While there are plans to expand further in the region, Fortes Education’s schools are presently situated in Dubai. Below you will find a city guide to Dubai.
Dubai is the second largest emirate and commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates. The capital of UAE is Abu Dhabi. The other members of the federation in addition to Abu Dhabi and Dubai are Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
Dubai is today considered as one of the most exciting cities in the world. Dubai allows you to be cosmopolitan and hip, and yet also casual and relaxed. The city is dynamic and ever growing with more than 85% of the population from the expatriate community. Dubai is clean and virtually crime-free and has an easy-going atmosphere and reputation for hospitality. Dubai offers expatriates the ability to live a cosmopolitan and international lifestyle in the tax-free, year-round sunshine of the Middle East.
Dubai is a popular tourist destination and offers visitors and residents an excellent quality of life, fantastic leisure and entertainment options all year round (click Dubai Events Calendar below to check out Dubai’s year-round events), access to a variety of water sports and excellent shopping bargains.
Dubai’s annual events calendar is the gateway to one of the most exciting cities in the world Find out all about Dubai’s lifestyle through its year round entertainment options that include conferences, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, promotions, and events related to culture, art, fashion, health, and sport.
Click on the link below to check out Dubai’s year-round events:
Dubai’s infrastructure is well developed and efficient. Its service sector major international banks, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. International ATM access is widely available.
Global links, including GSM mobile telephones and pagers and Internet, are world-class and inexpensive. Local and foreign television, radio newspapers, magazines and books are readily available. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely used, especially in business. Dubai is four hours ahead of GMT.
The monetary unit of the UAE is the Dirham (Dhs.), which is divided into 100 fils. The dirham is pegged to the US dollar at the rate of Dhs. 3.67 to $1.00.
Office hours vary but are generally from 8am to 6pm from Saturday to Thursday. Most government offices are open from 7:30am to 2:30pm from Saturday to Wednesday and are closed on Thursday. Banks are open from 8am to 1pm from Saturday to Thursday; some remain open later. Friday is the weekly holiday for all offices. Some companies also close on Thursday afternoons; others, notably in the service sector, work all day on Thursday but are closed on Saturday.
Dubai International Airport is served by some 70 airlines, which fly to more than 100 destinations around the world. Flights in and out of the city are frequent and travelling is easy.
Tax Free Shopping
The world famous Dubai Duty Free offers cheapest prices for cosmetics, electronics, tobacco and alcohol. Dubai Duty Free also offers departing, arriving & transiting passengers the chance to win luxury cars.
Hiring a car is recommended for getting around in Dubai. International driving licences are accepted by most car hire agencies. Metered taxis are abundant. Airport taxis and taxis standing at hotels charge a surcharge.
The options range from large villas to five-star beach hotels to small serviced flats. Standards are uniformly high.
English is the medium of instruction in most schools. An academic record of your child is required for admissions. Some schools conduct entrance tests. Schools offer GCSE, ‘A’ Levels, French, American, Indian, Japanese among other curricula. Standards are above average.
Dubai has many well-equipped public and private hospitals offering high quality healthcare. At public hospitals, emergency treatment is free; a health card, available at reasonable cost, is needed for non-urgent health care. Schooling from pre-kindergarten to college is available in a variety of institutions, with private schools catering to most of the expatriate communities.
|Location:||Southern Shore of the Arabian Gulf, North Eastern United Arab Emirates. (United Arab Emirates : Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia)|
|Time Zone:||GMT +4|
|Weather:||10 – 30 degrees Celsius in winter (50 – 86 Fahrenheit). 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit) in summer.|
|Languages:||Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu|
|Religions:||Muslim 96%, Christian, Hindu, and other 4%.|
|Country Dialling Code:||971|
|Internet Country Code:||.ae|
|Electricity:||220 or 240 volts AC, 50Hz|
|Currency:||Emirati Dirham (AED)|
|Exchange Rates:||Emirati dirhams per US dollar – 3.67|
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