Dubai's Internet City
If you have never visited, reports of hot weather and sand may make you hesitate
to spend your precious holidays in this sunny desert. But as you get off the
plane, you will be astonished by the modernity, luxury and the air-conditioned
facilities – starting with your arrival at its world famous airport.
Over the last three decades, this city’s booming business industry absorbed
people from all across the globe, making the genuine Emirati population less
than 20 percent of the overall number of inhabitants.
The spectacles of Dubai’s record-breaking architectural projects guarantee
tourism, which is key to the city’s economy.
Off the coast of Jumeirah district is the 8th wonder of the world,
Palm Jumeirah, the phenomenal man-made island which takes its shape from the
country’s national symbol of palm tree along with its fallen fronds.
The multi-million dollar villas on this world famous artificial island are
designed so their backyards open onto the beach. The villas are home to
high-ranking businessmen and VIPs from across the globe, including Bollywood’s
Shah Rukh Khan. At the end of the island is the sandy-colored Atlantis The Palm
hotel, the sister hotel to the Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Burj Al Arab Hotel
At another one of Dubai’s luxury hotels, the Burj Al Arab, the nightly rate is
several thousand dollars, but it’s not a headache for the management to find
guests in this eye-catching city. Shaped like a boat standing on end, it’s the
world’s only seven-star hotel, and it plays host to the world’s top businessmen,
diplomats, leaders and celebrities.
At the peak of the Burj Al Arab are a tennis court and a helicopter landing area
for VIPs. Those who can’t make it inside the hotel can snap a photograph or two
in front, and also enjoy the open Jumeirah beach that is immediately adjacent to
Dubai Media City,
Dubai Internet City and Dubai Knowledge Village are three outstanding enclosures
hosting some of the world’s largest companies.
Media City, the home for press, journalists, publishers, advertisers and hub of
some major international broadcasters in the Middle East, draws companies such
as BBC, Reuters and TEN Sports.
The Internet City, which serves the region as the software and technology
source, includes major international names such as Microsoft, IBM, Canon and
InfoTech. And the Knowledge Village hosts a collection of campuses from the
world’s top universities. There are over 400 institutions operating in it which
includes universities, training centers, professional centers and human resource
companies, making it the source of excellence in this region.
The glamorous shopping malls in Dubai are yet another venue for almost all types
of gratification – they’ve got cinemas, games, sport areas and a range of
restaurants from McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken to Chinese,
Indian, Italian cuisine and more.
The two most famous malls are also among the world’s biggest shopping centers,
Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. They’re home to the world’s top fashion
retailers such as Harvey, Levi’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Timberland and Giordano, to
name a few of them.
Dubai Mall's aquarium
The enormous aquarium park within Dubai Mall is a must-see attraction of this
massive shopping center. The mesmerizing creatures inside the water keep your
eyes focused on them as if you’re watching the most important part of a movie.
The completion of the Burj Khalifa project revealed the essence of the Emiratis
– they’re not yet ready to stop showing off their wealth.
The tallness of this record-breaking tower expresses the utter boldness and
breadth of the Emiratis in business. This monster, 800 meters high with 160
floors, is the tallest building in the world.
The city within the city, scheduled to be completed in 2011, is the Dubai Sports
City. Occupying 50 million square feet is a dream vision of the Emirati sheikhs
to create one of the premier sporting destinations in the world.
After its completion, Sports City will host games for soccer, cricket, hockey,
indoor games, golf and tennis. In addition, it will also include residential
apartments and top sports academies where athletes can train.
Despite being the region’s business hub, mainly due to the trade with oil-rich
Arab nations, Dubai is only capable of supplying a narrow percentage of its own
oil consumption and is dependent on the six other emirates which form the UAE to
procure its oil.
All these hyper architectural projects going up in Dubai to produce a wonderland
are the wise policies of its leaders to create reasons for international
tourists to keep visiting – even if the oil trade isn’t important anymore.
For this reason, Dubai may well be referred to as “The Big Apple of The Middle