Dubai deliberately defies de norm

It used to be one of those strange Arabian places on the Persian Gulf that few people had heard and even fewer had visited, that was until the first Gulf War in 1990, when Dubai was discovered to be a relatively safe haven, so massive amounts of money were sent there because of uncertainty about other places in the region.  From then on, as its economy grew Dubai set about to turn itself into one of the world’s best tourist destinations.  Dubai is fortunate in that it is readily accessible to both Europe and Asia, which has increased its prospects for attracting tourists.

One of the ways it has south to achieve this is by first enabling its airline, Emirates, to become one of the best, most modern and fastest growing airlines in the world.  Secondly, Dubai has decided to make Dubai bigger by building offshore islands in the shapes of a palm tree and a map of the world.

Dubai is one of the seven Emirates which together form the United Arab Emirates.  Likes its neighbours Emirates wealth was originally sustained by oil and gas production, but Dubai is not as fortunate as some of its UAE neighbours as it currently only produces about 6% of the Emirates’ revenue, and it’s oil and gas reserves are fast being depleted, hence the push to encourage tourism.  That strategy to increase tourism appears to have worked as Dubai is now the 8th most visited city in the world.

Dubai has made a conscious decision to build tourist facilities that are the biggest and best in the world. The best example of this if the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

At 828 metres (2,716 feet) in heights and 160 floors this is the world’s tallest structure by a far, being over 300m (984 feet) taller than the previous contender, the bamboo-inspired building in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dominating the Dubai skyline, the newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system.  That fountain is another example of Dubai excess. At 900 ft in length and sporting a jet that shoots water up to 500 ft, the Dubai Fountain is certainly the world’s largest dancing fountain.    

As Dubai entices shoppers to spend their hard earned cash there, they have built many modern malls including the Dubai Mall which, with over 1200 shops, is currently the world’s largest shopping mall. Apart from the shops, the Dubai Mall has for entertainment a full size ice rink and an indoor aquarium.

Or, if you don’t feel like ice skating, but wouldn’t mind going skiing instead, then head over the Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates.  Ski Dubai is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope, measuring 400 meters and using 6000 tons of snow, and the temperature is kept at a cool -4 centigrade.  It may be 40+ outside, but you will be cool inside – and all of your winter gear is supplied.

Dubai knows how to do things, and it does them big.  They must be doing something right as more and more people are expected to visit, so they’ve just increased the capacity of Dubai International Airport.

You may either love of loathe Dubai, but you can never ignore it.

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