is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai is Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and his Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature.
Dubai has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Persian Gulf region. It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo.
Although stone tools have been found at many archaeological sites, little is known about the UAE’s early inhabitants as only a few settlements have been found. Many ancient towns in the area were trading centers between the Eastern and Western worlds. The remnants of an ancient mangrove swamp, dated at 7000 BC, were discovered during the construction of sewer lines near Dubai Internet City.
Dubai is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates and is roughly at sea level (16 m or 52 ft above). The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. Hatta, a minor exclave of the emirate, is surrounded on three sides by Oman and by the emirates of Ajman (in the west) and Ras Al Khaimah (in the north).
Dubai has a hot desert climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy, and humid, with an average high around 41 °C (106 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F) in the hottest month, August. Most days are sunny throughout the year.
Kissing in public is strictly illegal and can result in deportation Holding hands in public, even with one’s spouse, is also illegal. Homosexuality is illegal and is punishable by the death penalty.
On 2 November 2011 four cities had their bids for Expo 2020 already lodged, with Dubai making a last-minute entry. The delegation from the Bureau International des Expositions which visited Dubai in February 2013 to examine the Emirate’s readiness for the largest exposition, was impressed by the infrastructure, and the level of national support. In May 2013, Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan was revealed.
Burj Al Arab
is a 7 star luxury hotel. Although the hotel is frequently described as “the world’s only seven-Star hotel”, the hotel’s management has said it has never made that claim for the property.
Dubai Miracle Garden
On Valentine’s Day 2013, the Dubai Miracle Garden, a 72,000-square meter flower garden, opened in Dubailand. It is currently the world’s largest flower garden. It has 45 million flowers with re-use of waste water through drip irrigation. During Dubai’s summer months from late May to September when the climate can get extremely hot with an average high of about 40 °C (104 °F), the garden stays closed.