Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Back in 1833, some 800 odd members of the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Maktoum Family, settled at the mouth of the creek, a natural harbour. As the years went by, Dubai became a centre for the fishing, pearling and sea trade and, by the turn of the 20th century, developed into a successful port. In the 1950s, when the creek began to silt, late Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum decided to have the waterway dredged. An ambitious, expensive and visionary project, the move led to increased volumes of cargo handling, ultimately consolidating Dubai’s position as a major trading hub.

 

When oil was discovered in 1966, Sheikh Rashid utilized the oil revenues to spur infrastructure development in Dubai. The Emirate’s recipe for development was evident – visionary leadership, high-quality infrastructure, an expatriate-friendly environment, zero tax on personal and corporate income and low import duties.

 

From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. You get to experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls. Today, Dubai is ranked the second world’s most popular destination for shopping after the United States and ahead of popular shopping destinations like Singapore, France, UK, and Hong Kong among others. Perfect for shop-o-holics and for retail therapy!

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