The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven Emirates’ and Dubai is the most popular destination of them all. It is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is the second largest Emirate after Abu Dhabi and is usually recognised as the ‘Pearl of the Persian Gulf’.

Dubai’s population is estimated at 1.5 million, a huge difference from 183,200 in 1975. Dubai is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with the expatriate community covering most of the population, with less than 10% of the total being national Emiratis.

Language Spoken

The national language is Arabic and this is spoken, but the second language is English, which is the language of business.


The currency in the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="AED"] AED*

Time Zone

GST-Gulf Standard Time (GMT + 4)

International Dialing Codes

+971-4 (+ local number)


Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. The hottest months are between June and September, when temperatures can soar to 113°F (45°C) and more during the day and humidity levels are very high. Even the sea temperature touches on 104°F (40°C) during the summer months, and swimming pools at hotels are usually cooled to be refreshing. Temperatures are only slightly more moderate the rest of the year, the coolest time being between December and March. There is very little rainfall in Dubai, but when showers do fall it is mainly in the cooler months.

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance and Police: 999 Fire Department: 997 Electricity & Water: 991

Public Transport Information

The most common way of getting around Dubai is by local taxi service. This is cheap and reliable. Within the city of Dubai also runs a fairly reliable bus service, but once outside the city, the transport options are limited only to a hire car, or private transport.

Airport Code

DXB – The distance from the airport to the centre of Dubai is 4km.

And Another Thing...

Until very recently there were no street addresses in Dubai. Slowly this is beginning to change.