United Arab Emirates, and the discovery of oil, development picked up with remarkable speed. A Boom Town and a half, it now possesses the tallest building on the planet (not finished internally), the
Dubai in fiction:
- Features in the Iraq War drama Occupation.
- The game Escape From St. Mary's is set in a Dubai Catholic school.
- Spec Ops: The Line takes place in Dubai after the city is destroyed by a series of disastrous sandstorms. It was then promptly banned there because it implied some unpleasant things about UAE leadership.
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon features a mission in Dubai.
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol set the second quarter of the plot (and 90% of the trailers) inside (and just outside) the Burj Khalifa.
- The "Hotel Oasis" in Modern Warfare 3 is pretty much ripped straight from the Burj Al Arab.
- The Leverage episode "The Queen's Gambit Job" takes place during a chess tournament at the Burj Khalifa.
- City of Life is an Emirati film set in Dubai.
- The Calvin and Hobbes: The Series episode "Dubai" centers around Calvin and company traveling to Dubai to get a bank loan for Sherman. The main emphasis is more on the Scenery Porn, though.
- An alien-run nonhuman/monster girl Sex Slave ring takes place in Dubai in How To Raise Your Teenage Dragon.