Captivating, cosmopolitan, and modern – Dubai is an absolute adventure playground when it comes to tourist destinations. Before you decide to pay a visit to the UAE’s finest, read up with our must-know interesting facts about Dubai.
Dubai is not a country. It is a city and one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates!
Around 14 million tourists in a year visit Dubai.
The total land area of Dubai is 4114 kilometers square.
Dubai has the same currency, AED, as the rest of the Emirates in the UAE.
the Burj-al-Arab, Dubai, UAE.
Only 15% of Dubai’s population is aged over 45, the city has one of the world’s youngest populations.
Although the national language of Dubai is Arabic, tourism has made the city very diverse. There are a number of languages spoken in the city today including English, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Persian and even Chinese!
Due to its desert location, Dubai has a humid climate and barely receives any rainfall.
A foreigner can never receive permanent residency or become a citizenship of the UAE, no matter how long they live in Dubai.
The city is estimated to have an 85% foreign population. Only about 450,000 people (15%) living in Dubai are Emiratis – natives of the UAE.
Dubai is income tax free for all. Unlike most countries around the world, the UAE does not have any federal income tax. There are absolutely no taxes levied by the government on income and/or wealth of individuals and companies.
Desert Safari, Dubai
Dubai is known as the ‘City of Gold’. It is home to the gold souk; a traditional market with over 400 retail shops dedicated to gold. You can actually withdraw gold bars from ATM machines in Dubai. Crazy!
Until recently, there were no zip and postal codes in Dubai. Street addresses were not easy to locate in the city prior to the year 2018.
Standing at a height of 829 meters, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building structure on Earth. The skyscraper has the highest outdoor observation deck on the 148th floor, at a staggering 1,821 feet in the air.
Dubai has the world’s only 7-star hotel, the Burj-al-Arab! If you’re hoping to spend a luxurious night in a suite overlooking the Jumeirah Beach, you might want to start saving now as it could cost you around £1,000 per night!
The city has the largest garden in the world, spreading out over an area of 72,000 square-meters and has around 60 million flowers on display. What may be of more interest to you, however, is that it is a manmade, natural beauty built on desert land.
Sunday is a working day in Dubai. Friday is the holy day and most of the businesses in the city have it as their only day off each week.
Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa
There are more men than women in Dubai. The ratio calculated in the last census is 3:1.
Want to lose weight AND get rewarded for it? Move to Dubai! To encourage a healthier lifestyle for the residents, Dubai Municipality launched the ‘Your Child in Gold’ initiative in the year 2014. Local authorities in the city offer a gram of gold in return to every individual who loses a KG of weight.
It is easier to get yourself a litre of fuel than that of water in Dubai. Motor-fuel prices have faced an unprecedented drop in their prices in the UAE. One litre of gasoline costs around 40 cents which happens to be cheaper than the price of drinking water.
The police force in Dubai hold a record for having the fastest police vehicles in the world. Cruising in the metropolitan streets of the city, the Dubai police fleet includes supercars such as, Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Ferraris and Camaros.
In Dubai, you can shop till you drop. With over 502,000 square-meter of floor area is the Dubai Mall. It is the second largest mall in the world by total land area.
Dubai has strict laws regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol. If you want to enjoy a glass of wine, you must obtain a government-issued license first.
The Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai is the world’s largest manmade island. It is known for upmarket global restaurants, posh apartments, and high-class hotels. The island is made from 3,257,212,970.389 cubic feet of ocean sand which is said to be enough to fill two Empire State Buildings with sand!
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