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Dubai for UK holiday makers

One United Kingdom Pound equals 5.539 United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) (check latest exchang rate) and one USD equals 3.673 AED (check latest USD to AED exchange rate) approximately at the time of writing this article.

The International Dialling Code for UAE is +971 and Dubai’s city code is 4.

The British Embassy in Dubai offers several services for UK Citizens on Dubai Holidays, and the phone number is +971 4 3094444. It is advisable to have this number in your phone book when holidaying in Dubai. Visit the British Embassy website in Dubai for more help and contact details.

General Reading - Culture and Brief History

The most populous city of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its second largest Emirate, exciting Dubai has gained great prominence over the last few years as a major investment and holiday destination in the Middle East with several million tourists coming on Dubai holidays each year. Dubai is well located on the north coast of UAE and borders the Persian Gulf on its western coast. It is a multicultural and diverse city with a population of over 1.5 million, the majority of which consists of expatriates from Asia. Although Dubai’s official language is Arabic, its several communities speak other languages such as English, Hindi, Urdu, Chinese and Bengali etc. which makes holidays to Dubai popular for holiday makers from the South East and Britain.

Historically Dubai has been an important port and Venetian pearl merchants who visited the UAE in the late 16th century have mentioned Dubai for its pearling industry. The Al Maktoum dynasty took over the city in 1833 and continues to rule it today. The discovery of oil in 1966 saw an influx of workers from the Indian Subcontinent, as a result of which Dubai’s population saw a threefold increase in the next decade. Now with the opening of trading ports with Hong Kong and Crete (Greece), sea trade is at its best. Because of this Dubai has also emerged as a major cruise holidays' destination.

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