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Top 10 Dubai by Sarah Monaghan, Lara Dunston

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Useful Information

1. Business & Shopping Hours

The official weekend is Friday and Saturday. Everyone has a day off on the main Friday prayer day, while some work half or full days on Saturday. Government departments open 7:30am–3pm while private companies work 9am–6pm. Supermarkets open 8am–10pm while major malls open 10am–10pm. Smaller malls and independent shops do not open until the afternoon on Fridays.

2. Climate

The UAE has an arid sub-tropical climate with infrequent rainfall. The country was synonymous with year-round sunshine until the 2006 winter, one of the wettest on record. Temperatures average 20 degrees Celsius in winter to 45 degrees Celsius in summer.

3. Weights & Measures

The UAE uses the metric system, except for petrol, when ...

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