If you’re thinking about making the move to Dubai, chances are there are loads of questions going through your head. We’ve run through the most commonly asked questions about Dubai, so you can know what to expect.

Is Dubai a country?
Erm, no. Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It sits between Abu Dhabi, the nation’s capital, and Sharjah. The other emirates are Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah (often referred to as the Northern Emirates) and Fujairah, which sits on the country’s east coast, bordering Oman.

Does Uber work in Dubai?
Yes, if you have the Uber app installed on your phone, you can use it in the city. Unlike in some other global cities, Uber rides are typically a little more expensive than public taxi services, and cars are typically Lexus. Careem is another local alternative to Uber. Lyft is not available in Dubai.

Where can I try Emirati food?
There are several places to try authentic local food, but they don’t dominate the culinary landscape, so you’ll need to seek them out. For traditional Emirati cuisine in a “traditional” setting, head to Al Fahidi area near Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai, to the Arabian Tea House (04 353 5071). Here you’ll be able to try things like Arabic coffee, fish or lamb machboos (a rice dish similar to biryani), Emirati stews, kebabs and desserts including luqaimat – delicious fried balls, not dissimilar to doughnuts, usually covered in date dhibs (syrup). There’s also a variety of camel milk ice creams in both familiar (vanilla, strawberry) and local (date, saffron) flavours. For a modern riff on Emirati cooking, check out Logma, which now has several branches across the city including at The Dubai Mall (800 56462). Here you’ll be able to try chebab (pancakes) with cream cheese and date syrup, or regag (a kind of thin, crisp bread) with egg, cheese or zaatar, as well as fusion parathas, machboos and salads.

Where are the main shopping areas?
As a city, Dubai is fairly spread out, and you’ll typically need to use public transport to get between most major destinations. Walking is not usually an option. The main shopping destinations are principally malls. The Dubai Mall, in Downtown Dubai, is the largest of the city’s (and world’s) malls, home to a huge number of high street and luxury brands, restaurants and attractions – including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Other major malls include Mall of the Emirates, towards the southern end of the city (nearer Dubai Marina), which in addition to shops and restaurants is home to indoor ski slope and snow park, Ski Dubai. The city is also home to two major outlet malls for brand discounts – these are The Outlet Village in Jebel Ali (near Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park complex) and the enormous Dubai Outlet Mall, also fairly removed from the heart of the city, at around a 20-minute drive from most main areas.