Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, and is one of the world’s fastest growing cities. With its futuristic architecture, Dubai has grown to be a global center for tourism and trade.
Dubai has been home to countless industries, from oil trading to banking.
Dubai has become a symbol of modernity and development in many parts of the world. Dubai is known for its skyscrapers and extravagant lifestyles. Both locals and tourists come to this city for entertainment, shopping, food, and luxury goods.
Tourism is an important part of Dubai’s economy with more than 7 million visitors arriving each year to experience its shopping malls, restaurants, beaches, landscapes, parks, souks (markets), resorts, hotels and other emirate-specific sights.
The city is also home to some of the most bustling shopping malls in the world like Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The city also prides itself on natural beauty and spirituality such as at Jumeirah Mosque or Jumeirah Beach Park.
In recent years, Dubai has become a hub for knowledge as well with many universities opening their doors including the Zayed University or the American University of Sharjah.
Mind-boggling Dubai Facts
1. Approximately one out of every 10 people in Dubai is Emirati. The vast majority of the population is foreign born.
2. Surprisingly, oil and natural gas only account for less than 2% of Dubai’s GDP. Tourism and real estate are the main drivers of Dubai’s economy. This is the fact about Dubai that surprises most people!
3. The Dubai Police Force uses supercars such as the $2 million Aston Martin One-77, the $1 million Bugatti Veyron and the $500,000 Ferrari FF.
4. You can see the Burj Khalifa from 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) away.
5. Approximately 39% of the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel is uninhabitable.
6. The interior of Dubai’s exotic Burj Al Arab uses 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf. That includes the 24-carat plated iPad you’re offered during your stay.
7. $75 billion of physical gold, weighing in at about 2,250,000 kilograms, was traded in Dubai in 2013, representing a colossal 40% of the worldwide gold market.
8. The artificial Palm Islands in Dubai imported enough sand to fill NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building 25.5 times.
9. Residents of the 150th floor and higher at Burj Khalifa are so far above the ground that they see the sun longer than other Dubai residents do.
10. Dubai had only one skyscraper in 1990. Fast forward 25 years and it has in excess of 150 skyscrapers, including the tallest skyscraper in the world, Burj Khalifa.
11 His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the emir of Dubai and the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has 23 officially acknowledged children, nine sons and 14 daughters, and an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
12. Dubai was founded in 1833. In those days, it was just a small fishing port. It has only been more recently in the 1980’s and 90’s that it started to rebrand itself as a world class tourist destination and try to bring in many tourists. In the last 40 plus years, Dubai has transformed in an incredible way and is now a multi-cultural travel hot spot for cosmopolitan travels from all around the world.
13. More than 13 million travelers visit Dubai every year.
14. The total land area of Dubai is 4,114 km.
15. Dubai has a hot, humid and subtropical climate given its desert climate. The average summer temperate is 108 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, the average daytime temperature is around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
16. Dubai has very little rain. On average it only receives 3.7 inches of rainfall per year. By comparison Miami, Florida averages 61.9 inches per year.
17. The vast majority of Dubai’s residents are Muslim (approximately 76%) , while the remainder of the population are Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and other religions.
18. Camel racing is a popular pastime in the UAE. In fact, robots have now replaced riders.
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Video: Dubai – The Most Luxurious City In The World
This is a fascinating overview of what it is like in Dubai. Trust me, if you watch this, you will want to go visit soon!
In recent years, Dubai has moved to normalizing relations with Israel and there is now approved daily flights between the two countries!
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