1 . Dubai is not a country or a capital city.
No, it’s not. Dubai is just one of the seven cities (or “Emirates” as what they call it here) that make up the United Arab Emirates with Abu Dhabi serving as the capital.
2 . Home of the tallest and the largest.
Dubai loves the superlative, no doubt about it. From a completely deserted city back in the late 70’s to a city full of world record breakers today, it is the home of the world’s tallest building, world’s tallest hotel, world’s largest mall and world’s largest indoor theme park to name a few. Yep, all in one city.
3 . Expats > Locals
If there’s one thing I love about this city, it would be its diversity. You can actually interact with at least 10 different nationalities in one day. If that’s not enough, you also get to learn so much about their culture on a daily basis. And yes, 85% of the residents here are expatriates.
4 . Tourism
With over 15 million visitors last year, Dubai is actually one of the most visited cities in the world. Ranked # 4 according to Business Insider to be specific. It is super easy to apply for your tourist visa if you’re planning to visit here. More about that soon!
5 . 0% Income Tax
Meaning more disposable income to splurge on food and shopping! Yaaaas!
6 . Sunny throughout the year
Although most days in Dubai are sunny, there are also cooler months from October to April. If you’re planning to visit the city, do it between those months because once summer starts, typically from June to September, it will be impossible to get out during the day.
7 . No eating and drinking
Did you know that it is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public places during daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan?
8 . ATM Machine that dispenses gold
No cash? No problem!
9 . The air-conditioning is not just inside the buildings, it’s also at bus stops.
Imagine summer without AC!
10 . Prohibition
Consumption of pork and alcohol are only legal for non-Muslims. Pork is only available at designated areas of supermarkets while alcohol can only be consumed within licensed venues or at home provided that you have an alcohol license.
These are just some of the things that you need to know about the city. There are so much more to discover together!