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Dubai – From a Desert to a Remarkable and Futuristic City!

posted on: Dec 17, 2020


By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer

Dubai is located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Persian Gulf and lies directly within the Arabian Desert. It is the most overcrowded city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), even including the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.

The city claims to be the business midpoint of western Asia. It is also a major global passage center for fares and cargo. Oil profits helped quicken the growth of the city, which was already the central mercantile hub. In other words, it has been a center for local and worldwide trade since the early 20th century. Dubai’s economy depends on revenues, for instance, trade, tourism, air travel, real estate, and financial amenities.

Moreover, in the early 18th century, Dubai was supposed to have been formed as a fishing village. After tribal disputing in 1833, members of the House of Al Falasi population withdrew from Abu Dhabi and established themselves in Dubai.

After years of exploration and the following significant discoveries in Abu Dhabi, oil was ultimately located in provincial waters off Dubai in 1966. As a result, Sheikh Rashid’s set up development plans and construction that brought a massive arrival of foreign workers, mostly Asians and people from the Middle East.

In the 1970s, the city sustained progress from revenues produced from oil and trade.

The Developments of Dubai

Dubai transformed from a desert backwater into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 60 years. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE, is determined to make the city the global center. The goal is to achieve investment, vacation, and travel.

Additionally, the Emirate has aimed to follow the best in luxury. Dubai’s officials have set to turn it into a high-tech and sustainable city while completing over-the-top projects. Projects include an indoor ski slope, such as Ski Dubai as well as the Palm Islands.

Moreover, the Palm Islands are three non-natural islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island, and Palm Jebel Ali, all of which are located on the coast of Dubai. In 2001, the creation of the islands started. The only completed islands are the Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali.

After completion, Deira Island will mostly take a similar shape to the other two islands. Each island will have many places for housing, areas of leisure, and entertainment centers. Likewise, the islands will have approximately 323 miles (520 kilometers) of non-public beaches.

The city hosts some of the globe’s most mighty skyscrapers. Burj Khalifa stands at 2722 feet (829.8 m) and has a roof height of 2717 feet (828 m). Therefore, it is the highest building structure in the world since its topping out in 2009.

Cityland Mall

Cityland Mall, located in Dubai besides Global Village, will host more than 300 businesses. This includes retail outlets, over 75 cafes and restaurants, 12 cinema screens, and 50,000 square meters of entertainment space.

It is one of the most futuristic malls. It has a massive space with 200,000 sqm. Central Park botanical garden runs the same dimensions.

Also, the use of nature and open-air styles will generate an exclusive sensory experience for the 7,000 or more buyers.

Ain Dubai

Ain means ‘eye’ in Arabic. Visitors will be able to take part on ‘Ain Dubai,’ the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. The people will be able to get a bird’s eye view of Dubai from a height of 250 meters. To compare, it will go beyond the Las Vegas 167-meter-high roller observation wheel and the 135-meter London Eye.

Expo 2020

Expo 2020 is a World Expo based in Dubai for 173 days. It is an event that generates, collaborates and innovates, and it will open on Oct. 20, 2020. “Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013.”

The space for the project will take up more than 1,083 acres. Consequently, it will showcase some of the most innovative constructions. These pavilions of buildings will explore the idea of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’

Dubai’s Future Project Plans

“In June 2016, Sheikh Mohammed launched Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 to elevate Dubai into a global platform for knowledge-based, sustainable and innovation-focused businesses.”

The strategy has additionally recognized six significant sub-sectors. This includes aerospace, maritime, aluminum and invented metals, medicines and health equipment, food and brews, and technology.

Segments are selected based on their importance to the Dubai Industrial Strategy and Dubai Plan 2021. This is based on their upcoming advance projections, exports possible, and mid to long-term economic effects.

Dubai Creek Tower

Among the futuristic projects, another plan is the Dubai Creek Tower, which was initially known as The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour. It is an observation tower under construction at a preliminary cost of AED 3.67 billion (US $1 billion). The completion goal is set for 2021. When finished, it will be the tallest tower in the world surpassing the Tokyo Skytree.

The companies Santiago Calatrava and Emaar Properties are working on the project. Reports mention the tower as a ‘source of light’ when seen at night. The top will be a bud in an oval-shape housing ten observation surfaces. The Pinnacle Room will show 360-degree views of the city.

Dubai’s ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, developed projects to progress the city. The goal is to be number one in technology, futuristic plans, architectural structures and business trades.


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