"DUBAI - A HOTCHPOTCH OF CULTURES" Top 5 Page for this destination Dubai by Escadora7

Dubai Travel Guide: 3,944 reviews and 11,521 photos

JULY & AUGUST 2005 - DUBAI WAS GREAT !

Time to return to the place where it all began...

... the first awkward face-to-face meeting
... the first dance
... the first kiss
... the first friendly competition

Ash: A little secret ...

The first time I was to pick up Eva from the airport, she walked right past me .. Argh!! It was almost like she was running out of the airport. So I backtracked a bit and waited but didn't go up to her just yet!

She got out of the airport, set her airbag down, looked around her all overwhelmed, trying to make sense out of the commotion ....... Till I came into focus.

Then there was that beautiful smile again, the one I knew so well from her photographs, and I recognized her mouthing the word 'Hello'.

The rest as they say is history!

Here is the link to the last Dubai VT meeting pics:

OFFICIAL VT PICS

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A Little History:

Archaeological finds suggest that humans have been living in the area of Dubai and its surroundings since 3000 BC - the Bronze Age Magan civilization. Early economy relied on pearl-fishing, small scale agriculture and fishing. This was eventually followed by a boom in copper trade.

Around 1830 the Maktoum family (from a branch of the Bani Yas tribe from the Liwa oasis) took over the area, and has been ruling the emirate to this day.

In the late 1800's, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum granted tax concessions to foreign trade, and thus lured many businesses to switch their base of operations from Iran and Sharjah to Dubai. His desendant, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, recognized the importance of the Creek and began modernizing and improving the facility, thus attracting even more trade. Thus it was trade - not oil - that became the foundation of Dubai's wealth. (Today 90 % of the GDP are from the non-oil sector.)

In 1966, with the discovery of oil, Dubai had another upswing: The oil revenue allowed development of an economic and social infrastructure.

The Emirates:

In 1968 the British withdrew from the UAE area, and the Sheikhs realized that joining forces would give them a stronger voice.

In 1972 the United Arab Emirates was founded. The country would now be composed of 7 Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah. Of these, Abu Dhabi is the richest due to it's oil reserves (10% of the worlds total), followed by Dubai (trade, manufacturing, toursim). Each of the Emirates retained a certain degree of autonomy, and has input in the election of the leaders of the federation.

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Buildings and Projects in Dubai

The construction-boom in Dubai is ongoing - so are the events to lure tourists and the public. Following is a PARTIAL list of new and ongoing projects in Dubai:

Projects:
- Burj Al Arab Hotel
- Dubai Palm Island
- The World Project
- Hydropolis Underwater Hotel
- Dubai Festival City
- The Emirates Mall (incl. Snow Dome)
- Dubai Mall
- Dubailand
- Dubai Heritage Vision
- 280 of the leading hotel chains
- Convention Center
- Global Village (DSF)
- Cruise Ship Terminals
- Al Minsaf (luxury creek cruiser)

Events:
- Dubai Summer Surprise (DSS)
- Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF)
- Over 50 international exhibitions per year
- UAE desert challenge

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Modern, clean, and most of all: SAFE
  • Cons:The heat can kill you!
  • In a nutshell:It's too new and sterile - but it certainly grows onto you!
  • Last visit to Dubai: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 18, 2005
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    You in depth knowledge of the city and its sites are very well done and the pictures equally fantastic. Out daughter and new husband are on a honeymoon here now, so I thought I would see what others say.

  • Aug 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Funny day, in funny park in 29.8. Greetings to group of 3´s young and cute ladies. Smilling pretty, look´s...maybe next time:) Sorry for spaming!

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    Five star local custom tips :)

  • Feb 10, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Hi there. I'm reading your post from Dubai; they're great. Quick question: I'm going from NJ, USA. Also, for the Desert Safart through Net tours you did, Did u NEGOTIATE before the tour or after the tour for payment?? Kindly let me know.

  • MarianneRules's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Dubai fog...now thats cool!

  • Dramaqueen2's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Great tips - will be visiting with hubby in June. Look forward to trying out the restaurants! #Thansk

  • Heavens-Mirror's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2007 at 7:52 AM

    Great pages on Dubai. Only 3 weeks until im there :) Cant wait now. Stacey xxx

  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Nice pages on Dubai. I'll be there in July. I'm glad to hear it's a safe place!

  • Cielo_Algaeed's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 7:17 AM

    I've been wanting to have that special designed bear as my souvenir from Dubai but unfortunately, the bear factory are already closed both in City Center and Burjuman.

  • 80-bettyboo's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    I am off to Dubai in July, sounds like a great place, your tips are very helpful. I can't wait to go to those ladies nights :)

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