About Dubai

Located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the Southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai is the second largest of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Home to over 200 nationalities, Dubai has been a trading post and meeting point for South Asia, Iran, the Arab world and Africa for hundreds of years. While its neighboring emirate Sharjah is established as a place of heritage and art production, Abu Dhabi and Doha (Qatar) house major museums.

Over the past decade, Dubai has become known as a city of business, entrepreneurship, debate, and a meeting point for the creative industry. It is in Dubai that the art world as a globalised phenomenon is most stark. This homegrown support for artists, designers, exhibitions and museums has been vital to Design Days Dubai's success and provides a robust platform for international discourse.

Arts & Culture

For arts and culture listings across the UAE, please visit dubaicalendar.ae.


The monetary unit is the dirham (AED) which is divided into 100 fils. The dirham is pegged to the US dollar at a mid-rate of approximately US $1 = 3.67 AED.


The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken, especially in business.

Time Zone

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT (+4 GMT).

For more information about Dubai, please visit Dubai Tourism.