I was invited to Dubai last April to attend the Middle East Film & Comic Con - I had been wanting to attend the previous two years and was so glad that I could finally make it.
Dubai is a wonderful international city and even though the main language is Arabic, English is the second language that is spoken by the majority of folks who power the service sector so if you are thinking of traveling and feel more comfy speaking in English then you wont have any probs making your way around.
April had a good climate to visit - not too hot (when in the shade) with cool evenings - felt a lot like Los Angeles.
We stayed at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai which is located just opposite the MEFCC venue at the World Trade Center. Great service and brekkie in a good location. I was surprised that tourists to Dubai had to pay a "tourist tax" per day - its not much though at about 5 USD.
Shisha (also known as Hookah) is a waterpipe which vaporizes herbs and leaves through hot water placed inside.
I was told that there is no nicotine and is harmless so I tried it once - and will never try it again as it left me feeling dizzy for a long time ><
At least it doesn't smell like cigarette smoke though.