Here I would like to give you an insight in to the history of Dubai. How a stark arid desert region called “Dubayy” become a “Dream Destination” now called “Dubai”.
Dubai was a desert region for over 4000 years with vast stretches of sand, the nomadic dwellers surviving through fishing, hunting, harvesting date-palms, breeding camels and herding sheep and goats. In 1820, Dubai owed allegiance to Abu Dhabi but 13 years later, some 800 members of the Al bu Falsa tribe renounced the overload ship of the Abu Dhabi ruler to establish an independent state. The ruler of Dubai was more interested in trade than war fare and pursued liberal policies. Unlike Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, Dubai is not rich in oil indeed, tourism is on the verge of over taking oil exports as a source of revenue and there in lies the romance and brashness. The wonder is that a city with few natural endowments, except sun and sand, should become a world tourist destination. In seeking an answer, I discovered what makes Dubai tick: a propitious mix of circumstance and the vision of the rulers.
Dubai is one of the sheikhdoms that the constitute the UAE and by universal acclaim, the emirate of Dubai owes much to the vision of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed AL Maktoum who turned a desert into a high-tech city. Sheikh Rashid ruled for 30 years and his vision has been built upon by the present ruler, Sheikh Maktoum, and his brothers, particularly Sheikh Mohammed, in the shape of the Jebel Ali Free Zone, among other ventures. Dubai has sunk an immense amount of money in providing world class infrastructure in telecommunications and roads. This is paying the emirate rich dividends in attracting business.
In today’s Dubai, it sometimes seems, there are more shopping malls than people. If one has been away for a few brief months, one feels out of touch new underpasses, jazzy shopping malls and luxury hotels have sprung up in the mean time. Indeed, what was once a stretch of sand with some tall buildings has become a teeming new commercial hub on Sheikh Zayed road. And the seven star Ag Burj hotel on a made island has become a tourist attraction.
Dubai has a can-do mentality when it comes to attracting tourists and business custom. Starting with the British-run Emirates Airline, which keeps on collecting prizes for excellence, to hosting the world’s richest horse race, world-class tournaments in golf, tennis and motorboat racing and a lavish duty-free area (Fly Buy Dubai), the welcome mat is out. A large part of the success of the annual shopping festival must be ascribed to Indians passion for shopping; gold is a special draw, Dubai having given itself the sobriquet of City of Gold. Shopping malls are doing good business in the city of competitive commerce. There are cars on offer as prices at almost every street corner.
There is pleasant, almost Victorian air to living in Dubai. There are four golf clubs turning the desert into vast patches of green at great cost, miles of beaches and pubs and discos galore. Beauty queens are crowded on occasion and visiting dignitaries from home feted with home courtesies. Giving the strength of the Indian community, bollywood icons and other entertainers flock to Dubai. The largest functions are helped in more spacious venues and such occasions have a distinctly daisy flavor, complete with oversold houses and chaotic scenes at the gates. One NRI went so far as to say that “Dubai is the best Indian city in the world”.
After being the traditional commercial and trading hub to the region, the emergence of Dubai-part of the United Arab Emirates as global financial center was inevitable. Geography has also been favorable to Dubai’s Endeavour’s to become the crucial node in global finance. Dubai, an island of calm in a prosperous but volatile region, as now astutely positioned itself as the preferred choice. In many ways Dubai has crafted itself for the role. Its good living standards, multi-cultural society and outdoor lifestyle have endeared it to the fraternity of global managers. More importantly, it as shown remarkable tolerance to the beliefs and needs of other nationalities. There are other attractions too for business men. There are no income or corporate, no restriction on capital repatriation and the government of Dubai displays a strong pro-business sentiment.
The foundations for making Dubai a financial center where laid many years ago. They lay in the construction of top-class infra structure projects such as roads and telecommunication links. The initiative in to trading and manufactures to move away from crude oil revenues-began 25 years ago with the construction of the Jabel Ali Port, the largest man made port in the world. Today, it is a base for over 2300 companies from over 100 countries and Dubai is the worlds third largest re-export center.
Some of the beautiful places in Dubai are:
- Dubai Museum
- Jumeirah Mosque
- Burj Khalifa
- The Dubai Fountain
- Burj al-Arab hotel
- Dubai Marina.
- Palm Islands
- Atlntis the palm
- Jumeriah beach
- Dubai Creek Cruise
- Desert Safari
- Al SafaPark
- Camel Races.
- Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
- Dubai Miracle Garden,
- Dubai Dolphinarium,
- Dubai Zoo
- Global Village.
- Ski. Dubai.
- Wild Wadi
- Gold Souk
- Spice Souk
- The Dubai Mall
- Mall of the Emirates
- Ibn Battuta Mall and many more
I hope you enjoy reading these facts and the following articles as much I have.