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What to expect in Dubai
- Dubai is an Arab emirate where Muslim traditions and laws are held in high regard. It is important to learn as much as you can about its rich culture so you can respectfully observe the social norms here.
- The workforce here is multicultural. Professionals from more than 200 countries work together in this strategically located international business center.
- English is widely spoken and understood here, making collaboration with coworkers of different nationalities easier. It definitely helps if you know Arabic as well.
- From Dubai, you can travel to 6 other emirates that are part of the UAE. It is also close enough to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and India that you can go on vacation without spending too much. In fact, it’s only a 7-hour flight away from London so Europe is quite accessible from Dubai too.
- The emirate itself has many world-class recreational facilities and tourist destinations which help a lot with work-life balance. Plus, the government does not impose taxes on personal salaries so you can do more with your hard-earned income.
- In 2016, the UAE government created a post for a Minister of Happiness who oversees the impact of government programs, with the goal of achieving a happier society. Clearly, collective happiness is a priority in the UAE so working here can definitely be fun.
Places of Interest in Dubai
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab opened in 1999. It was the first and is currently still the only 7-star hotel in the world. At over 321 meters, it is also the tallest all-suite hotel in the world. The Burj Al Arab is shaped like an Arabian dhow sail and sits on its own reclaimed island.
Opulence and grandeur are just two words that describe the Burj Al Arab. It features real 24-carat gold leaf covering about 1,790 square meters of the interior, 202 luxury duplex suites, and a helipad, which was once converted as the world’s tallest tennis court, where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played a game in February 2005.
Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world, with a total size equivalent to about 50 football pitches. It features around 1,200 stores, 14,000 parking spaces, and the Dubai fountain, set on the 50-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. The Dubai Mall also houses the world’s largest indoor aquarium at 51m x 20m x 11m in size, housing 33,000 aquatic life, including sharks and rays.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the third-largest mosque in the world. It spans an area of 22,412 square meters. Its main dome is the world’s largest mosque dome at 85 meters in height and 32.8 meters in diameter. Construction of this majestic mosque took about 12 years. It is where the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was laid to rest.
Dubai Desert Safari tours allow tourists to experience an authentic Arabian desert experience. It includes dune bashing, camel rides, henna painting, Arabic food, sand skiing, quad biking, and trying out traditional outfits.
Dubai Marina is a stunning man-made marina that spans 3 kilometers parallel to Dubai's shorelines. It features an artificial canal surrounded by high-rise buildings, restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars.
Dubai is famous for relatively inexpensive, but genuine gold. Tourists and visitors can visit the Gold Souk, a traditional market in Dubai, where tourists and visitors can haggle and find great deals on rare pieces and high-end jewelry.
Atlantis, The Palm
Atlantis is a 5-Star luxury hotel on one of the leaves of the man-made island, The Palm Jumeirah. The hotel features lavish rooms with stellar views of the Arabian Sea and the Dubai skyline. It also boasts aquariums, a 17-hectare waterpark, a dolphin bay, white sand beaches, and one of Dubai’s top nightclubs, Nasimi Beach Club.
Located within the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort. The resort spans an area of 22,500 square meters, covered in real snow all year round, with the temperature maintained at 21-30°F throughout the day.
Dubai Creek is an iconic and picturesque landmark. In ancient times, the saltwater creek served as a harbor for ships sailing for the Arabian Gulf. Today, it is a porting facility for traders, a wharf, and a destination for boating activities.
The Burj Khalifa currently holds the record as the tallest building in the world, standing at over 2,716.5 feet or 828 meters. Excavations for the building began early in 2004 and was officially opened 6 years later in January 2010. During the construction, up to 12,000 workers per day worked on the building.
It holds a total of 7 world records including the tallest building in the world, the tallest free-standing structure in the world, the highest number of stories in the world, the highest occupied floor in the world, the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world, and the tallest service elevator in the world.