Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and is one of seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates. It is rich in cultural heritage and its people are proud to uphold their traditional values, extending courtesy and generous hospitality to visitors.

Located on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is one of seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates. It is a place rich in cultural heritage and its people are proud to uphold their traditional values.

Courtesy and hospitality are important in the Arab world, and the people of Dubai exemplify these virtues. Visitors can look forward to receiving a warm welcome, and will enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the city.

Culture and etiquette

Dubai is widely described as “a melting pot of cultures” with people from over 200 nationalities making the emirate their home. It is a place where tradition and modernity come together, and where peoples of different cultures live harmoniously, finding mutual enrichment through the sharing of ideas and experiences.

Visitors to Dubai are strongly urged to review the links below to familiarise themselves with the culture, customs and etiquette of the region.

Learn more about social etiquette and culture in Dubai:
» Getting familiar with Dubai’s culture and etiquette | Government of Dubai
» The Dubai Code of Conduct

Plan your visit

Travel on Emirates Airline

We’re pleased to inform you that Emirates Airline has been selected as the partner airline for the 2016 Jubilee Games. Emirates has excellent connections to all six continents via Dubai with more than 135 destinations worldwide.

Use the Jubilee Games promo code to get special fares on Emirates for travel between 12 July – 8 August 2016.

» Access the Emirates Airline promo code and details of the offer here
» Book your travel today, and enter the promotion code when selecting your flights

Hotels in Dubai

Dubai has hotels and accommodations to suit every taste, need and budget. Click the link below for the list of hotels that are within close proximity to the main sporting and events venues.

» Download the hotel list here

Travel Agencies to Help Plan Your Visit

Third-party travel agencies from various countries are now offering travel packages exclusively to 2016 Jubilee Games spectators who wish to stay in Dubai. A list of travel agencies along with links to flyers and websites that describe their respective offerings and contact details is given below.

» Axis Travel (UAE)
» Orient Tours (UAE)
» SAITO (Kenya)
» Travelguzs (USA)
» Travel Agents (Canada)
» Travel Agents (UK)

Please note that Jubilee Games and its affiliates are not responsible for the products, services, and content on any third-party websites or marketing collateral.


Considered among the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Dubai offers sunshine throughout the year, world-class leisure facilities, beautiful beaches and parks, shopping malls, as well as exciting attractions and experiences.

It is also home to a rich sporting tradition. Camel racing, falconry and traditional dhow racing are part of Dubai’s heritage and culture. Modern sport events include boat racing, the Dubai World Cup (the world’s richest horse race) and the Dubai Tennis Open, among others.

Another exciting event to watch for in the summer months is the Dubai Summer Surprise — a family-themed festival. Thousands of retail stores participate in this annual event offering bargain shopping. Visitors can also enjoy numerous indoor attractions and events.

Dubai boasts the largest shopping mall in the world — the Dubai Mall — which has famous international brands and designers as well as an aquarium where you can dive alongside sharks. Dubai is probably the only city in the world where you can experience sand duning and skiing — both in the same day.

Information about shopping, sightseeing and other attractions can be found here.

Time zone and currency

The United Arab Emirates is four hours ahead of GMT. The time does not change during the summer. This means that there is a three-hour difference between British and United Arab Emirates local times in summer and a four-hour difference in winter.

The currency of United Arab Emirates is Emirati Dirham (AED or Dh).

View the current exchange rate of any currency against the Dirham.