Not so long ago Dubai was no more than a large town in the middle of the desert. Today, Dubai, now the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, is known for extravagant shopping, present-day design, and an enthusiastic nightlife scene. This cosmopolitan city is an oasis of ultramodern architecture and luxury lifestyle. Yet it still remains quite mysterious to those who have not visited.
Here are some interesting facts worth knowing about Dubai:
1. Approximately 85 percent of Dubai's population is foreign
Estimations show that around 15 percent of Dubai's populace are Emiratis, while the other 85 percent are expatriates. The greater part of the laborers working in Dubai moved to the United Arab Emirates from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
2. The police force in Dubai spends more on each of their supercars than what it costs to send a child to college here in the USA.
Dubai's police force drive vehicles which amaze travelers and show how "advanced" the city is - although they really make sense when you consider that many of the people who live there drive the same cars! How else can you catch a speeding Lamborghini? Some of the cars driven by the police in Dubai include the Ferrari FF ($500,000), Lamborghini Aventador ($397,000) and an Aston Martin One-77 ($1.79 million) and you will regularly see these police cars on the roads!
3. Up to this point, Dubai has no addresses, no postal divisions, no region codes and no postal framework
Because of the rapid rate at which Dubai has been developing, it never built up a standard address framework. Rather than an address line on a mailing mark, citizens could just draw a guide or work out particular guidelines. It looks like this shows no sign of getting worked out anytime soon either since Dubai is still a growing city that is rapidly changing in many ways.
4. Home to the World's Tallest Building
As you have probably figured out by now, Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is known as the city of skyscrapers because there are currently over 400 skyscrapers throughout this ever-changing city. Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world with a height of 828 m (830 m to tip) and 163 floors. Burj Khalifa is also home to the world’s highest restaurant, highest mosque, highest nightclub, and a variety of historical landmarks for tourists to explore!
Have you been to Dubai? What did you think was amazing?