Dubai, the second largest of the seven states of the United Arab Emirates. Inspite of its cosmopolitan nature, Dubai still retains its Arabic heritage and culture. Traditional souks, mosques and traditional merchant's houses are mingled with ultra-modern skyscrapers, shopping malls, hotels and office blocks. Along the creek, traditional dhows - now motor-powered - are moored, whilst water-taxis ferry passengers from one bank to other at all hours of day and night. In contrast with some other countries in the Middle East, there are fewer restrictions in Dubai on what women are allowed to wear, they are allowed to drive themselves, and there is much less segregation in public life of men and women. Women should still dress modestly, however, in respect of Arabic culture.