DUBAI: Modernity in the tradition
At the beginning of the 20th century Dubai was a country without any infrastructure at all. Most of the Inhabitants were Iranian and Indian merchants, Sheiks with their sheikdoms and Bedouins wonder nomadically with their camels from an oasis to another. In the markets spices, gold and pearls were sold and the boats sailed silently trough the Creek.
Today Dubai is an ultramodern metropolis considered worldwide the middle-orient capital. Designer shops sell European and international fashion, well-stocked shops have on display electronic goods and luxury Hotels receive guests in their wonderful rooms and exclusive beach clubs. The economy of Dubai is now based on trade and tourism. Oil, discovered in 1966, is just an additional profit.
The blend of traditional building and fiction-like modern architectural constructions, designed by the leader architects, makes Dubai an unique town in the word. In Dubai the Arab and Bedouin traditions live perfectly together with the westerners lifestyle and cultural tolerance is a common treasure. Only 25% of the total population are Emirates, the expatriate community makes up the rest and includes a majority of India, Pakistan and Philippines people while a 10% of persons from others Arabian countries. In 1971 Dubai became one of the seven Emirates of the UAE.
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