Interesting facts about Dubai
If you are asked to name the most prestigious resort in the world, you will surely remember Dubai. In the middle of the 20th century it was an ordinary port city in the Persian Gulf. But in 1966, the richest oil fields were found here, after which the city and its emirate began to develop at an incredible speed.
Rapid half a century of growth has made Dubai one of the largest and richest metropolises, which in addition has managed to get rid of the “oil dependence”. Today, modern, ambitious projects, new technologies, international trade and tourism bring the main income to the city and the emirate. From “black gold” depends not more than 5% of the economy. We bring to your attention another 15 unusual things that you can meet in Dubai. If our information is not enough for you, I suggest taking a look at Anatoly Myasoyedov’s traveler’s blog at https://site2max.ru/, which shows all the pros and cons of life, both in Dubai and in other parts of our planet.
15. Racing of robots on camels
Camel racing is a traditional entertainment that has existed for many centuries. Previously, the role of horsemen was performed by skinny kids – so that it was easier for the camel to overcome the distance. Sometimes children even deliberately starved. In the 21st century, this practice was strongly condemned by the world community, therefore, robotic jockeys were developed – very light and skillful.
14. Absence of postal addresses
Sending a letter, you do not have to specify the street recipient. Each person is registered in a special database and has a 10-digit identifier. You simply specify an identifier, and the postal service will take care that the letter or package finds its addressee.
13. The tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa
The skyscraper with a unique architecture, completed in 2009, has a record height of 828 m. 6 years of continuous work was spent on a grand building, which was performed daily by about 12 thousand builders. The tower can be seen from 80 kilometers, and rising to the top after sunset, you can re-enjoy the sunset.
12. Ski park under the roof
This unusual attraction has an area of 2.2 hectares. The equipment produces 30 tons of snow daily so that residents and guests of the hot city can enjoy a real winter holiday. Here you can ride on one of 5 ski slopes, differing in complexity and steepness. And so that visitors to the resort do not get bored between the descents, periodically penguins are released here, walking funny in the snow.
11. Almost all people on the streets are visitors.
Visiting Dubai as a tourist, you will communicate mainly with guests of the city. The locals value personal comfort, so they prefer to spend time at home. Most of the employees with whom you have to communicate – also newcomers (mostly from Asia).
10. Air conditioners on bus environments
Dubai residents appreciate comfort in everything. And the unbearable heat makes it impossible to spend a comfortable time outside. Therefore, air conditioning is installed in many public places – even at bus stops! From the outside, this seems like a funny overkill, in reality it is a real necessity.
9. Artificial islands
The construction of artificial islands is a unique solution to the problem of land shortages (and land in Dubai is incredibly expensive, especially off the coast). Entrepreneurial businessmen fill up the islands, on which they later build expensive mansions and hotels.
8. $ 30 thousand per room
Royal apartments in the hotel Atlantis The Palm will cost the guest $ 30,000 per day. For this amount you can enjoy 3 bedrooms, several jacuzzis, a bar with exclusive drinks, a billiard table, a small dining room with a personal menu, a library and a massage room. Of course, services are provided according to the “All Inclusive!” Scheme.
7. Complete ban on adult content.
More than 600 thousand “adult” sites are blocked here. Prohibited any manifestations of erotica, gambling and even dating sites.
6. Maximum level of security
Dubai is one of the safest cities on the planet. Crime is lower only in Finland and Qatar. For example, the probability of being killed is five times less than in the USA, the chance of robbery is 11 times lower, and the probability of rape is 18 times lower.
5. Mall Dubai Mall area of 46.5 hectares
This is not just the largest mall in the world. This is the only shopping center, surpassing the entire country in Europe (Vatican Square – 44 hectares). At 465 thousand meters, more than 1,200 stores are located, and over the year the center is visited by 54 million people.
4. It is forbidden to kiss in public
Any manifestation of attraction in public places is strictly prohibited. This law annoys tourists in love, many of whom happened to be in a cell showing affection for their loved one. Also, there is a law prohibiting two unmarried people to retire indoors. But this is practically not followed, so as not to scare tourists.
3. Local police drive supercars
It is known that almost all cars in Dubai are supercars. So, the police in the usual small car will never catch up with the offender. Therefore, a fleet of supercars was acquired specifically for law enforcement. Guards of order patrol the streets of Dubai on Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bugatti.
2. Vending machines with any goods
Right on the street you can find a vending machine selling jewelry, expensive electronics and even gold bars. ATMs here are used less often than similar machines, since cash in quantities needed for daily life in Dubai is poorly placed in a wallet.
1. Forgetful billionaires
Walking along the street, you can find a luxury car, covered with a layer of dust. People simply forget where they left their cars and buy new ones. But the authorities do not allow forgotten cars to gather dust on the side of the road for a long time and take them to a special parking for abandoned cars. Also, the local rich regularly forget their bags of money and bags of jewels. Sometimes the police even manage to find the owners and return them to the lost value.