Seven states make up the Federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With an area of 3.885 km², Dubai is the second largest of the Emirates. The miniature state is located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula between the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. According to the “Dubai Statistics Center”, 2018 million people lived in the country at the end of 3,19.
State yacht in front of the Duibai City skyline
Dubai-City - Dubai's metropolis
According to estimates, two million people live in Dubai City. In contrast to similarly large metropolitan areas in Europe, the city has not grown homogeneously; it is a cluster of individual city districts with residential and commercial buildings. In between there are extensive open spaces. Possibly these are intended for the next mega structures. Generously dimensioned highways, a modern metro system as well as bus and tram lines connect the individual parts of the city. Inexpensive and always available taxis are essential for getting around the metropolis.
Dubai Mall metro station
Dubai-City - capital of gigantomania
The capital of the emirate is phenomenal and full of contrasts. On the one hand, visitors are amazed at the meeting of Ferraris and Lamborghinis in front of Corona drive-in test centers. On the other hand, load carriers with wheelbarrows or sack barrows are waiting for orders in the historic districts. In the souks on both sides of Dubai Creek, picturesque, traditional shops sell textiles, spices, jewelry and souvenirs. In the modern parts of the city, shops in huge, splendid shopping arcades offer the world's luxury goods. The Dubai Mall attracts visitors with an artificial ice rink the size of an ice hockey rink, a huge three-story seawater aquarium and an underwater zoo. The Mall of the Emirates offers its visitors an indoor ski hall with a total of one and a half kilometers of slopes and three ski lifts.
Souq Al Kabeer
Aquarium in the Dubai Mall
The city's silhouette changes from year to year. It is said that a quarter of the world's crane capacities (25.000 units) work in Dubai. Most of the towering structures were built in the last 15 years. The Burj Khalifa has dominated the backdrop of the skyscrapers since 2008. The needle-shaped, 828 meter high building is the world's tallest structure. From two viewing platforms at heights of 456 and 555 meters, paying visitors enjoy incredible views of and over the city.
Dubai - the city of construction cranes
From October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the emirate is organizing "Expo 2020". The world exhibition, which has been postponed by one year due to the corona pandemic, has the motto "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The exhibition organizers provide impetus for improvement of the world and to shape the future.
Dubai - Expo 2020
Tourist stronghold, transport hub and port city
In 2018, Dubai ranked third among the world's largest airports after Atlanta and Beijing. More than 89 million passengers used the emirate's international airport before the outbreak of the corona pandemic. And in the foreseeable future, the government wants it to be considerably more. In the same year, Dubai's hotels hosted 15,9 million foreign guests. In the ranking of the most popular travel destinations worldwide, Dubai ranks fourth. (Source statista.de)
Dubai - AL Seef Heritage Hotel by Hilton
Dubai, the former fishing settlement on Dubai Creek, has been a trading port since 1833. The dhows' berths along the creek are evidence of the emirate's maritime traditions. Significant infrastructure measures have been applied to Dubai's ocean-going port in recent years. It is becoming increasingly important in terms of cargo and passenger handling. The Mina Rashid cruise terminal has more than 600.000 passengers annually.
Dhows on Dubai Creek
Restaurant ship on Dubai Creek
With the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal, a second terminal for cruise ships went into operation in autumn 2021. It is the result of a strategic partnership between Carnival Corporation and Shamal Holding. The terminal will be the main hub for the activities of the shipping companies belonging to the Carnival Group. What is currently not preventing Costa ships from regularly mooring at the Rashid Terminal.
Dubai - Mina Rashid cruise terminal
Dubai - Harbor Cruise Terminal
Dubai-City is not a city for romantics. It is a draft to the future. Here petrodollars were and are poured into concrete in a wasteful and unheard-of way. Under Dubai attractions we report on the attractions of the metropolis.
Update December 2021