Dubai general information

Known as "the City of Gold", Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although it is a desert city and a new tourist destination, Dubai is one of the most modern and spectacularly progressive cities in Southwest Asia, featuring superb infrastructure and sought-after tourist amenities, which attracts people from different parts of the world.

Originally a desert-strewn fishing village, Dubai became an important port between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley as a trade route. However, the city began its evolution in the 1960s when the government shook off shackles of the British colonial rule, wherein they found oil in 1966. Since then, Dubai rapidly became a business center, welcoming an ever-growing number of hotels. Starting 1960s, the city's population increased to 1.5 million; but only a quarter of its people are ethnically Emirati. Dubai is home to a diverse population, making it one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.

Today, Dubai is one of the country's top commercial centers, consistently being developed with shopping plazas, world-class hotels, sports facilities and state-of-the-art buildings. Dubai Creek divides the city center into two parts: Bur Dubai to the South and Deira on the northern side, each having its share of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and breathtaking mosques.

Dubai's development has been both dramatic and remarkable. The city's rulers prefer grand projects, such as the rising of the world's tallest tower called Burj Dubai, the offshore man-made islands, a seven-star hotel Burj Al Arab and the renowned Dubailand that would transform the desert into a massive leisure oasis. However, Dubai will not stop there with more grandiose plans to come in the next years.

Tourism in Dubai is responsible for 30% of the city's economic success. With its perfect weather, having constant sunshine and only an average of five days of rainfall each year, no wonder more and more tourists flock to Dubai yearly.

Within the extremely modern and the traditional parts of the city, visitors can experience both of Dubai's worlds. From the exotic Arabian souks, to the Bedouin tent with belly dancers under the amazing desert skies, prepare to experience traditional Islamic culture. Dubai is a city filled with personality, finest international and local cuisine and avant-garde architecture. It boasts a host of activities to choose from, including beach-hopping, camel riding or racing, visiting old wind towers and top-class shopping, satisfying even the most seasoned travelers.

While the city's tourist industry and economic situation are governed by the developments in the Middle East, Dubai remains strong and will ultimately continue to rise as its aims to offer only the best of the modern world with distinct warmth of traditional Arabian hospitality.