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Dubai Attractions

Deira Dubai: A thriving commercial centre and trading hub containing a huge range of retail outlets, traditional souks, modern shopping malls, commercial complexes, hotels, Dubai International Airport and Airport Free Zone. the Dubai Duty Free at the airport, offering a wide range and selection for eager shoppers.

Bur Dubai: The Ruler's office, Port Rashid, Customs, Museum, the Dubai World Trade Centre, Embassies, broadcasting stations and the postal authority all are situated in Bur Dubai. The Dubai World Trade Center, a 39 storey tower, promotes international business relationships and world trade through hosting various exhibitions and conferences throughout the year.

Jebel Ali: Home of a huge man-made port, has the largest free-trade zone in Arabia housing an ever growing list of international corporations which use the zone for both manufacturing and as a redistribution point.

Emirates Golf Club Creek Golf & Yacht Club:Set acres of landscaped greeneries a quiet retreat from the bustle of the city.

Jumeirah: A major tourism area with beautiful sandy beach, water sports facilities and a number of spectacular award winning hotels.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Tower: It is built on a specially constructed island just off the coast and at 321 metres, presently, the tallest hotel building in the world.

Jumeirah Mosque: A beautiful and creative piece of architecture, built in a distinctive creamy / pink stone with minarets and arches. Is a worth viewing at night when it is lit up.

Hatta: Some 120 kms to the east, the mountain resort town of Hatta is an extremely attractive location. Adjacent to a lake reservoir, the Hatta Fort Hotel is set in extensive parkland and provides a perfect base for exploring the nearby wadis and mountains, which extend into Omani territory.

Dubai History

Dubai was originally a small fishing settlement, which in about 1830 was taken over by a branch of the Bani Yas tribe from the Liwa oasis to the south. The take over was led by the Maktoum family, who still rule the Emirate today. Traditional activities included herding sheep and goats, cultivating dates, fishing and pearling. The liberal attitudes of the rulers made Dubai attractive to traders from India and Persia. By the turn of the century, foreign traders began to settle in the growing town, which soon developed a reputation as the leading commercial market for the region.

Dubai and the other Emirates accepted the protection of Britain in 1892. In Europe, the area became known as the Trucial Coast, a name it retained until the departure of the British from the northern coast of the Arabian peninsula.

Oil was discovered offshore in 1966 by a consortium named Dubai Marine Areas (Duma) together with Dubai Petroleum Company (DPC) and production was commenced in late 1969.

In 1968, Britain announced its withdrawal from the region, and in 1971 the federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was created. The new state was composed of the Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi (the capital city), Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and, in 1972, Ras Al Khaimah.

Its government is run by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also vice president and prime minister of the UAE.

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