dubai Duty Free opened for business on December 20th 1983 and has grown to become one of the leading airport retailers in the world with sales turnover of Dhs5. Employing 6000 people. the “Superbrands Awards for Excellence in Branding” received from Superbrands Council UAE. “Middle East Travel Retailer of the Year” from DFNI Asia Pacific. which owns and organizes the WTA and ATP tournament.9 billion (US$1. At the 7th International Sports Event Management (ISEM) Awards held in London in November. . Its founding principal of providing travellers with a first class retail experience in a shopper-friendly environment and a diverse range of products still holds true to this day. the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing in the Middle East.To date. The airport retailer. the Global Traveller US Magazine award for “Best Duty Free Shop”.
. Over 3000 CCTVs in trains and stations to monitor any security infringements. exclusive lighting and design o panoramic view from the front of the train women & children only cabin in each train complete mobile phone coverage across the entire network Wi-Fi access throughout the network air conditioned cabins and walkways longest automated Metro system in the world. Dedicated Metro Police force. Integrated radio system between Metro and emergency services.Dubai Metro Train layout Features Gold class cabin in each train with: o wide leather seats o carpet flooring. built in one go Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system Wayside Obstacle Detection front and rear cameras keep the train under constant surveillance Safety one of the world´s safest Metros. Emergency Call Box (ECB) in each train and station.
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