The rapidly developing Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has attracted many tourists over the past 15 years. This is a city with its own atmosphere, interesting rules and customs, skyscrapers to the clouds, and new items of technological progress. In this article, we have collected 10 of the most interesting facts about Dubai.
Fact 1. The city of Dubai is famous for its skyscrapers. It is here that the famous "sail hotel" Burj Al Arab is located, perhaps the most luxurious place in the world where you can stay. And in 2010, the grand opening of the 163-story Burj Khalifa skyscraper with a height of 828 meters took place here. This is the tallest building ever built on our planet. And off the coast of Dubai is the artificial archipelago The World, in which clusters of islands are made in the form of terrestrial continents.
Fact 2. The United Arab Emirates is a conglomerate of seven emirates, each of which is ruled by its own emir. Of all these emirates, Dubai is the most populous, and local rulers, along with the government of Abu Dhabi, have decisive votes in all matters concerning the interaction of the UAE with other states. And the city of Dubai itself is the largest in the country, with a population of about 3.300.000 people (which, however, is about 4 times less than in Moscow, the largest city in Europe). Of these, more than 80% are foreigners, who usually do the hardest jobs.
Fact 3. Dubai is a very green city, but it stands in the desert and there is sand everywhere. Living here, it is impossible to get rid of it, and even the smallest sand dust seeps into the apartments, the windows of which never open. But this was not always the case - scientists have established that the desert was formed here only about 5,000 years ago. And just 7000 years ago there was a huge mangrove swamp here.
Fact 4. Bus stops in Dubai are usually air-conditioned because waiting for transport in the heat is simply unbearable - in summer the temperature here sometimes exceeds +50 ° C. However, only immigrants working in the city use public transport here, since the indigenous Dubaians travel exclusively by their own transport. This city is not intended for pedestrians; motorists run the show here. Tourists can get SUV rental Dubai, try driving luxury supercars, electric vehicles, etc.
Fact 5. Of all the seaports in the world, Dubai is the third in terms of the turnover of goods passing through it - more goods pass only through Hong Kong with Singapore. It is very convenient for local residents to work and do business here since in the UAE there is no income tax for individuals, tax on organizations, and in general heaps of other taxes.
Fact 6. There are twice as many men in Dubai as women. According to the uneven gender composition of the population, this city is one of the first in the world. This is due to the fact that the inhabitants of Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and other countries are actively traveling here to work, and it is they who make up the local majority. But life is hard for them - behind the sparkling skyscrapers and luxurious villas hide narrow dark streets, where immigrants, working for very modest pay, live ten people in one room. No one notices them, but it is to them that Dubai owes its heyday.
Fact 7. Dubai can rightfully be called the longest city in the world, it stretches along the coast of the Persian Gulf for 130 kilometers. This is the first longest coastline of any city on Earth, although Russia's Sochi is close on its heels in this nomination.
Fact 8. In terms of growth rates, Dubai ranks second among all cities in the world, behind only Chinese Shanghai, which has already become the largest city on the planet. About 20% of all cranes on Earth are located here! And local authorities are actively investing in the development of various sectors of the economy, knowing full well that the oil reserves that ensure the prosperity of the UAE are by no means endless.
Fact 9. Many times Dubai has been included in the lists of the safest cities in the world. The police work very well here, and crimes are rarely committed. This is partly due to the severity of local laws, even for an indecent gesture at someone's address, you can easily run into a huge fine or prison term.
Fact 10. Dubai's rapid growth began after oil deposits were found in its vicinity in the second half of the 20th century. Before that, the city had practically not grown in a century and a half of its existence and was just a quiet settlement in the desert. But what is there - even at the end of the last century, Dubai did not look as luxurious as it does now.
Impressive, isn't it? Be sure to visit this amazing city and fill your life with unforgettable impressions!