15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT DUBAI
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Well known for the glamour, rich and an exuberant lifestyle,
Dubai has one of the best economic stories of the 21st century,
making its way onto our favorite destinations list here at ALUX.com.
Dubai was formed less that 50 years ago and it hit the ground running.
It started an aggressive development campaign and it hasn’t stopped to this day.
It is the capital of one of the seven states comprising the United Arab Emirates
and it’s growing to be one of the most respected and interesting cities in the world.
It represents one of the focal point of the Middle East
and if in the past it found its power in oil,
these days it is being sought out for it’s high-end real estate and luxurious tourism.
So what makes this place so special?
Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Dubai:
Dubai produces 4.5 Olympic swimming pools of oil per day
If you don’t have a visual image of what 50,000 barrels of oil look like,
I bet that you have seen an Olympic swimming pool at least once in your life.
Now, multiply that with 4.5,
and that is the amount of oil Dubai produces in a day.
39% of Burj Al Arab is “wasted space”
Famous for being a 7-star hotel and being the fourth tallest hotel in the world,
Burj Al Arab has 39% of space that is uninhabitable.
That is because they don’t care about fitting as many people in one building,
and they concentrated on the architectural vanity sizing.
Dubai is building its own amusement park called Dubailand
After Disney refused to built a Disneyland in Dubai,
they decided to built Dubailand, which is twice bigger than the biggest Disneyland.
It is estimated to cost around $64.3 billion.
They will host diverse attractions,
and it will be a great thing for putting Dubai on the family tourism map.
The amount of gold traded in Dubai is mind-blowing
40% of the gold traded in the world in 2013 occurred in Dubai
and it weighted more than 354 elephants.
That is approximately 2250 tones of gold.
Burj Khalifa can be seen from 95 km away
If Burj Khalifa would be situated in Freiburg, Germany,
you would be able to see it from Strasburg, France.
Dubai is considered one of the safest cities in the world
With a crime rate that is near 0%,
Dubai is considered one of the safest cities in the world
due the fact that the law is very strict and people have high morality.
The income tax in Dubai is 0%
This is probably one of the best privileges if you want to become a rich person in Dubai.
The residents do not pay any personal taxes on their income,
making Dubai one of the most convenient cities in the world to start a business.
20% of the world cranes operate in Dubai
Dubai is well-known for its high expansion rate,
and for that they needed a lot of cranes.
For this reason 20% of all the cranes in the world are now operating in Dubai.
The Dubai Mall has an indoor ski resort
The Dubai Mall has the largest indoor snow park in the world,
with an area of 3,000 square meters,
and a ski resort that will make your trip to Austria look like a picnic.
The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world
The Dubai Mall is the perfect destination for shopping
due the fact that you can find here anything you have dreamed of under just one roof.
It has 1,200 stores
and it is considered the largest shopping center in the world.
The above ground metro station was built in 18 months
The station opened in 2009.
It consists of 42 stations and it was built in only 18 months.
Now that is an example of determination and good planning.
Dubai has the largest rate of population increase
In 1975 the Dubai population was approximately 183,000,
and today it has reached 1.67 million,
making Dubai one of the most prolific cities in the world.
Dubai has a luxury car graveyard where luxury cars go to die
Many luxurious cars were abandoned all over the city because of the financial crisis,
due the fact that most of the cars were bought with easy credit during the economic boom.
We’ve covered this story in this article: Luxury Car Graveyard in Dubai Makes Car Lovers Cry
The Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest artificial island
The Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest artificial island,
and it can be seen from space.
It is 5.4 km long and it also includes 28 hotels.
Princess Tower is the tallest residential building in the world
It has 101 levels and 414 meters,
and it is considered to be the tallest residential building in the world.
It is also the second tallest building in Dubai, surpassed by Burj Khalifa.
With the oil money slowly running out,
Dubai is pushing as strong as they can into tourism and technology industries
in order to be sustainable for the long run,
which brings us to today’s question:
What do you think Dubai will look like 20 years from now?
Will it keep growing at this pace bigger and better
or fade away in comparison to Singapore or other developing cities?
Join the conversation in the comments.
Because you are awesome and watch this video till the end,
here’s a strange fact we kept just in store for you:
Dubai is considering building the first tennis court under water.
They’ve done the math and the project is doable,
and will begin as soon as someone decides to back it up.
You can learn more about this in the secret link.
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