After traveling a few times through Dubai I decided to take a look and see what everyone was talking about. Emirates transports millions of people through Dubai International Airport every year, it’s only natural that the next progression would be to take advantage of this massive amount of traffic and attract people to actually see Dubai.
Oil was only discovered in Dubai in 1966. In the early 1990’s Dubai was just town with a few buildings on the edge of the desert. After the turn of the century Dubai was mostly known for its luxury shopping but now after the completion of some major projects in recent years it has transformed itself into a tourism “Mecca”.
The current attractions are numerous, the Burj al Arab (The World’s only 7 star hotel), the Burj Khalifa (World’s tallest building at 828m), Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Palm Island, Wild Wadi Water Park, The World Islands, the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai and the Dubai Marina to name a few.
Dubai is fast becoming the “Hong Kong” of the Middle East.
Further developments will only elevate Dubai to a “must see destination”.
These projects include the Al Burj, a 1200m high building. It will be almost 400m taller that the Burj Khalifa.
Hydropolis will be an underwater hotel that will be built just off Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. Its completion date is indefinite though due to many technical difficulties.
Another project that will no doubt break many records is Dubailand. It’s scheduled for completion in 2015. It will be twice the size of the Walt Disney World Resort! It will host sporting and racing events amongst a plethora of other activities.
The automated metro system will also be the World’s biggest when complete. It is also a good way to see Dubai as it’s above ground in many places. It can get crowded though.
Hotels serve alcohol in their restaurants, bars and nightclubs, you really can’t go to bottle stores as there are none in Dubai itself. There are tons of happy hour specials though.
Taxi drivers work on commission so know where you are going and how to get there. Check your maps.
There are more construction workers in Dubai then there are citizens, and 25% of the World’s cranes can be found in Dubai. That’s crazy!
What Dubai has achieved in such a short time is an astonishing feat, having an oil well in your backyard does help. They have used their oil wealth wisely to create a self sustaining economy that will grow and flourish long after their gas/ oil wells run out. They have attracted businesses to Dubai using incentives, making these businesses more profitable and globally central.
Dubai has captured the world’s imagination with their continuous strategy to be at the leading edge of tourism by innovating and showing us the future by defying failure at all costs.
There’s something in for everyone Dubai, and it’s only getting bigger and better.
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