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Dubai is the most impressive and modern city in the Middle East. Here you can find ancient mosques and cutting edge architecture, sandy beaches and fashionable shopping centres, Arab and European traditions - all in perfect harmony.

Dubai is situated in the north-eastern part of the United Arab Emirates and is home to around 2.3 million people. The city is spread out across the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. Dubai, whose eastern part is called Dayrah, is known for its oil and traditional crafts such as fishing, camel breeding and pearl collecting.

In the period between 1954 and 1971 the city was an administrative centre of a British colony. In 1971, seven independent emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain and Fujairah) joined together and formed the United Arab Emirates, or UAE.

Al Bastakiya, Dubai
Photo taken by Diego Delso - wikimedia.org.  Al Bastakiya, Dubai

The average winter temperature on this Persian Gulf coast, situated in the sub-tropic climate zone, is 26 degrees Celsius, while in the summer it climbs up to 40 degrees and more. It’s an arid place with little rain - the average level of precipitation here is 13 mm per year, which amounts to around 3-4 rainy days in Europe.

Abra - wooden ship designed to transport people across Dubai Creek
Photo taken by KlausF - wikimedia.org.  Abra - wooden ship designed to transport people across Dubai Creek

Dubai is famous for its social and political stability, and high standard of living, available to locals and foreign citizens alike. Today, this city occupies one of the most important places in the Emirates. Dubai has become a leader in many fields - it’s one of the main food retailers, a true paradise for shoppers, and the capital of gold and trade in the Middle East. The city is also an important harbour and business centre. And since there’s no corporate income tax here, Dubai has become a haven for the headquarters of many international companies. The government of the Emirates still stimulates the economy in every way possible, often accomplishing it by practicing new business initiatives and instituting various exemptions.

It’s hard to imagine that 50 years ago Dubai had no shiny skyscrapers, no shops, cafés or restaurants, and no cultivated beaches. Before all of this luxury came into being, Dubai was a small port on the coast of the Persian Gulf with its inhabitants making a living by collecting pearls, which they then exchanged for food, tools and clothes. This went on until Japan invented a technology for growing pearls artificially.

If not for the vast amounts of oil, discovered by chance in 1966, Dubai would have soon become a deserted fishing village. Luckily, the discovery of oil attracted large numbers of investors. Members of the ruling dynasty were wise enough to understand that the oil will run out one day and directed the local businessmen towards tourism and economic development. All of this soon transformed Dubai from a modest village of pear collectors into a super-modern and wealthy city on the Arabian Peninsula.

The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world
Photo taken by Alberto-g-rovi - wikimedia.org.  The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world

Sheikh Rashid, leader of the Emirates, set his sights on turning his capital into the most famous, fashionable and beautiful place in the world. In order to realize his dream, he hired the most well-known architects and let their imaginations go wild - his approval is given even to the most unusual and extravagant of projects – and that’s why Dubai is often referred to as the city of tomorrow. The seven-star hotel Arabian Sail has become the symbol of the entire city.

Famous „Burj Al Arab” hotel in Dubai
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Famous „Burj Al Arab” hotel in Dubai

Owing to its security, excellent weather, high standard of living and lack of taxes, Dubai is also one of the calmest places on Earth. The government of Dubai has recently made it easier for foreigners to get a visa, and is also responsible for continuing efforts to modernize the city’s infrastructure, such as developing the internal network of roads and communications, and realizing new construction projects worthy of being called new Wonders of the World. March of 2006 saw the ratification of the new UAE real estate law, providing foreign citizens with the right to buy real estate in certain neighbourhoods.

According to CityMayors.com, Dubai is also the second priciest city in the region, and the 20th in the world.

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