The United Arab Emirates were formed in 1971 when the states of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah came together to form the sovereign state. The UAE now covers 83,600 sq kms with a population of just over 3 million. Dubai is the main commercial centre within the Emirates and hosts some of the finest hotels anywhere in the world. The investment in Dubai has continued to grow and the construction of Palm Island has added 120 kms of beachfront to the beautiful Dubai coastline. The project consists of two identical palm shaped islands each hosting a number of boutique hotels, luxury villas and a host of recreational facilities including shopping complexes and cinemas.
An upmarket winter retreat, Dubai has something to offer everybody. Wild Wadi water park, located adjacent to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a major attraction for adults and children alike. Those staying at any of the four Jumeirah International hotels will gain complimentary access throughout their stay. Golfing is another major attraction, especially during the cooler winter months where you will also be able to experience night golfing on some of the finest courses. There are bargains to be had with everything from Japanese electronics to French and Italian fashion labels and quality jewellery all coming in at great prices when compared to back home. Dubai also hosts some of the world’s largest sporting events including golfs Dubai Desert Classic and horse racings Dubai Cup.
Ramadan is a period in the Islamic year when Muslims fast between dawn and dusk. This is a fasting month for Muslims, the dates it falls on changes each year depending on the site of the Crescent of a New Moon, Ramadan in 2018 will start on Sunday, the 5th of May (5/5/2019) and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, the 4th of June (4/6/2019). As a sign of respect, non Muslims are requested not to consume food, drink, chew gum or smoke in public. No live music, entertainment or dancing will be available during this period, however bars open from the break of the fast until 1am. During the day restaurants will still open, however they are be sectioned for non Muslims. All other facilities, beach, shopping, water sports, spa and leisure facilities remain open as normal.
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