Dubai - A Desert Paradise

Dubai is an emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and Dubai City is the largest city of the UAE. Dubai is located east from Saudi Arabia, and located on the Persian Gulf. The country covers about 1,600 square miles or 4,100 square kilomotres.

Dubai - A Desert Paradise


Dubai is an emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and Dubai City is the largest city of the UAE. Dubai is located east from Saudi Arabia, and located on the Persian Gulf. The country covers about 1,600 square miles or 4,100 square kilomotres. This is an territory three times the size as New York City, New York. The land is covered by sand dunes, with no bodies of water, and is located within the Arabian Desert.Click on desert safari tour.


The first recorded records of Dubai are from 1095, and the Dubai city's records date up to the year 1799. Due to the geographical location the city was utilized as a port of entry for merchants and tradesmen from India. The first major industry was the exports of pearls up until the 1930's , which was followed by the discoveries of oil at the 1960's. In the 1950's the British relocated their office in the town, and brought electricity, and telephones with them. The British also constructed the city's first airport. In the years between 1968 and 1975, the city's population doubled due to mostly Indian and Pakistani foreign workers who came to the area for work in oil drilling.

In the Persian Gulf War (1990) trading communities relocated their businesses to Dubai, and the Jebel Ali Port came to be utilized to refuel troops from the allied force. Jebel Ali Port is the world's largest port built by humans and has been a no-frills zone since 1979. The city now depends on trade and tourism along with private property for their growing economy.


The population of the emirate as of 2006 was reported to be 1,422,000, 1,073,000 both males and females. The median age is 27 and has an approximate 14% birth rate . There is only a 1% death rate.

Dubai's primary language is Arabic It is also known as English is also a major language.


This $37 billion (US) economy was initially built by the oil industry, but is now reliant upon Real Estate, Construction, Trade and Financial Services. In the Dubai Fiancial Market is worth $95 billion (US) and is a trading platform for local an foreign securities and bonds.

Buildings and Developments:

Dubai has the tallest buildings in the world, along with Burj Al Arab Hotel, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, one of the highest and most expensive. It also has other projects like the man made Palm Islands, the Emirates Towers and the Burj Dubai.

1.) Burj Al Arab

- luxury hotel built by Said Shalil.

Name means "Tower of the Arabs"

- tallest hotel at 1,053 tf

constructed on an artificial island and connected to themainland via the bridge

The structure mimics the the sail from the classic Arab sailing vessel dhow

The construction began in 1994.

The architect Tom Wright designed the building hoping it would become an iconic symbol, much like Paris' Eiffel Tower and Sydney's Opera House

It was built by Murray & Roberts (south Africa)

Cost: $650 million (US)

2.) Mall of the Emirates

the largest mall of shopping in the middle east

2.400,000 square feet of shops

- entire mall is 6.5 million square feet

- is located at the Al Barsha area

The first phase of the project was opened in late 2005.


- a 14 screen movie theater

- gaming area

- Dramatic theater

- indoor ski slope (Ski Dubai)

- - stores, shops and food courts

3.) The World

An archipelago made up comprising 300 man-made islands

- designed to look like the shape of a map of the globe

It is situated 2.5 miles off the coast

- 144 miles of shoreline

Built using sand dredged from the sea

A plan was devised by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum

The building was constructed by Nakheel Properties

Islands are anywhere between 150,000 to 450,000 square feet

Average 328 feet between islands

- cost: estimated $14 billion (US)

Islands are sold at 15 to 50 million (US)

- with some islands priced at close to 250 million (US)

- started September 2003

- 60 to 60 percent of islands were sold in 2008

The development of the islands ended in January 2008

- Coral Island Resort is being built by the name of "North America"

- Resort OQYANA on "Australia" and "New Zealand"

The resort is themed around Ireland and "Ireland"

- "Antarctica" will host a 65,000 sq foot entertainment center

- Fashion Tv resort on "Brunei"

• FTV Palace a fashion community on "Finland"

4.) Dubi Marina

- man made marina

-- Emaar Properties is developing the project

Once completed, it will be more than Marina del Rey in Califonia, USA which currently is the world's largest

5.) Business Bay

Business District

Downtown Dubai

- sykscrapers, commercial and residential developments that total nearly 230 buildings

5. ) Dubai Metro

- fully automated metro network

Underground lines are a feature in the downtown area and elevated outside of the centre

- planned to open in 2009

- - will be the longest fully automated railway system in the world.

Aproximately 12 billion (US) contract to design and construct

The work started on the 21st of March in 2006.

The project is being developed through Dubai Rail Link

The first stage of 22 miles with a $4.2 billion (US) price to be completed by May 2009

The second phase will comprise extensions of initial routes

Red Line will be 31 miles, 35 stations

Green Line will comprise 22 stations and 12 miles of Green Line. stations

Blue Line will be 29 miles along Emirates Rd

-- Purple Line will be a 30 mile express route between Dubai International and Al Maktoum

International Airports

The airline is anticipated to transport 1.2 million passengers per day

Trains are equipped with Gold, Women and Children and Silver Class accommodations

Trains are built to accommodate 643 passengers

Trains are driverless

- Dubai was the first to receive a train in March of 2008

6. ) Dubailand

- entertainment complex

- 4 phases planned

Phase 1 is expected is scheduled to be completed by early 2008.

- final phase to be completed between 2015 and the end of 2018

It is expected to be bigger in size Walt Disney World

-- Dubai Autodrome and The Global Village are operating

6 worlds:

- Attractions & Experience World (5.2 sq miles)

• Retail as well as Entertainment World ( 1.6 sq miles)

- Themed Leisure and Vacation World ( 11.2 km2)

Eco-Tourism World (28.9 square miles)

-- Sports and Outdoor World ( 7.4 sq miles)

Downtown (0.7 square miles)

7.) The Burj Dubai "Dubai Tower"

- skyscraper under construction

The location is in "New DOwntown"

The project is expected to conclude in 2009

This will be 22 million sq ft of development

A major component of development (30,000 homes 9 hotels with 6 acres of parkland 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and Burj Dubai Lake which is 30 acres of man made wetlands

A completed development of 500 acres would cost about $20 billion (US)

8.) Palm Islands : 3 of the largest man-made Islands in the entire world

- Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira

Built to attract more tourists to the city

Palm Jumeirah:

Forms like a palm tree

- 5 by 5 km

It adds 78km to the coastline

- created 4,000 residents

Connected to the mainland via brigde and tunnel

Over 30 beachfront hotels in 2009, which includes Atlantis, The Trump Internation Hotel and Tower, The Taj Exotica Hotel and Resort, Tiara Hotel, Oceana Resort and Spa, The Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort, Hitel Missoni Dubai, and the Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai

- 2. F-100 Super Sabre fighters jets are sunk close to the Palm to create an artificial reef

- construction started June 2001

- - 94 million cubic kilometres of sand as well as 7 million tons of rock

Palm Jebel Ali:

- construction began OCtober 2004

- expected completion date mid 2008

- will feature 6 marinas with a water theme theme park, Sea Village Busch Gardens as well as homes and boardwalks

Palm Deira:

- development began October 2004

Expected to be completed by 2015.

It will be the largest of the 3 palms

Construction will need more than a billion cubic meters of sand, rock and sand

- 8.7 miles long

- 5.3 miles long and wide

861 millions square feet