Dubai is situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and it is the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. It is the mixture of futuristic architecture and luxurious lifestyle that makes Dubai so unique. It is a perfect blend of science and culture which is shared and cherished by people from all the corners of the world. Besides being the cultural and technical hub of the Persian Gulf, Dubai has a bag full of interesting facts. Here are some interesting facts about Dubai worth knowing:
Origin of Dubai
The first mention of the Dubai region dates back to 1095 in the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al Bakri’s Book of Geography. By the late 1500s, Dubai was known by traders and merchants for its pearl industry. The significant boom in the history of Dubai dates to the 19th century. In the early 19th century, it was officially established. When oil was discovered in 1966, Sheikh Rashid utilized the oil revenues in building one of the greatest city in this world. By the end of the 20th century, Dubai was a successful port.
City of Skyscrapers!
In 1991 Dubai, had only one big building and now it has over 400 skyscrapers. It is also the home of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world with a height of 828 m (830 m to tip) and 163 floors. Burj Khalifa the highest building in the world is home to major attractions of the world. The highest restaurant, highest mosque, highest nightclub, and highest observatory deck are all present in it. The gigantic skyscrapers in Dubai make the worlds most famous skyline.
City of most luxurious Hotel
Burj Al Arab is the only hotel in the world with a 7-star rating. It is said to be the most luxurious hotel in the world. Their cheapest room goes up to 1000 euro per night. A striking 1,790 sq. Mt. of the hotel’s interior is decorated with 24-carat gold leaf. 39 percent of the Burj Al Arab is uninhabitable, with 405ft of empty space at the top. Without this, it wouldn’t be considered ‘supertall’, a title only given to buildings above 900ft. Burj Al Arab is the definition of luxury and royalty.
City of World’s biggest Mall
The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in downtown and the largest mall in the world by total area. This shopping mall has more than 1200 shops, 4 floors, and a total retail area of 502,000 square meters (5,400,000 sq ft). It is the 19th largest shopping mall in the world by gross leasable area. This mall has more than 1,200 stores of many major brands and designers. It is the most visited building on the planet, attracting around 92 million visitors yearly.
City of largest Man-made Island
The famous Palms Jumeirah, the palm tree-shaped island is the largest human-made islands in the world and is visible from space. The construction of artificial palm islands in Dubai needed 94 million cubic meters of sand, which is equivalent to filling 2.5 empire state buildings. Palm Islands are combination of three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island, and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai. These islands take the form of a palm tree, topped by a crescent. Each of this island will be host to a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers and will add a total of 520 kilometers (323 miles) of non-public beaches to the city of Dubai.
City of the world’s largest flower garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in Dubai. It is the world’s largest natural flower garden. The garden was launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013. This is one of Dubai’s major tourist attractions and it features more than 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. The garden occupies over 72,000 square meters (780,000 square feet), making it the world’s most visited natural flower garden.
Majestic Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system in the world. It is set on the 12 hectares or 30 acres of man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. The fountain is illuminated by 6,600 lights and more than 25 colored projectors. The fountain is 275 m or 902 ft long and can shoot water up to the height of 150 meters or 500 feet. Its majestic show is accompained by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. People can also dedicate songs to their special ones with magical water performance. It was built at a cost of USD $218 million.
Dubai has more Foreigners than Emiratis
The local population of Emiratis only makes up 15% of Dubai’s population. The majority of the population is split between India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Western countries. One of the major perks of living in Dubai is no income tax. People from all around the globe want to settle in this majestic city because of its technological advancement and various job opportunities. As the city is still developing it requires a huge amount of both skilled and unskilled labors. These labors are mainly from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan which accounts for its maximum population.
Automated Metro in Dubai
The US $3.89 billion Metro is registered in Guinness World Records as the longest fully automated metro network. It is also the world’s first driverless metro network with a length of 75 kilometers or 47 miles. The metro runs across the entire city and accounts for maximum visitors.
Far More Men in Dubai
Dubai’s has 2.5 million-strong population. Of this 1.7 million are male, that is almost 70 percent. Female accounts for just over 30 percent of its population according to official statistics. The higher proportion of men is attributed to the fact that most of the city’s expats are males, who have left their families behind in their home countries. Dubai is a young city with 58 percent of the population aged 25 to 44.
More information about Dubai
- Dubai International Airport was the busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic handling 88.2 million passengers in 2017.
- It is known as the “shopping capital of the Middle East.”
- It is also referred to as “the City of Gold” as the Gold Souk in Deira houses nearly 250 gold retail shops.
- Dubai is known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars are found mostly in hotels due to the liquor laws.
- Football and cricket are the most popular sports in the city.
- The Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bentleys. This is to allow them to catch speeders who can outrun other cars.
- It is one of the safest city in the world. Due to its very strict laws and round the clock monitoring it is a travel hub for solo travelers.