Glitzy Dubai is the city and emirate of the United Arab Emirates most known for ultramodern architecture, vast shopping malls, guaranteed sunshine and amusement park. Home of the Burj Khalifa, the worlds’ tallest skyscraper Dubai, indoor ski slopes and The Palm, Dubai certainly has plenty to talk about.
Beneath its flashy veneer, Dubai is a welcoming country rooted in Islamic tradition. Home to the world’s largest immigrant population and a tolerant country – the largest groups of expats to settle in the Emirate are Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshi and Filipinos followed by English and French. This influx of people brings with them their culture contributing to the rich melting pot that is Dubai. The culinary scene has certainly benefited from this cultural melting pot and you can find a vast variety of authentic global fare ranging from Indian restaurants and Pakistani bakeshops to Michelin stared restaurants.
Shopping is also considered a national pastime, with more and more malls opening in the city some the size of small cities in their own right. They vary hugely in flavour and style delighting visitors with indoor ski slopes or giant aquarium.
Travelling around Dubai can be difficult – the intense heat can make walking difficult and the city is substantial. Dubai is serviced by a modern metro system, buses, water buses and abras (water taxis) however it may be more convenient to take a taxis. More information on Dubai’s public transport.
Led by its leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai is an Emirate that is looking towards the future. Having recently won the bid to host EXPO2020, and with more grand projects in the pipeline, Dubai is a dynamic city that is taking control of its own destiny.
Territory: 4,114 sq km
Country: United Arab Emirates
Leader: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
GDP: USD 105 billion
GDP per head: USD 44,000