You’ll be hard-pressed to find a city that’s more ambitious than Dubai! After all, the city is home to the world’s tallest building, the world’s biggest mall, the world’s biggest aquarium, and even the world’s biggest horses! As if all that weren’t enough, Dubai officials have their sights set on turning the city into the business capital of the Middle East, complete with a financial district that rivals Manhattan’s. It’s all proof that, in Dubai, people don’t just dream – they dream big!
In keeping with Dubai’s ambitious spirit, the geography in and around the city has something for everyone. Since it sits right on the southern end of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai has beautiful beaches and waterfront views that are ideal for luxury homeowners.
Dubai also offers freehold properties for sale and for rent for everyone and for people with any taste. Even if you can’t afford a massive villa, there are plenty of luxury apartments that will give you a beautiful view of the sea. Or, if you’re just coming to visit, there is a near-endless array of five-star hotels that line the coastline.
Dubai’s population has nearly tripled since 1995. By the end of 2011, just over 2.26 million people called Dubai home. Thousands more move here every month – mainly to take advantage of the ever-growing business opportunities. There are also plenty of people who move here just to enjoy all of the beautiful sights and culture that this vibrant city has to offer!
No matter why you decide to call this city home, you’ll quickly notice what a hub of activity Dubai is. Especially as more and more new construction goes up, there are always gourmet restaurants, outdoor cafes, trendy bars, funky coffee shops, and cute boutiques to check out.
Officially, Dubai is considered a constitutional monarchy, and the Al Maktoum family has been in power since 1833. The royal ruler of Dubai is also the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister. Much of Dubai’s day-to-day governmental issues are handled by the Supreme Council of the UAE – a group that holds power in all 7 Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ajman). They handle issues related to education, defence, federal laws, foreign affairs, and communications. Dubai’s laws can also be created by the Federal Council of Ministers – an assembly that works under the Supreme Council.
Dubai was ranked 9th among top ten tourist destinations in 2011 according to the study report by MasterCard. All of Dubai’s residents are joined by the millions of tourists who come to visit every year. Dubai is one of the most visited places in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Officially in 2010, Dubai hotels hosted 8.3 million guests and 9.1 million guests and tourists chose their vacation and business destination to Dubai in 2011.