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General information about Dubai

In this article we describe how Dubai has grown from a small oil emirate to a world-famous city of the future.

Thanks to the immense infrastructure, Dubai is one of the best destinations for an active city trip or a lazy holiday. In short, all general information about Dubai.

Is Dubai a country?

Dubai itself is not a country but an emirate. It is one of the seven emirates that are part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition to Dubai, there is also the famous Abu Dhabi. This emirate is just 100 kilometers away from Dubai and is also the capital of the UAE.

The five remaining emirates are less known: Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaywayn, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.

The UAE borders two other countries: Oman in the south and Saudi Arabia on the westside of the country.

You can also find Qatar in the west that borders only Saudi Arabia. In the north on the other side of the Persian Gulf you will find Iran.

The land area of the UAE is a total of 83,600 km² of which 4,114 km² is occupied by Dubai.

Dubai World Map
Is Dubai a country?

Who rules Dubai?

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

Since joining in 2006, following the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum, he has continued reformatins in the UAE government, starting with the UAE’s federal strategy in April 2007. In 2010, the UAE launched a vision for 2021 with aim to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021.

He is responsible for the growth of Dubai into a global city, as well as the launch of a number of large companies, including Emirates Airline, DP World and the Jumeirah Group. Many of these companies are part of the Dubai Holding, a company with multi-diversified companies and investments.

Sheikh Mohammed has developed numerous projects in Dubai, including the establishment of a technology park and a free economic zone, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, the Dubai International Finance Center, the Palm Islands and the Burj Al Arab hotel. He is also the man responsible for the construction of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Who rules Dubai?

The futuristic place to be in the Middle East

Oil vs economy, tourism and green energy

Dubai is located in the Middle East and is an oil country like many other countries. But in the UAE they understand very well that, with global warming in mind, there’s no future in oil anymore. Due to the increasing climate warming, we start thinking green and that evolution is already happening in large parts of the world. Solar and wind energy are examples of this. Electric cars, homes that produce their own energy with solar panels, …

With this in mind, Dubai has been investing for some time in the economy, tourism and green energy. For example, they are constantly building new skyscrapers to put Dubai on the map as the futuristic place to be of the Middle East and perhaps of the world.

World famous projects

When you think of Dubai, usually the first words are Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Islands,… These are the most famous projects that have been realized in Dubai, but it doesn’t stop there. In the meantime, there are several new mega projects in the pipeline and more are being added every year.

Thus, the Burj Khalifa will soon loose its pride of being the world’s tallest building. The most important project developer in Dubai, Emaar Properties, is working on a tower of more than 1 km, the Dubai Creek Tower.

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Burj Khalifa
Burj Al Arab

New upcoming projects in Dubai

Building projects at light speed, that’s an understatement when you see what is still on the to-do list in Dubai. The Dubai skyline is constantly being renewed by new skyscrapers. The United Arab Emirates also want to put Dubai on the map as “the city of all cities” at the world exhibition, Expo 2020.

Let’s take a look at the most important projects that you can expect in Dubai in the upcoming years.

Burj Jumeirah

Burj Jumeirah

Dine at 450 meters!

Another new tower near the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel is the Burj Jumeirah. This new skyscraper will further complement the Dubai skyline.

With a height of approximately 550 meters, 360-degree observation decks and restaurants at 450 meters, this must be the Burj Khalifa of Jumeirah.

If everything goes according to plan you can visit this new skyscraper from 2023, close to the Burj Al Arab.

Dubai Creek Tower

Dubai Creek Tower

High, higher, highest

Saudi Arabia is almost finished with their Jeddah Tower, a building of no less than 1,008 meters, 179 meters higher than the Burj Khalifa.

But Dubai would not be Dubai to break this immediately.

A futuristic building of perhaps 1,300 meters is under construction, the Dubai Creek Tower. The height of this new skyscraper hasn’t been revealed yet, so stay tuned for more information!

Dubai World Central

One of the largest airports in the world

Within a few years you can land in Dubai at the largest airport in the world, Dubai World Central. This project, which costs more than 36 billion, will be expanded in various phases.

With 5 runways, 6 terminals and more than 260 million passengers expected, this will become the world’s largest airport in the future.

Meydan One Mall in Dubai

Meydan One Mall

Another shopping center!

Meydan One is a brand new shopping center under construction with more than 550 stores and almost 200 restaurants.

However, it does not stop there… There will be an indoor ski slope of 1 km, a lagoon of 8 km and an indoor karting with fully electric karts.

More than 30% of the world’s construction cranes are currently in Dubai!

The futuristic place to be of the middle east

Why vacation to Dubai?

The destination that has everything to offer

Dubai’s greatest asset is the enormous diversity in entertainment and relaxation. Whether you are going for a beach holiday, city trip or shopping with friends or family for a few days, it’s all possible in Dubai.

The only thing you have to take into account is the climate in Dubai. In the summer the temperature can sometimes rise to almost 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit)! Read more about the climate and the best period to travel to Dubai here.

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Beach holiday

A beach vacation in Dubai has a lot to offer. You can choose to stay in one of the luxurious resorts on the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah. 

You may think this is only for the rich and famous, but no: for just over 100 dollar per night you can already stay with 2 people in a five-star hotel on the palm. On this page you can find more about booking a hotel in Dubai.

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City trip Dubai

Dubai is also extremely suitable for a city trip. The only drawback will be that you have a shortage of time. The city has so much to offer in sights and attractions that you will not get around in 3 or 4 days. A visit to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa or the only 7-star hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab are just some of the dozens of things you can see in Dubai. The price of a city trip is extremely cheap if you compare this with London or Paris, for example.

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Shopping trip Dubai

A short trip of 2 or 3 days to Dubai and having a good time in one of the many shopping centers, that is also possible. Dubai is known for its shopping malls. So you can shop at The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world, literally until you drop! Completely viewing this shopping center in one day is virtually impossible: there are more than 1,300 shops!

Besides the Dubai Mall you have several other shopping centers. This is heaven on earth for the shopping fanatic!

Why vacation to Dubai?

What can you expect of Dubai?

From one surprise to the other

Dubai has a huge number of sights, amusement parks and attractions. The main attractions are the Burj Khalifa and the largest fountain show in the world, but there is certainly more to admire in Dubai.

You can visit the largest flower garden in the world, Miracle Garden, good for 72,000 m² of beautiful flowers.

Equally beautiful but with a little more action you can explore the coast of Dubai with a speedboat and take a selfie with the gigantic Atlantis hotel.

To overcome your fear of heights, Dubai is also the place to be. Between old and new Dubai you can find a huge frame, Dubai Frame. Here you can walk 150 meters above the ground over the glass bridge and see the difference between the old and the new part of Dubai.

There is also no lack of amusement parks! Various amusement and water parks spoil you with the most spectacular attractions. From Legoland for the smallest of us to the most terrifying slides of the Aquaventure park water park for adults. You will not be bored!

Wow – omg – epic

These words will definitely come to mind when you visit Dubai!

Better to
see something once
than hear about it a thousand times!

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