The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven Emirates, Dubai is far by the most popular destination of them all. It is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai’s population is estimated at 1.5 million people which is a huge growth since 1975 when it was 183 thousand people.
Sheikh Mohammed is the ruler of Dubai, his primarily goal is to make Dubai what is today; a modern high standard city thriving from commercial investments. The relatively young city of Dubai focuses on tourism. In it’s 25 years of industrial and commercial growth, the city has allowed development of startling infrastructures against a backdrop of sand, sea and olden Middle Eastern traditions and architecture.
Old Dubai remains untouched with the cultural mainstays of the city. For one, The Dubai Museum showcases traditional Middle Eastern reed houses and other mementos. Every visitor gets a tour which begins as the al-Fahidi fort, where the houses are, down to the unbelievable high-technology extension built under the fort. The Bastakiya District is another popular and old Dubai destination, one of the few remaining communities where traditional style homes still are the norm.
Travelers to Dubai need a valid passport and visa. American citizens need only a valid passport, other nationalities may require to get a valid visa. The city is generally safe for travelers, although Americans are advised to be aware of their surroundings. In Middle Eastern countries threats to US citizens are of concern.