Much has been said about Dubai, the second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (after Abu Dhabi). It is the emirate that has succeeded in increasing its position in the last decade through its wealth, its exceptional desert beauty, and a variety of attractions as a modern city.
1) The history of Dubai and its people
Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the state. The establishment of Dubai dates back to the 1830s (1833) when about 800 people from the Bani Yas tribe, led by Al Maktoum, settled in the Al Khor area. Al Khor was then a natural port of the region, which later led to the emergence of Dubai as a center for fishing, pearl and trade. It has a total area of 4110 square kilometers and is located on the south-east coast of Persian Gulf. The importance of the emirate has recently emerged as a global city and center of business from the Middle East, and the most important characteristic of its occupation ranked the twenty-two as the world's most expensive cities.
Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, was keen to strengthen communication and cooperation with the sheikhs of the UAE by establishing a union between the UAE to protect oil resources and coasts. Sheikh Rashid and Zayed were invited to the Trucial States, Qatar and Bahrain to participate in the establishment meetings. The first was in 1968, and on July 18, 1971, a federation was established between six emirates: Fujairah, Ajman, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Later in 1972, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah joined in.
Back to 50’s of the twentieth century, the number of ships using Al Khor increased, which led to the fullness of the lake. The decision of Dubai’s ruler, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, was courageous, ambitious and visionary. The increase in the number of ships reaching the port and the increase in the volume of goods received in Dubai, which significantly reflected the strengthening and consolidation of Dubai as an important trading center and a leading re-export station.
By the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai was a well-known port, with a population of about 20,000, with residents accounting for a quarter of them. After the discovery of oil in 1966, Sheikh Rashid worked to invest oil imports in the development of Dubai's infrastructure, building schools, hospitals and roads. During this period, he established modern communication and transportation network. He also built a modern building and harbor at Dubai International Airport and the landing runway was developed to accommodate all types of aircraft. His Highness ordered the construction of the largest artificial port in the world in the Jebel Ali region, which has become the seat of a free zone, whose fame still fills the horizons.
It was clear that emerging Dubai had enough resources to achieve historic success. There is a wise leadership with a clear vision, an integrated infrastructure, a friendly environment open to all, no taxes on personal income and within institutions, it was almost negligible.
2) Outdoor activities that could be done in Dubai and its night lifestyle.
Dubai is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Arabian Gulf and one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Its visitors can enjoy the best places without the need for a tourist guide. Examples of these places:
• Burj Khalifa:
You can not visit Dubai and miss the chance to visit the tallest building in the world, plus enjoying dining or watching the view from above. Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world, with a height of 828 meters and a 160-storey tower. The tower, which opened in 2010, has been the hub of Dubai's tourism hub. Its design attracts many designers and architects for its versatility and sophistication. , With luxury hotels, apartments and corporate offices.
• Dubai Museum:
Built in 1787, Dubai Museum is the oldest building in Dubai. It contains ancient remains of the city dating back to the Bronze Age. The first written letter to the port of the city can be seen from 1580 AD.
• Dubai desert:
A desert adventure in Dubai Safari can be spent for 5 hours in a 4x4 car on the hot sand, going camping, drinking Arabic coffee, eating dates, enjoying the beauty and seeing sand art, watching traditional UAE dances and ending with a lighted barbecue dinner in the camp. All these activities attract the attention of tourists to make sure they have a good time.
Atlantis Dubai: a huge hotel, opened in 2008 and located in the middle of Jumeirah Island, an island made by humans. Atlantis Dubai has about 1,539 guest rooms, and the hotel's own rooms are uniquely designed, reflecting the legendary approach of Atlantis, the fictional island written by Plato. During the official opening, a fireworks display of about 3.1 miles was opened, as well as various pictures on the exterior of the hotel. Visitors can also go to Aquaventure, Aqua Park and Nasimi Beach, which hosts concerts and other entertainment events.
Among the activities that locals and many people around the world are interested in, is Dubai World Cup.
The Dubai World Cup was first launched in 1996 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai. It is the richest race in the world, with its big prize of $ 10 million. The horse (cigar) of Allen E. Paulson won the first race. This race was established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The race runs 2 km on sandy land running counterclockwise. It is an open, flat, no-barriers race, with four-year Thoroughbred horses from the southern hemisphere. And also 3 years for North American countries. A total of $ 30 million will be awarded for the $ 30 million prize.
The race is broadcasted live on satellites almost all over the world, especially countries interested in horse races, such as the United States, Britain, Australia, and other countries... Many people participate in it during the horse race.
Many young people in Dubai see an outlet in such competitions, which raise adrenaline and make them want to know the winner. Similar to the Dubai World Cup, some young people are also excited and interested to participate in online casino games. The number of people interested in online casinos has grown in Dubai and the Middle East in general over the past few years. Arab players often look for many advantages and features offered by online casino websites, most notably privacy and confidentiality, as well as security in financial transactions and various rewards programs, in which players spend their time in, helping them to make profits.
3) What attracts people mostly to visit Dubai
Dubai's central location makes it one of the most active travel centers in the world. Dubai International Airport, ranks first in the world as an international passenger hub with 83.6 million passenger arrivals in 2016, according to annual traffic.
The airport serves 90 airlines to more than 240 destinations in six continents. Meanwhile, Dubai World Central is being expanded to make it the world's largest airport, with an annual capacity of more than 200 million passengers.
The city also offers a wide range of facilities for business events, from a meeting room for 10 people to a conference attended by thousands. The Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center (DICEC) has about 100,000 square meters of exhibition and meeting space, it is only a 10-minute drive or metro on the Red Line route from the airport. A range of hotels in Dubai offer huge, high-quality meeting space.
As a growing knowledge city, Dubai has a large number of universities and research centers committed to paving the way for technological and scientific developments. It has established thriving communities that share knowledge and ideas, including Dubai Media City and Dubai Healthcare City.
In terms of hospitality, Dubai has a variety of prestigious, regular and economic hotels that is adapted to all needs and budgets. The Emirate has about 700 hotels offering more than 100,000 rooms. Current estimates show that the total number of rooms may rise to 134,000 rooms by the beginning of 2019.
Who would have imagined that Dubai would be as advanced as it is today? Dubai has world-class infrastructure, well-maintained roads and an excellent public transport network, including the modern Dubai Metro. Dubai also has modern medical facilities and emergency hospital services, which makes it one of the most beautiful cities worldwide.