Amazing Facts To Know Before Travel To Dubai
Dubai is a beautiful Middle Eastern city with extraordinary features. This is why it has turned into the number one destination for business, travel, investment and also live in. This amazing city is highly famous as a sought-after tourist destination offering unexpected experiences. So, here are amazing facts that you should know before you travel to Dubai…
A Fashion Hub
Dubai may not be the first place coming to your mind when you picture high-end fashion, but it’s gaining prominence in the fashion world. It is interesting to note that Dubai is one of the capitals of the fashion world in the Middle East. More amazingly, it’s quickly catching up to well-known cities such as Paris, Milan, and New York City.
If you are a fashion lover, you can find some exclusive venues in Dubai in which the city holds its own fashion shows. You can see the creations from local designers who are of global fame. Some of these designers have graced the runways of fashion shows in New York City and also Paris. Dubai fashion shows are a little bit different from those of Western countries. The looks may be more conservative. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean they don’t have popular appeal.
Dubai Has a Crime Rate of 0%
Over the past few years, Dubai has always ranked as one of the safest cities on the planet. The incredible safety in Dubai is mostly due to strict Muslim law. On the other hand, Dubai has one of the most diverse populations in the world. Residents know that they can easily be deported or imprisoned for the slightest of criminal acts. This is why the crime rate in this beautiful city is always 0%!
Dubai takes pride in its police force and continues to impress residents as well as tourists when they come to visit. It comes as a huge surprise that each police car in Dubai costs as much as sending a student to college in the United States. Dubai is one of the few places in the world where you can see various police cars such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Aston Martin, priced at $1.79 million.
Dubai’s Population is 83% Immigrants
Most of the workers building Dubai’s hundreds of skyscrapers immigrated to the United Arab Emirates from countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. As a result, they make up more than 50% of the population of Dubai, followed by 17% Emiratis and the remainder being foreigners.
The class divide is huge. On the contrary to most of immigrant workers, Emiratis have their rent, education and medical bills paid for. Also, upper-class foreigners earn extremely attractive salaries.
Dubai Has Zero Debt Tolerance
Laws in Dubai don’t allow the residents to get in debt, and not being able to pay it back. If you get into credit card debt and miss payments, you can be sent to prison or deported.
Dubai offers enormous benefits to those who live or work in this amazing city. For example, tax-free income, well-paying jobs, and up-scale living conditions are attractive to many foreigners. However, these factors can be sometimes the reasons for getting in debt. So, be careful!
Everything in Dubai Needs to be Cooled
Once, Dubai was a desert in the Middle East that blossomed into a modern and thriving city. As a result, sandstorms constantly are a concern in Dubai, and temperatures sometimes soar far above 120 degrees. If it weren’t for the excessive air conditioning throughout the city, buildings would quite begin to melt. Thanks to technology, it won’t ever happen in Dubai. Instead, it’s famous as a sun-kissed city!
Dubai is the Fastest Growing City
Dubai is one of the fastest-rising cities on the planet. It is always under construction, and this is the reason people see Dubai as a paradise to make progress in.
The metro system of Dubai was completed in 2009. It features 42 stations and was built in a record-breaking time of 18 months – a small fraction of what it would take other places to complete such a task. Dubai is ranked fifth among highest-performing metropolitan economies in the world. Success of Dubai is mainly owing to an uptick in trade and tourism.
Dubai’s Address System Is Special
Due to the rapid rate of growth in Dubai, address are unique compared to other cities. In Dubai, some addresses look like: “After the white mosque, second street to the right, gold door.”
Foreigners coming from abroad are advised to have maps on hand to show their drivers where they want to go if they won’t plan to visit one of the Dubai’s luxury hotels.
Dubai Hosts Robot Camel Racing
Camel racing is the national sport in Dubai. It is very similar to hockey in Canada and baseball in the US. Given the size of camel, only children can attend camel racing.
Recently, child-sized robots are being built and are racing the camels. They cost between $300 and $10,000.
Dubai is Developing a City within the City
The upcoming Mall of the World will be a giant urban center in Dubai. It will be a temperature-controlled environment inspired by Oxford Street in London to Broadway in New York. More interestingly, all of these will be indoors, and also covered by massive domes.
This ambitious project will include 20,000 hotel rooms as well as parking space for more than 50,000 vehicles. Besides, it will be home to the largest shopping mall in the world, and is being built in a bid to increase the tourist thoroughfare to Dubai.
Dubai wants to be the First, Biggest and Best In The World
It is obvious that Dubai’s main goal is to constantly have the biggest and best of everything.
Its hotels are the most luxurious ones on the planet. In addition, Dubai Boasts the world’s best hotel-The Burj Al Arab. Also, the tallest building in the world-The Burj Khalifa- belongs to this legendary city. Burj Khalifa is a 163-storey tower that can be seen from 95 km away. Beyond that, Burj Khalifa includes the world’s largest indoor mall, the tallest hotel, the biggest aquarium, and the grandest indoor ski park. It means Dubai has been successful to some extent!
The Gold Used In Burj Al Arab is Enough to Cover 46,265 Mona Lisa Paintings
Burj Al Arab is the most luxurious hotel in the world that is uniquely decorated with approximately 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf. It’s interesting to note that this amount of gold is enough to cover 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings.
The Burj Al Arab, being the fourth tallest hotel in the world, is considered as a “7-Star Hotel”. However, 39% of the hotel is uninhabitable. It is only for show and to exhibit its grandeur. What’s more, Burj Al Arab offers the Royal Suite that costs approximately $20,000 per night.
Dubai Produces Enough Oil to Fill about 5 Olympic-Sized Swimming Pools Every Day
Every day, between 50,000 to 70,000 barrels of oil are produced in Dubai. This amount of oil is enough to fill about 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
And that’s not even that much. It’s beyond interesting to note that in 1991, Dubai produced 400,000 barrels of oil every day. Surprisingly enough, the GDP in Dubai doesn’t mostly rely on oil these days, with tourism and real estate now being the main sources of revenue for the country.
One Fourth of the World’s Cranes Are Situated in Dubai
About 24 percent of all the construction cranes of the world, are currently operating in Dubai.
The need for construction-related machinery, vehicles and equipment is expected to continue rising in the Middle East, especially in the UAE. This is the result of continuing construction and real estate boom in the country. Dubai’s budget for infrastructure is the highest in the world for an area of that size.
Dubai imported enough sand to build Its Palm Islands
Palm Jumeirah is the most audacious project among Dubai’s megaprojects. In fact, it is a collection of reclaimed islands just offshore. It is a palm-tree shaped island that is considered to be the eighth wonder of the world.
As well as this, there are two more islands, Deira and Jebel Ali in varying stages of development. The Palm Jumeirah is now home to around 30 hotels and resorts. Yachts and speedboats are also available for rent.
It Houses the World’s Highest Tennis Court
You might have heard about tennis tournaments that put the audience on the edge of their seats. But have you ever heard of the ones that the players could fall off the edge of a 1,000-foot building?
The Burj Al Arab has one of these amazing tennis courts on its green rooftop. Even famous tennis players Andre Agassi and Roger Federer were invited to this incredible tennis court to play a friendly game before the competition began.
From 1 skyscraper in 1991 to more than 400 now!
Once, The World Trade Center was the only skyscraper in Dubai. Now, it’s one of Dubai’s 400 skyscrapers.
Today, the Sheikh Zayed Road has transformed into an avenue for Skyscrapers, with both sides of the street lined by tall, magnificent buildings. It’s quite difficult to say what Dubai will look like 20 years from now.
Some ATMs in Dubai Dispense Gold Bars
Yes, there’s a unique ATM that pays in 24-carat gold – be it coins, bars, or wearable jewelry.
All you need to do is to make a selection, and pay via cash or credit card. Then, the machine – dubbed Gold to Go. The machine is located in the Dubai Mall, and gives the tourists a different experience.
About 33% of Dubai’s GDP Comes From its Airport
The Dubai Airport forms around $22 billion of the country’s GDP. On the contrary to popular belief, Oil only constitutes 2% of GDP in Dubai. Other sources of revenue include commerce, transportation, financial services, trading, retail and tourism.
It’s no wonder that Dubai International Airport plays such a pivotal role in the economy of the country; it employs over 90,000 people, and supports over 400,000 jobs.
There are Numerous Luxury Cars Left Abandoned in Dubai
Dubai is among the few places in the world that you may see a large number of luxury cars- from BMWs and Mercedes to Ferraris and Porsches- in careless abandon. According to a BBC report, a Ferrari Enzo was found abandoned in a parking lot of a Dubai airport. Surprisingly, the car was worth more than $1 million.
Owning Exotic Pets is a statement of prestige in Dubai
No matter how wild animals are scary, but keeping them as pets is a normal behavior in Dubai. Buyers in Dubai have growing interest in owning exotic pets such as cheetahs and tigers.
Because of the increased interest among people, these animals can be easily bought over the internet.
Dubai Has the Biggest Indoor Ski Park
As said earlier, Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world with increasing popularity among tourists. Ski Dubai is one of the most favorite parts of Dubai Mall. Ski Dubai is an indoor 22,500 square meter ski resort.
Also, there is a snow park that is considered as the biggest indoor snow park. The indoor resort features an indoor mountain with 5 slopes of different steepness and difficulty, including a the world’s first indoor black diamond run, 400-meter-long run, and various features that are changed on a regular basis.