Dubai travel guide



Dubai Travel Guide

The Superb Metropolis

Dubai Towers The Persian Gulf War of 1990s had a severe impact on Dubai’s economy, unleashing a crisis. Banks experienced a significant withdrawal of funds while many people mobilized out of the country due to uncertain political situation in the region. However, after the war, more foreign businesses returned to the city aided by the increases in oil prices, starting the prosperity that Dubai lives up today.

During the Persian Gulf War and more recently in 2003, during the Invasion of Iraq, Dubai provided refueling bases to allied army at the Jebel Ali free zone. The success of this area permitted the city to copy its model to create clusters of new free zones, including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Maritime City.

In the last decade, Dubai has continued to focus on free trade but also in an aggressive touristy campaign. The world’s biggest and most impressive modern construction are here, including Burj Al Arab (the tallest freestanding hotel), Burj Dubai (the tallest building with 800 m), Palm Islands (the biggest man-made islands), World Trade Centre (the financial capital of Persian Gulf), Dubai International Airport (the Middle East's biggest airdrome), the largest malls and entertainment centers, the most luxury hotels and beaches, the most exclusive facilities and products, etc.

Aside from the presence of countless international financial corporations and trade zones, Dubai today also hosts the Desert Classic (part of the PGA tour), world-class tennis tournaments, boat and horse races, desert rallies and exciting air shows that attract millions of visitors. Other highlights are the world-famous Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises.

The success of the city is attributed in large part to the vision of Maktoum rulers. They have guided Dubai in its development from a small, old town to a modern metropolis with excellent communication, industrial infrastructure, financial freedom and all the comforts of contemporary life; following the same policies by decades.

But the clever rulers also helped Dubai to not depend on oil and gas which reserves were limited. Nowadays, oil just accounted the 10% of Dubai's revenue. Petroleum aided to support the region expand the infrastructure needed to make the most of its principal economic activity - trade.

Today the cosmopolitan and tolerant Dubai represents an extraordinary success and cultural diversity in the middle of the desert. However concerns over the widening breach between rich and poor, the rising inflation rates and the sustainability of the city's quick growth, have yet to be satisfactorily responded.

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