From a poor fishing village to the ultimate desert metropolis, the meeting point of the beautiful and the rich and always at the pulse of time. With a population of around 3 million and an area of more than 4,100 km², Dubai is by far the largest city in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the vice president of the United Arab Emirates, is responsible for the rapid and modern development. With more than 90% expats, the divide between foreigners and Emiratis in Dubai is even higher than in Abu Dhabi. This is also reflected in everyday life. Both on the streets or in the numerous malls one feels more like in a US city than in an Arab country.
One will barely see Emiratis in their traditional dress anymore and many tourists were even seen taking pictures of the local people.
Dubai is the city of superlatives: next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel is also the tallest hotel building in the world in Dubai. Or visit the Deira Gold Souk and check out the largest gold ring in the world weighing over 63kg (!) Lets stay big - the Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center with an area of around 1 million square meters, is definitely a must when you are staying in Dubai.
Still not enough? How about a trip to Dubai Metro, the world's longest automated, free metro network. Or you can marvel at the Dubai Fontains, the largest, coordinated fountain system on this planet.
And the list goes on! Right next to the Dubai Fountains and the Burj Khalifa, you will find the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world. Here visitors will find the Dubai Mall Aquarium, which at just under 250 tons is also the largest in the world.
Overall, Dubai can adorn more than 100 (!) Entries in the Guinness Book of Records ...