The seven independent emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah came together to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the year 1971. While Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE, Dubai remains its commercial centre and by far the most popular destination and some would say fascination.
Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the South West corner of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai enjoys 365 days of warm sunshine, with cooler evenings and occasional showers in the months between November to March.
The UAE is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, with a GDP of 378,761 Million Dirhams in 2004, and has the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. While oil and gas production form the history of modern UAE foundation, Dubai is increasingly broadening its economic activity to include: real estate, tourism, trading and manufacturing.
Cultural mix and people: Owing to the resources and foreign enterprises located in Dubai, more than 80% of the population are expatriates from across the globe and the city is home to almost 200 nationalities.
Dubai is made up of numerous mini cities with themes associated with commerce or activities such as sports or leisure. The fact remains that Dubai is of high interest globally as it strides the gap between east and west commerce.