60+ Fun facts about Dubai

Fun facts about Dubai. Did you know?

Slide your way through the Atlantis waterparks, go karting your way through auto-drome, hanging on rides at the global village and you’ll reach Dubai – the biggest shopping cosmopolitan ground in the world. Dubai is known around the globe as the most glamorous, luxurious and exotic city in the world. With its rapidly growing economy that has been the most exciting development of the 21st century, Dubai is an awestriking sight of a land of architectural genius. From a desert town to tourists’ favorite stop, there’s no doubt Dubai is called the New Florida. Read on to learn some of the amazing facts about this dazzling city.

  1. Crime rate: Dubai has a 0% crime rate. Primarily inhabited by foreigners, committing even the slightest crime can get you imprisoned or deported.
  2. Dubai’s Population: Dubai’s population is 83% immigrants with 50% hailing from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, 17% Emiratis and remaining being foreigners.
  3. Zero debt tolerance: Dubai runs on a no-debt policy. If you’re unable to complete your payments and pay back your debt, you can get jailed.
  4. Dubai’s Temperature: Temperatures commonly soar up to 120 degrees Fahrenheitalong with chances of sandstorms. The city’s vertical cooling system has helped made the heat bearable for residents.
  5. Dubai’s Growth: Considering it took just 18 months for Dubai to build its amazing metro system in 2009, there’s no doubt Dubai’s the fastest growing city on earth. 20% of all cranes operating on the planet can be found here.
  6. Camel Racing: An extremely popular sport in D ubai, only children can participate in camel racing. Due to the past problem of child trafficking, Dubai has introduced child-sized robots to tackle the issue.
  7. City within a city: A climate-controlled city is expected to be created within Dubai. Visitors will experience utmost comfort as they tour the air-conditioned walkways of the streets and buildings.
  8. The best at everything: From the tallest building in the world to the grandest indoor ski park, Dubai is home to the world’s most popular attractions like the Palm Jumeriah, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina and lots more. A paradise for tourists, Dubai will leave you awestruck.
  9. Gold dispensing ATMs: There are ATMs that hand out gold when you wish to take out money from them.
  10. Epic Amusement Park: Dubailand is expected to be created and is expected to be the largest tourist destination by 2020.
  11. Malls in Dubai: The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world with over 1200 stores. Including many major brands such as Gymboree, Pottery Barn, Harley Davidson and many more designers.
  12. Dubai Sales: Sales of oil consist of only 6% of Dubai’s economy. The local economy is mainly based on real estate and tourism.
  13. Breaking the fast: The Burj Khalifa is so tall that some of its residents need to wait longer to break fast during Ramadan. Residents from the 80th and higher floors see the sun longer than others living in the Burj Khalifa.
  14. World’s largest gold chain: The world’s largest gold chain can be found in Dubai. It was made during DSF-1999. A total of 22kg of gold was used and the length
  15. World’s largest skyscraper: Dubai is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. The height of the Burj Al Arab is 2,717 feet.
  16. Origin of name: The word ‘Dubai’ is believed to have been originated from ‘Daba’ – literally meaning a ‘horde of locusts.’
  17. Dubai’s Economy: The economy largely runs on oil and fossil fuels, however, its successful tourism and trade scenario helps to produce huge income.
  18. Tax Free: Tax free earning is one of the main reasons why people looking for a job and talented professionals land in Dubai from across the world. People ultimately save and send money back home.
  19. Busiest Airport: Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic.
  20. Palm Jumeriah: The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is the world’s largest artificial island and is visible from space. It adds 520 km of shoreline to Dubai.
  21. Largest Shopping Mall: The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall in terms of total area.
  22. Sewer System: There’s no sewer system in Dubai. Instead, they use sewage trucks to discard the city’s excrements.
  23. Golf course: There is a golf course in Dubai that requires 4,000,000 gallons of water a day.
  24. Most popular: Dubai is the world’s most visited city.
  25. Largest horses: The world’s largest horses can be found in Dubai.
  26. Khalid Bin Al Waleed Train Station: The train station does not look like an ordinary train station but looks more like a 5 star hotel.
  27. Burj Khalifa: The huge skyscraper can be seen 95km away.
  28. Gold Leaf: It is known that 1,790 m of 24-crat gold leaf covers the inside of the Burj Al Arab.
  29. Dubai Metro: The Dubai Metro is the world’s longest fully automated network at 75 km.
  30. Uninhabitable: 39% of the Burj Al Arab is uninhabitable, there’s 405ft of empty space at the top.
  31. Dubai Eye: The centerpiece of the Bluewaters Island complex, off the coastline near Dubai Marina, will be a 210-metre tall Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye, which will be the tallest in the world. The island will be an entertainment complex, featuring a souq, restaurants, boutique hotel, and apartment blocks.
  32. Exotic pets: The people of Dubai like to take pride in the wealth that they own. Even their pets are flaunt-worthy. Usually big cats like lions or tigers and cheetahs being the most popular.
  33. No PDA: Holding hands and hugging are forbidden under a law in Dubai. Bedroom activities before marriage are against the law and can get you jailed.
  34. Bagpipe band: The police in Dubai have a bagpipe band which was formed in 1965. The band became popular as people grew to love the instrument.
  35. Careful photographing: In Dubai, you have to be careful when photographing places. There are several government buildings which are not allowed to be photographed. Locals, especially women, are not allowed to be photographed unless taken permission.
  36. Alcohol: Although allowed, alcohol can only be consumed in restaurants or bars that are a part of a four or five star hotel. Drunken behavior is considered immoral and can get you jailed.
  37. Shopping paradise: Dubai is considered one of the shopping paradises on earth. UAE has low customs duties which is why the goods here are less expensive than anywhere else.
  38. Dubai Taxi Drivers: When taking a taxi, make sure to keep a map because most of them will have no idea where to go.
  39. Safety: Dubai is considered the safest city in the world due to the extremely low crime rate.
  40. Police force: The police force in Dubai spends more on their super cars than it costs to send a person to college in the USA.
  41. No income tax: You don’t have to pay any income taxes when you make your money in Dubai. This makes it attractive for people who wish to come to Dubai with the idea of saving a good amount of money in a short amount of time.
  42. Population growth: It has been predicted that by 2010, there will be about 15 million visitors to Dubai and as many as 40 million visitors by 2015.
  43. Dubai’s coastline: The coastline of Dubai stretches more than 72 miles. The total area is almost 2,428 square miles.
  44. Highest per capita incomes: Although Dubai owes its initial wealth to the discovery of oil in the 1960s, today oil only contributes 10% of the total GDP. 90% of the GDP comes from the non-oil sector.
  45. Pizza at your doorstep: In Dubai, you can get a pizza delivered to your doorstep just by pushing a fridge magnet. Red Tomato Pizza in Dubai has developed this pizza shaped magnet that has a direct line to the pizzeria. All you need to do is tap it and you can be connected to the pizzeria via Bluetooth.
  46. License plates: License plates in Dubai are known for prestige and status, with them being bought and sold for over $14 million – with 1 digit numbers being the most desired, followed by 2 digits and the numbers go on.
  47. Supermarket foods: Certain foods in supermarkets are free of charge for those who find themselves homeless or unemployed.
  48. Oil production: Dubai produces 50-70,000 barrels of oil each day, which is enough to fill 4.5 Olympic swimming pools every day!
  49. Air-conditioned shelters: The outside can reach temperatures of 50 degrees+, there are air-conditioned shelters for those waiting for public transport.
  50. World’s most luxurious accommodations: Most of the luxury resorts in Dubai have their own spa, a private beach and facilities to make sure that guests are absolutely content. Even for travelers on a budget, Dubai has options for accommodation at good prices together with warm hospitality.
  51. Hassle-free visa: Dubai has a very convenient visa regulation. For countries whom prior issuance of Visa is necessary, the procedures are very easy and hassle-free.
  52. Food chains: Almost every big food chain of the world has a branch in Dubai.
  53. Bastakiya Quarters: The Bastakiya Quarters is the oldest heritage in Dubai and is still maintained in the same Bedouin style to attract tourists.
  54. Dubai Global Village: Located in Dubai, it is one of the region’s biggest shopping, cultural and entertainment destination. It consists of stalls of over 70 countries.
  55. Cars of gold: In Dubai, you’ll find cars made of gold too.
  56. Free stuff: Emiratis are provided with free education, free medical and free housing. However, lately they are being encouraged to get jobs as their subsidies are being cut back.
  57. Mosques: There are hundreds of mosques in Dubai and the azan can be heard throughout the city. Hotel rooms have arrows pointing in the direction of Mecca in case someone needs help.
  58. Skiing indoors: Even though Dubai is in the middle of a desert and it is quite flat, you can ski indoors at the Mall of Emirates.
  59. Official language: Arabic is the official language but most of the locals speak English as their first choice.
  60. Weight loss: In Dubai, if you lose weight, the government pays its citizens 2 grams of gold for every kg of body weight that they lose!


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