A city that was nothing but a vast desert a couple of decades back has now transformed into a modern place with every facility one can imagine. To term it one of the best places to visit and live wouldn’t be wrong at all, and Dubai has earned this recognition fair and square.
With that said, let’s take a look at some interesting and fascinating facts about Dubai:
Interesting Facts about Dubai
Dubai Houses a Huge Number of Skyscrapers
The emirate nestles in itself numerous skyscrapers. Most of them are residential and mixed-use buildings with offers for shops, offices and luxury apartments for rent in Dubai.
These towers, particularly the modern ones, are laced with state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. Each tower looks different from another because of its appealing façade and design.
The development work never stops in Dubai. Even now, the emirate has many residential and commercial projects underway.
Home to the Tallest Building in the World
Burj Khalifa, standing tall at 163 levels with all its might and grace, happens to be the world’s tallest building. A fascinating fact about this building is that it can be seen from a massive distance of 95 kilometers.
The total height of this project is 820.9 meters, which equals 2,722 feet. The roof height of this building (including the 244-meter spire) is 828 meters. The building features the world’s fastest elevators that can take visitors to the observation deck in the quickest possible time.
The Dubai Police Force has the Coolest Cars
The supercars used by the Dubai police force showcase how classy and advanced the city is. You will find here some of the costliest and latest supercars being used by the police.
These include Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador, and Aston Marine-One-77. The cost of these cars is US$ 500,000, US$397,000 and US$1.79 million, respectively.
The Modern City Can Be Very Conservative in Some Matters
Although the emirate is known for modernism, which is depicted by its latest infrastructure, it can actually be very conservative in some matters.
For example, it’s not allowed for an unmarried couple to stay together. So, live-in is a big no in Dubai. Similarly, public displays of affection can get you in trouble, which means no hugging or kissing. Only holding hands (of your partner) is acceptable.
Other than that, there are strict rules with respect to alcohol that residents need to adhere to. First of all, locals cannot drink alcohol. Only foreigners can buy it, that too in licensed clubs and hotels.
If you are found drinking in an unlicensed hotel, both you and the hotel could get into trouble. Also, residents are required to have a permit to drink in licensed places. Bear in mind that drinking in public is strictly prohibited.
Gold ATM Machines
Some ATM machines in Dubai dispense gold instead of cash. This is certainly a fascinating fact, but not surprising because gold is found in abundance here. Almost 40% of the gold trade in the world passes this emirate.
Dubai Houses World’s Deepest Pool
Like many other ‘firsts’ in Dubai, here’s another one. The emirate recently opened the deepest pool in the world, known as Deep Dive Dubai.
Located in Nad Al Sheba 1, it is 60 meters (197 feet) deep and equals the size of 6 Olympic size pools. There’s also an underwater sunken city and the largest film studio in this facility. Scuba divers can get training from internationally recognized trainers in Deep Dive Dubai as well.
Dubai is Tax-free
There is no personal or income tax levied in Dubai. This means that all you earn goes directly into your pocket, and you don’t have to pay anything to the government.
Having said that, VAT (Value Added Tax) is imposed on luxury items and property purchases.
Robots are Used in Camel Racing
Camel racing is a popular sport in the emirate. However, due to the size of camels, only kids could participate in these races. This resulted in the illegal trafficking of children in the UAE.
To cope up with this issue rather effectively, child-sized robots were introduced in the emirate, and now they race camels. This has made the competition even more exciting and interesting.
Surprising one and all, with its mammoth growth, Dubai is surely a place worth visiting at least once. So, if you’re planning for your upcoming vacation, finalize Dubai. You will surely not be disappointed.