Driving along the Emirates Highway, back in Dubai's desert dunes, the skyscraper skyline along Shaikh Zayed Road looks like a fata morgana during sunset. Like many other cities around the Persian Gulf, Dubai started into the 21st century as sleepy pearl fishing village. Under British protection the creek became an important trading hub on the way to India. In the Sixties black gold was discovered and brought a lot of oil money into the city. Since then Dubai, through foreign investment and the tourism industry, has experienced an exponential growth.
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Hotel Burj Al-Arab 1993 by architect Tom Wright to mimic the sail of a yacht. Luxury on an artificial island.
MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Hotel Mina A Salam at Madinat Jumeirah beach resort
22500 square metres covered with snow at Ski Dubai winter resort - cold fun sport inside Mall of the Emirates.
The Al Mamzar Beach public park is a hot spot of for sunbathing and a swim in the Gulf on weekends.
What to see when you travel to Dubai
The whirling Dervish Dance in the evening
performed by a dancer in a colorful costume.
The Belly Dance is generally performed by female
dancers e.g. at tourist camps after a desert safari.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FROM
The old Bastakiya district was named after the
Bastak region in southern Persia where many
traders came from. Attraced by low trade tax they
settled here in the 1890 's to do business with the
tradesmen and dhows from India or East Africa.
Green Line of Dubai's Metro opened in 2011-10-02
World's longest automated and driverless city rail system.
A traditional style residential complex at Festival City
Hillside condo's 2005 by french architect Xavier Bohl
E 11 Highway west of downtown Dubai, named after
H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, architect of the seven United Arab Emirates, ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the U.A.E. for 33 years (1971-2004).
Desert Safari tour, before the dance and BBQ.
The Al Fahidi Fort constructed 1787 from coral stone and gypsum to defend the town against neighbouring tribes also served as the ruler's palace. Now a museum presenting the traditional way of life at Dubai creek.