Located on the northeastern coast of the UAE, Dubai (or Dubayy) is the modern capital of the emirate of Dubai (one of the 7 of the country) and the world’s fastest growing city.
Dubai is divided by Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai), which is an inlet of the Persian Gulf running through the heart of the city. Traditionally, there were two towns merged into one on the banks of the creek. These towns are now the major districts of Deira on the northeast and Bur Dubai on the southwest.
Both districts house classical architecture including fine mosques, busy souks and museums, but also modern public buildings, shopping malls, hotels, office towers, banks, hospitals, schools, diverse restaurants, apartments and several leisure and sports centers. Two bridges (Garhoud and Maktoum) and a tunnel on the creek connect Deira and Bur Dubai. A third bridge is under construction in the route to Sharjah.
Dubai has an impressive system of roads connecting all parts of the city and surrounding areas. There are excellent roads and highways to all main towns and villages of the UAE, and the ground infrastructure of the city allows getting around quite easy. However, the large number of vehicles generates frequent congestion, mainly at rush hour and on the city’s centre.
The principal roads of the city are Sheikh Zayed Rd in the direction to Abu Dhabi, and Jumeirah Rd on Jumeirah district (“the new Dubai”) that goes to Jebel Ali. But the hub of Dubai is on Baniyas Rd in Deira, which runs along the creek and where is placed the famous commercial centre Baniyas Square (Al-Nasr Sq). Al-Maktoum Rd, Al-Maktoum Hospital Rd, and Naif Rd are important roads in this district, too. On the Bur Dubai side, the old souk zone runs from Al-Ghubaiba Rd to the Diwan (Ruler’s Office) and to Khalid bins al-Waleed Rd.
To the northwest of Bur Dubai, in the coast, is Jumeirah, an area that houses a recent coral reef creation, where people can enjoy of exciting water sports like sailing, water-skiing, swimming or get pleasure from the peace of the secluded beaches.
- Street addresses are uncommon in Dubai. People refer to the major roads by name, but the smaller, numbered streets remain mostly anonymus. In Dubai, citizens provide directions following the landscape of the area.
- The UAE has one of the world’s highest road accidents ratio. So, be careful especially in the Dubai's highways that may be danger.
- Aside from the sands that surround the city, Dubai counts with beautiful parks and gardens that sometimes make people forget that they are in the desert.