Dubai is the second largest of the seven emirates of UAE. It occupies an area of approximately 3,900 kilometres, which includes a small enclave called Hatta, situated close to Oman, amongst the Hajar Mountains.
The emirate is both a dynamic international business centre and a laid-back tourist escape; a city where the sophistication of the 21st century walks hand in hand with the simplicity of a bygone era.
But these contrasts give Dubai its unique flavour and personality; a cosmopolitan society with an international lifestyle, yet with a culture deeply rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia.
Major Festivals in Dubai
Festivals and events in Dubai continue round the year. In January every year, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) kicks off under the banner “One World…One Family”, bringing with it a vast array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks, fun and entertainment. By providing stunning discounts to shoppers, the DSF attracts tourists seeking extraordinary deals from all over the world. The DSF was launched in 1996 as an initiative by Dubai Government to promote trade exchange but it is expanding and developing year after year. It is not merely a retail festival but a festival for all family members as well.
The Global Village is the region’s most famous venue for cultural, marketing and entertainment activities. Every summer, Dubai has an annual date with the Dubai Summer Surprises, which attracts families from different nationalities to Dubai especially during the school summer holidays.
GITEX Technology Week
GITEX Technology Week is one of the largest IT exhibitions in the world and is held annually in Dubai to showcase the very latest in ICT and eServices.
Dubai organizes world class festivals throughout the year. These range from the Dubai International Film Festival, the Dubai Desert Classic for golf fans, the Dubai World Cup for racing fans, the Bride Show, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for tennis fans and the Dubai Rugby Sevens for rugby fans.
Music fans can enjoy the Dubai International Jazz Festival, while aviation fans look out for the Dubai Airshow.
To get a comprehensive listing with accurate dates for each event, please visit the official Dubai Events & Calendar website.
Parks and Beaches in Dubai
Dubai provides beautiful parks and beaches with all the required facilities for leisure and recreation. Parks add to the beauty of the environment and moderate the temperature, All Dubai parks are managed by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality. They include:
Mushrif Park: It is 15 kilometres away from the city centre and is the largest park in Dubai. Many facilities are available for families on more than 30 family zones inside the park. Apply online for swimming pool membership from Dubai Municipality. Apply for annual membership from Dubai Municipality here.
Creekside Park: It overlooks Dubai Creek and can also be accessed by boat. It also has a landing pad for helicopters, a small golf course and an amphitheatre accommodating 1,200 people. Apply for annual membership from Dubai Municipality here.
Al Safa Park: It is located where Jumeirah and is especially popular among women and children. It includes a traffic village to teach children traffic rules. There is train that goes around the park and lots of recreational games. Apply for annual membership from Dubai Municipality here.
Jumeirah Beach Park: It overlooks the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf and has trained lifeguards, rescue boats and helicopter landing pads for use in emergency cases. Different desert plants are abundant in the park together with several rock formations. Apply for annual membership from Dubai Municipality here.
Al Mamzar Park: It is the second largest park in the city and located within the Al Mamzar residential area. In addition to the park’s beaches, visitors can enjoy the large swimming pool, which is divided into areas for children and adults. The park includes changing rooms, showers, lifeguard stations and first aid facilities. There are also more than 30 barbecue sites and visitors seeking privacy can rent one of 15 chalets available there. Rent online from Dubai Municipality. Apply for annual membership from Dubai Municipality here.
Zabeel Park: It is situated between Dubai World Trade Center and Al Karama. It offers a 3-D cinema and educational and entertaining interactive shows in its Communications Zone, Techno Zone and Alternative Energy Zone. Its area is equal to to that of 45 football playgrounds, features around 3,000 palm trees with almost 7,000 other trees of 14 different species. Dubai Municipality has launched a wireless Internet service for the park’s visitors. The park provides a parking area accommodating 2,300 cars. Dubai Mall also offers the unique Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Apply for annual membership from Dubai Municipality here.
Membership at Dubai Parks
Membership of some parks such as Al Mamzar, Zabeel, Creekside, Al Safa, Jumeirah Beach and Mushrif parks costs approximately AED 320 per adult or AED 640 per family. To apply for membership online from Dubai Municipality, click here. Park timings (except for residential area parks) are from Sunday – Wednesday from 08:00am – 11:00pm, and Thursday – Friday from 08:00am – 11:30pm.
Beaches in Dubai
Dubai’s beaches are distinguished for their marvellous white sands and clear crystal waters. Winter is especially wonderful for beachgoers. Those who seek extra fun and adventure can indulge in water sports. Beachgoers in Dubai, however, must abide by the regulations that prohibit alcoholic beverages and provocative outfits.
Dubai’s major beaches include:
Jumeirah Beach: The Jumeirah Beach is adjacent to Corniche Street and is close to Burj Al Arab Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, extending along several kilometres and providing lovely beaches and barbecue spots. Trained lifeguards tour the beach round the day, enabling a safe environment especially for children.
Al Mamzar Beach: It is part of the famous Al Mamzar Park. The beach is marked by its still water, which resembles the water of a closed a peaceful lake. Admission to this beach is on a nominal charge and you can also reserve a chalet in case you wish to stay for the day.
Jebel Ali Beach: As it is adjacent to Dubai free zones, it is known for its prestigious golf clubs, luxury hotels and resorts, as well as being adjacent to the Palms with its luxury residential complexes.
The warm Gulf water and the shining sun round the year have made Dubai an ideal site for water skiing, while the facilities provided for amateur and professional skiers have helped Dubai gain fame as a paradise for water skiers.
Weather and Climate in Dubai
The sun shines all the year round in the Dubai, UAE and makes it an ideal summer resort.
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Moderate climate is found between:
October and March, days are Sunny and Pleasant (Average Temperature – 26*C). Nights are Cool (Average Temperature – 15*C)
Summer is between :
April and September temperatures peaking at 50*C and high humidity levels. In the Southerly and Northerly winds blow over the UAE with occasional sand storms.