Dubai is the most populous city and is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf sharing borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
A decade ago the sand was the ruler of this emirate located on the edge of the Arabian Desert with no discernible natural advantages. Nowadays the sand has been dethroned by the luxurious futuristic skyscrapers and the exclusive cosy villas scattered around the coastline.
The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high buildings, in particular the world´s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai’s wealth has been built on its oil industry, but it has successfully diversified its economy so that today it has multiple strands supporting its fiscal strength – including tourism, real estate, financial services, health and education. Dubai has become an exceptionally popular choice for relocation with expatriates for a number of key reasons.
Despite the emirate’s economic contraction which hit the world in 2008, Dubai now is still a booming economy where there was an abundance of employment prospects, and opportunity for strong speculation in the local property market abounded.
Transport links are helped by its rapidly-expanding Emirates Airlines. The airline is based at Dubai International Airport and carries over 50 million passengers every year.
It´s hard to believe that thirty years ago, Dubai was mostly desert. Today, it´s a metropolis that has the world´s largest mall, tallest tower, biggest dancing fountain and highest-rated hotel.