Dubai Facts

Dubai Facts
Dubai is a city located in the country the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the Persian Gulf's southeast coast, and the northern coastline of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates, and was rated in 2014 as one of the best places to live in the Middle East. It is a very expensive city to visit, with hotel prices ranked as second most expensive in the world after Geneva. The laws are so strict in Dubai that crime is non-existent, making Dubai one of the safest places on earth. Dubai is so expensive that the police force drive luxury cars to enable them to catch the wealthy drivers if they speed.
Interesting Dubai Facts:
The earliest mention of Dubai in history is from a book titled Book of Geography, from 1095.
In 1580 a Venetian pearl merchant visited Dubai and made mention of it for its pearling industry at the time.
Dubai became an important port for merchant traders until the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Once cultured pearls became possible in the 1930s much of Dubai's population, which relied on the pearling industry, was forced to migrate or starve.
Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum began to build the area of Dubai up in the 1950s, and since then it has continued to flourish.
Construction is so constant in Dubai that it is estimated that 20% of the cranes in the world are being used in Dubai to build.
Between 1968 and 1975 Dubai's population grew by 300% because of the discovery of oil in Dubai's territorial waters.
The Gulf War in 1990 had a negative impact on Dubai but it recovered later in the decade.
Dubai was an important refuelling base during the 2003 Iraq invasion.
Dubai is home to many of the world's tallest and largest structures.
The world's largest aquarium is located in Dubai. The tallest hotel, and the second largest man-made marina are located in Dubai.
Dubai has become a tourist attraction, with millions visiting every year to see the buildings and the opulence of Dubai.
In 1968 Dubai only has 13 cars. There are so many cars today and the population and city are growing so fast that they have built double-decker roads to accommodate the cars and traffic.
The world's tallest manmade structure is located in Dubai. It is the Burj Khalifa of Dubai, at 2,717 feet. Within the building's tower are the highest nightclub, highest restaurant, and highest mosque in the world.
The lobby of the restaurant Al Mahara in Dubai is taller than the Statue of Liberty.
There are air conditioners outside in Dubai, to help keep the temperature cooler.
Dubai is in the process of building an indoor city that will be 50 million square feet in size and climate controlled.
Dubai constructed artificial islands called the Palm Islands. They are shaped like a palm tree, and required importing enough sand to fill the Empire State Building 2.5 times.
Oil accounts for only 6% of Dubai's economy. The rest is mostly based on tourism and real estate.

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