Top 10 Most Interesting Facts about Dubai
By: Jackson Chasen-Buckley/Arab America Contributing Writer
Dubai is one of the most recognizable cities in the modern world. From towering skyscrapers to its unmatched hospitality, Dubai ranks as one of the top vacation destinations for travelers searching for a luxurious experience. Arab America has compiled a top-10 list of various facts about the city. Take a look for yourself and see why the Arab Gulf Tiger is so spectacular.
1. Dubai’s Population is Estimated to be around 3.31 Million
This marks Dubai as having the most populated city in the entire UAE. Not even Abu Dhabi, whose landmass is much larger, is close to matching Dubai’s population.
2. The Burj Khalifa is the Largest Building in the World
You have probably seen this monumental skyscraper in films ranging from Mission Impossible to the Fast and Furious Franchise. This building stands at 828m tall. For reference, the next tallest building is the Shanghai Tower which is around 632m.
3. Dubai has Brought in Numerous Amounts of Exotic Cars to add to its Police Force
Good luck outracing these cars. Over the past five years, Dubai has slowly been importing supercars from throughout the world. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Marin, Mercedes, have all been redesigned and configured to be distributed to Dubai’s police force. Furthermore one of these alien roadsters will cost you a fortune. The Ferrari FF has a steep price of about $300,000!
4. Dubai’s Population is Composed of only 15% of Native Residents, the Rest are Foreigners
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One would think that a country’s population would be promptly composed of its citizens; Dubai does not fit that assumption at all. Dubai has immigrants that travel from all different parts of the world. That being said, the majority stem from East Asian countries such as India (51%) and Pakistan (17%). Many people have moved to the emirate in pursuit of different job opportunities. And based on the GDP, productivity in Dubai seems to be going well.
5. Dubai First Discovered Oil in 1966
While Oil isn’t much of a component of Dubai’s current economy, it was a monumental discovery back in 1966. Exporting the oil back in the 70s boosted the Emirates GDP by a large margin. Moreover, the fracking helped create many jobs that eventually led to better upgrades in technology. The country’s main service today is hospitality.
6. There is No Income Tax In Dubai
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If you are a wealthy individual who is tired of having to pay large sums of taxes in your home country, Dubai may be the place for you. That being said, the cost of living is cheap by any means. The Emirate does not charge any income tax to its citizens/residents. Corporate taxes and excise taxes on harmful products are still in effect.
7. Dubai is home to the Largest Shopping Mall in the World
At over 12 million square feet, the Dubai Mall takes the prize of being the largest mall in the world. To put this in perspective, 12 million square feet is a little more than 50 soccer pitches combined. There are more than 1,200 stores that range from clothes, food, entertainment, you name it. the facility is actually connected to the Burj Khalifa complex.
8. Dubai’s Hotel Rooms are the 2nd Most Expensive in the World
One of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, hotels in the world is the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The cheapest rooms are around $2,000 a night. If you think that is pricy, then you don’t want to see the highest price. The most costly room is around $12,000! To put this into perspective, the average in-state tuition is around $10,230. You can literally go to university for a semester for less than staying one night in a hotel room.
9. Dubai is said to have the Most amount of Cranes in the World
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At one point, Dubai allegedly had around 25% of the world’s cranes. While this figure may be an overestimation, it would make sense based on how much construction occurs in the city. New skyscrapers are being erected every other day. The number may be lower than 25%, but Dubai still reigns as king for the largest number.
10. Dubai has one of the Lowest Crime Rates in the World
Dubai is one of the safest cities to live in as of 2020. They have a minuscule 5 crimes for every 100,000 people. The UAE is ranked 9th for violent crime offenses. Security should be the least of one’s concern when traveling to the United Arab Emirates.
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