There is no denying the fact that Dubai is larger than life!
About 20 years ago, most of Dubai we see today was desert! Today, the city is home to the world’s biggest mall, the world’s tallest building, the world’s costliest this and the world’s craziest that…
Well, here are a few lesser known facts of Dubai you can probably boast about at the next party (of course, all of us love a little of ridiculous information)
Dubai has one out of every four cranes in the world!
During its construction boom, Dubai used around 20 percent of the cranes in the world. Still growing at a rapid rate, roughly 25% of all the cranes are in Dubai.
The massive Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is so large that it required 10.5 million trucks of sand to create it. That is enough sand required to fill 2.5 Empire State buildings!
An interesting fact about the world’s tallest building
The Burj Khalifa is 828m tall — so tall that those living at the top floors should wait two minutes longer for the sunset so that they can break their fast during Ramadan!
The city of super cars
Can you believe that Dubai had just 13 registered cars in 1968? And, that is roughly 154,000 times less compared to the number of cars today!
The police force of Dubai uses super cars to show how “sophisticated” the city is. Their cars include Ferrari FF ($500,000), Aston Martin One-77 ($1.79 million) and Lamborghini Aventador ($397,000). Car lovers, is Dubai on the cards now?
Robot jockeys replace human jockeys
Camel racing is a popular sport in Dubai. However, due to the size of the camel, only children can participate in the race. In the past, there was a problem of illegal trafficking of children into the country to race camels. To put an end to this issue, Dubai started building child-sizes robots to participate in the camel race.
image from Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/criminalintent
Dubai loves Gold
1,790m2 of 24-carat gold leaf has been used to cover the inside of the Burj Al Arab hotel. Well, that’s equivalent to covering almost seven full-sized tennis courts with gold.
Emiratis make only 15% of Dubai’s population
Most of the workers brought in to build the numerous skyscrapers are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Now, they comprise over 50% of the total population of Dubai.
Dubai Metro is the longest in the world
Dubai metro is a fully automated metro network covering a distance of 75km.
A city with no addresses, zip codes, area codes and postal system
Until recently, Dubai didn’t have these. The city never developed a customary address system. Interestingly, in place of an address line on the mailing label, a space was given wherein the residents could either write out instructions like “the first street to the left of the big mosque, green door” or draw a map. In 2015, Makani numbers (a ten digit code) was assigned to every building for identification.
You don’t have to pay income tax in Dubai
That’s so cool, isn’t it? Besides an attractive salary, one doesn’t have to pay any income tax when making money in this city. However, it is also quite easy to spend your money in Dubai.
No wonder Dubai is one of the richest and the most popular tourist destinations in the world.