Tall buildings. Tall buildings, Tall buildings. Well. Those were the things foremost on my mind when I visited Dubai for the first time. After I left, I realized, Dubai was a mélange of so much more than just TALL BUlLDINGS!
We were on a whirlwind tour visiting some family in the great Middle-east during the festive Christmas and New year holidays and had planned to spend about three days in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the progress the city of Dubai has made in the last 20 years becoming a global hub for tourism, retail and finance. It is amazing how a city can become such a megapolis in such a short span of time, where visitors from the world flock to. Dubai is now one of the biggest cities in the world that boasts of some of the world’s tallest buildings including the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa. The city attracts a horde of tourists that flock to see the manmade wonders in this city. It also attracts a working population from all over the world for the burgeoning business opportunities. The city has built the most premium and the largest shopping malls and hotels in the world and as such is seen as a very cosmopolitan place to live at. Much of the credit goes to the late Sheikh Zayed (President of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi) and his successors who were responsible for much of the progress. It certainly is a model that countries over the world must strive to emulate.
The UAE or Emirates as they are called consists of seven states ruled by hereditary rulers. The seven constituencies are Abu Dhabi (Capital and the biggest), Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, and Umm al Quwain.
In the next few blogs you can read about my experiences at the amazing man-made marvels in the UAE and Oman.