The city of Dubai is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai and is located in the United Arab Emirates . Dubai offers tourists the sun, lots of good hotels and numerous shopping opportunities. The cultural activities (museums, art, local music and dance) is rather narrow. European culture is imitated and copied like in Las Vegas, but gambling is forbidden under Islamic principles. So there is an Italian-themed shopping mall (Mercato Mall). Addressed to the average tourist from all over the world who want to be entertained with karaoke and shopping excursions (loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Dubai or not to buy”). Dubai offers many architectural delights interested. The Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) on 4 Inaugurated in January 2010 and since March 2008 with 828m the tallest building in the world.
Dubai is the beating heart of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the motor development of the region. A 14 km long estuary, the Creek, Dubai is divided into two halves. He has for centuries been the lifeblood of the city. On the banks of dozens of moored dhows in several rows. 720,000 metric tons of cargo they end up in a year – most of it is destined for the adjacent souks . The actual freight traffic is now the largest ever conducted by man-made Freeport: The “Jebel Ali Port.” The numbers are impressive. At the same time are 71 docks 125 ships cleared and 7 million containers handled each year. Every five seconds a.
The rate of growth of Dubai was great in the last few years, however, Dubai has been hit hard by the financial crisis. Investments in infrastructure have paid off: The city has become the hub for international trade. From here, the markets in the Middle East, CIS, Africa and the Indian subcontinent are served – a market of almost two billion people. Unlike Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s oil wells will run dry in a few years. Thanks to the visionary projects of the city is supposedly well protected: Since the ’80s, the share of oil and gas in the gross national product declined from 54 to 7%.
The gross national product (GNI) per capita is $ 26.370 (2004) is significantly smaller than that of Germany ($ 42.450, 2009), Austria ($ 46.450, 2009) and Switzerland ($ 65.430, 2009, Source: World Bank ). This is also seen on the road to the car: It does not take all that is in the Rolls Royce or Mercedes .
90% of Dubai’s population are foreigners, mostly Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese), but also Europeans. Wages have risen sharply again in 2006, but because prices have risen more sharply, Dubai became less attractive for European guest workers because of declining purchasing power. Since 2008, there was stagnation. After 2005, some 20% of the rents and 2006 around 10% have gone up since 2008 was again a significant decrease. Commuters from the surrounding, cheaper Emirates have to endure the daily congestion on feeder roads, public transport exists only in the form of two metro lines in Dubai and a bus system.
Dubai has a desert climate, ie. there is relatively little rainfall and when it falls, it is usually in the winter months. In summer it is very hot during the day between 38 ° C and 45 ° C and at night between 28 ° C and 33 ° C. It is also the location right on the water very humid! In winter, daytime temperatures go back down to 20 ° C, night temperatures about 14 ° c. Dust storms occur occasionally, but usually cause no serious damage.
The most famous of all roads in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Road, at the most are the skyscrapers (which range between 300m and 400m). It is not really a road, but a 10-lane highway accommodate twin parallel roads. You will be shown most often when people are talking on TV about Dubai. Here already are the Emirates Towers, the Fairmont Hotel, the World Trade Center, Dusit Dubai and outside the Mall of the Emirates, the world’s largest indoor ski slope (500 m slope length, 1 hour costs 140 dirhams including complete ski equipment). The Sheikh Zayed Road, also affects the neighborhoods of Downtown Dubai, the center of the world’s highest skyscraper 828m “Burj Khalifa” (Burj Dubai) is. In its immediate vicinity is one of the largest shopping centers in the world “Dubai Mall” with a sales area of 350,000 square meters and the world’s largest computer-controlled fountain system. Attractions of the Dubai Mall is a 50x20x11 meter-large display aquarium, a skating rink and the SEGA Republic. Other spectacular building projects are being implemented along the Sheikh Zayed Road, as the tallest hotel in the world, “Rotana Suites” (400m). Next occur outside of the world’s largest amusement park “Dubailand” and the new Jebel Ali International Airport and Free Zone.
Along the Jumeirah Road, which runs near the coast to be more leisurely. Here are a length of 20 kilometers, divided the Jumeirah Mosque, Mercato Mall, Dubai Zoo, Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi, Madinat Jumeirah and Dubai Marina.