Unlike many of the cities and states of the Gulf region, the economy of Dubai does not depend on petrol as a major element. They actually rely on commercial activities and tourism that greatly prospered in the city during the past few years.
The establishment of Dubai goes back to the year 1833 when a group of 800 people resided in the area that is called El Khoury, a natural port for the whole region at the time. This made Dubai flourish as a fishing and commercial hub. To this date, deep sea fishing and other water activities are now also enjoyed by tourists.
In the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai became a famous port on the Arabian Gulf with a population of around 20,000 inhabitants. After the discovery of oil in the region in 1966, El Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the vice president of UAE and the ruler of Dubai at the time, succeeded in making use of the money the country gained from the import of oil in developing the infrastructure of Dubai.
El Maktoum established many schools, roads, and hospitals and he also renewed and renovated the Dubai International Airport. In fact, He was setting the foundation for one of the most favorite touristic destinations in the world today. The number of travelers who go on tours to Dubai has largely increased lately.
There is actually no activity that a tourist spending his trip in Dubai cannot do in this marvelous relatively new touristic destinations. Besides shopping for the best products and goods in the whole globe, the highlights of Dubai are quite many with a large number of interesting places to visit and explore.
Palm Jumeirah is among the most remarkable touristic attractions in Dubai. This artificial island has the shape of a palm with three sections, the stem, the crow and 17 fronds. An artificial half circle shaped barrier surrounds these fronds and it hosts some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts.
There is also Burj Khalifa, the highest skyscraper in the whole world. Being 828 meters high with 154 floors, the skyscraper hosts one of the deluxe seven stars hotels and the highest restaurant in the world that holds quite an expressive name; Atmosphere.
The Dubai Aquarium is among the most interesting places for tourists spending their vacation in Dubai. It consists of a huge water pool that accommodates more than 65,000 types and species of sea creatures including sharks and many rare kinds of fish. There is also the Miracle garden that hosts more than five million flowers although it is located in the middle of the desert.
One of the most interesting experiences travelers who tour Dubai should not miss is to ride in the Dubai cable cars. Situated inside El Khoury Park, these cars are 18 meters in height and they travel for a distance of more than 2300 meters from its starting point till its ending point.
The Ski in Dubai is the only artificial skiing destination in the Gulf and the Middle East. With its huge surface area, many facilities, slopes for skiing for beginners and armature skiers, various games to be carried out in snow, the Ski In Dubai is a must visit for any traveler coming from a destination where it rarely snows.
There are many other attractions for travelers who tour Dubai to enjoy. These include the Dubai Wonderland, the largest and most remarkable amusement park in the region. There is also the Global Village of Dubai that opens only in the winter season due to the hot weather of the region. It consists of a large number of villages from different countries and regions of the world offering various types of food, clothes, restaurants and parks for children.