Dubai was merely a small town in the middle of the desert.  Today Dubai serves as the luxurious face

of the Middle East and the biggest attraction that part of the world has to offer undoubtedly you've seen

 photos  of the Burj Al Arab hotel the crescent-shaped skyscraper built on a man-made island.  you also 

probably know that Dubai is home to the world's tallest building and you might have even seen Tom 

Cruise scaling it in an installment of the mission impossible franchise that building is called the Burj 

Khalifa and it stands 2722 feet high.   

A tiny history lesson how did Dubai go from being just a small desert town to the

extravagant Oasis it is today the same way all of the other United Arab Emirates cities became so rich.

AbuDhabi just 90 miles from Dubai is the richest city in the world and it sits on 10% of the entire 

world's oil supply. This production of oil launched the United Arab Emirates into the first world 

millions were poured into Dubai and it became one of the biggest cities in the Middle East.  

Howevertoday Dubai only makes 5 percent of its revenue from oil because its reserves aren't nearly as

 lucrative as some of its UAE neighbours.  Dubai  makes the majority of its revenue from trade real 

estate and tourism.   Dubai has become  the business centre of the UAE since it can no longer rely on 

oil production alone but this adjustment has not discouraged this incredibly rich City from growing.  

Dubai is growing in population just as much as it's growing vertically in fact about 1/4 of all cranks are

 located in Dubai.

That's right about 25% of cranes in existence are in just one UAE city it seems the game plan

of Dubai is just to keep building skyscrapers.   Two of these skyscrapers are

the four mentioned Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab hotel the Burj Khalifa stands more than a half

a mile tall it's so tall in fact that at its upper floors the building can sway

several feet at the mercy of the wind.   This however was not overlooked by the

architects of this massive building the Burj Khalifa was designed in such a way

that the sway would be too slow for the vestibular system in the inner ear to

even notice that the part of the ear that provides balance if you happen to

be unburdened by interference.   The Burj Al Arab is a beautiful five-star hotel

just hundreds of feet off the land the Ala Rob is the fifth largest hotel in

the world.   Thanks to its unique shape the hotel stands 56 stories high

It is officially labeled as a five-star hotel.  But some have dubbed this stunning

building with the highest remark of seven stars.  This seven star label is up

for debate as the authority on the matter of luxury hotels has not been

agreed upon but seven star or not this hotel is truly magnificent if you want

to spend a night in the royal suite of the Ala ROM.   It'll cost you just over

twenty four thousand dollars.   


The interior of the Burj Al Arab is adorned

with around 1790 square meters of 24 karat gold leaf but even that can touch

the glorious views of the Immaculate city and the picture-perfect golf

along with extremely tall buildings.  The city is keen on building man-made

islands both the palm islands and the world islands are two incredibly

ambitious projects that came to fruition with the help of a whole lot of cash.  The

construction of the palm islands not only costs twelve billion dollars to

build but it also required eighty-four million cubic meters of sand to put that into perspective 94 million

cubic meters of sand could fill the entire Empire State Building.  Two and a

half times the world islands as in the man-made islands that mimic the shape of

the world's land masses took 321 million cubic meters of sand.  Theodore if you

could just editing 9 Empire State buildings which also adds another 15

billion dollars to the cost of man-made islands in Dubai.  Police force now

law enforcement isn't usually something that comes to mind when speaking in

terms of luxury but it sure is in Dubai as a means of wooing the tourist Dubai's police force uses 

supercars for petrolling. 


Dubai is the 8th safest city in the world so more power to them. 

 This isn't all due to the supercars of course the UAE in general has

rather strict laws due to the Islamic constitutional monarchies that operate

the Emirates government some Sharia laws exist in Dubai as well so if you're on

vacation with your Mrs checking out the Bujji Police Force make sure the two

of you don't get caught smooching. Because it might just get you deported

however due to the extremely high amount of tourism some places in Dubai are much

more lenient the serving of alcohol for instance would not be permitted in a

traditional middle-eastern setting.  But it is in Dubai in specific institutions

such as hotels and clubs.  It is actually estimated that around 15% of Dubai's

population are Emirates while the other 85% are from out of town about half of

the population is composed of the workers building hundreds of skyscrapers

which does make a little bit of sense considering the whole crane situation.

Most of these workers are from India,  Pakistan and Bangladesh which brings us

to the more unfortunate side of Dubai.  


Many of the immigrant workers live and work in less than ideal conditions while

Emirates  in the upper class foreigners are extremely attractive salaries.  There

really isn't much of a middle ground between the class divide and Dubai but

just like any country divided,  there's always a sports to bring the people


 Well that's the idea anyway and in this case this sport is camel racing.

Camel racing in Dubai is almost equivalent to American football in the

US and Dubai's twist on the sport is that instead of children jockeys they've

began to use robots.  You see camel racing has a bit of a dark past it used to be the case that small

children would be forced to ride the camels and that led to human trafficking

unless progressed areas in the Middle East it still happens but in Dubai the

children have been replaced with robots and believe it or not some of these little BOTS

can cost up to ten thousand dollars.   The camel that lost me that 500 grand was

steered by a monkey.   Let's just move on from camel racing in the future Dubai

has some rather insane plans in the works Dubai is planning tobuild a completely climate-controlled

area of the city that spans 4.3 miles it was announced when Dubai's ruler Sheikh

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum unveiled

plans for the Mall of the world a 48 million square foot mall of the world

This miniature city will have a retractable dome and will not only serve as a massive pedestrian mall but will

contain hotels and apartments along with roads and parks the massive structure

will more than double the size of Monaco the idea starts to make sense .When you

consider Dubai can reach temperatures of a hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit

regularly but the idea begins to make less sense again when you consider the

cost the cost has not yet been determined officially.   But estimates have

been made in the tens of billions of dollars and keep in mind the price tag

would be much higher if the workers were not dreadfully underpaid the dome is

planned to have a hundred hotels and service departments totaling 20,000


 It seems an audacious architectural feat we've never known

Dubai to aspire for anything less due to the speed at which Dubai has been growing

we've never developed a standard address system in fact until 2015.

Instead of an address line on a mailing label there was a space where residents

could draw a map or write out specific instructions thankfully. They have

established ten digit numbers that serve as addresses and I'm sure it's a whole

lot easier to be a delivery driver in Dubai nowadays so that's Dubai for you

oh and I completely forgot to top it all off the mega rich residents that live in


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