What you should know about Dubai

A Hot Tip about Domestic Transportation in the United Arab Emirates

Last updated: 12 Apr 2011

Dubai… An Oasis in the Gulf

There is no doubt that every body has heard about United Arab Emirates, and no body can ignore the emirate called Dubai, which has become one of the most famous economic and business state (or province) in the gulf region, or even globally along with Qatar.

Situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek, Dubai is an emirate that occupies an area of 3885 kilometers and is the second largest member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, the term Dubai is used in context of "Dubai city", a part of the emirate. Dubai Creek is a natural inlet of water which divides the city into two parts - Diera district, to its north, and Bur Dubai, on its south. The city - sandwiched between Asia and Europe and with little imprints of Africa as well, is gloriously moving ahead to becoming an international destination that is visited by people from across the globe. Its blooming culture, good telecommunications and wonderful business environment are factors which are adding to the advantages of the city. Read on to find some fun and interesting facts about Dubai - the premier center of Middle East.

Here below some Interesting Facts about Dubai:
• Dubai is the second largest member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
• It is the most important port and the commercial capital of UAE.
• Dubai is the fastest growing city in the world.
• Dubai has one of the highest per capita incomes
• In Dubai, there are no taxes on income and there are no personal taxes either.
• In Dubai Emirates Mall, you can ski indoors while shopping, measuring 400 meters and using 6000 tons of snow.
• Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) will become the world's tallest building, along with the world's tallest man-made structure, when it is completed.
• Eighty percent of the residents of Dubai are foreigners.
• Dubai is the Middle East supply hub for the jewelry market.
• Dubai is the world's second largest distributor of bullion. It imports 360 tones and re-exports almost all of it (350 tones).
• Dubai made the world's longest gold chain during DSF-1999. The chain was made in 22k gold and measured 4.2 kilometers. 9,600 people bought the chain, in necklace wear and bracelet size pieces.
• In Dubai, jewelry is sold on gold price plus making charges, unlike in the West, where it is per piece. 95 percent of all jewelry sold here is above 21 karat; the rest is 18 karat.
• On an average, one in every five person buys five pieces of gold jewelry every year in Dubai.
• Dubai has unveiled plans of the first man-made island in UAE, the Palm Island.
• No matter in which part of Dubai you are in, you will hear calls to prayer at least five times a day. Even in shopping malls, the calls to prayer are put out over the speakers, to remind Muslims that it is time to pray.
• Dubai shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates, within a federal framework.
• Dubai has the largest population of all the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
• Apart from Abu Dhabi, Dubai is the only emirate to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country's legislature.
• Since 1833, Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty.
• Trade, real estate and financial services provide Dubai with majority of its revenues.
• Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute less than 6 percent to the economy of Dubai.

Being said so; technology is not too far from Dubai where it attracts a lot of investors, entrepreneurs and visitors, therefore it should keep up with development and advancement.
Moreover, Dubai has got a new transporting technology which is considered the 1st in the word, called the “SuperBus”. (As per in the international economies report April 11, 2011)
It’s a super-electric bus that reaches a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour. It cost an estimated 13 million Euros and was developed by a Dutch former astronaut. It will debut in Dubai later this month.
Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, currently a professor of aerospace sustainable engineering and technology, developed an eco-friendly electric bus for public transportation that can carry up to 23 passengers.
The bus can reach a top speed of 250 km per hour (155 miles per hour), and will “tackle the challenges of mobility, spatial planning, service detail and environmental demands all in one”, said Antonia Terzi, former chief of BMW-Williams F1 team.

The “Superbus” produced in Netherlands is made out of carbon fiber and fiberglass, and its cost is estimated at 13 million Euros. The 15 m-long vehicle (49 ft), 2.5 m-wide and 1.7 m-high was purchased by UAE, the first customer for the Dutch.
The first prototype was unveiled in Dubai on Sunday, and will be tested by the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport later this month, to see if the proposed plan to transport passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dubai will work.
The bus is packed with technology that offer a luxury ride with “navigation system, obstacle detection, communication system, seat belts, airbags, TV, internet, heating, air conditioning”, yet with a fare comparable with “present day’s public transport”.

Posted: 11 April 2011, last updated 12 April 2011