Stunning Facts About Dubai!
Only 13 cars registered in 1968!
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Dubai's amazing transformation from a small fishing harbour surrounded by endless desert to a thriving melting pot and the envy of many nations. This transformation took only a few decades (you can count on one hand).
Dubai was founded in 1833!
It was established as a fishing village, However, the true transformation did not being until the 1970s. Roughly 800 members from the Bani Yas tribe arrived at Dubai creek to first establish Dubai back then, with the population reaching around 20,000 by the 1930s. In 2020, the population of Dubai surpassed 3 million.
Yes. Only 13 cars registered in 1968!
The busy six lanes Sheikh Zayed Road is the main road that connects old Dubai with the ever-extending new Dubai. Yet, a reminder that just over fifty years ago, only 13 cars were registered in the emirate. Today, there are almost 3 million cars registered across the UAE.
Back in 2009, Dubai Metro was the longest automated rail network in the world
Stretching for 74.6 kilometres, Dubai Metro is a popular, budget-friendly way to see most of the city's sights. In the decade that's followed since its opening, it's been demoted to third place, but it's currently being extended to reach the Expo 2020 site. Strict rules apply in Dubai Metro (no food/drinks/gum).
You can spot the Palm Jumeirah from space
The world's largest manmade island, Palm Jumeirah is home to lavish luxury villas, pristine private stretches of white sand and luxury hotels. Interestingly, it took 10.5 million dump trucks worth of sand to create it.
Read More: The Story Behind Dubai's Palm Island
Smile. There is a Minister for Happiness
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a dedicated Minister for Happiness, who's in charge of (unsurprisingly) promoting happiness among residents in Dubai and the other six emirates that make up the UAE.
Did someone say Records?
Dubai has been awarded more than 130 Guinness World Records
These include three for Dubai Miracle Garden and no less than 11 for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. More weird and wonderful feats include the fastest police car in service, most people to parachute from a balloon simultaneously and longest underwater live radio broadcast.
In 1991, there was one skyscraper in the city
Dubai World Trade Centre was the only skyscraper in Dubai 30 years ago. Almost three decades later, there are 148 jaw-dropping skyscrapers and 917 high-rise buildings in Dubai.
Fuel and water are roughly the same price
As of June 2021, the price of a litre of fuel in Dubai is AED 2.27 AED for Special 95 and 2.38 AED for Super 98. A 1.5-litre bottle of water (remember, you can't drink the tap water in Dubai) is roughly AED 2.
24-carat gold leaf covers approximately 1,790 square metres of the Burj Al Arab's interiors
Known as the world's ONLY first seven-star hotel, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is located on its own private island, accessed via a private bridge. Among its more jaw-dropping features is the gold leaf that covers roughly 1790 square metres of the interiors.
Dubai Police's fleet of cars includes some exotic and unusual patrol cars
The fleet boasts the world’s fastest police car - a 254-mph Bugatti Veyron, as well as a Mercedes AMG GT 63 S, speed-modified Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin One-77, a Bentley Continental GT, a Ferrari FF, and a Mercedes-Benz Brabus G-Wagon. In May 2021, Dubai Police added the 2021 model Genesis GV80.