united arab emirates

IMG_0609Dubai is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country

P1010283I visited dubai in 2007 as a stopover on my trip to Egypt. At that time,  the highlight of city was the Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a 7 star luxury hotel. Although the hotel is frequently described as “the world’s only seven-Star hotel”, the hotel management claims to never have done that themselves. The Burj al Arab’s management company, Jumeira Group, describes the hotel as simply a “seven-star deluxe” property.

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Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region.

P1010287It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo.

dubai airport, 2007

dubai airport, 2007

Although Dubai’s economy was historically built on the oil industry, the emirate’s Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.

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Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings

 

As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East

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text taken from wikipedia

pictures taken in 2007

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