Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It is located south of the
Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has the largest population with the second-largest
land territory by area of all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi.
The state of Dubai is commonly referred to as a city because it has been distinguished as
the most modern and cosmopolitan environments in the Emirates, especially due to its rapid
technological transformation over the past few decades.
Dubai is a landmark for innovation; some might even compare it to the computer game Sim-city
where expansion has no limit. The city of Dubai boasts remarkable skyscrapers, such as the
world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, (known as the Burj Dubai during construction), and
is also in the process of developing one of the most technologically advanced buildings in
the world – The Pad. This is based on the idea of an iPod; this residential tower is set to
be embedded with the latest gadgets that will have the power to change interior design and
window views to almost anything imaginable.
The city of Dubai gains higher returns from its tourism unlike many of the other Emirates,
as revenue from oil only accounts for around 6% of Dubai’s gross domestic product. The
city’s oil is decreasing by the year and therefore cannot be depended upon. That is partly
the reason why there has been a construction boom in order to diversify its economy in the
expansion of commercial and corporate activity. Dubai has therefore become a world famous
city through innovative real estate projects, sports events, conferences and Guinness
Although Dubai has been transformed into a man-made hi-tech city, it still has a strong
Islamic culture with a stretch of historical buildings by the Creek. Whilst some may view
this as a conflict of old meeting new, it is also considered to be a captivating city that
offers both extremes; a traditional past interlinked with modern day.
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Dubai Currency: Dirhams (1 USD = 3.67 AED)
Dubai Time Difference: UTC/GMT +4 hours