Dubai: Big, Bigger, Biggest

Dubai, in Arabic دبي , is the capital of the emirate of the same name. The city existed in ancient times until sometime 2000 BC. The city only really became known to the world around 2005. Buildings sprang up like weeds and within a few years the entire population of Dubai moved to the city. In 2009, the city loosened its borders. Every month a new building opened, whether it was not the largest, or the highest or most expensive. Everything is possible in Dubai.


The city is located on the north side of the emirate. Since 2000 B.C. Dubai is an important trading city. The great growth started in the fifteenth century, when trade with India started.
But the city’s greatest growth came in 1996. It was in that year that petroleum was found in large quantities. Oil exports became the emirate’s number one source of income. But by 2003 it became known that if oil extraction continued at this rate, the oil would be completely extracted from the ground by 2016. This would mean that the city can export until 2025 with the stock it has. After that, the oil industry would come to a standstill and the largest source of income would disappear. That is why it was decided to switch to tourism. And how do you get tourists? By being the cheapest, most beautiful, ugliest, most expensive, highest, lowest, largest, smallest, deepest and much more. And so the growth of the city began.
Of the emirate’s total population, 99% live in the city of Dubai. This amounts to approximately 2.1 million inhabitants.

Dubai for tourists

As mentioned above, everything is done to attract tourists. Dubai is now known as the paradise of the world where everything is possible and allowed. See a list below for the biggest crowd pullers.

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah is one of the three Palm Islands that was built off the coast of Dubai by enormous dredging works. The peninsula is built in the shape of a palm tree. The most famous hotel there is the Atlantis The Palm Hotel. The island also has approximately 1500 houses and 200 hotels. The construction of the island cost approximately 40 million euros.
Source: Sonnenuntergang, Pixabay Dubai Waterfront
This project is currently still under construction. An area seven times the size of Manhattan will become Dubai’s new Central Business area, called Dubai Waterfront. The area will add 820 kilometers of coastline to Dubai and will accommodate 1,400 office buildings, providing approximately 600,000 workplaces.

Palm Deira

Palm Deira is the third palm island and will be completed around 2015. Palm Deira is also the largest palm island and will accommodate more than 250 hotels and 2,500 houses.


The World is a construction project that is currently at a standstill. The project is carried out by a Dutch company. They were instructed to create more than 80 islands in the shape of the world. There will be many unique hotels, restaurants and bars on the islands. It should become a new entertainment area in Dubai.
For the entire project, 325 million cubic meters of sand will be moved.

Burj al Arab

Burj al Arab is a very luxurious hotel. It is located in the sea on an artificial island. The hotel is 321 meters high, making it the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel.
The hotel has the highest lobby in the world at over 180 meters. The interior of the lobby is decorated with 24 carat gold. There are 202 rooms, the smallest of which is 169 square meters. At the bottom of the basement there is a restaurant, surrounded by an aquarium with a capacity of approximately 1 million liters.
The cost of the hotel was never released. It was said that the hotel would have to be full day in, day out for 400 years before the costs incurred were recouped. A night in one of the cheapest rooms costs €1,300. For those who find that too cheap, you can book a Royal Suite for 70,000 per night

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina, better known as ‘new Dubai’, covers an area of 1.56 square kilometers. Dubai Marina is entirely man-made, the canal is also entirely excavated by human hands. The area is known for its many terraces and water sports center. The area is characterized by more than 90 skyscrapers, more than 50 of which are higher than 400 meters.
Source: Smarko, Pixabay Burj Khalifa
The Dubai skyline is characterized by many skyscrapers, of which the Burj Khalifa stands out. At 828 meters it is the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa opened on January 4, 2010 with a gigantic fireworks show. More than thirteen million euros were shot into the air, making it the largest fireworks show of all time, lasting no less than 22 minutes.

Nakheel tower

But as mentioned, Dubai wants to be superlative. That is why, after the opening of the Burj Khalifa, a plan was made for a new, taller skyscraper. In 2011, construction began on the Nakheel Tower, which will reach its highest point of 1,201 meters by 2020.

Notable and records

  • Largest golf course in the world. The 2009 World Golf Championships were held here
  • Largest ski hall in the world
  • Tallest hotel tower in the world, the Burj al Arab Hotel
  • Tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa
  • Largest shopping center in the world, Dubai Mall. More than 1200 shops and 300 restaurants are located in this gigantic shopping center
  • Highest spouting fountain in the world. The fountain is 275 meters long and sprays more than 160 meters high into the air. The cost of constructing the fountain was around 40 million euros
  • Largest theme park in the world, Ski Dubai
  • Fastest Economically Growing City of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Fastest elevator in the world. This is located in the Burj Khalifa.
  • Highest restaurant in the world
  • Highest vantage point on a building
  • Highest swimming pool in a building
  • Fastest roller coaster in the world
  • Tallest roller coaster in the world
  • Largest percentage of a country’s population living in its capital
  • Fastest growing holiday destination among tourists
  • Highest mosque, nightclub, apartment, shop, supermarket, cinema and theater in the world
  • Largest aquarium in the world
  • Most expensive hotel, apartment, house, campsite, elevator, fountain, fireworks show and theme park in the world

This is just a small selection of Dubai’s many bizarre, impressive and interesting records.
In short, time to visit this metropolis!

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