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altDubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates
and is the most important tourist destination among them. Less than a century ago, this region was a barren wasteland, home to bedouin tribes. Hundreds of years ago, a few settlers had made the mouth of the creek their base and it is from here that the city of Dubai flourished. Dubai was strategically located on the ancient trading route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley and soon became a populated place. The main occupation of the people in those times was commerce, hunting, and raising sheep. Its geographical location attracted traders from India, Iran and other Gulf States and soon Dubai started flourishing. The growth and prosperity that commenced in earlier times soon grew by leaps and bounds and Dubai became an important commercial hub. Fishing and pearl diving gained a lot of importance as did spice trade.
Way back in 1830, about 800 members of a branch of the Bani Yas tribe from the Liwa oasis came to Dubai to rule. They were led by the Maktoum family, a noble family known for their fine traits; wisdom, generosity and humbleness. The turn of the 20th century saw Dubai prosper like never before. The Deira side of the creek was already bustling with commercial activity with more than 350 shops and a steady flow of visitors and businessmen. The population of Dubai expanded and by the 1930s it was nearly 20,000, of whom a quarter were expatriates who were to play a significant role in shaping the economy and bringing Dubai to its present status as a financial power.
The discovery of oil in the mid 1960s changed the fortune of Dubai which has never looked back since then. The then king, Sheikh Rashid Bin Maktoum utilized oil revenues to plunge headlong into development activities which saw the laying of a network of infrastructure, the base of a modern city. Schools, roads, hospitals, a modern telecommunication system, upgrading the port and airport facilities…..the pace of development was quicker than lightning. Visionary leadership led to Sheikh Rashid implementing long term projects to take the city far into the future. At the same time he colluded with his brother Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, to create a federation of the Emirates in the region.What followed was the unification of the emirates
of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain in 1971 and later Ras Al Khaimah in 1972 to form the United Arab Emirates.
 

 

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Transportation/Getting Around

From airport
By Public Taxi Taxis are the best way to get into town from the airport and they are readily ...
Buses
Dubai has a well organised and efficient bus service managed by the RTA ( Road Transport ...
Metro
Dubai Metro is the world’s largest driverless, fully automated metro in the world. Dubai Metro ...
WATER TAXIS (abras)
Motorised water taxis called abras are a very popular and inexpensive way of commuting from Deira ...
Driving Tips
Visitors are allowed to drive in the UAE with an international driver’s licence. As with other ...
Car for hire
There are a number of car rental companies all over the city and visitors can hire one with ease. A ...