Dubai stands for both of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and its main city. Which at times is called "Dubai City" in order not to be confused with the namesake emirate.
Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Arab Gulf.
Dubai is roughly at sea level. The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
It is hard to believe that a few decades ago, Dubai was mostly desert, with the sand being the ruler of this emirate located on the edge of the Arabian Desert with no discernible natural advantages. Today, it is a metropolis that boasts the world´s largest mall, tallest tower, biggest dancing fountain, the luxurious futuristic skyscrapers and the exclusive cozy villas scattered around the coastline.
Dubai´s geographical proximity to Iran made it an important trade location. The town of Dubai was an important port of call for foreign tradesmen, chiefly those from Iran, many of them eventually settled in the town. By the beginning of the 20th century, it was an important port. Dubai was known for its pearl exports until the 1930s; the pearl trade was damaged irreparably by the Great Depression in the 1930s and the innovation of cultured pearls.
Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government´s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubai´s lure for tourists is based on shopping and its possession of other ancient and modern attractions.
Nowadays, it also is one of the biggest hubs for a number of fast-growing service industries, including IT and finance in the first place.
As nearly each resident of the Asia Pacific region traveled via Dubai at some point, below we put together some surprising things you probably didn't know about the city.
It ain’t easy to chat with a real Emirati
Well, the best chance for you would be t interact with the .AE team at the Meeting, as Emirati nationals are now far outnumbered by expats in Dubai, to the tune of almost six to one. The majority of the population is Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Asian and Western.
It’s not as tall as you think
As of end-2017, Dubai has 1,344 completed skyscrapers – that’s small fry compared with Hong Kong (6,606) and New York (6,180), according to construction data from emporis.com. The city is indeed home to the world’s tallest tower (Burj Khalifa – more of which later), which peaks at 828 metres.
Dubai police cars are epic
With so many supercars on Dubai’s roads, its law enforcers couldn’t just cruise around in Fords like the British constabulary. To keep up with the crimes (very rare, to be fair), they turn to Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bentleys – of course.
The city of young males
Of Dubai’s 2.5 million-strong population, 1.7 million are male – that’s almost 70 per cent. Females account for just over 30 per cent of Dubai’s population, according to official census statistics. The higher proportion of men is attributed to the fact that most of the city’s expats are males, who have left their families behind in their home countries.
Dubai residents are a sprightly bunch, too. 58 per cent of the population is aged 25 to 44, with the majority of people aged 30 to 34. Clearly, the cut- and-thrust expat lifestyle is best suited to youngsters: just 15 per cent of the population is aged 45 or over.
Take your puffer and ski gear with you…or no need to
No kidding- Dubai boasts its own indoor ski resort, aka Ski Dubai! 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.
It 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. All the equipment, such as skis and jackets are provided with the ticket and you can buy equipment in the nearby stores. 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.
Dubai Innovation Cities
There are several clusters in Duba known as the Dubai i Internet City (DIC), Dubai Media City, and Dubai Knowledge Village , which are parts of an information technology establishment created by the government of Dubai as a free economic zone and a strategic base for companies targeting regional emerging markets. For example, the economic rules of DIC allow companies to avail themselves of a number of ownership, taxation and customs related benefits which are guaranteed by law for a period of 50 years. One model of operation includes 100% foreign ownership, similar to those prevailing in other designated economic zones in the United Arab Emirates. These freedoms have led many global information technology firms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Dell, Intel, Huawei, Samsung, SAP, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle Corporation, Tata Consultancy, 3M, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, HP, Nokia, Cognizant and Accenture, as well as UAE based companies such as Ducont, to move their regional base to the DIC. DIC is located adjacent to other industrial clusters such as. DIC presently hosts over 1,400 companies with over 10,000 employees.
Needless, to say, APTLD has picked the area next to the Internet City, as APTLD75 will be held in the Media City.
Its Ruler and the Crown Prince can be met easily on the city streets and are action men and writers
Dubai’s Ruler, H.E. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, can be met on the streets of the city driving his car without bodyguards around. Occasionally, he can enjoy a cup of coffee or drop by a store or a theatre – all by himself and without extra fuss for passers-by.
He is known as a forward-looking thinker and an author of a recently published book under the most telling title Reflections on Happiness & Positivity, which by the way, has been translated into a policy, and nowadays, each government agency in Dubai has a customer happiness desk to ensure it carries on “the core mission: providing world class services to the people of UAE with the goal of contributing to their happiness”, as stated in the nation’s Happiness Agenda.
The son of Dubai’s Ruler, Crown Prince H.E. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum – or Fazza, to his friends – is the handsome, media-friendly poster sibling of the royal family. He’s widely respected by both the expat and national communities, and counts skydiving, falconry, fishing and diving among his hobbies. He also publishes poetry in the region’s traditional Nabati style, which dates back to the 16th century.