Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dubai - The Future for the Rich

One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is increasingly developing as a hub for the service industries.
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Some of the high towers in the city.
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The Big Bus Tour of Dubai provides a good deal for city tour.
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The Burj Dubai is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction. Its final height is officially being kept a secret due to competition; however, figures released by a contractor on the project have suggested a height of around 808 metres. Based on this height, the total number of habitable floors is expected to be around 162. If all goes according to plan, Burj Dubai will soon become the tallest building in the world.
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Bur Juman is a high-end shopping mall located quite near to the place we stayed, Al Karama.
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The Mall of the Emirates is the largest shopping mall in the Middle East. Its biggest claim to fame is the Middle East's first indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai.
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Historically, Arabs living in the Jumeirah area were fishermen, pearl divers and traders. Jumeirah is generally agreed to be one of the most exclusive parts of Dubai and this has led to the use of the Jumeirah name as a brand which signifies exclusivity (e.g. the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Jumeirah Beach Club).
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Jumeirah has a famous mosque.
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The Burj al-Arab (Tower of the Arabs) was briefly marketed as "the world's first seven-star hotel". It stands on an artificial island 280 metres out from Jumeirah beach.
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Dubai is a city of fascinating contrasts, offering a distinctive blend of old and new. It’s where East meets West. In less than a century, under the visionary leadership of Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum family, it has been transformed from a small fishing village into a modern vibrant city full of surprises. Dubai is likely the fastest growing city in the world.
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The Palm Jumeirah (in the shape of palm tree) is the world's largest man-made island and is touted as soon to be one of the world’s premier resorts.
Dubai, the ultra modern city in the middle of the desert. Unbelievable transformation.

6 comments:

charlene said...

This is a beautiful country and it's my favourite country am sure i'll be visiting soon.

are you working there permanently? I haven't heard from you for such a long long time.

Patrick Leong said...

charlene :no i was there only for a week to attend an exhibition. it is expensive to live in dubai but i do agree with you, sure it is an amazing place to visit. i like to see the city again maybe two years later when many of the projects probably completed.

fish fish said...

Patrick, how about the foods? I want to know.

Primrose said...

Yeah, I also wanna know about the food. How about the more local streets??

Patrick Leong said...

food ? no pictures taken, sorry. well they have all sorts. we had thai, indian, chinese and iranian as well. alot of grilled stuff. it would be nice if we had time for safari tour then we could have had some nice local stuff in the middle of desert with camels and sheesha as well as belly dancers.

zbjernak said...

dubai looks like it is the next "in" thing...

hmmmmm.... great story and also gorgeous shots...
glad you are back to blogger...
ehhehehe...

your christmas break was really very long....