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The city skyline, with the Burj Khalifa in the center.

"Gentlemen, welcome to Dubai."
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Prior to the 1970s, Dubai was a small town with perhaps 60,000 people. After the formation of the 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 Burj Dubai Burj Khalifa, which is 828 metres (2,717 feet) tall, along with the Burj Al-Arab (a sail-shaped, self-proclaimed 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). The city has become a playground and Mecca for the rich and well-connected, with ultra-luxury shopping, expensive attractions, supercars and luxury vehicles clogging the roads, yachts and catamarans docked at the marinas, and exclusive apartment towers shooting up everywhere.

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While New York City 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. 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. Must be stiff competition.


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