Located between Dubai Creek and the Gulf, Dubai lies at the heart of lucrative exchange routes, where as Abu Dhabi’s riches is derived to a great extent from oil.
Early History and Pre-oil Dubai
Dubai’s topographical nearness to Iran made it an essential exchange area. The town of Dubai was an imperative port of call for foreign tradesmen, mainly those from Iran, a considerable lot of whom in the long run settled in the town. By the start of the twentieth century, it was a vital port.
Dubai was known for its pearl exports until the 1930s; the pearl exchange was harmed hopelessly by the Great Depression in the 1930s and the development of refined pearls. With the crumple of the pearling business, Dubai fell into a profound despondency and numerous residents starved or moved to different parts of the Persian Gulf.
The black-top / asphalt runway was developed in 1965, opening Dubai to both regional and whole deal traffic. In 1970 another terminal building was built which incorporated Dubai’s first duty-free free shops.
Oil was eventually discovered in territorial waters off Dubai in 1966, yet in far littler quantities. The first field was named ‘Fateh’ or ‘favorable luck’.
This led the emirate to grant concessions to international oil companies, hence prompting to a massive influx of foreign laborers, primarily Asians and Middle easterners. Between 1968 and 1975 the city’s population grew by over 300%.
Port Rashid was the first of a swathe of ventures intended to make an advanced exchanging foundation, including roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.
Later Growth and Reaching the UAE’s Act of Union
On 2 December 1971, Dubai together with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qawain and Fujairah participated in the Act of Union to form the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ras Al Khaimah, joined the UAE on 10 February 1972.
In 1973, Dubai joined alternate emirates to adopt a uniform currency: the UAE dirham. In that same year, the prior monetary union with Qatar was dissolved and the UAE Dirham was presented all through the Emirates.
Recent History and Modern Dubai
During the 1970s, Dubai kept on developing from incomes produced from oil and trade, even as the city saw an influx of immigrants fleeing the Lebanese civil war. Border disputes between the emirates continued even after the formation of the UAE; it was only in 1979 that a formal trade off was achieved that finished differences
The Jebel Ali port was established in 1979. JAFZA (Jebel Ali Free Zone) was built around the port in 1985 to provide foreign companies unrestricted import of labor and export capital. Dubai airport and the aviation industry additionally kept on developing.
Extensive increments in oil costs after the Gulf War urged Dubai to keep on focusing on organized commerce and tourism.
Religion assumes a critical part in the way of life and culture of Dubai. Mosques can be found all through the city and at sunset the call to prayer can be heard across the housetops. It is possible for non-Muslim tourists to visit certain mosques in Dubai; perhaps the most noteworthy is the Jumeirah Mosque, tours of which can be booked through the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Ramadan in Dubai
Ramadan is a famous time of year to visit Dubai; although all residents and visitors must refrain from eating or drinking in public in sunlight hours, it is a wonderful time to encounter the nearby culture and solid religious heritage of the city. Non-Muslims may eat and drink in assigned areas, and numerous hotels and shopping centers will have different outlets that stay open during Ramadan.
Clothing in Dubai
Visitors to Dubai should dress modestly, especially in traditionalist regions and public places. Swimwear is acceptable at the beach or around the swimming pool, but visitors should cover up elsewhere. Shorts and T-shirts are reasonable clothing in many places, although when visiting mosques, religious destinations or older parts of the city, both men and ladies may feel more good wearing baggy garments that cover shoulders, arms and legs. Women will usually be required to wear a headscarf when entering mosques.
Courtesy and Hospitality in the Arab world
Courtesy and hospitality are important ethics in the Arab world, and visitors will enjoy the friendliness and warm welcome provided by locals. If you are invited to a sitting (majlis), evacuate your shoes at the passageway. Males and females will probably be escorted to different sections. It is important to stand up for new guests and older or higher-positioning individuals, and men are expected to stand when a woman enters the room.
At the point when welcoming an individual from the inverse sex who is Muslim, it is essential not to offer to shake hands unless they amplify their hand first – both men and women (more commonly women) may lean toward not to shake hands with the opposite due to religious reasons.
In the event that you are hosting Muslim visitors, don’t offer them mixed drinks or pork.
Drinking Alcohol in Dubai
Mixed Alcoholic refreshments are accessible in licensed bars and restaurants in Dubai. So as to get a permit, an outlet must be connected to a hotel or sports center, and in this way, most bars, pubs and authorized restaurants can be found inside Dubai’s hotels.
Visitors may likewise buy alcohol from Duty Free shops at Dubai International Airport. Drinking and driving is entirely prohibited, and Dubai Police adopt a zero resistance strategy – at the end of the day, it is not protected to have even one drink on the off chance that you are driving.
Illegal actions in Dubai
Holding hands is acceptable but kissing and hugging in public is not. Noise disruptions, making obscene gestures and showing disrespect in any way to Dubai’s religion or its leaders are all forbidden.
use or possession of drugs, cohabitation, sex outside of marriage, having a baby out of wedlock, adultery and homosexuality are also considered illegal in Dubai