Dubai: The Unbelievable Before And After Story


You know what they say, Rome was not built in a day. Guess we can say same for Dubai. Dubai in the present day is one of the hottest and most exotic tourist spot in the world and it certainly did not happen in a day. Gradually, the nation has become one of the most prosperous nations in the world. Home to some of the tallest, coolest buildings, Dubai in terms of modern classy structures, is not lagging behind. This is one of the most prominent UAE member-states.

However, it is usually easy to forget that it was never always that way. In the past, the area was a typical desert; at most it was a mangrove swampy area, replete with nomads but by virtue of open door policies, the nation has grown in many positive ways. It took 50 years for the middle east wonderland to become the beauty that it is today.

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Dubai is believed to have existed from as far back as 1095. In the 18th century, the area was a typical fishing village. As an important trade center between the eastern and western world, Dubai benefited from the economic privilege.

Dubai also embraced several open-door policies that made visitors welcome. Up to the point that the 1960 population of 90, 000 has drastically grown to the current 2,109,274 population. The 2013 population record estimates that of a total 9.2 million people in the UAE, a whooping 7.8 million are expatriates.

As many would call it, ‘Middle East’s capital of excess’ implying that Dubai at a time gave excessive freedom to foreigners. This led to the influx of foreign expatriates into the region. Till date, it is still one of the leading nations by economic freedom index. As they came in, so was investments; little wonder African countries have been opening up their borders to each other.

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From the profits made from trade, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler, invested the income in developing the region. He provided basic amenities and constructed socio-economic infrastructures including hotels and the airport. Today Dubai is saturated with exotic skyscrapers and structures. It is home to the Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world.

And that’s how the world’s tourist eye-dazzler came to be.



Dubai, United Arab Emirates --- A view of clock tower in Deira, Dubai. --- Image by © Farhad Berahman/arabianEye/Corbis