I am Martin from India and living in UAE for the last 12 years. I was in Dubai for 10 years and now moved to Dibba, Fujairah, part of UAE East Coast.
The East Coast is entirely different from other parts of the UAE and a main destination of foreign and local travellers. I guide & help people to see & explore UAE East Coast. So if you have any queries about UAE East Coast or any other parts of UAE please feel free to contact me. I am always ready to help you all.
It is true that this area of Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, etc is a completely different part of the Arab world, very welcoming to outside cultures, etc. I would love to see Dubai someday.
It looked like Dubai was going to do very well before this recession hit. I do know Royal Caribbean has a ship or two sailing out of the area pretty frequently, and that Europeans go there on vacation.
Educationally and socially these are most developed area in Arab world. In Dubai there is more than 200 nationalities living and working. So in Dubai you will not feel you are in a Arab country.
After the economic crises the Dubai economy is recovering and the government launched new projects to attract tourists. The main revenue of Dubai is tourism and trade.
Cruise ships are sailing to this part and lot of travelers are visiting. I am living in Dibba, part of UAE East Coast and fyi I am running a website about UAE East Coast - UAE East Coast - Your local tour guide in UAE East Coast