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                         Food & Travel guide Dubai                                                              
 Dubai  is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is  like an independent city-state and is the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, developing at an unbelievable pace in the tourist and trade sectors especially.Dubai came into existence in records as a town around 1799. It was originally a fishing settlement. Inhabitants lived by fishing, pearling, herding sheep and goats, but by the turn of the century Dubai was an important trading port. By the early 1900s, almost a quarter of the population was foreign. n 1971, the British withdrew and Dubai joined with Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Aiman, Umm Al Quwain, Fajairah and later Ras Al Khaimah to create the federation of the United Arab Emirates. Oil was discovered in 1966 and by 1969 Dubai exported its first shipment of oil. The success of this venture fueled the rapid development of the area and through the insight of the late ruler provided for the general welfare of the inhabitants. 
The city of Dubai is situated on a coastal strip bordered by desert and gets very hot. It is dry on the hottest days and humid during the cooler days in the summer. Cooler, more pleasant weather lasts from the end of September to beginning of May. In winter the temperature at night is usually from 10°C-16°C . From May to September, the sun is intense and temperatures can touch 45°C  in the city and even higher in the desert. The heat, coupled with a humidity of 60%-70% near the coast, effectively precludes most activity outdoors for the daylight hours during summer.
Burj Dubai
Dubai's main airport is the Dubai International Airport, you can also enter Dubai through - aside from Dubai International Airport - Sharjah and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Frequent visitors from countries granted automatic visa on entry may wish to purchase an e-gate card to speed up immigration formalities and save passport pages. Dubai International Airport  is the largest hub in the Middle East and the home base of Dubai's flag carrier Emirates  and its low-cost wing FlyDubai . In fact, it has grown at such a furious pace that the present terminals are bursting at the seams, especially during the peak hours around midnight.The Dubai International Airport has three terminals and another one in the making as of end 2010.
Shopping malls and buildings:
Burj Dubai is at the height of  828 meters and has 160 floors.This is the world's tallest structure by a long shot, over 300m taller than the previous contender in Taipei. The observation deck at the 124th floor is also said to be the highest in the world. Already dominating the Dubai skyline, the newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system. The visitors' entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. Although the tour is called At the Top be aware that it isn't! Although the observation deck is the highest open deck in the world, at 452m it's just over halfway up the tower itself. Console yourself with the knowledge that most of the rest of the tower consists of service areas and the view below looks suitably ant-like. Tickets cost Dhs 100 for a timed entry ticket, usually later the same day, or Dhs 400 if you do not want to wait.
Food and drinks:
The most available food item on almost all streets in Dubai is Shawarma . It is the arabic equivalent of the Burger. It is meat that has been cooked on a skewer and then cut into thin strips and placed into a bread with vegetables and dressing. The more exotic Lebanese and Iranian varities are also available.Another local snacks is Fala-Fil  also available at about the same costs as the shawarma.Most of the American fast food chains have set up shop in Dubai, including KFC, Chillis,TGI Fridays Starbucks and McDonalds. The beauty of the food in Dubai is that you can find cuisine of every taste.There is a wide variety of Middle Eastern food at Cafe Arabesque in the Park Hyatt Hotel. Mizaan is located in the Monarch, and has several light and healthy options on its menu, all in the local style.The Far east Seafood Market sounds like a grocery store, but it's really a restaurant that serves food all the way from Asia; Japanese, Chinese and Thai food are all represented here. It's Mirchi is a pub restaurant that specializes in Indian and Asian cuisine. The owners also frequently play the latest Bollywood blockbusters as you eat, and there is sometimes an in-house DJ. 
Desert Safari or Dune Bashing:
Desert Safari or Dune Bashing is the most popular desert of Dubai. If you  head out to the desert  with specialist Desert Drivers. The drivers will take you for a roller-coaster ride over sand dunes, show you the sunset from a strategic vantage point and then take you to a lavish dinner with music and dance to complete the atmosphere. You may want to stay clear of the dune-bashing if you know that you get carsick easily.
The huge amounts of cargo passing through its port and the low tariffs ensure that practically anything is available at fairly competitive rates, although the appreciation of the Dirham, and the plentiful supply of shoppers means that Dubai is no longer a bargain basement shopping city.  


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