Number of versions: 4
Edition: February 3, 2009
Dubai is one of the 7 emirates
and the most populous city of the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), formed on December 1971. It is located along the southern coast of the
Gulf on the Arabian
Peninsula. The city of Dubai is sometimes called "Dubai city"
to distinguish it from the emirate.
Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area,
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only two emirates to possess veto
power over critical matters of national importance in the country's legislature.
Untill the formation of the UAE on December 2, 1971 Dubai was a protectorate of
Great Britain so it will not be surprising to find strong influences of the
Waddington design on the inland made Monopoly editions, like in the surrounding
Emirates Monopoly, no ref.nr.
Publisher: Monaka Games (?), Pakistan (?) - ±1994
Dimensions of the box: 27 x 41 x 4 cm
of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The red Arab character stands for "Emirates",
the other black characters mean Monopoly.
the board is obviously of a Monopoly game, the name is not shown in the centre.
In contrast it shows a funny map of Dubai in the mood of vacation. No
skyscrapers, no palm islands but only a simple structured port.
this undated Dubai edition is called an "Emirates Monopoly" it must be
dated after 1971, because the United Arab Emirates were formed in December 1971.
The presence of those special plastic tokens of a walking-man-with-hat
immediatelly reminds me of all Pakistan made (?) editions I've described so far
in the Oman chapter. This is the main reason why I believe this Dubai edition is made by
Monaka Games as well. But there are more matches, like:
the lid and the innerbox are of soft cardboard. The innerbox has 2
white cardboard inserts while the middle section is divided into 7 compartments.
The design of the 7 banknotes is an exact copy of
the official Waddington notes, on both sides, however the finish is very
poor. They are printed in black on very thin, transparant colored
paper (like in various other Arab sets in these area's) in the denominations 1
- 5 - 10
- 20 - 50
- 100 and 500.
There is 1 green and 1 blue
die, both with white pips.
The Rules are in English and Arabic.
Edition: Monopoly Dubai Edition - Print & Play!
Inventor: Woke, on his weblog while in Dubai - Dec.3, 2006
Dimensions of the board: ca. 52 x 52 cm
Since the board has to be printed out by yourself and you have to make all
attributes yourself this is a "Self to make game".
Woke works in the creative field and was also involved in several real
estate projects (marketing and advertising) when he was in Dubai. Hence his Dubai
Since Dec.3, 2006 Woke's design is on his weblog in Dubai but it was never completed, because
he left for Bangalore, India in 2007.
first launched a "Beta release" on August 2, 2006, using an
American board even showing the copyright rule under the word Monopoly in black
characters in the centre of his board.
This is how he introduced this Beta version:
"The Dubai Edition is finally out. As you can see, the beta version is
incomplete and requires your inputs and additions. I am confident we can beat
the Ras Al Khaimah edition in terms of gameplay.
As SD (Secret Dubai diary Intrigue and adventure in the
United Arab Emirates)
said, it is quite impossible to classify Dubai in terms of streets, because
they are either unheard of, or they are just called Street 100 A, 100 B etc.
Besides my familiarity with the places in Dubai is often limited to the mega
projects which will get completed in the next 50 years.
I am also trying to put in a little trivia about each location. Hopefully I
will learn something new after completing this dubious excercise:
For a while, I thought Naif is actually ‘knife’ which a gentleman living in
for the last 35 years failed to contradict.
Later I found that it actually means “mess” in Dublish (Nah, not the Dublin
As a spurned lover would say, “You made my life a Naif Road” is a perfect way to end a tragical love story.
Hor Al Anz
My ignorance of Arabic and the local places continued, because the taxi
drivers mislead me into thinking it was “Hor lands”.
This time I
didn’t ask them the spelling.
The 4 tokens suggested are: Hybrid
Moda (Dubai mascot Modesh) - Ray Banu (typical
Emirati woman) - Lost Labourer and Whining Expat.
On Dec.3, 2006 Woke wrote:
"After fiddling with the 'light'
beta version of the Monopoly Dubai Edition game, I have decided to have
a go at a full working version. This time I have created a completely vector
pdf of the board for a start - so that it can be printed on any size and in
I am working on the pdf's
of the currency and the property cards I hope to finish one
day - though it won't be the conventional cards, but a more light hearted
The properties are from GO
Deira - Community Chest - Al
Ghusais - Pass by the Burj aj Arab - Etisalat - Satwa
- Chance - Karama - Bur
Dubai - In Al Wathba Prison - Dubai Festival
City - Dewa - International City
- Dubai Silicon Oasis - Dubai
Municipality - Dubai Investment Park - Community
Chest - Dubai Media & Internet City
- Knowledge City - Free Parking - Emirates
Hills - Chance - The Gardens - Palm Deira - Dubai Ports
World - Dubai
Marina - Dubai
World Central - Road Transport Authority - Palm
Jumeirah - Go to Al Wathba Prison - Business
Bay - Burj Dubai - Community
Chest - Dubailand - Emirates Airlines
- Chance - Palm Jebel Ali + Dubai Waterfront
- Illegal Parking and The World Islands.
Currency is DHS = Emirates Dirham
Monopoly Ras Al Khaimah
Inventor: Al Sinjab, on his weblog - August 1, 2006
Dimensions of the boad: ca. 52 x 52 cm
Al Sinjab, born in Bulgaria grew up in the United Arab Emirates.
Having seen Woke's Dubai edition on Internet he decided to develop a Ras Al Khaimah
edition, however without the intention to materialize the set. So
actually this is nothing more than an illustrated idea, but it shows people come
to think of making Monopoly games from the place where they live.
This is how he introduced his invention on his
blog on August 1, 2006:
"Dubai is getting it's own Monopoly
board. Not to be outdone, I made one for Ras Al Khaimah. Unfortunately,
road names were introduced after I left, so I don't know what any of them
are. Instead, I've used some of RAK's greatest landmarks.
Here it is:
From Yella! onwards the properties on the
Gentleman Saloon - Malesh - Happy
House Massage - Nakheel Taxis - Immigration - The
Punjab - Inshallah - The National
Mr.Brights - In Jail - Saqr
Park - Etisalat - Digdaga Ostriche Farm
- Camel Race Track - Julan Taxis - The
Taij Mahal - Malesh - The Grand
- Al Nakheel Hotel - image of palms - Yosufs
- Inshallah - Al Ruwais - Nesnas
- Khozam Taxis - Prince
Cafe Shisha - Lebanon
Spring Bakery - Etisalat - Al
Sahari - Go to Jail - Ras Khamah
Hotel - Bin Majid Hotel - Malesh
- Hilton Hotel - Mamourah Taxis - Inshallah
- Al Hambra Hotel - Dubai Shopping Fest and Ras
Al Khaimah Space Port.
Inshallah Cards (Chance)
- Catch a marlin and sell it at fishmarket. Receive 200 dhs.
- Wastafarian hits your car. Pay 1,000 dhs.
- Taxi driver thinks you're a prostitute and doubles the price. Pay 10 dhs.
- Camel wins race. Receive 10,000 dhs.
- Find 100 dhs. on the beach. Wahoo!
Malesh Cards (Community chest)
- Buy shishas in old RAK and resell them during summer vacation. Receive 500
- Dhow trip of Musandam. Pay 200 dhs.
- Take tourists for a hike up Jebel Kiwi. Receive 300 dhs.
- Spend the day at Saqr Park. Pay 50 dhs.
- Spend the night dancing at the filipino disco. Pay 50 dhs.
- Ramadan. Receive 100 dhs.
- Too much fun at 5 dh tequila night. Go directly to jail.
- Human rights activist make you pay your labourers; pay 1,000 dhs for each
hotel, 500 for each house."
Monopoly Dubai - Städte-Edition - Quickfunds, in German language,
(Monopoly Dubai - City Edition)
Publisher: Hasbro/Winning Moves/Quickfunds - Köln - Germany - 2007
Dimensions of the box: 27.0 x 40.2 x 5.0 cm
(This edition must be one of the first issues having the special mention
"Städte-Edition", however in the centre of the game board only.)
The German company Quickfunds is an international investment company, selling
and hiring out appartments in Dubai. This Dubai Monopoly edition is a sales
promtion item and probably not distributed in Dubai.
back side of the box tells following story:
hat Musik, Dubai hat Leidenschaft, das Emirat verbindet Menschen, es ist der
Ort wo Globalisierung tatsächlich stattfindet und Visionen Wirklichkeit
werden. (Alexander Gumy)
Um das Ausmaß und Tempo der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung in Dubai zu
veranschaulichen, ist ein kurzer Blick auf die jüngere Geschichte notwendig.
Über Hundert Jahre lang war Dubai weltberümt für seine Perlenindustrie und
seinen Goldhandel, die eine Grundlage für viele Vermögen ihm frühen Dubai
gewährleisten konnten. Die indischen Goldpreise lagen höher als der Preis
auf dem freien Markt, und viele der heute bedeutenden Händler verdanken ihren
Erfolg den Emiratis. Die ursprünglichen Goldsouks kann man noch heute
besichtingen, und Gold wird derzeit dank der weltweiten Nachfrage immer noch
in Dubai gehandelt. Dubai exportiert inzwischen mehr Gold als irgendein
anderes Land der Welt. Doch wie so oft in Dubai führt das Ende einer Ära zur
Geburt einer neuen.
Dubais Fortschritte in den letzten Jahren fanden Hand in Hand mit der
wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung der neuen Freihandelszonen statt und wurden
hauptsächlich durch die zukunftsorientierte Perspektive der herschenden
Familie inspiriert. Die dynamischen Projekte wurden eingeleitet, mit dem Ziel,
aus den Menschen der Region eine sachkundige und informierte Gesellschaft zu
schaffen und die Wirtschaft des Landes in eine vom Öl unabhängige Ökonomie
"Dubai has music, Dubai has passion, the Emirate joins people, it is the
place where globalization indeed takes place and visions get realized.
To illustrate the size and speed of the economic development in Dubai a short
view on the recent history will be necessary. More than 100 years Dubai was
world famous for its pearl industry and its gold trade, that could guarantee a
foundation for fortune in the early days of Dubai. The Indian goldprices were
higher than the price on the free market and many of todays traders owe their
success to the Emiratis. The original goldsouks can still be visited today and
gold is still dealt in in Dubai thanks to the worldwide demand.
Meanwhile Dubai is exporting more gold than any other country in the world.
However, as often in Dubai the end of an era leads to the birth of a new one.
The progress of Dubai during the last years took place hand in hand with the
economic development of the new free-trade zones and were mainly inspired by
the future-oriented prospects of the reigning family. Those dynamic projects
were introduced with the goal to create a professional and informed society
from the people in the region and to transform the country's economy into an oil
The first Winning Moves city games were issued in Great
Britain, later followed by many other countries.
They are all socalled "Authorized Opoly Games", i.a. they are
issued under the approval of and in cooperation with Hasbro.
The prices of the streets
and other properties are always the same as those of the standard Hasbro editions.
All editions are made according to the same pattern an the
features of this edition are:
The colorfull lid shows under the Monopoly bar a
composition of pictures of landmarks of the city, with in perspective
mid-under the first and last spaces at the left and right of Los/Go
In the lower right corner are 6 of 10 standard tokens
shown, i.e. car - boat - thimble - canon - wheelbarrow and
The other tokens of the set are dog - hat - shoe and iron.
Mr. Monopoly (who was Rich Uncle Pennybags until 2000) with
his red bow tie is in the middle O
of Monopoly in the red bar.
The back of the solid game board is red.
The Banker's tray is a square tray of red
plastic on top of which the double folded game board is placed.
A second, slightly higher tray of green
plastic has 7 slots to store the banknotes
during the play.
The back side of the Gemeinschaftskarten is blue
and show the treasure chest; the Ereigniskarten have a red
back with a red question mark. The
spaces for these cards are bilingual (German and English) but the
the cards are in German only.
The propery cards are in German only.
The money consists of 7 neutral Monopoly banknotes, packed in a set of "generic money" with ref.nr.
For this edition the currency of the notes is UAE Dhs = Dirham.
The set is supplied with a socalled property pouch.
According to Winning Moves it is to store the houses and hotels.
However, I think the small, transparant case, also going with the
set is better suitable to store them.
The well finished, hollow green
plastic houses and red
plastic hotels have overhanging roofs and a chimney.
The dice are white and have black pips.
The Rules are in a nice 15 pages booklet but again in German only.
The back side is grey and shows the Burj Al Arab.
few of the instruction on the Gemeinschaftskarten and
zurück zu den Arabian Ranches = Go back to the Arabian
Lagerverkaufen erhältst du DHS 50 = From stock sales receive
vor bis zum Burj Al Arab = Advance to Burj Al Arab
einen Ausflug zum Jebel Ali Bahnhof. Wenn du über Los kommst, ziehe DHS 200
Go to Jebel Ali station. If you pass Go collect DHS 200
properties of this Dubai edition are from Los/Go onwards:
- Gemeinschaftsfeld/Community Chest - Emirates
Hills - Jebel Ali Bahnhof/Station - Multimedia
Souk - Ereignisfeld/Chance - Gewürz/Spice
Souk - Gold Souk - Im Gefängnis/In
Jail - Port Rashid - Dubai Elektrizitätswerk/Electric
Company - Emirates Airlines - Dubai
Flughafen/Airport - Deira Bahnhof/Station - Finanz
Freihandelszone/Financial Freezone - Gemeinschaftsfeld/Community Chest
- Media City - Internet
City - Frei Parken/Free Parking - Mercato
Mall - Ereignisfeld/Chance - Battuta
Mall - Mall of Emirates - Sheikh
Zayed Road Bahnhof/Station - City
of Arabia - Sports
City - Meerwasser Entsalzungs Anlage/Seewater Desalinisation
Plant - Dubai
Land - Gehen Sie in das Gefängnis/Go to Jail - Palm
Jebel Ali - Palm Deira - Gemeinschaftsfeld/Community Chest
- Business Bay Bahnhof/Station - Ereignisfeld/Chance - Burj
and Burj Al Arab.
See also the Monopoly
editions issued in the surrounding countries, like Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman.