The Dubai skyline is one of the most picturesque views in skyscraper world today. The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East.
Dubai is expected to be hosting World Expo 2020. Oil was not discovered until 1966, while oil revenue first started to flow in 1969. Dubai’s oil revenue helped accelerate the early development of the city, but its reserves are limited and production levels are low. Today less than 5% of the emirate’s revenue comes from oil.
The emirate’s Western-style capitalist model of businesses drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, real-estate, aviation and financial services. Dubai was recently named the best destination for Muslim travelers.
Dubai, like many other Arab oil states, has been criticized for human rights violations, concerning the city’s largely South Asian work force. On the other hand Dubai’s property market experienced a boom thanks to the low labour costs.
The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high rise buildings, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
The seasonal high temperatures are recorded from May to October, with average temperatures in August reaching +41 degrees Celsius. The highest recorded temperature in the UAE, 52 degrees Celsius was reached in July 2002.
Wikipedia / AA Magnum News 2017.