Dubai is the shining star of the United Arab Emirates and its touristic and economic treasure. It's an accurate depiction of what creative vision and innovation can achieve. It has been a thriving trading centre since the old ages, which is why its name is supposedly derived from a word that means 'money'. The city has a reputation for being one of the most generous in the world, so expect excellent hospitality wherever you go.
Dubai is located on the Persian Gulf, and it's characterized by a tropical, desert weather where the summers are long and humid, and winters are short and dry. Summer temperatures could reach 45°C for many days with humidity averaging between 60-90%. Not to worry, a smart, innovative city like Dubai recognizes its challenging weather and adapts to it by having every building and facility equipped with the best air conditioning, even the bus stations have them! You mostly only feel the heat while moving from one AC to another! However, you still have to pack lots of light clothes, sandals, and sunglasses.
The city has an endless supply of places to visit and things to do, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Dubai is home to several world record-breakers, the most famous of which is the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, standing beautifully at 830 meters. The Dubai Miracle Garden is the world's largest natural flower garden, with its gorgeous castle and clock made of flowers.
You don't have to love shopping to visit The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall, you can enjoy the vast indoor aquarium, take pictures of the massive dinosaur skeleton, skate in the ice rink, and grab a quick meal from the food court's many options. Make sure to stop at the famous dancing fountain outside the mall and enjoy it shows.
The famous Palm Jumeirah is one of the top places to visit in Dubai because where else can you find a palm tree-shaped island that is visible from space? Palm Jumeirah Walk is right next to it so take a stroll and marvel at Atlantis The Palm and peek at the aquarium inside. Don't forget to explore the cultural part of the city by visiting the Dubai Museum showcasing the country's history. Take an abra ride to the vibrant Deira (Old Dubai) where you can get great bargains in souks and have traditional Emarati food. Dubai Heritage Village, a preserved Arabian village, is also a great place to experience the history of Dubai as a fish and pearl trading centre. To keep your sightseeing in Dubai cost-friendly, make sure to download The Entertainer app to get discounts on shops, restaurants and cafes. You also get student discounts at many places by just presenting your student ID, register with ISEC (International Student Identity Card) to get one.
Dubai prides itself with being one of the top cities for students with an emerging number of student accommodations. It houses a variety of globally acclaimed universities. Zayed University is one of the best universities in Dubai and considered a leader in educational innovation along with the American University in Dubai, University of Dubai, and The British University in Dubai. There is also the first Austrian university in the Middle East, MODUL University Dubai, covering courses in tourism, sustainability, and new media technologies. SP Jain School of Global Management offers the best international MBAs. You'll definitely find a course suitable for you amongst one of those highly innovative institutions.
Getting around in Dubai has never been easier and more pocket-friendly after the opening of The Dubai Metro, the most extended metro network in the world! It has only two lines, so it's easy to navigate, and the best thing about being a student in Dubai is getting student discounts on metro rides! Another easy and cheap way to get anywhere in the city is Dubai's bus service with its clear routes and excellent facilities. You can get the Public Transport app for better access and more information. Cycling in Dubai has become more popular with Dubai attracting many fitness fanatics which led to the city creating specific cycling paths since bicycles are not allowed on the road.