[[caption-width-right:350:The city skyline, with the Burj Khalifa in the center.]]

->''"Gentlemen, welcome to Dubai."''
-->-- '''[[{{Arc Words}} Various characters]]''', ''[[{{VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine}} Spec Ops: The Line]]''

Prior to the 1970s, Dubai was a small town with perhaps 60,000 people. After the formation of the UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates, and the discovery of oil, development picked up with remarkable speed. A BoomTown and a half, it now possesses the tallest building on the planet (not finished internally), the [[strike:Burj Dubai]] Burj Khalifa, which is 828 metres (2,717 feet) tall, along with the Burj Al-Arab (a sail-shaped, self-proclaimed [[RankInflation 7-star]] hotel), the Palm Islands (three massive, palm-shaped artificial islands), and The World (similar to the Palm Islands, but the archipelago is in the shape of Earth's continents, and is nine kilometers wide).

While UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is known as "The City That Doesn't Sleep", Dubai is also a city that's bustling 24/7, with many shops remaining open till the wee hours, and the streets never really clear of cars. Always movement in Dubai. Development still continues, though it's at a slower pace. [[CaptainObvious Obviously]].

Some of us would like to know whose idea it was to build an area of a huge shopping mall with 300 jewelry shops. [[{{Understatement}} Must be stiff competition.]]
!!Dubai in fiction:
* Features in the Iraq War drama ''Occupation''.
* The game ''VideoGame/EscapeFromStMarys'' is set in a Dubai Catholic school.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' takes place in Dubai after the city is destroyed by a series of disastrous sandstorms. It was then [[BannedInChina promptly banned there]] because it implied some unpleasant things about UAE leadership.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'' features a mission in Dubai.
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' set the second quarter of the plot (and 90% of the trailers) inside (and just outside) the Burj Khalifa.
* The "Hotel Oasis" in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare3'' is pretty much ripped straight from the Burj Al Arab.
* The ''Series/{{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 ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Dubai" centers around Calvin and company traveling to Dubai to get a bank loan for [[BunglingInventor Sherman]]. The main emphasis is more on the SceneryPorn, though.
* An alien-run nonhuman/monster girl SexSlave ring takes place in Dubai in ''Webcomic/HowToRaiseYourTeenageDragon''.
* The ActionPrologue of ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' is in Dubai.