Emirate of Dubai
Despite the fact that the ancient history of Dubai is not accurately recorded, excavations uncovered the presence of human settlements that date back to approximately 4,000 years. Hundreds of artefacts, housed in the Dubai Museum, point to civilisations that inhabited the area between the second and third B.C. Read more
Dubai, a new economic hub on the world map
In recent decades, Dubai has witnessed a tremendous development and acquired a prestigious global reputation because of the ease and flexibility of its laws and policies, its encouragement for investment and its high standard of living, security and stability. Dubai has now become a hub for major international companies running their businesses in the Middle East, due to the conditions the government have strived to create.
The emirate's economy does not depend solely on oil as a major source of income, but rather on boosting an economy that is based on industry, tourism, real estate and hosting events and exhibitions in Dubai World Trade Centre, the region's leading destination for exhibitions, conferences, and events. The emirate also has first-class infrastructure including two international airports: Dubai International Airport, the world's number one airport for international passengers, and Al Maktoum Airport located in the southern part of the city.
Dubai also features Jebel Ali Port, the world's largest man-made harbour and one of the most important re-export centres in the world. Dubai also owns modern industrial zones, as well as economic free zones including: Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Dubai International Academic City and Knowledge Village, in addition to prestigious local and international universities and institutes attended by students from across the region.
The emirate boasts a first-class health services sector in public and private hospitals, and Dubai Healthcare City, which is a specialised medical city, regarded as a prestigious destination for medical tourism.
Dubai aspires to focus on the development of the tourism sector in the coming years, and is working to build its portfolio of distinctive attractions and exclusive major projects. It is also preparing to host the Expo 2020.
Every year Dubai attracts more than 10 million tourists due to recreational and cultural events and festivals organised annually. Tourists visit Dubai to attend conferences and exhibitions, to go shopping and to explore breath-taking attractions such as the Burj Khalifa - the tallest tower in the world, The Palm Jumeirah - the largest man-made island on Earth, the large number of world-class luxurious hotels and a wide range of more than 50 modern shopping centres and malls.
Currently, Dubai is building its scientific and academic institutions, focusing on developing a human capital that is capable of leading the new economic phase, the knowledge-based economy, which the emirate is preparing to enter.