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Dubai was formally established in 1833 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti al Maktoum when he persuaded 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, living in what is now part of Saudi Arabia, to follow him to the Dubai Creek by the Al Abu Falasa clan of Bani Yas, and it remained under clan control when the United Kingdom assumed the protection of Dubai in 1892.Its geographical location made it an important trading hub and by the beginning of the 20th century, it was an important port. In 1966, the year oil was discovered, Dubai and the emirate of Qatar set up a new monetary unit to replace the Gulf Rupee. The oil economy led to a massive influx of foreign workers, quickly expanding the city by 300% and bringing in international oil interests. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after the UK left the area in 1971. At this time Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and four other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates. The following year Ras al Khaimah joined the federation while Qatar andBahrain chose to remain independent nations. In 1973, the monetary union with Qatar was dissolved and the UAE Dirham introduced throughout the UAE. A free trade zone was built around the Jebel Ali port in 1979, allowing foreign companies unrestricted import of labor and export capital.

The Gulf War of 1990 had a negative financial effect on Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1799, is the oldest existing building in Dubai – now part of theDubai Museum into the emirate. Dubai's lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions. As of 2007, Dubai was the 8th most visited city of the world. Dubai is expected to accommodate over 15 million tourists by 2015. Dubai is the most populous emirate of the seven emirates of United Arab Emirates. It is distinct from other members of the UAE in that a large part of the emirate's revenues are from tourism.Dubai has been called the "shopping capital of the Middle East".Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping malls, including the world's 7th largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. The city draws large numbers of shopping tourists from countries within the region and from as far as Eastern Europe, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. While boutiques, some electronics shops, department stores and supermarkets operate on a fixed-price basis, most other outlets consider friendly negotiation a way of life.

Dubai is also known for its souk districts located on either side of the creek. Traditionally, dhows from the Far East, China, Sri Lanka, and India would discharge their cargo and the goods would be bargained over in the souks adjacent to the docks.Many boutiques and jewellery stores are also found in the city. Dubai is known as "the City of Gold" and Gold Souk in Deira houses nearly 250 gold retail shops.Dubai Duty Free at the Dubai International Airport offers merchandise catering to the multinational passengers using the airport.

[edit]Dubai now boasts more completed or topped-out skyscrapers higher than 2/3 km, 1/3 km, or 1/4 km than any other city. A culmination point was reached in 2010 with the completion of the Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower), now by far the world's tallest building at 828 m (2,716 feet). The Burj Khalifa's design is derived from the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture, with the triple-lobed footprint of the building based on an abstracted version of the desert flower hymenocallis which is native to the Dubai region.

The completion of the Khalifa Tower, following the construction boom that began in the 1980s, accelerated in the 1990s, and took on a rapid pace of construction unparalled in modern human history during the decade of the 2000s, leaving Dubai with the world's tallest skyline as of 4 January 2010.The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: ??? ?????, "Tower of the Arabs") is a luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates managed by the Jumeirah Group and built by Said Khalil. Its construction started in 1994 and ended in 1999. It was designed by Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. The hotel cost $650,000,000 to build. At 321 metres (1,053 ft) and 60 floors, it was the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel until being succeeded by Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in 23 December 2009, again in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat. Burj Al Arab characterizes itself as the world's only "7-star" property, a designation considered by travel professionals to be hyperbole. All major travel guides and hotel rating systems have a 5-star maximum, which some hotels attempt to out-do by ascribing themselves "6-star" status. Yet according to the Burj Al Arab's official site, the hotel is a "5-star deluxe hotel".

The population of the city is projected to exceed 3.5 million. In 2009, according to Dubai Municipality statistics, there were an estimated 1,021,880 cars in Dubai. In January 2010, the number of Dubai residents who use public transport stood at 6% Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB), the hub for the Emirates Airline, serves the city of Dubai and other emirates in the country. The airport was the 15th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic handling 40.9 million passengers in 2009. The airport was also the 6th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic. In addition to being an important passenger traffic hub, the airport is the 7th busiest cargo airport in world, handling 1.927 million tonnes of cargo in 2009, a 5.6% increase compared to 2008 and was also the 4th busiest International freight traffic airport in world. Emirates Airline is the national airline of Dubai. As of 2009, it operated internationally serving 101 destinations in 61 countries across six continents.

The development of Al Maktoum International Airport, was announced in 2004. The first phase of the airport, featuring one A380 capable runway, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo and a passenger terminal building designed to accommodate five million passengers per year, has been opened. When completed, Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International will be the largest airport in the world with five runways, four terminal buildings and capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo.

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Dubai is a stunning city located strategically on the East Coast of Saudi Arabia .Close to the famous Straits of Hormuz. Famous as a choke point for the flow of oil, from this vital oil production region. The city started as a trading town in the early 1800's, was run by the British from 1892 until the early 70's. Oil was discovered in the region, in the mid 60's and has been flowing from here ever since.

The emirate was created after the British left when the city's development “exploded” to where it is today. There are over a million cars in Dubai and less than 3 million people. An excellent public transport system has been built but is only rarely used. So as a tourist its easy to get around. The shopping here is amazing. Sitting at the hub of the Arab world, with a huge population of foreign workers, one of the largest ports and one of the busiest airports in the world. Over 40 million passengers travel through this airport a year.

All the top brands are represented, with over 70 shopping malls to visit. When you visit be sure to take a trip to “Gold Souk” a shopping center in Deira with over 250 shops, selling gold jewelery. No wonder Dubai is called the “City of Gold”. You can also visit the world's 7th largest mall called the “Dubai Mall”. Visitors flock to these centers from all over the world to buy electronics, jewelery and fashions at prices some consider the world's best! Most stores have fixed pricing but gentle bargaining is acceptable at many giving shoppers the satisfaction of a “real bargain”. The architecture in this “world class” city is absolutely magnificent. Architects and engineers have come from all over the world to build some beautiful buildings. Possible candidates for the category of "wonders of the world".

Visitors should look out for the $650,000,000 hotel called, Burj Al Arab, (Tower of the Arabs) which was completed in 1999. Its 60 floors high and stands at the end of a causeway on its own artificial island. Its curved structure was designed to reflect the shape of a traditional Arab boat. While much is modern and new in this glistening pearl of a city Dubai's history can be found in places like Al Fahidi fort. The home of the Dubai museum. Visit Bur Dubai and Deira on the other side of the creek which divides the city. An area being developed into a cultural zone known as “Shindagha”. There's even a an old pearl diving village here.

So put Dubai on your tourist map. Everyone should go there once in their life. Having been there, you will be tempted to return soon.

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