We all know how great Dubai is. It is one of a kind among several world-class destinations. Its attractions have no match. You must have read many blogs about Dubai’s charms, but this time let’s dig a little deeper to find out some fun facts about this city.
The 85 % population of Dubai is based on immigrants.
Many big countries have a large population of immigrants, but Dubai has taken a step further. 85 % of the total population is based on expatriates, only 15 % of the rest are Emiratis. This population has both white-collar and blue-collar jobs. But the basic population is based on the labourer. Most of the workers building the Dubai’s ever-increasing number of skyscrapers, migrated to the United Arab Emirates from South Asian countries ( Pakistan, India and Bangladesh), hence they now consist of more than 50% of the Dubai’s population.
Dubai has Robot camel jockeys
Have you heard about camel races? It is just like horse races with camels instead of horses. The importance of this game in Dubai is high. Camel racing to Dubai is what hockey is to Canada and football is to America.
Previously, the catch to this race was that given the sizes of camel, only children could participate in these races. And since the children of residents of Dubai are not allowed to participate, children from less privileged countries were trafficked illegally to race camels. Once, this issue was raced on the international level, the local government had to take action and put a stop on it. They decided to give up on the jockeys but not on camel racing and came up with a brilliant solution. They started building child-sized robot jockeys to replace children to race camels. The prices range from 300 to 10,000 $. But money has never been an issue for Emiratis.
The robot jockeys are a new thing for the rest of the world, hence its always entertaining for the tourists to visit and enjoy these races.
A climate control city is being built in Dubai.
Yes, you read it right. We are talking about a weather-controlled city.
Since the weather is pretty hard on Dubai as it is built in the middle of a desert. This should not come up as a surprise. Hence, they decided to build a city of 4.45-kilo meter square whose boardwalks will be air-conditioned connecting the various sections of the city. Just to get an idea, you should know that the area of Monaco is 2.02-kilometre square. Hence the artificially climate-controlled city is 2.25 times the size of Monaco which is amazing.
Up until 2015, Dubai had no proper address system.
No proper address system means no postal addresses, no zip codes, no area codes and no addresses at all. No idea how they were managing since Dubai has been growing at a crazy rate. Probably, they were so busy building, innovating and modernizing the city, they did not find the time to introduce a proper address system.
If you are wondering how they got packages delivered or got mail, the method they used is quite funny. In place of the postal address, people would draw a map to their house in a designated space or write out specific instructions such as ‘ after crossing the white mosque, take the second street to the right, green door’. It was only in 2015 when they paid attention to this issue and allotted a 10-digit number known as Makani number to help in identification.
No income taxes in Dubai:
The best part of living in Dubai is that there are no income taxes. This means that if you move to Dubai, apart from the very attractive pay package you will not have to pay any income tax at all. This helps in saving a lot of money in a short period of time if you come to Dubai to earn.
But, sadly, it is also very easy to spend in Dubai. Especially if you are a shopaholic. We do not see you saving a lot. But on the positive your side you will get to enjoy the most.
Dubai is not called the City of Gold for fun:
There are literally ATMs in Dubai that spit out gold bars. According to the records, 40% of the total trading of physical gold happened in Dubai and that gold weighted more than 354 elephants together. Crazy? Right. There is an abundance of gold in Dubai, makes it look like its being distributed free of cost but that is not the case sadly.
The most expensive hotel in the world which is also the only alleged seven start hotel of the world, the Burj Al Arab is decorated with actual gold. One of its suites, the Royal suite, has pillars made of 24-carat gold.
The best, biggest and largest of everything:
The thing about writing about Dubai is that you get to write words like ‘the largest, the biggest, the only’ a lot. It seems like Dubai has this crazy goal of having the biggest and best of everything. It has the most luxurious hotels, the highest building in the world: Burj Khalifa ( it can be seen from 95 km away), the largest mall, the largest man-made island etc. This city owns the biggest aquarium, the largest choreographed dancing fountain, the most expensive hotel, the longest automated rail network, the largest indoor ski park etc.
And they are not planning to stop any time soon. There are so many projects under development at the very moment. With hundred plus skyscrapers already, many more high buildings are under process. They have a habit of breaking their own records.
If you are planning to visit this amazing city anytime soon, we assure you that it will leave a unique impression on you regardless of you liking it or not.
Also, do not forget to take Dubai safari tour, it is one of its kind and an amazing experience.