Dubai Is An Interesting Place

Dubai is located on the Arabian Peninsula in the south of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai is the name of the city and also the name of the emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is often referred to as being at the “center of the world.” It is strategically located between Asia, Africa, and Europe which has made it an important trading hub since ancient times. While most people think of Dubai as being an oil rich area as much of the Middle East has oil deposits, Dubai does not have a lot of oil. But Dubai is still an emerging leader in the world economy. Dubai has lots to offer to tourists and its real estate market is booming once again. The imposing architecture and sophisticated culture make Dubai one of the most beautiful tourist hot spots of the world. It has been said that Dubai does not have oil Dubai has “dreams.”
Facts about Dubai
No one is sure from where the name Dubai originated. But some have speculated that it may have evolved from the word Daba, which means to creep. This refers to the process of the Dubai  Creek slowly flows inland. Another version comes from the poet Ahmad Mohammad Obaid who claims that Dubai got its name from the same word, Daba, which also refers to a swarm of locusts.
Dubai had a flourishing pearl business and was known for its pearl fishing until the Japanese developed cultures pearls. The pearl industry was beginning its collapse during the First World War and continued its demise with the Great Depression.
Even though Dubai is part of the Arabian Desert, it is topographically different from the rest of the desert. Dubai is dotted with sandy deserts where wild grasses and palm trees grow. But to the east of the city lie the sabkha. These coastal plains are covered with salt and have an abundance of desert hyacinths.
Most people do not think of birds in a desert climate. But each year there are over 300 species of birds that migrate through Dubai in the fall and winter.
Dubai has an extremely arid and hot climate. Temperatures often reach as high as 50oC. Rainfall rarely exceeds 140 mm annually. Summers see severe wind and sandstorms known as known as shamal. These sandstorms can often last for several days and reduce visibility.
Dubai has many shopping malls. Tourists flock to Dubai to enjoy the Dubai Shopping Festival every winter. The Dubai Mall is the seventh largest mall in the world. It is actually the largest mall in area. It houses the Dubai Aquarium and the Discovery Centre. And the Mall of the Emirates is known as one of the best malls in the city because of its attractions like Ski Dubai and other entertainment venues inside the ma. Dubai is called the “Shopping Capital of the Middle East.”
On either side of Dubai Creek, lie commercial districts known as the souks. The souks are the traditional Arabic markets where commodities have been exchanged. They are on the Creek where goods were brought in by Arabian cargo vessels known as dhows. A visit to a souk gives you a feel of true Dubai shopping and you can get some deals with some clever bargaining.
Dubai is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world. Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world.  This tower is home to the world’s highest restaurant, highest mosque, highest nightclub, and the highest outdoor observation deck.
Burj Al Arab, built in the shape of a billowing dhow sail, is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. It sits on an artificial island nearly 280 feet from Jumeirah Beach. The lobby of this hotel is taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York City.
Palm Islands are an artificial group of islands in Dubai which are being constructed using land reclamation techniques. Once complete, these islands will be the biggest archipelago ever made and will house residential beachfront properties, luxury hotels, theme parks, entertainment centers, malls, sporting facilities, and much more.
Dubai International Airport is the 5th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic, and the 8th busiest cargo airport in the world. Terminal 3 of the airport is the single largest building, by floor space. Dubai’s airport traffic is continuing to increase as it is a transit stop for flights for cities all over Europe, Asia, and Africa.