Dubai is developing at a tremendous pace. If earlier all its prosperity consisted only of oil, now it is a huge modern metropolis, miraculously grown in the desert and attracting tourists from all over the world.
7 facts you might not know about Dubai
1. Dubai has a peculiar address system It differs from ours. If someone needs to send a letter, then the mailbox number is enough. The letter will be delivered to the post office where the address is registered. Recently, a new Makani address system was introduced in Dubai: each building has been assigned a unique 10-digit code that can be used to call first responders and navigate.
2. There is a ski complex Ski Dubai is the very first ski resort in the Middle East. It is located in the Mall of the Emirates. The appearance is striking - like a large outgrowth on a mall building. Real snow and people inside the ski resort in warm clothes. And outside +50. There are 5 slopes of various steepness and difficulty, there is a track for snowboarders, and toboggan runs, and even ledges for rock climbing. The height of the rise is 60 meters; the skiers get to the top of the hill using the ski lifts. And there are also penguins who are allowed to walk around the territory several times a day. For the operation of the complex, 30 tons of artificial snow are produced daily. You can rent warm clothes at the entrance, because it is really cold inside the complex.
3. Almost all residents of Dubai are foreigners When you travel to Dubai, there is a good chance that the only UAE citizen you come across will be an airport officer checking your passport. The local population in Dubai is estimated to be only 20 percent. The rest are residents of Asian countries, mainly India and Pakistan, and about 3 percent are "Western Europeans". Also, in Dubai there are much more men than women (about three times).
4. Huge artificial artificial islands are being built there Real estate in Dubai is very expensive and is only growing in value, therefore, to meet the growing demand, developers have already begun to devour Mother Nature's territory. Artificial islands have become one of the most ambitious projects in the emirate. The Palm Islands is an archipelago of man-made islands in the Persian Gulf. Each of the palm islands has its own name: Jumeirah, Jebel Ali and Deira. The artificial archipelagos The World and The Universe, consisting of small islands, are also located between the islands.
5. Looking for a hotel room for $ 30,000 a night? Search no more. This is the royal suite at Atlantis, The Palm, on the Palm Jumeirah. Kings, presidents and celebrities have stayed here. The suite has three bedrooms (not so many), a pool table, bathrooms with Jacuzzi, a private bar and dining room, which are serviced by a chef and valet. There is also a library (what if you want to read before bed?) And a massage parlor with a personal massage therapist. In general, if you happen to ever stay in this room, it will be so good there that you will not want to go out.
6. Any "adult" content is illegal Pornography is illegal in most Muslim countries, and the UAE is no exception. The porn sites here are blocked, as they say, "a little more than completely." Gambling sites and dating sites are also illegal, but they are somewhat simpler. But pornography, including possession, use and distribution, is a criminal offense.
7. They have vending machines for everything. You were in a hurry in the morning and rushed out of the house, forgetting your lucky gold bar? No problems. The Dubai Mall has a vending machine with a wide range of gold bars to suit all tastes, from a 2.5 gram coin to a real one ounce bar. What? Gold is always a good investment, and Dubai knows it. But even if you are not interested in gold, here you can find vending machines for everything. There are vending machines that sell laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, for example. Suddenly, they also forgot at home, or you urgently need to buy, and go to a special store is too lazy.