Population

Population

Dubai has become the most populous city in the UAE, accounting for more than a third of the urban population at the end of 2001, according to official figures. An estimated one million people live in this city, almost double the population of Abu Dhabi which has just above 500,000 residents, the Ministry of Planning […]

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Dubai has become the most populous city in the UAE, accounting for more than a third of the urban population at the end of 2001, according to official figures. An estimated one million people live in this city, almost double the population of Abu Dhabi which has just above 500,000 residents, the Ministry of Planning […]

Language & religion

Language & religion

Language The official language is Arabic. English is widely understood and ranks alongside Arabic as the language of commerce. Religions Language and religion form the most important part in cultural life of Dubai. Islam is the official religion of the emirate, with vast majority being the Sunni Muslims. There is also a significant Shiite minority […]

History

Dubai History

Originally a small fishing settlement, Dubai was taken over in about 1830 by a branch of the Bani Yas tribe from the Liwa oasis led by the Maktoum family who still rule the emirate today. Traditional activities included herding sheep and goats, cultivating dates, fishing and pearling, but the inhabitants built up trade too. By […]

Heritage & Culture

Heritage & Culture

Archaeological Sites There are four main excavation site in Dubai, at Al Qusais, Al Sufooh, Jumeirah and Hatta. The first two are graveyards dating back more than 2,000 years. The Jumeirah site reveals artifacts from the 7th to 15th centuries AD. These sites are not yet open to the public. However tourists or tour operators […]

Geography

Geography

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) comprise the seven member states of Abu Dhabi, the capital city, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The total area of the country is about 83,600 square kilometres, much of it in Abu Dhabi emirate. Dubai, with an area of 3,885 square kilometres, is the […]