Dubai: Five Things You Didn't Know

Dubai skyline from flickr user Beauty Eye

Dubai – it’s a rapidly growing city in the middle of a desert, and I’ve only ever visited the airport. Which seems a bit of a shame, as it sounds like the sort of place that is interesting to explore – even if it perhaps a little on the expensive side! Anyway, I was asked if I’d be interesting in hosting a post sent over by Maria, featuring five things I didn’t know about Dubai. And I figured, if I didn’t know them.. maybe you wouldn’t either! Enjoy!

In recent years, Dubai has developed an identity as a hot spot for tourism. Previously thought of as a surreal hideaway for footballers and the super-rich, an increasing number of people are seeing the city's true beauty and considering it as a destination for their holidays.

The city of Dubai, though, is still shrouded in mystery to many people. Here, we take a look at five things about Dubai which you might not know.

1. Dubai is the fastest growing city in the world

The city of Dubai is expanding rapidly and its tourism numbers are doing the same as a result. Dubai is now home to more than 400 skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest in the world at well over 800 metres. Now the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai's population has more than doubled since the middle of the 1990s.

2. Dubai is one of the world's safest cities

Crime is a concern in almost every one of the world's cities, with tourists often being particularly vulnerable. Dubai, however, is one of the world's safest cities, boasting an unusually low rate of crime. A recently published list showed Dubai to be the sixth safest, following the cities of Tokyo, Dubrovnik, Singapore, Vienna and Zurich.

3. The city has no street addresses

In most cities, addresses make up an important part of getting around. What is truly bizarre about Dubai – aside from the numerous strange buildings and the celebrities – is that it has no standard address system. As a tourist, this isn't too much of a problem, with public transport being available to take care of orienteering, but it must make life tough for delivery firms!

Dubai night scene by flickr user Crazy Diamond

4. Dubai is a diverse city

More than half of Dubai's inhabitants are of Indian descent, compared to just 17% Emirati. In fact, Dubai is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, making it a particularly welcoming place for tourists.

5. Dubai is one of the UAE's most liberal emirates

Due to the large number of inhabitants and tourists flowing from the rest of the world, Dubai has become a welcoming and inviting spot. From the slightly relaxed laws on alcohol to the traditional dress code, Dubai is a far easier place for tourists to visit than most emirates.

Dubai scene by flickr user Stephan Geyer


Thanks to Maria for today’s post! Do you know something about Dubai that we don’t? Fire away in the comments below :)

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