Want a Glimpse of Dubai?
Just a few decades ago, Dubai was an under-the-radar fishing village on the Persian Gulf. The discovery of oil changed everything, and the boom transformed this humble emirate into a mega-wealthy metropolis of extremes. You can still see hints of old world charm there, but most people remark about Dubai’s ultra-modern architectural feats, outlandish shopping malls and outrageous attractions that strive to be the biggest, best and most over-the-top on the planet. It is home to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest sky scrapper, and Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel. You may be turned off by Dubai’s obnoxious wealth, but you have to admit, it’s an enigmatic destination of contrasts like no other. Some consider it akin to the Vegas of the Middle East. A trip to Dubai isn’t on everyone’s bucket list, but adventure seekers willing to step out of their comfort zone will get a kick out of the experience. Take a minute to watch this video about some of the mind-blowing things to discover in Dubai.
Here are Some Facts about Dubai that Might Surprise You
- Dubai, the largest emirate in the UAE, is the fastest growing urban center on the planet. Construction cranes are everywhere, with many ambitious projects in the works. They say one out of four cranes on earth are in this growing city.
- As recent as 1991, there was only skyscraper in the city. Just two decades on, there are 400 plus skyscrapers crowding the the skyline, including Burj Khalifa. This 163 story landmark can be seen 100 km away.
- Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world. Because of its strict Muslim law and harsh penalties, the crime rate is essentially zero.
- Dubai has the world’s largest aquarium and largest shopping mall.
- 83 per cent of the population are from elsewhere. Immigrants are the majority here, and nearly 100,000 new residents move here each year.
- Temperatures can hit 120 degrees, so air conditioning is necessary for survival in this desert oasis. There is even an air conditioned beach! December through March is the most comfortable time of the year, and the best time to visit.
- It is technically illegal to have sex before marriage in Dubai.
Have you been or are you intrigued to visit Dubai? Or would you never step foot there?
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