About Uae

UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states formed in 1971 by then Trucial States after independence from Britain. Although each state - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain - maintains a large degree of independence, the UAE is governed by a Supreme Council of Rulers made up of the seven emirs, who appoint the prime minister and the cabinet.

Overview

Before oil was discovered in the 1950s the UAE's economy was dependent on fishing and a declining pearling industry. But since 1962, when Abu Dhabi became the first of the emirates to begin exporting oil, the country's society and economy have been transformed.

The late Sheikh Zayed, ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE at its inception, was quick to seize on the potential of the oil industry. He oversaw the development of all the emirates and directed oil revenues into healthcare, education and the national infrastructure.

The oil industry has attracted a large influx of foreign workers who, together with expatriates, now make up more than three quarters of the population.

The country's growing business sector and its tourist industry have helped to fuel a construction boom, with billions of dollars being pumped into showpiece schemes. Chic hotels and skyscrapers are emblematic of cities such as Abu Dhabi and cosmopolitan Dubai.

The UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs generally tolerated. However it is the only state in the region not to have elected bodies.

Business Hours

Usually government offices are opened from 7:30 to 14:30 hrs (from Saturday to Thursday). Most offices in the public sector open from 08:00 to 13:00 hrs and 16:00 to 20:30 hrs. Many shops and the big shopping Malls open from 10:00 to 22:00 without a break. The weekend is Friday and Saturday.

Climate 

Dubai has a sub tropical and arid climate with temperatures between 10o C and 48o C, with an average temperature of 24o C in winter and 41o C in summer. In winter there are infrequent and irregular rainfalls and sandstorms, whereas in summer the humidity can rise to 100%. The most pleasant time to visit Dubai is between November and April.

Currency

The local currency is the U.A.E. Dirham, which has the fixed exchanging rate of 3.67 to the USD. The best exchanges rates you will get in banks or in private exchanges, that you can find in all main Shopping Malls..

Credit Cards

American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Mastercard are generally accepted in all major restaurant, hotels and shops.

Language

The official language of the country is Arabic, although English is widely spoken. Due to the large number of Exparts also Urdu and Hindi are often spoken and mostly understood. Further languages are spoken by tourism staff.

Local time

The U.A.E. is four hours ahead of UTC (Universal Co-ordinated time). There is no summer time saving when clocks are altered.

Numbers

Here you can find some telephone numbers that might be useful for you:

Police ...............................................999

Ambulance........................................998

Fire Department................................997

Operator...........................................181

American Hospital.........................336 7777

Dubai Airport ..................................244 555

Flight Enquiry ................................216 6666

Metro Taxi .....................................267 3222

Public Holidays

The islamic calendar goes along with the moon. The islamic year is called Hijiri, wich has 354 or 355 days and 12 lunar months. Therefore a large number of Public Holidays are not fixed and are confirmed only 24 hours in advance

New Years Day...........................1st Jan

Eid Al Adha....................................moon

Islamic New Year...........................moon

Prophet Mohammed Birthday .......moon

Accession of Sheik Zayed...........6th Aug

Lailat Al Mi'Raj ....................................moon

Ramadam ...........................................moon

Eid Al Fitr ............................................moon

UAE National Day ...........................2nd Dec

Religion

Islam is the official religion of the U.A.E., but other religions are respected.

VISA

Passportholders of most of the western European countries as well as citizens of USA, Canada, Australia, New Zeland, Japan, South Korea, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong get free visit visa upon arrival, which is valid for 60 days and which is renewable once for a total of 90 days upon payment of a fee. All other nationalities are eligible for obtaining a 30-day, non-renewable tourist visa, which is sponsored by a local hotel or tour operator. For more information please visit www.dnrd.gov.ae

There is a large number of future projects in Dubai and many of these projects are outstanding and absolutely unique in the world. All spectacular projects are the result of a wisely future planning, as the Dubai Government focuses already the time after the big oil rush. To be independent of the countries oil resources, all these projects should bring the future wealth into the country. They are being built to attract a large number of tourists, business people and investors into the country. Here is a choice of the most outstanding projects:

 Palm Islands

Three Islands each shaped like a palm tree (one on Jumeirah Beach, one bear Jebel Ali and one in Deira), wich will host different hotels, resorts, villas and entertainment areas.

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THE WORLD

ArchipelagoTHE WORLD of around 200 islands, which will be arranged in the form of the world map. Most of the islands are bought by private investors and only a few will be opened to public.

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GARDEN MALL

Another new shopping mall, in which you will find different kinds of extensive gardens.

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BURJ KHALIFA

Is the highest building in the world, around you will find huge housing and entertainment facilities.

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DUBAI MARINA

A new part of the city will be created on the back of Jumeirah Beach, with different kinds of housing areas, one of the largest marinas in the world and a huge entertainment complex.

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DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

With a big multifunctional area where concerts, shows, meetings and conferences will be held. Around a large number of entertainment facilities will be situated.

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DUBAI LAND

A huge leisure land with different theme areas like for example a dino hall, a tropical hall and so on. It will be the Middle East's biggest Fun park.

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AL BAWADI

City with 35 theme hotels, all with huge entertainment facilities.

 

 

 

Location Map

  • Hamriya
  • P.O. Box 55885
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • : marketing@knight.ae
  • : +971507780973 (24 Hrs)
  • +971507855884
  • : + 97142684468