Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai aims to be the business hub of Western Asia. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. Oil revenue helped accelerate the development of the city, which was already a major mercantile hub. Dubai’s oil output made up 2.1 percent of the Persian Gulf emirate’s economy in 2008. A centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, Dubai's economy relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. According to government data, the population of Dubai is estimated at around 3.39 million as of January 2020.
Dubai offers visitors a kaleidoscope of attractions. For instance, the Dubai Museum, located inside the Al Fahidi Fort, offers insights into Arabian culture. In addition, visitors can explore its contrasting landscapes, archaeological sites and a natural sea-water inlet, known as The Creek, which cuts cross the city centre and is the “focal point of life in Dubai”. Among its top attractions are the Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall and Palm Jumeirah.
To meet growing demands from the tourism sector, Dubai has developed extensive, world-class hospitality and tourism facilities. In 2017, 88.2 million passengers passed through the Al Maktoum International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. Plans are laid to start the building of a new airport about 65 kilometres further south.
|Languages spoken||Arabic, English|
|Area (km2)||4,114 km²|
|Country name||United Arab Emirates|