Dubai must be one of the most pompous cities of the world, they choose the biggest, the highest, the brightest, the most expensive stuff to make each of us stunned. Here we present 20 more amazing facts about Dubai for your entertainment.
1. The Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley. This is to allow them to catch speeders who can outrun other cars.
Do not be surprised if you see a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG as a police car on the streets of Dubai.
2. Dubai is the city of the most rapid changes.
Just compare two images of Dubai dated 1991 and 2013.
3. Dubai is building a 50,000,000 square foot climate-controlled indoor city from scratch.
Air conditioners are everywhere in Dubai, even outside – everything for your comfort!
4. There are several cases of foreign women visiting Dubai for business, being raped, and then being jailed after reporting the rape.
One of the vivid examples is the case of Marte Deborah Dalelv from Norway who brought charges against her colleague and was sentenced to sixteen months of prison herself.
5. In Dubai you can see wild animals from a passenger seat.
Too scared? Well your seat could be occupied by a cheetah!
6. A journalist from Dubai named Omar Borkan Al Gala was told to leave Saudi Arabia for being considered “too handsome”.
The authorities thought the UAE delegate could corrupt impressionable women at the annual Janadriyah Festival.
7. One out of every five cranes is located in Dubai.
Today the city has 909 finished high-rises and the number is growing on.
8. Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands imported enough sand to fill 2.5 Empire State Buildings.
Palm Islands were constructed from 94 million m3 of sand. 37 million m3 was required by the Empire State Building.
9. Sales of oil constitute only 6% of Dubai’s economy.
The local economy is mainly based on real estate and tourism.
10. The Burj Al Arab uses enough gold inside to cover 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings.
1,790 m2 of 24-carat gold leaf is covering the interior of the Burj Al Arab.
11. About 85% of Dubai population is foreign.
Most expats are coming from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh seeking for a well-paid job.
12. In Dubai robots take part in multimillion dollar camel racing tournaments.
The price of a robot for camel racing is ranging from 300 to 10,000 USD. Compared to people they are lighter and more flexible.
13. The Burj Khalifa is so tall that some of its residents need to wait longer to break fast during Ramadan.
Residents from the 150th and higher floors see the sun longer than others living in the Burj Khalifa.
14. 40% of physical gold traded in 2013 occurred in Dubai. All together, it weighed more than 354 elephants.
Only in 2013 they traded $70 billion of physical gold in Dubai. That’s 2,250 tonnes.
15. The Dubai police has a bagpipe band.
In fact it’s more typical for Scottish conservatives but the beauty of bagpipe music captivated Dubai residents and made them create their own band.
16. 39% of the famous Burj Al Arab hotel is uninhabitable and completely “wasted” space.
A night stay in a royal suite of the Burj Al Arab hotel is priced at $20,000 – that’s the amount big enough to visit several countries!
17. In 1968 there were only 13 cars in Dubai.
Today the traffic in the city is so dense they have to build double Decker roads to fit them all.
18. The Burj Khalifa can apparently be seen from around 90 kilometers away.
On a clear day you would see the tower from Makkah if it was in Jeddah. It’s higher than clouds!
19. The world’s highest tennis court is located in Dubai.
It is on the top of the Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel ever built. Once it was used for a match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. Sometimes it serves as a helipad!
20. The bus stops in Dubai are enclosed and air conditioned.
Due to unbearable heat and high humidity it’s rather a necessity than a luxury.