These 10 incredible facts about Dubai will definitely take you by surprise because you’ll find it really hard to believe that stuff like this is actually happening on Earth, in the 21st century.
Prepare to get your mind blown when you’ll see what the Arabs from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have managed to do in the past 20 years. They started from sand, an old little fishing village, and trillions and trillions of gallons of oil.
Sure, you’re going to say that everything is possible if you have money growing around on trees. Part of this is actually true, but this doesn’t explain why Dubai is the most luxurious city in the world, when you consider that Saudi Arabia has the most oil reserves on the globe, and its capital, Riyadh, doesn’t look anything like the Emirate city which is home to Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.
So, what makes Dubai such an exciting and luxurious place to live in? It’s the creativity and vision of their leaders, and of course, let’s not forget the oil. Dubai is the most luxurious city in the world, and although it is not located in a democratic country and it is ruled by Sharia Law, you’d be surprised about what you’ll find here.
10. In 1991, Dubai had 1 skyscraper. Now it has over 400.
9. In Dubai, the government pays its citizens 2 grams of gold for every kg (2,2 lbs) they lose. So the thinner you are, the more gold you’ll get. Children receive 2 grams of gold for every 1 kg they lose.
8. Dubai is building the biggest entertainment park in the world: Dubailand. I will cost around $64.3 billion and it’s going to be spectacular.
7. The Dubai police car park features cars like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Bentley in order for policemen to be able to chase any other car on highways and in the city.
6. This is a tacky one. License plates are a symbol of prestige throughout the Arab world and they can be sold for even $14 million or more. 1-digit numbers are the most expensive, followed by 2-digits and if you’re in the 3-4-digits license plates, you can consider yourself a really poor millionaire.
5. Dubai has ATM’s that dispense 24 karat gold bars. Who needs money when you can get gold straight from the ATM, right?
4. Dubai started building a 50,000,000 square feet (4,645,152 square meters) climate-controlled indoor city from scratch, which will house a few thousands of people.
3. Thousands of luxury cars are left abandoned in Dubai. Cars like Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Porsche’s, Mercedes’, Aston Martin’s and so on, are abandoned by people who can’t pay off their bank credit. In Dubai, if you can’t pay off any type of bank credit, you are sent to prison.
2. Most Arab sheikhs have exotic animals as pets. Although this is illegal in the UAE, people prefer to pay a fine rather than not having a lion or a tiger besides them when they take off in their Lamborghini.
- Locals represent only 20% of Dubai’s population!