Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, It is the stunning creation of oil wealth since the discovery of crude in 1966, Dubai is considered the fifth safest city in the world. There are no personal or income taxes in Dubai. It is hot and dry. On average, there are 3.7 inches of rain per year. The temperatures range from 92, as the average high, to 72, as the average low.
Dubai has changed dramatically over the last three decades, becoming a major business centre with a more dynamic and diversified economy. Dubai enjoys a strategic location and serves as the biggest re-exporting centre in the Middle East. While Dubai’s economy was built on oil and natural gas, it now relies on tourism, trade, and real estate to keep the money flowing. There are spectacular malls throughout the city. One of them has an indoor ski slope with real snow — 6,000 tons produced daily. Dubai’s economy is expected to continue expanding over the next two years, according to the Chairman of Dubai’s Economic Development Committee, who said that the emirate had outperformed global economic growth and defied downward trends that prevailed worldwide in 2016.
Standing at just under 830 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in Dubai, but the tallest on the planet. The rocket ship-like design makes this striking skyscraper look as if it’s going to take off any minute.
The growth of real estate in Dubai depends on new entrants in the market, liberalization, demands of urban houses as well as household income. The real estate market is also dependent on owners, renters, developers, valuation agencies, banks. Dubai’s prolonged political stability, low taxes, efficient government, flexibility to adopt foreign cultures have garnered a positive business environment. Dubai’s real estate boom started at the time of oil crisis in 2002. The increased price of oil per barrel, ranging from USD 25 to USD 147, is a stimulator factor for Dubai real estate properties. Dubai’s real estate boom, however, turned to bubble in 2006 because of the presence of short term investors and this financial inflow increased liquidity pressures on the entire economy as well as real estate. Gulf and UAE oil producers also appreciated this development.
There are several factors that determine the performance of Dubai’s real estate industry. Firstly, the global credit boom and the liquidity inflows are the key elements to the expansion of this sector. Secondly, participation of foreign investors in real estate has led technological advancement. Thirdly, the oil price rise has provided the investors the much-needed confidence in this sector. Finally, the absence of corporate governance in the state-owned real estate corporations creates a potential for error and embezzlement, thereby giving the new privately-owned corporations a much needed advantage (Alestalo, 2014).
Our city offers unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Over the last twenty years or so the Middle Eastern city of Dubai has become one of the hottest vacation and business locations in the world. It is a rapidly developing, fabulously wealthy futuristic city set within a centuries-old Arab culture. The traditional ways are still there if you look for them. But they are gradually being overtaken by the new attractions and developments springing up virtually every day. And here are some unique stuff to experience.
In Dubai one can see dusty traditional villages as well as fantastically luxurious residential districts, or visit rugged mountains and majestic sand dunes only a few miles from pristine sandy
beaches and lush green parks. Tourists can wander through Dubai’s traditional market places or visit some of the largest and most modern indoor shopping malls in the world.
By far the most popular attraction Dubai is the shopping. The malls and market places of Dubai are stocked with an incredible array of consumer goods and draw large numbers of shopping tourists from all parts of Europe and the Middle East and even as far away as Eastern Europe, India, and North America.
These and many more attractions make Dubai a favorite destination of tourists and business travelers from around the world. Future developments promise to make Dubai even more important as a world class business hub and a haven for tourists in search of a unique and exciting adventure.
FACTS ABOUT DUBAI
- UAE nationals, called Emiratis, make up only 10-15 percent of the Dubai population. The other 85 percent of residents are expatriates, many of whom either have been in the country for generations or were born in the UAE. Approximately 85 percent of the expatriate population is Asian, chiefly Indian (51%), Pakistani (16%), Bangladeshis (9%) and Filipinos (3%.)
- Dubai has no natural rivers; however, Dubai does have a natural inlet, Dubai Creek,which has been dredged to make it deep enough for large vessels to pass through. Dubai Creek runs northeast-southwest through the city.
- More than 3,000 taxis operate within Dubai making an average of daily 192,000 trips, carrying about 385,000 persons. All Dubai taxi services are licensed by the RTA, and are easily identifiable by their cream-colored bodies and varied roof colors.The Dubai Taxi Corporation has a Ladies Taxi service, with pink roofs, exclusively for female passengers, using female drivers.
- With more than 70 shopping centers, Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East.” Home to 1,200 shops, the Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping center based on total area.
- While the sale and consumption of pork is legal in Dubai for non-Muslims,it is available only in designated areas of supermarkets and airports.
- The Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Bentley, to allow the police force to catch speeders who can outrun other cars.
- Even though Dubai is in the middle of a desert,you can snow ski indoors at the Mall of the Emirates.
- In 2014, Dubai’s hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world, after Geneva, Switzerland, making it a good place to visit via a cruise ship.
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Attractions in Dubai
- Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubailand,Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013.The garden occupies over 72,000 square metres (780,000 sq ft), making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 109 million flowers planted.
In April 2015, the garden was awarded the Moselle Award for New Garden Experiences of the year by the Garden Tourism Award 2015.
- Dubai Water Canal
Dubai Water Canal is an artificial canal unveiled on 2 October 2013 and inaugurated on 9 November 2016. It comprises one shopping centre, four hotels, 450 restaurants, luxury housing, walkways and cycle paths. It is a three-kilometer long project starting from Business Bay into the Persian Gulf through Safa Park and Jumeirah. The width ranges from 80 meters to 120 meters. It is six meters deep and be crossed by eight-meter high bridges. It creates new public places and facilities with a total area of 80,000 square meters with private marinas for boats and a trade centre at the entrance of the canal.
- Dubai Expo 2020 Expo 2020 is a Universal Exposition to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Opening on October 20, 2020. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013.
“In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a married human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance.” Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in support of the bid.
The World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will be the first to be held in the MENA & SA (Middle East and North Africa & South Asia) region.
On 27 November 2013, when Dubai won the right to host the expo 2020, fireworks erupted at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. A national holiday was declared the following day for all educational institutions across the country. The Dubai Ruler promised Dubai would “astonish the world,” in 2020. The staging of the world fair and the preparations leading up to it are expected to result in 277,000 new jobs in the UAE, an injection of nearly $40 billion into the economy, and an increase in visitors of at least 25 million and up to 100 million. Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, said that they have the largest laboratory in the region, and can easily research new materials and technologies required for construction. The world’s tallest commercial tower to be built in Dubai, in Jumeirah Lake Towers, was given the name “Burj 2020” in honour of the World Expo 2020.
- Dubai Sky Dive
Seek Thrills At Skydive Dubai
Soar like a bird over one of the most spectacular drop zones in the world with Skydive Dubai, the leading diving company in the emirate.
Step out of a plane at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres and enjoy the rush of the wind. The whole experience is a full-scale immersion of the senses. With instructors who have collectively logged well over 220,000 jumps, you’ll be in good hands – and harnesses – as you jump above this iconic city. To make sure you remember the experience forever, a cameraman documents the fun.
The free fall lasts around a minute before your instructor pops the chute and you begin a leisurely five-minute descent. This is your time to take in the incredible views as you swoop over the Palm Jumeirah towards the landing turf. Want to skydive above the dunes, too? Skydive Dubai has a second drop zone in the desert, with a campus that’s located about 35 kilometres outside the city.
The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Situated in the area ofJumeirah, next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the water park is operated by Jumeirah International, a Dubai-based hotelier.
Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. In addition, the park had the largest water slide outside of North America, but it has since been removed to make space for two other rides. Another feature of the park is an 18 m (59 ft) waterfall that goes off every ten minutes. The water park also has two gift shops, three restaurants and two snack stands.
This is a list of the largest rides:
White Water Wadi
Jebel Lookout Wadi Twister Falaj Fury
Wadi Bazher Flood River Flyer
Wadi Leap Hoz’N Hurler
Ring Rides are the traditional downhill slides. Riders can choose to sit in either a single or double ring.
The Ring Rides include:
Tumble Falls Rushing Rapids
Thunder Rapids Tunnel of Doom
Tantrum Alley & Burj Surj are two new slides that replaced the family rides. Both are the first of its kind in the region. Tantrum Alley is a slide with a combination of 3 tornados & Burj Surj has 2 bowls. Jumeirah Sceirah is the tallest and fastest free-fall water slide outside of North and South America. Rising to 33 m (108 ft) with riders reaching speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph). FlowRider rides, Wipeout and Riptide, are surfing simulators that shoot out more than seven tons of water per second in a thin sheet across moulded foam structures. These rides produce a realistic wave effect which allows riders to body-board, knee-board or surf. Breakers Bay is the largest wave pool in the Middle East. It produces parallel and crossing 1.5 m (4.9 ft) waves in five different configurations. Juha’s Journey is a 360 m (1,180 ft) long river which allows guest to relax and slowly float around the park. Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon is Wild Wadi’s play area for children and has over 100 water games/rides.
Palm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Creation of the islands started in 2001. As of November 2011, only Palm Jumeirah has been completed. This island takes the form of a palm tree, topped by a crescent. After completion, Palm Jebel Ali will take a similar shape. Like Palm Jumeirah, each island will be host to a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers and will add a total of 520 kilometers of non-public beaches to the city of Dubai.
Dubai Frame has been named among the world’s best new attractions of 2017, according to a UK-based newspaper.
The location of the giant rectangular frame is Zabeel Park and was carefully chosen to give visitors the best view of both old and new Dubai.
The project comprises a 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which landmarks representing modern Dubai such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare and Karama.
THE DUBAI FRAME – FACTS
◆ The frame measures 150 metres high and 93 metres wide.
◆ The two towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, which has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle.
◆ It was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower.
◆ There will be a museum on the ground floor that will showcase Dubai’s transformation from fishing village to metropolis.
◆ It is predicted the frame will become a major tourist destination in the city, like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab.
◆ The project is worth Dhs160 million.
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates.
Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-metre-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run, the world’s first indoor black diamond run, and various features (boxes, rails, kickers) that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. Ski Dubai also houses a number of penguins who are let out of their enclosures several times a day. Penguin encounters can be booked, allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.
Atlantis, The Palm is a luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. The resort opened on September 15, 2008 as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar. The 1,539 room nautically themed resort has two accommodation wings, consisting of the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. It is complemented by the Aquaventure water park and theNasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events. Atlantis, The Palm, opened on 15 September 2008 as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar. In April 2012, Istithmar acquired Kerzner’s 50-percent stake in the property for USD 250 million. The property continues to be managed by Kerzner International Resorts. The architect was design firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo (WATG) an international firm specializing in Luxury Hotels. The principle contractor for the project was awarded to Laing O’Rourke, a multinational construction firm based in United Kingdom. Laing O’Rourke was responsible for the design and construction phases of the 23-story hotel and water park.
10.Al Maktoum Airport
Al Maktoum International Airport is an international airport in Jebel Ali, 37 kilometres (23 mi) southwest of Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. It is the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex.
The airport will contain transport modes, logistics and value-added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single free economic zone. It will cover an area of 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres). The airport has a projected annual capacity of 12 million tonnes (12,000,000 long tons; 13,000,000 short tons) of freight and between 160 million and 260 million passengers. As of December 2014, only a handful of airlines operate passenger services out of Al Maktoum International Airport.