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Why You Should Visit Dubai

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Rich, Opulent Dubai

Attention world travellers! Want to visit someplace exotic, yet where its easy to be a tourist? Have you always dreamed of traveling to the Arabian Peninsula?

Its time to think about a visit to Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf. Sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Oman is the very rich, very Westernized nation of the UAE.

Dubai is most certainly not located within a Third World country. In fact, Dubai is one of the richest nations in the world, due in large part to its vast oil resources. My brother-in-law, who works for Microsoft, has been to Dubai a number of times. His one word description: opulence.

Many of the residents in Dubai don't even have to work to support their luxury lifestyles. Supported by oil profits, they are free to shop and play all day! In 2003, Condé Nast Traveler's readers' poll voted Dubai the world's safest locale. People who live there claim there is virtually no crime.

Thinking pristine sandy beaches, blue water and palm trees? Want to indulge yourself in gourmet food and shopping? Love clear skies and little rain?

Then Dubai is your place. Let's go on a virtual tour first. After that, you may want to consider traveling to this rich, opulent destination for your next vacation. Time to start searching the Internet for cheap flights to Dubai!

Visit Dubai

Dubai Attractions

There are many exciting and unique attractions in Dubai. And you might be surprised to learn that it is completely family-friendly to visit. No matter what your interests, when you travel to Dubai, you'll find something to thrill you!

Its hard to believe that until oil was discovered in the Arabian desert in 1966, Dubai was only a tiny fishing village, home to only about 6,000 people. Today, the population is 1.3 million and its become a destination for the rich and famous!

If you enjoy sports, then Dubai is your destination in the Middle East. It claims to be the sports capital of the region, hosting world-class golf (Both the Europe and Asian PGA circuits play in the coastal city), tennis, horse racing, camel racing, boating and sailing, and rugby. But you simply cannot travel to Dubai and not experience indoor snow skiing at the Mall of Emirates. This colossal shopping center includes a "mountain" over three football fields long on which you can practice your alpine skills!

Of course, one of my favorite vacation activities is shopping. Be sure to visit the famous Gold Souk district in Dubai! 18 to 22 karat gold jewelry items are featured. Did I mention that Dubai has tax-free shopping? With an open port, the city has opportunities to purchase high-end goods for a fraction of the cost you might otherwise pay where you live.

In addition to sports and shopping, you'll want to visit the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world:

  • Over 800 meters tall
  • 160+ floors
  • 57 elevators and 8 escalators
  • More than 26,000 glass panels

The skyscraper is right downtown and surrounded by hotels, world-class shopping and loads of other entertainment.

How soon can you get there?

Travel Guide: Dubai

View from the Burj Kahlifa in Dubai

View from the Burj Kahlifa in Dubai

Dubai Culture and History

Dubai is the perfect vacation destination, especially in the Northern Hemisphere winter months. The average temperature is 75 degrees F. In January and February, that will feel so nice!

Even though the nation is steeped in Islamic traditions, it showcases an international lifestyle. People from all over the globe wish to live and/or own property in Dubai. As a result, its one of the top real estate hubs of the world. Be aware, however, despite significant Western influences, books and music are censored.

If you are wondering what to wear while visiting Dubai, there is no dress code for visitors, although you will see most men wearing long white robes (dishdashas) and head coverings with black rope. Women's fashions vary. Some wear Western clothing, while others are covered with robes and veils. Foreigners are advised to cover their shoulders as a sign of respect outside of the hotels.

Lest you forget you are in a Muslim country, you may hear the call to prayer over loudspeakers throughout the day. Be sure to honor and respect segregated prayer rooms in public places, too.

In order to learn more about the short history of Dubai as it exists today, stop by the Heritage and Diving Village and/or the Dubai Museum. Photographs and displays give a glimpse into life in the UAE before oil changed everything. The before and after is quite startling!

You can also dip a toe into local culture by visiting The Heritage Village on the Creek. Sit outside at one of the cafés, watch the water taxis and perhaps even inhale some of the flavored tobacco smoke drifting from shishas. Learn about historic pearl diving traditions and explore past architecture and treasures as you walk through a tented bedouin village and ancient armory. According to the official website:

Pearl diving, one of the oldest professions in the region, existed almost six to seven thousand years back. A pearl diving ship carried 10-60 people on board for an expedition. The team comprised a captain (Nokhaza), some divers, seeb, and other staff. The diver often risked his life to gather pearl studded oysters from the sea bed. He used to dive deep for more than two minutes to collect a handful of oysters. The season lasted only for six months starting from April because the Gulf waters during this season were warm and safe. The Emirate of Dubai was most active in this adventurous occupation and owned about 335 pearl fishing dhows at a time.

What to do in Dubai

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai

Dubai Hotels

If you are considering a trip to Dubai, chances are you are planning a luxury vacation. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants to cater to your every whim! Quite frankly, you may want to plan a "tour" of the amazing hotel lobbies throughout the country, just to see what the buzz is all about.

Pictured several times above, the Burj Al Arab is a modern architectural marvel and among the world's best hotels. Shaped like a sailboat, it sits on its own island offshore about 1,000 feet. If you can afford one of the 202 suites, you'll certainly be staying like royalty here!

Other popular hotels include the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which sits on white sand beaches and is as family-friendly as it is luxurious. Love Disneyland? Then check out the Madinat Jumeirah, a self-contained resort comprised of a number of villas, restaurants, shopping and a water park, through which a waterway winds. You have the option of travelling on water taxis or golf carts to reach all ends of the 2-mile long property.

There are familiar Western hotel chains with properties in Dubai, too. The Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton and the InterContinental all have high-end versions with opulent rooms in town.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the hotels in Dubai also include fabulous dining. Take your pick among world cuisines, prepared by master chefs.  Sip exotic cocktails and marvel at the extravagance of Dubai lifestyle.

Dubai: The New "it" Destination

Dubai is becoming more and more popular among the rich and famous... as well as ordinary travelers that want to experience all that this nation has to offer. Starlets and soccer stars are said to be buying up islands and other properties that have yet to be constructed. The flow of money, fueled largely by oil, shows no end in sight.

With cash flow comes new development at a rate practically unheard of.  According to About.com:

Approximately one fifth of the world's cranes work 24 hours a day to expand this Middle East hub that supported 6.1 million hotel guests in 2005.

In fact, the Dubai of the future could be even more of a transformation than the meteoric growth over the past 1/2 century. Islands shaped like palm trees are being constructed offshore. One of them, the Palm Diera, could rival Manhattan in size. Another marvel is "The World," consisting of 300 man-made islands assembled to look like the world continents. Covering nearly 600 million square feet, The World may be visible from space!

Whether you're looking for an exotic honeymoon location, a shopping mecca, or simply to bathe in the lap of luxury for a few weeks, consider visiting Dubai.


The Dubai skyline boasts the tallest building in the world

The Dubai skyline boasts the tallest building in the world

© 2010 Stephanie Marshall

Comments

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eman on October 09, 2018:

I really truly believe that Dubai Is actually a really unique place. I have to tell you that this is one of the best articles I was looking for. I also really liked the vocabulary that you used. this was really helpful because I am writing an advertisement about a holiday destination. I just had to choose Dubai!!!

Lavi on July 23, 2018:

Nice

ASK THE LAW on July 19, 2018:

Dubai is a country where a visitor can easily travel and enjoy the uniquely beautiful places such as historical places, beaches, deserts, sky-high buildings, beautiful hotels. Moreover, it is becoming more and more popular among the rich and famous.

Nyla on February 19, 2018:

Dubai isn't tax-free anymore, btw

Elina Jakory on June 29, 2017:

I loved this. I am a frequent visiter to dubai and no one has ever put the amazing place in to better words. well done you.

Bobby on November 29, 2016:

Great info

Humeira on October 30, 2015:

Dubai is a wonderful place for tourism activity! And a shopping hub too.

M on July 11, 2015:

Dubai is not rich in oil. Only about 5% of its revenue is from oil. Okey?

Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on March 28, 2015:

Excellent hub! I want to return! Do fly Emirates Airways. I have heard nothing but great things about them.

Balaram Thapa from Kathmandu, Nepal on August 21, 2014:

I glad to find this article, I am planning to visit Dubai and it is absolutely helpful for me.

Ali Shah on September 30, 2013:

my name is ali shah great information here about dubai and i live in dubai

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travelholidays from India on April 30, 2013:

Every one should visit Dubai . Great information here about "Dubai: The New "it" Destination". really interesting news about the city . Thanks for sharing this :)

garciar877 on February 27, 2013:

Dubai is a great place to live in. If you are moving to Dubai and need of storage space you can check out Allied Movers.

rizwan rehman on January 17, 2013:

i have seen the changes and the tall rising building, its amazing. very safe and peaceful place. very nice people around. Only in June, July August its a bit hot and humid, i am sure few of them come to dubai for sun. The best climate is in Dec to March, sunny day and pleasant in the the evenings. If you need any assistance do let me know on maxidubai001@yahoo.com I am sure you will love this place

Jose on January 02, 2013:

Hi All, i live in dubai since 1991, i have seen the changes and the tall rising building, its amazing. very safe and peaceful place. very nice people around. Only in June, July August its a bit hot and humid, i am sure few of them come to dubai for sun. The best climate is in Dec to March, sunny day and pleasant in the the evenings. If you need any assistance do let me know on maxidubai001@yahoo.com I am sure you will love this place

Amir Lee on November 28, 2012:

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a native on July 08, 2012:

good hub & information. except for the comment about people not needing to work and "shop and play all day". apparently these people you're talking about are the tourists, since logically they're on vacation and it's normal. but for the rest of us, working beyond the 9-5 is the norms and even people who are living the "good life" or are multimillionaires have their businesses & enterprises to tend to, or else they'll go bust in no time due to the fierce competition.

shawntrelly4u on June 01, 2012:

Humm..! Very easy question “Why you should visit Dubai?”. I have various reason of why you must visit to Dubai. Dubai is not just for Oil supplying its too famous in world tourism also.

The various destinations, sightseeing, attractions made Dubai number 1 rank in world tourism list. Visitors can find white sunny beaches, luxury hotel & accommodations, awesome shopping malls, adventurous places for kids and families and many more..!!

If you are planning your next trip of Dubai, you must go over there! It’s my commitment you would not get bored anymore over there. The multiple airlines regularly taking off form London Heathrow airport to Dubai compare you best airline fares from http://www.cheapticket.co.uk/middle-east/dubai/ to book cheapest air service with comfortable journey.

Thanks for posting this beautiful article..!

Tam Kin on May 15, 2012:

just advise , Visit Dubai on Months from December to March . its would be so greatst time to have in there .. while snow in Eourope a magical weather is there .

Godbless

Tam

dubaigirl135 on April 05, 2012:

great hub! i've lived in Dubai for almost all my life and seeing how im only 14, the place changes alot every year! I have to break some stereotypes...there are no separate lines for women or the elderly, and though the official religion is islam, most of the population are from various religions that ARE respected. Dubai is VERY westernized, and lets be honest, english is spoken more than arabic is and service in english is available almost everywhere. So for all you people that say Dubai is annoying for being conservative and strict, you're WRONG and should just respect islam and any other religion!!

Angie D from Cebu, PH on April 04, 2012:

Dubai is a fantastic place to visit during the cool months. But it's truly HOT during summer! The hottest weather I've ever experienced was in Dubai. I believe it was in June/July. :-(

louromano on March 22, 2012:

My favourite city in the world, even better than my home town. Thanks.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 15, 2011:

Cool, Miss Frost! I hope Dubai is a wonderful trip for you. Best, Steph

MissFrost from 50% Island Girl, 25% East Coast Girl, 25% Country Girl on December 15, 2011:

Thanks for all of the pictures! I will travling to Dubai after Christmas!

peanutroaster from New England on May 25, 2011:

Dubai is close to bankrupt. Isn't obvious that such a thing is unsubstainable? Indoor skiing in the desert? How much oil is burned daily to keep that going?

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on February 25, 2011:

Hi Rainbow - thanks! Its great to hear that Dubai is encouraging budget travelers to visit, too. Cheers, Steph

Rainbow6 on February 25, 2011:

Beautiful hub! Just back from Dubai hols. Yes, it's a place of opulence in most things. The world's tallest, largest, biggest, luxurious, spectacular... Dubai is cashing in on budget travelers after their recent financial crisis. Winter (Jan-June) is the best time to be there. Take the next opportunity to spend your vacations in unique Dubai.

lolitabenzb on January 27, 2011:

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billrobinson from CA, USA on December 09, 2010:

Thanks for this post. It is very interesting to read. Cool!

Jenna Haze on November 17, 2010:

I've been to Dubai twice for vacation. Undoubtedly its one of the nicest place that i've even been

Spider Girl from the Web on November 14, 2010:

Half of my paternal family lives in Dubai and Sharjah, and I was just looking at the Burj-al-Khalifa's pics uploaded by my uncle :) Great coincidence, and I must say I'd love to visit Dubai someday!

SJKSJK from delray beach, florida on November 12, 2010:

I have seen documentaries about Dubai and it looks like a fascinating by scary place. Also, it's an awful far away place to go on vacation.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on November 11, 2010:

While I really enjoyed the informnation in this Hub I do want to question your geography a little - Dubai is not on the African continent, and definitely not on the "northern shore" of Africa. The northern shores of Africa are in the Red Sea and the Mediteranean. Dubai is on the Persian Gulf north of Saudi Arabia, quite a long way from Africa!

Love and peace

Tony

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on November 04, 2010:

Don't get caught kissing in public, you will be thrown in jail. No thanks. I think I will travel the USA

Cheap Flights on October 24, 2010:

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agusfanani from Indonesia on October 20, 2010:

an amazing, modern place !

Thomas on October 08, 2010:

My words for this town is just Dubai is Dubai... I very and realy like DUBAI...

Ahmed on September 14, 2010:

I am originally from Egypt but live and work in Dubai and love it as much as you guys. Theres nothing better then sitting on my balcony and smoking hookah after a longs days work!

Cy V on August 26, 2010:

Definitely a unique place. I'd like to check out the indoor ski slope.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 26, 2010:

Princesse - it sounds like Dubai is perfect for you and your interests! Best to you - Steph

Princesse K from India on August 26, 2010:

I love the shopping that Dubai has to offer! After reading your hub, I know I have to go back to Dubai for more! :)

gucci online on August 26, 2010:

great hub! I like it.This trip has to go on my bucket list.

James F on August 25, 2010:

First class plane tickets are $15K.. o_0

It's definitely on my hit list when I get rich..

KatMalone on August 25, 2010:

This trip has to go on my bucket list.

MarianG on August 25, 2010:

Wow! It sounds gorgeous!

indianeye on August 25, 2010:

Dubai: From famous authors speaking on their favourite books, to children enjoying a story session or a recital of poems from 19th century Dubai accompanied by the harp, the second Emirates Airline Literature Festival continues to provide something for everyone.

On the topic of ‘inspiration', Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Imtiaz Dharker and Bahaa Taher (Sunset Oasis), which won the first International Prize for Arabic Fiction), held an in-depth discussion.

"At the moment of creativity, all sources of talent gather and combine forces, the moment of inspiration combines and the forces come together," Taher said.

However, when a writer gets stuck, he continued: "he/she should stop writing. All roads are good and all methods are good in creativity. There is plenty of writing that has no inspiration or worth," Taher said candidly.

Autograph please

For Martel, each writers' inspiration is unique "in a very banal way, in the way that a dentist is inspired by teeth, or an accountant is inspired by all the numbers. But what links all of these is a sense of unity, I think what is a source of disturbance is the sense of disharmony, a feeling of being pulled in many directions at once. In terms of literature, that moment is when things come together and make sense, when it fits into a story — not just the plot of a story, but coherent narrative. This helps make sense of things."

Many of the authors held book signings after their sessions, patiently waiting as huge crowds of enthusiastic book lovers waited their turn.

its destination to be explored

www.caremytrip.com wishes all the best for the team and readers

mrirvinemassage on August 24, 2010:

Dubai is very awesome place and you will be amazed on their structures.

lex123 on August 24, 2010:

Thank you for writing such a detailed hub about Dubai. I'm planning to visit Dubai next year.

john on August 23, 2010:

Awesome information about Dubai. Now my big aim is to go Dubai. I decide now

china hua mountain on August 23, 2010:

Dubai shares climbed to the highest in two weeks after reports that the emirate’s economy is performing better than expected bolstering appetite for local assets.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on August 23, 2010:

I have heard Dubai is quite an exciting and interesting place to visit.

nikitha p from India on August 23, 2010:

great hub! I like it.

katrinasui on August 23, 2010:

Great article on Dubai. Good videos with amazing pictures.

Cloud Walker from UK on August 23, 2010:

I;ve been to dubai a few times now and agree it is a wonderful place. I beleive there was plans to create a theme park called dubailand that was supposed to be ten times the size of dineyland on florida, with 10 section each with its own unique theme. Was really looking forward to this but i think construction has stopped sue to the global recession.

arabic joker on August 21, 2010:

dubai is one of the most beautiful places in all world

I will try to visit this place in the futur

and i thank you for this nice topic

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 21, 2010:

Thank you for the kind comment, Benjamin! I agree that Dubai should be on people's "places to see before you die" lists! Best, Steph

BenjaminB on August 21, 2010:

One of those places that should be a lifetime goal to see in person and you did a great job of highlighting the reasons why Steph. Awesome pictures!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 20, 2010:

Thank you prasetio - I hope you get to visit Dubai someday too!

Hi culturespain - there are definitely some expensive hotels and resorts in Dubai. But there are also "chain" hotels that have properties there too at more reasonable prices.

culturespain.com on August 20, 2010:

It certainly looks fantastic. I am just slightly concerned that its looks will equate with the expense of staying there. Or is it reasonably priced?

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 20, 2010:

Beautiful, my friend. I love Dubai. I'll visit Dubai someday. You have amazing picture about Dubai. Vote this Up.

Prasetio

Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on August 18, 2010:

Earlier this year I was invited to go and work and live there and I turned it down! Reading this is making me think I made a wrong decision!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 12, 2010:

Thank you Lady_E, I think one of the most amazing things about Dubai is its incredible growth from a small fishing village into a huge, international destination. It helps to know about the culture too before heading to a place like Dubai. Cheers, Stephanie

Elena from London, UK on August 12, 2010:

Oh! Its gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all the tips too about dress code, call for prayers etc.

Definitely a place I'd love to visit. :)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 06, 2010:

Glad to hear that, Midtown Girl! You and your friend should go visit the friend of a friend in Dubai! ;-) Cheers!

Midtown Girl from Right where I want to be! on August 06, 2010:

A friend of a friend lives in Dubai, originally from the UK. They live exactly the lifestyle you describe...luxurious and fun! Great Hub! I'll pack my bags now...

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 18, 2010:

Thanks Zaheer - I love to hear from people who count Dubai as a very special place to visit. Best to you, Steph

nettech from London (UK) on July 17, 2010:

Incredible article. A lot of people do not realise what a magnificent city Dubai really is. Contrary it to being in the middle east, there is a shock for 'western' travellers when they find out how open and multicultural it is.

My favourite city in the world, even better than my home town of London.

Bookmarked.

Zaheer

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 13, 2010:

Exactly! Disneyland for the rich - so much to see and do in Dubai :)

Chris Crow on July 13, 2010:

Pretty amazing place. Disneyland for the rich!

SafeCard from Charlotte, NC on July 13, 2010:

Dubai looks like an amazing city! The mall with the indoor snow sound really cool in the middle of the city.

TattieTam on July 13, 2010:

I've been working here for three years or so; most of the population are working expats. Dubai has little oil revenue now and is making tourism (high class) their means of sustenance. Yep a lot of beautiful hotels and very clean and safe. And no, the women do not have to queue up separately etc. Dubai is very cosmopolitan (for a ME country) and welcomes all. Just be aware of the rules regarding dress and propriety and you will be OK.

Gaurav on July 13, 2010:

probably next summer ... dubai i am coming

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 13, 2010:

Thanks for the kudos lender and hubpageswriter. The world has so much to offer - traveling is my passion and Dubai is on my list of places to see. :)

hubpageswriter on July 12, 2010:

I would want to experience the beauty of these places someday.

lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on July 12, 2010:

Great article on Dubai! You've pushed it up by several slots on my future travel "to-do" list.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 12, 2010:

That's a compliment of the highest level - thanks heymcs! Dubai is an exotic locale for those that want to have a unique vacation experience.

heymcs from Utah and DC on July 12, 2010:

A friend of mine travels there and nothing he said swayed me to want to visit like your hub has. Super informative - love the pics & I've caught your enthusiasm. Nice!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 12, 2010:

Hi Andy, I definitely agree. Dubai is a modern-day marvel and a must-see for architects and people who appreciate that art. Thanks for the comment. :)

andygrant on July 11, 2010:

Really nice topic. I am a fan of the architects working there to make such great creations. You must visit Dubai if you want to see how the determination of man can change the destiny of a country.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 11, 2010:

Hi elayne, that's a good question about traveling to Dubai from Hawaii. I would guess that American-based airlines could get you to the mainland (NYC or Chicago) and from there, you might transfer to a direct flight into one of the two Dubai airports. However, flying the opposite direction around the globe might work as well. Have a great time!

Jon on July 11, 2010:

Why support a country that has such a poor attitude to woman? I've worked there and have an unfortunate female friend working there right now. Separate queues for women (and the elderly). They spout this Puritan religious stuff on one hand, and want to sleep with you (the mystical forerigner) on the other. It's a crap place. They even force work visas to br 6 months long as they know you discover how crap it is after working there for 2 months. Stay away.

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on July 10, 2010:

You convinced me with your hub. I'm making plans now! Very enticing and interesting. What is the fastest way from Hawaii?

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 10, 2010:

Hi Robie - LOL! I guess we'll have to find a company that will fly us there for business, so we don't have to search the internet cheap flights to Dubai from the USA! ;-)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 10, 2010:

Hi Solarshingles - my brother in law works for Microsoft so, not surprisingly, he's been (lucky business travelers don't have to worry about finding those cheap flights). It was fascinating to talk to him about Dubai. Definitely on my places to travel to list!

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on July 10, 2010:

I would love to visit, just to see the amazing architecture. But unlike Solar Shingles, I'm not optimistic about any cheap flights to Dubai from the USA-- lots of good travel info here. Thanks Steph.

solarshingles from london on July 10, 2010:

Wow, that last image almost made me to book my flight to Dubai this year. I am surrounded by many friends and colleges who have put Dubai on their Fav travel list, especially for some quality shopping spree at least once per year. I do hope, there are going to be some more cheap flights available in the late Autumn...just a bit before Christmas time...you know, for some highly tempting and glitzy presents before holidays.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 09, 2010:

Thank you nifty! Love the photographs of Dubai, too! Can't you just imagine the Wizard behind the world's tallest skyscraper? I'm telling you - business travel is a great way to get to know Dubai, and then you can plan your own trips to this amazing place :)

nifty@50 on July 09, 2010:

Very nice hub! That last picture looks like something out of the wizard of Oz! We have a friend who travels there on a regular basis and loves it there!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 09, 2010:

Who knows on the oil, and those riches can only last so long... Perhaps the biggest draw to Dubai is the rich, opulent lifestyle that many enjoy there which, unfortunately, is fueled largely by oil riches...

ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on July 09, 2010:

I wonder how much oil Dubai has in comparison to Canada and Brazil's new finds. Venezuela has more than Dubai so there are other factors that make a country a great place to visit/live.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 09, 2010:

Hi ST - I know! Isn't it incredible to think of the rapid growth of Dubai? Most of what you'll see there is recent construction... all shiny and new....

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 09, 2010:

GmaGoldie - how fortunate for you to get to travel to Dubai for vacation (like my brother in law). I've done similar travels for work and then ended up re-visiting the same places for leisure Hope you get to do the same!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on July 09, 2010:

I must live in a cocoon. I did not know that Dubai's population had grown from 6,000 to 1.3 million in such a short time...from fishing village to world class destination. The thought of it is mind-boggling. Thanks for the very interesting overview and the excellent resources.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 09, 2010:

I visited several years ago for business and have wanted to return for fun. Wonderful Hub to help me simply have fun. The airport feels like a high end shopping mall not an airport at all. Fascinating place.

Great Hub!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 08, 2010:

Hi vrajavala and katie - thanks for commenting. I'd love to see the Miami vs. Dubai showdown. ;-) I agree this place is full of magic and mystery! A great place to travel to!

Katie McMurray from Westerville on July 08, 2010:

I saw a documentary on this once and it was fascinating how this place was developed, what luxury indeed. Great review of Dubai as it has unveiled it's magic. :)

vrajavala from Port St. Lucie on July 08, 2010:

My son-in-law works there sometimes. There is a plan to build an even taller building in Miami. http://miapoliscity.com

I'm not sure when, or if it wlll be approved by Miami City Council