The Development of Dubai

Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. With its location between countries that are at war, surprisingly, Dubai is one of the safest places to live.   The development of Dubai is an ongoing procedure and doesn’t seem to stop. Many of the 2.1 million people who live in Dubai, are not citizens, but residents who want to take advantage of the tax free benefits.
Dubai is almost unrecognisable from its former life as a fishing settlement. Not long after the Gulf States struck gold with the discovery of oil, development boomed. While it is known today more for its fast cars and life of luxury with Ferraris and indoor ski slopes, it was not long ago that the city was scattered with camels and a lateen-rigged ship. Dubai was a small fishing settlement when it was taken over in 1830 by a segment of the Bani Yas. By 1892 foreign traders had begun to flock to Dubai after the emirate declared they would be exempt from tax. As a result the population doubled. This lasted until the 1930s.
In 1966, Dubai first found oil. Dubai then mined and sold the oil.   The proceeds were used to build the Dubai as we know today - biggest, fastest and most expensive city.   This was achieved by the family ‘Maktoum’.   Dubai’s more recent development started in 1971 and from there it has grown and grown. However, by 1980 the annual oil income dropped to an all-time low, forcing the emirate to think of other ways to make money. By the mid-1980s it began its reinvention as a tourist destination and the Emirates airline was established. Construction on a large scale has turned Dubai into one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. There are a number of large-scale projects which are currently under construction or planned for construction in the future. Due to the heavy construction which is taking place in Dubai, 30,000 construction cranes, which are 25% of cranes worldwide, are operating in Dubai. Dubai has various building-related records, which include: the world's tallest...