Dubai is a city famous for its fantastical, decadent projects. It can afford such feats thanks to its plentiful oil reserves. Once a small desert settlement, mostly populated by Bedouins and focused on agriculture, Dubai is now one of the world's richest cities and home to nine billionaires in a population of about 2.1 million.
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Everyone has heard of at least one mind-blowing creation in Dubai. It's estimated that a quarter of the world's construction cranes are currently in the city and a new skyscraper goes up each day. The most famous projects include the first man-made islands, the world's largest shopping mall, and an indoor ski slope, which produces 6,000 tons of snow each day. Dubai is also home to the tallest building in the world. Standing at nearly half a mile tall, the Burj Khalifa is so tall that people who live on the 150th floor or higher see the sun for longer than others in Dubai.
We all think oil when we think of Dubai but a large part of its economy is tourism. It is the number one tourist destination for Brits and many of its outlandish projects are seen as major tourism draws. You have to admit, robot camel racing, police driving Ferraris, and a hotel adorned with 19,267 square feet of gold leaf are enough to pique most travelers' interests.
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