Canonical has released the experimental version of the Ubuntu touch emulator. This will help developers in developing and testing the apps that will run on Ubuntu smart phones. The user interface of the this emulator is similar to the Android emulator. So people having android background will not have tough time understanding the emulator.
If you'd like to try the emulator, this wiki link has instructions on how to install the emulator. As this is an external release, it's recommended to be cautious because the the system may break due to dependency issues.