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The history of Dubai takes us into the distant past. In the III millennium BC, the first nomadic tribes appeared on these lands. In subsequent years, the territory was ruled by the Sassanids, and then the Umayyads, who brought Islam here. For many centuries, the inhabitants have been fishing, mining pearls, growing dates, raising camels and suffering from the heat. According to legend, the first urban settlement was founded by the Bani Yas clan in 1799, having moved here from the desert. In the 19th century, Dubai experienced difficult times: a smallpox epidemic and a huge fire that almost destroyed the city. However, the favorable geographical position helped him to recover. The real economic boom came in the 1960s when oil was discovered. It changed the lives of the locals forever. The government has managed the reserves wisely, and the small trading city of 10,000 has turned into one of the most stunning places on Earth. In Dubai they say: "We wanted the best, but it turned out the best."

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Come to Dubai and see everything with your own eyes. Avid travelers claim that if you return here in a few years, it will be difficult to recognize a familiar city - it changes and improves so quickly. However, the historical center, the beauty of the bay and the desire to create the best and most amazing remain unchanged.

Life in Dubai

Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, located on the Persian Gulf. Its initial impression is striking - as if you find yourself in a fantasy film about the future, where everything is possible. The city is creating reserves and reservoirs, laying canals, erecting glass skyscrapers and building shopping centers the size of small cities. Even its own Dubai Venice is available. Life in this metropolis is wealth and luxury. Local emirs strive to demonstrate the beauty and grandeur of the city to the whole world, as well as to create new, amazing and unique buildings that will attract even more tourists. If you want to live in Dubai, we suggest you take a look at apartments for sale by clicking the button below:


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Living in Dubai in your own housing is much more profitable than renting a flat. In Dubai, you will find gastronomic diversity in shopping malls and the highest class of local restaurants, which are ready to serve dishes from any cuisine in the world. This will surprise even those who seem to have tried everything in their lives.

Dubai population in 2023

Dubai's population is growing rapidly thanks to its high standard of living, economic stability, and high-paying jobs, attracting immigrants from all over the world. Now they make up more than half of the population of Dubai, mainly Chinese, Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis, residents of Central and East Africa, as well as citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Arabs make up only about 15 percent of the local population.

As of July 5, 2023, Dubai's population reached 3,603,286, an increase of 89,196 new residents in the last year and 124,595 in a year and a half. Over the past 70 years, the population has grown 165 times, starting from 20 thousand people in 1950. By 2040, 5.8 million people are projected to live in Dubai, and the unemployment rate will remain at a low level of just 0.5%. According to the Emirate's Master Plan, by 2040 it will be able to provide comfortable living for 7.8 million people and become the best city in the world to live in.

Weather in Dubai

Dubai is one of the hottest cities in the world, where temperatures in the shade can reach 45°C in summer. The best time to visit this city is October and April, when the summer heat is already giving way to more comfortable temperatures, allowing you to enjoy warm evenings and pleasant swimming. 


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Winter is also suitable for a trip to Dubai, especially for those who prefer a temperate climate with temperatures around +19 °C during the day and cool evenings. In general, the period from October to April is the high season, when the air temperature is between +20 °C and +30 °C. Most precipitation falls in February and March.

Dubai currency

The national currency used in the UAE is the dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils. There are banknotes in circulation in the country in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 AED, as well as coins:

  1. 1 dirham
  2. 50 dirham
  3. 25 dirham
  4. 10 dirham
  5. 5 dirham
  6. 1 fils. 

The dirham is pegged to the US dollar, where $1 equals 3.67 AED. Currency exchange can be carried out in Dubai without problems, but double conversion should be taken into account, which may affect the exchange rate. It is recommended to exchange a small amount for running expenses upon arrival at the airport. Banks offer good exchange conditions, but a passport is required for the operation. There are many exchange offices in Dubai, it is recommended to use the services of reliable and honest networks such as:

  • Al Ansari Exchange
  • Al Rostamani
  • UAE Exchange
  • Al Fardan
  • Sharaf.

Rates at exchange offices depend on their location, it is best to change money in shopping centers, on the streets and markets. It is better for hotels to prefer other places for currency exchange.

Dubai regions

Dubai is divided into nine different regions, which include many districts that are distinguished by their history, architecture, wealth and level of security.

Dubai district - areas of cityIn total, there are more than two hundred districts in the city, but for convenience, several main zones can be distinguished:

  • Bur Dubai - the historical part of the city
  • Deira - the eastern trading zone
  • Gardens - a residential area
  • Downtown - the business center of the city
  • Jumeirah - a residential area on the seashore,
  • Dubai Marina - a modern area located in the west of the city along the bay.

Here are the tallest and most original residential buildings, such as the Kayan Tower, the Dubai Torch, the Princess Tower and others.

Time in Dubai 🕓

The time zone of the Persian Gulf is valid in the United Arab Emirates and is equal to UTC + 4. Unlike many European countries, the UAE does not practice turning arrows when changing periods of the year, therefore it has a slight time shift in relation to the EU and the European part of Russia. It can be difficult for tourists to adjust to the new time zone, but the UAE has a vibrant culture and attractions.

In summer, the UAE is 1 hour ahead of Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, Romania, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova, Israel and Bulgaria. Dubai is 3 hours ahead of Albania, Algeria and Tunisia.

With some countries, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the UAE has no time difference, as they are located in the same time zone and do not practice daylight saving time.

Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and most of Mongolia are 4 hours ahead of the UAE. A number of countries are ahead of the UAE by 2 hours, such as the central and eastern territories of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.

There are 11 time zones in Russia. Dubai has a difference of +2 hours with Kaliningrad, there is no difference with Samara, already -2 with Omsk, -4 with Irkutsk. With Vladivostok, the time difference is -6 hours, and with Kamchatka, the time difference is within -8.

Between Dubai and Los Angeles, the time difference is -12 hours, with Chicago - 10 hours, with New York - 9 hours in the USA.

Dubai jobs

In order to work in Dubai or other emirates of the UAE, you need to get an invitation from a local employer and apply for a work visa. You can search for a job yourself or contact a recruitment agency. It is important to have a good knowledge of English for writing a resume and a successful job search. The most popular vacancies in the service sector, such as bartenders, hostesses, animators, as well as flight attendants, financiers and engineers are required. The average salary in the United Arab Emirates is about 18,400 AED (about 5,000 USD).

Foreigners who work in the UAE are eligible to obtain resident status based on employment. But before moving, it is necessary to study local traditions and mentality, as well as take into account the hot and humid climate.

Labor relations in the UAE are regulated by Federal Law No. 8 of 1980. When looking for an employee, local employers first of all consider candidates from UAE citizens, then workers from Arab countries, and only then applicants of other nationalities. A person who does not hold a UAE passport can only work in Dubai or another emirate after being approved by the Department of Labor and receiving a work permit from the employer.

A probationary period may be established for employees, which should not exceed 6 months. The employer has the right to terminate the contract without paying wages during this time. The maximum working time for employees is 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week. For employees of hotels and restaurants, the schedule can be increased to 9 hours a day by decision of the Minister of Labor. During Ramadan, working hours are reduced by 2 hours. Processing is paid at a rate of 125% of the standard rate, and in the interval from 21:00 to 04:00 - 150%.

Dubai and other emirates do not charge income tax on employees. This means that the salary remains entirely at the disposal of the employee. In addition, the UAE has entered into double taxation agreements with a number of countries, including Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

Employment in Dubai and other emirates without a proper permit is illegal. Improper use of a visa can result in a fine of 10,000 AED (about 2,700 USD), deportation or imprisonment.

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