5 great things about life in DUBAI
A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Dubai is the largest and most well-known city in the United Arab Emirates. Its population is made up of approximately 85% expatriates, so you will always feel at home here. Being a multicultural society brings with it the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and important holidays and celebrations. Although Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English is the most spoken language in Dubai. With so many nationalities working and living here, there will be great opportunities to learn a new language.
Image: Sports Day at Foremarke School, Dubai
In 2014, Dubai announced its vision to transform the emirate into a global centre for innovation. The goal is to make Dubai the world capital for new ideas, with a particular focus on renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space. Schools are focused on this exciting future, too. Come and see the change as it happens...
Image: Dubai - looking to the future (iStock)
The city is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. The long coastline lends itself well to the multitude of water sports available for enthusiasts of all ages. The white sandy beaches are a great place to catch some rays (during the lovely cooler months), but many also offer a vast range of water-based activities. Some sports are so popular they have even given their name to beaches, as in the case of Kitesurfing Beach. From stand-up paddle boarding to wakeboarding, fishing to a ride on a banana boat, Dubai has it covered.
Image: Kitesurfing Beach, Dubai (iStock)
The immense areas of desert surrounding the city may seem intimidating at first, but once you get to know the beautiful and ever-changing landscape, chances are you will thoroughly enjoy it. From desert safaris to overnight camping trips, the desert will surprise you with its colours and magic. Learn about the Bedouin culture and the 'ships of the desert' (camels), which have helped people in this region thrive for thousands of years.
Image: 'ships of the desert' (iStock)
The architecture in Dubai includes some of the most spectacular buildings in the world. Most people are familiar with the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, but the city has so much more to offer beyond this iconic structure. Dubai is home to the first '7-star' hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab, the man-made 'Palm Islands', considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world, the world’s tallest high-rise building with a 90˚ twist, the largest man-made marina in the world and the largest shopping centre in the world by area.
Image: Madinat Jumeirah Resort with Burj Al Arab Hotel in the background (iStock)
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