Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf.
From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, to the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Emirate of Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of activities for visitors and residents. Lying on the blue waters of the southern Gulf and backing onto the majestic desert, Dubai offers visitors year-round sunshine and five-star luxury... plus the adventure of a unique Arabian experience. Dubai – one of the seven emirates which constitute the United Arab Emirates – is a place of fascinating contrasts, a distinctive blend of a modern city and timeless desert, east and west, old and new.
A century ago, it was a tranquil town whose coral-and-gypsum huts housed Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Today, commerce is truly international and science-fiction skyscrapers stand alongside the mosques and wind towers of old Dubai. Dubai has many jewels in its crown, not least the unparalleled architectural innovations that confirm Dubai as a world leader; from the Burj Al Arab, the Palm Islands developments and The World – a series of man-made islands in the shape of the continents – to what will perhaps become Dubai’s most symbolic structure, the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building.
Dubai is a dynamic international business centre as well as a laid-back tourist escape; it is a city where the sophistication of the 21st century walks hand in hand with the simplicity of a bygone era, where a diversity of activities have given it its unique flavour and personality: a cosmopolitan society with a culture deeply rooted in the traditions of Arabia.