Just five decades ago, Dubai was a small port in the middle of the desert. Until the oil discovery in 1966, much of the Gulf was desert but many countries in the Gulf completely changed after the oil discover. Now, Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations globally. In 2019, Dubai saw a whopping 16.73 million overnight visitors. So, how has Dubai transformed from desert to modern tourist hotspot in just half a century?
One of the biggest attractions Dubai has is its impressive and unique architecture. As home to the largest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, it has attracted thousands of visitors just to view the building alone. Add that to the other magnificent structures in the emirate and it’s easy to see why Dubai is fast becoming one of the most popular modern tourist hot spots.
Dubai has one of the most popular entertainment industries in the world. With world-renowned shopping malls and entertainment centres, many tourists are attracted to Dubai for the fun things to do. Whether you’re heading out to watch one of the impressive firework displays or staying in one of the many luxury hotels, there is something for everyone in Dubai.
And it’s even branching out into the online entertainment industry, as the home to the first online casino in the Emirates. So, if you’re looking for a country with the glorious UAE weather, combined with beautiful sites and fun things to do, Dubai has it covered.
Another of the biggest attractions of Dubai to tourists are the large golden beaches, with plenty of great features. From stunning Kite Beach filled with fun activities to La Mer and its quirky street food, there is a beach for every need in Dubai. Commonly known as the best beach in the city is The Beach by JBR, the largest beach in the area. The JBR Beach stretches the full length of the Dubai Marina, packed bars, bistros and boutiques lining the coast.
There are a huge number of businesses opportunities in Dubai, from advertising and marketing to recruitment and bookkeeping. In 2013, the UAE was the fifth largest country in the world for migrants. And the majority of those immigrating to Dubai and the UAE do so because of the impressive employment opportunities there. Long gone are the days where the UAE was just about its oil industry, the country – and its largest city – are broadening their horizons, to say the least.
For some, Dubai may not seem like a child-friendly holiday destination, but there is plenty to do for the whole family. With water parks, Legoland Dubai, SeaLife centres and much more, kids of all ages can find plenty to do. Almost every luxury hotel in Dubai has huge, impressive swimming pools built-in. So, you can make the most of your time away to teach the kids to swim or make memories that will last a lifetime in the infinity pool and on the beaches.