The official host of World Expo 2020, most populous city in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, is also known as the city of luxury. Aside having over 70 shopping centres, Dubai is the shopping capital of the Middle East and has the world’s largest shopping centre – Dubai Mall. With the lifestyle enjoyed in there, one will assume that its citizens/residents will be braggadocio, but then who won’t be proud of such a city. In Dubai there is a certain standard that must be attained; everything has to be posh and sophisticated. Their infrastructures, systems and habits all point to the fact that these people are classy and organized. Dubai make use of the biggest, the highest, the brightest, and the most expensive things life can offer. This list contains twenty-two interesting things about this luxurious city that will thrill you.
1. Foreign women visiting Dubai who get raped and report the incident are most likely to be jailed instead of the rapist. Marte Deborah Dalelv from Norway who brought rape charges against her colleague was sentenced to sixteen months in prison.
2. In Dubai, the police department own fleets of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley and latest Mercedes-Benz model. They use these fast sophisticated cars at work in order to catch over-speeding vehicles that can outrun slow cars.
3. Dubai is building a 50,000,000 square foot climate-controlled indoor city from scratch.
4. Dubai is the city of the most rapid changes. Within the past 25 years there has been a tremendous transformation in the city that some countries can not achieve in 100 years.
5. In Dubai, wild animals are used as pets, and the owners drive alongside with their pets sitting on the passenger seat.
6. 40% of physical gold traded in the world occur in Dubai. In 2013 only, they traded $70 billion of physical gold in Dubai. That’s 2,250 tonnes, all together the weight of more than 354 elephants.
7. In Dubai, 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf is used to cover the interior of the Burj Al Arab. This gold will cover 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings, which has a surface area of 0.3869 square meters per painting.
8. Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands imported enough sand to fill 2.5 Empire State Buildings. The Islands were constructed from 94 million m3 of sand while 37 million m3 was required to complete the Empire State Building.
9. The Burj Khalifa (the most luxurious hotel ever built) is so tall that some of its residents need to wait longer to break fast during Ramadan. Residents from the 150th and higher floors see the sun longer than other residents of the hotel.
10. The Dubai police has a bagpipe band. The bagpipe music captivates Dubai residents and inspires them to create their own band.
11. The crime rate in Dubai is as low as 0%. This is the reason why the city is considered one of the safest cities on earth. The law is strict and also, its residents are orderly, law-abiding and full of good morals.
12. 85% of Dubai population are foreigners. Most of who come from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They migrate to Dubai in search of a well-paying job.
13. In Dubai, robots participate in multi-million dollar camel racing tournaments. These robots are lighter and more flexible compared to humans and each robot for camel racing cost between 300 to 10,000 USD.
14. Residents of Dubai do not pay personal income tax. So they earn a lot of money and save most of it.
15. 39% of the famous Burj Al Arab hotel is uninhabitable and completely a waste of space. A night in a royal suite of the Burj Al Arab hotel is priced at $20,000 and that amount is enough to visit several countries.
16. Due to unbearable heat and high humidity in Dubai, air conditioners are a necessity and are everywhere, even outside. Bus stops in Dubai are enclosed and air-conditioned.
17. In 1968 there were only 13 cars in Dubai. Today the traffic in the city is so dense they have to build double Decker roads to contain all the cars.
18. The Burj Khalifa can be seen clearly from around 90 kilometers away. The apex can be seen from the tower of Makkah if it was in Jeddah.
19. One out of every five cranes is located in Dubai. Today the city has 909 finished high-rise buildings and the number is growing on, thanks to the use of cranes.
20. A journalist from Dubai named Omar Borkan Al Gala, was asked to leave Saudi Arabia because he was “too handsome”. This was because the authorities of Saudi Arabia thought the UAE delegate could corrupt impressionable women at the annual Janadriyah Festival.
21. Sales of oil constitute only 6% of Dubai’s economy. The city’s local economy is mainly based on real estate and tourism.
22. The world’s highest tennis court is located in Dubai. It is on the top of the Burj Al Arab. This tennis court sometimes serves as a helipad.