Facts and Information about Dubai
FACTS AND INFORMATION
Located on the two banks of the Dubai Creek, Dubai is the second largest of the seven states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It’s also a popular tourist destination, and one of the few places in the world that offers both the exhilaration of the city and the tranquility of the beach and the desert.
Originally home to several small, prosperous fishing villages, the town of Dubai was first mentioned in historical records in 1799. It was a dependent of the settlement of Abu Dhabi until 1833; the then-leader of Dubai was a signatory of the British sponsored "General Treaty of Peace" of 1820.
Over the course of the next century, Dubai became an important port for foreign traders, who settled in the town. Since 1971, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has served as the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE, and the Emir of Dubai; he is credited with much of Dubai’s amazing transformation in recent decades.
Dubai showcases several state-of-art malls and shopping centers, offering high-end items of every type, from luxury cars to beautiful jewelry and apparel.Nicknamed the "City of Gold" because of the popular and active trading of gold jewelry within its Gold Souk, Dubai also offers specialty markets selling dates and spices.The annual Dubai Shopping Festival is a popular and much-anticipated event, with discounted rates in shops throughout the city.
The sun shines year-round in Dubai, particularly during the summer months (April to September), when the temperature can reach as high as 50°C.