Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, which contains seven total emirates. The terms “emirates”, means being under empirical rule, which a traditional dynastic Arabic monarchy. Dubai is located in the Persian Gulf and lies directly inside the Persian Desert, along the southern coast along the Persian Peninsula. The area is rich in Byzantine influences, folk lore and mystery. The name Dubai is believed to be derived from either the Persian or Arabic language, however, sources still debate this fact.
Dubai, is a culturally diverse society. There are immigrants from Iran, Pakistan and India that came to the area from the early 1900's until the late 1960's. The major holidays observed in Dubai are Eid al Fitr, which is to mark the end of Ramadan and National Day on December 2nd, which is to honor the founding of the United Arab Emirates. There are also annual festivals such as the Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises, which attract millions of visitors from all over the region.
The food in Dubai, is a reflection of the cosmopolitan nature of the country. Arabic food is available everywhere within the city from small diners to larger restaurants in five-star hotels. However, the sale of pork and liquor are regulated. The country of Dubai has also played as host to several Hollywood and Bollywood film productions, the city hosts the Dubai Internationale Film Festival every year. There is also a very active music scene with performers like Aerosmith, Santana, Elton John and Pink having played shows there.
One of the worlds most beautiful mosques, Jumeirah Mosque, is one of the only in the world open to the public for touring. Another tourist attraction is the Dubai Museum, which is filled with exhibits on social history and other artifacts about the region. There are numerous art galleries and cafe's to explore in the “old Dubai” section of town called the Bastakiya District. Dubai is also home to the Palm Islands, which are the three larges man-made islands in the world.
There are endless, pristine, white sand beaches in Dubai. Temperatures in the ocean range from 22 degrees Celsius in the wintertime to 35 degrees Celsius in the summer. There are also opportunities for diving on coral reefs filled with an extensive marine life. Dubai has an indoor skiing center located in the Mall of the Emirates, it visitors both skiing and snowboarding. There are also shopping locations in Dubai that are infamous for offering some of the most interesting wares in the world.
As Dubai has grown from a small town and into a bustling city, the countries nightlife has done the same. There are many three to five-star hotels and restaurants in Dubai that offer music, dancing and world-famous cuisine. The nearby Emirate of Sharjah is home to just as many hotels, museums and beaches.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel sits on the banks of the Dubai Creek. This five star hotel is close to two 18-hole championship golf course, just minutes away. The Crowne Plaza is also the first hotel in Dubai to go non smoking. The InterContinental Dubai Festival City is also located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. This beautiful hotel was design to mimic the angles of a sail boat. The InterContinental Dubai Festival City offers top notch dining and shopping.
The climate of Dubai is arid and subtropical, the country gets sunshine all year round with June and September being the hottest months. The coolest times of the year are between December and March, with the months in between only being slight more moderate. Dubai is a country that has much to offer in terms of social history and diversity, and it attracts many tourists every year.