Dubai is on a lot of people’s bucket lists – for several reasons. Here are a few surprising things you probably didn’t know about Dubai.
Owes a lot to Abu Dhabi
Although Dubai boasts the world’s tallest skyscraper, it would not have been completed had it not been without the financial help of Abu Dhabi, which neighbours Dubai. The building was initially supposed to be called ‘Burj Dubai’ but was later changed to honour the Emir of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan.
More men than women
Out of the 2.5 million-strong population in Dubai, almost 70 percent of them are men. Females account for just over 30 percent of the population. The main reason for this disproportionality is due to the fact that the expats in the city are mostly male – leaving their families back in their home countries.
Before tourism and oil, Dubai made its money through pearl diving. In the early 20th century there were 300 pearl diving dhows in the creek. Now, however, tourism takes first place clearly visible through the numerous hotel suites in Dubai offered by properties the likes of Oaks Liwa Heights.
Epic police cars
To keep up with the crimes, the law enforcers have turned to Ferraris, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+