10. Dubai Has A Crime Rate of 0%
The city has established a strict law instituted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The law strictly forbids anyone from making even the slightest criminal act. Anyone caught could be imprisoned for life or may face deportation.Each police car in Dubai costs as much as sending one person to college in the United States. The various models of police cars include Ferraris (valued at $500,000), Lamborghinis (valued at $400,000) and one Ashton Martin, priced at $1.79 million.
9. Dubai’s Population is 83% Immigrants
The workers building the tall skyscrapers in the dreamy land are mostly immigrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Only 17% of the people are Emiratis, who are the locals. The immigrant workers are forced to work in squalid conditions, while the Emiratis live a luxurious life.There has been lots of outrage from various human rights organizations who are trying to change the way immigrant blue collar workers in Dubai are treated. Many have their passports taken away upon arrival to their city, until they can prove themselves to their employer and pay back the cost of their ticket to the UAE.
8. Dubai Has Zero Debt Tolerance
Dubai strictly forbids its residents from falling into debt and not being able to keep up with payments. Anyone who is found guilty of exhausting their credit cards and not being able to pay them back will be prosecuted.The debt repayment and prosecution issues are such a serious problem here that many luxury cars can be found abandoned in airport parking lots, left behind by indebted foreigners fleeing back to their home country.
7. Dubai is the Fastest Growing City on Earth
The city is mostly known for its rapid changes. 20% of all cranes that exist and operate on our planet are located in Dubai. Growth is substantial for any country’s economy but rapid growth such as this could lead to an economic catastrophe – according to financial experts. Apart from that, the Dubai metro system, which was completed in 2009, has 42 stations.
6. Robot camel racing is apparently a thing
Camel racing is an extremely popular sport in Dubai, similar to what football is to the US and what hockey is to Canada. Given the camel’s size, only children can participate in racing them. Instead of allowing Emirati or Dubai residents’ children to participate, there has been a problem in the past with having children illegally trafficked into the country for the sole purpose of racing camels.Today, the enthusiasts of this sport use robots ranging from $300 to $10,000 as jockeys.
5. They want to be the biggest and best in everything
Dubai’s apparent main goal is to constantly have the biggest and best of everything. Its hotels are the most luxurious of any other place on the planet and it boasts being home to the best hotel in the world: The Burj Al-Arab. The Royal Suite of Burj Al Arab costs approximately $20,000 per night; which is more than the annual income of a minimum wage worker in the United States. The city also produces enough oil every day to fill 4.4 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
4. Dubai Forbids Premarital Sex
The city in the Muslim country forbids any couple from showing affection in public. Kissing or holding hands is strictly forbidden. Anyone caught doing these innocent acts faces serious consequences, such as jail time or deportation. The women residing in the country also have lesser rights than men.Sadly, more often than not, it’s the man’s word against the woman’s. Several foreign women in recent years have been imprisoned after bringing it to authorities’ attention that they were raped.
3. The Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can witness the sunset twice
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with a height of 2,717′. Approximately half a mile tall, the building has 160 residential floors. The residents in the 150th floor and higher witness the sun longer than any other person in Dubai. A person can witness the sunset twice, if they take an elevator to the top of Burj Khalifa.
2. Dubai is Building a City Within the City
Constantly on the quest to impress the rest of the world with its extravagance, Dubai is in the process of building a climate-controlled city within itself that’s 2.25 times the size of Monaco. According to its developers, the mall would drive in 200,000 visitors per day. The all-pedestrian complex will be air-conditioned and hopes to attract at least 180 million visitors each year.
1. The world’s highest tennis court is located on the top of the Burj Al Arab
We have all heard of tennis matches that put the audience at the edge of their seats but a tennis court in Dubai literally puts the players at the edge of 1,053′ building. The tennis court atop Burj Al Arab was created as a publicity stunt for the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open. Andre Agassi and Roger Federer were among the first to play here before the main competition was held.