The Khaleej Times and Gulf News are daily English-language
newspapers. Arabic newspapers include Al Bayan, Al-Ittihad
Foreign newspapers, especially British and Asian,
are readily available in hotel bookshops and supermarkets.
What's On is a colourful monthly magazine which covers
social and cultural events within the UAE.
Most leading hotels now receive international news
and entertainment broadcasts via satellite. The Hong
Kong-based Star TV and the Rome-based Orbit are among
the satellite networks which transmit a wide variety
of programmes, including BBC World and CNN.
Locally, there are four channels: Dubai 2, 10 and
41 which show Arabic programmes, and Dubai 33, which
broadcasts in English. Emirates Dubai Television broadcasts
by satellite throughout the world in Arabic and English.
Reception from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Qatar and Bahrain
is usually possible and programme details are published
in the local press.
The English-language service of UAE Radio Dubai broadcasts
daily on 92Mhz FM 24 hours a day, with main news bulletins
at 7.30am, 9.30am, 2.30pm and 8.30 pm.
The electricity supply in Dubai is 220/240 volts
at 50 cycles. US-made appliances may need a transformer.
Tap water is quite safe to drink but visitors usually
prefer locally bottled mineral water and this is generally
served in hotels and restaurants.
Dubai has many well-equipped hospitals. The Dubai
Department of Health and Medical Services runs Dubai,
Rashid, Maktoum and Al Wasl hospitals. Dubai Hospital
is one of the best medical centres in the Middle East,
with specialised clinics; Al Wasl is a specialised
maternity and gynaecology hospital.
The Department also operates a number of out-patient
clinics, of which one is situated in Jebel Ali.
Telecommunications are excellent, both within the
UAE and with the outside world. Telephone calls within
Dubai city are free. Direct dialling is available
to most countries. Major service providers are :