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Group 6 - Dubai

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Transportation Culture - Primary type: traditional Arabic food
- Falafel is a common dish (similar to a French fry but usually made from chickpeas and a variety of spices)







- Shawarma, an Arabic kabob consists of either lamb or chicken and vegetables wrapped in a small Arabic roti, is one of Dubai’s most popular dishes
- Fruit juices and Arabic breads are common A Brief Overview - Rapidly growing city-state located on the Northern Coast of the United Arab Emirates
- Renowned for its impressive, new age infrastructure, ever-advancing technology, and corporate centrality to the Arabian Gulf region
- THEN: once a small territory with an economy based upon pearl diving
- NOW: a Middle-Eastern, cosmopolitan emblem of a new world
- Exceptional standard of living, educational system, safety, and healthcare
- People of nearly 200 nationalities
- Considered a symbol of the 21st Century
- Also rich in traditional Middle-Eastern culture and a corresponding work ethic Demographics
- According to census conducted by the Statistics Centre of Dubai, population of Dubai in 2009 was 1,771,000
- 401,000 females
- 1,370,000 males
- 2005: 17% of population was made up of Arab UAE nations
- Remaining 83% expatriates
- 1/4 of the population traces origins to Iran
- Over 100,000 expatriates in Dubai are British, which is the largest group of Western expatriates in the city ECONOMY - Dubai is a very successful seaport
- 1950s: creek began to silt due to the high volume of activity,
- Waterway was dredged, which led to increased cargo and strengthened Dubai’s position as a major trade and re-export hub
- Oil discovered in 1966
- Sheikh Rashid used oil revenues to begin developing Dubai (schools, hospitals, roads, new port, airport modifications)
- 1980s: Dubai started emerging as international tourism destination
- Dubai has the only 7-star hotel in the world, The Burj Al Arab
- Architecture, entertainment, sporting events make Dubai a great tourist destination
- 2008: Dubai was a top destination city
- This significantly affected Dubai’s economy.
- Capital investment between 2007 and 2008 increased from 9 billion to 21 billion (123%) Environment GEOGRAPHICAL SIGNIFICANCE Group Six DUBAI Food Traditions - Many customs based on foundation as a Muslim city
- Mosques abundant in Dubai
- Religious establishments are diverse
- Typical attire covers the entire body
- Casual-wear usually worn by tourists and visitors
- Citizens pride themselves on values of courtesy and humility
- When greeting a new person or elder, locals traditionally stand to show respect
- South Dubai, Bur Dubai, is more traditional than Deira, it's northern counterpart Entertainment and Leisure - Economy central to tourism
- Hundreds of activities for visitors and residents
- Diving off the Persian Gulf amidst sunken ships
- Belly dancing in local clubs







- Shopping districts, theaters, luxurious hotels, rich heritage sites abundant
- Record-breaking architecture
- Tallest building in the the world, Burj Khalifa, symbolizes extreme growth and innovation - Five main routes connecting the city to other towns:
- Sheikh Zayed Road
- Emirates Road
- Dubai-Hatta Highway
- Dubai-Al Habab Road
- Oud Metha Road
- Eastern and western sections of city connected by:
- Al Maktoum Bridge
- Al Garhoud Bridge
- Al Shindagha Tunnel
- Business Bay Crossing
- Floating Bridge
- More than 3000 taxis operating
- Taxis in Dubai make an average of 192,000 daily trips, serving about 385,000 persons.
- 2009: taxis trips exceeded 70 million, serving around 140.45 million passengers - 2009: Dubai International was 15th busiest airport in world
- Passenger traffic = 40.9 million
- 2009: Dubai International was 7th busiest cargo airport in world
- 1.927 million tons of cargo
- Operates internationally serving 101 destinations in 61 countries across six continents - Two major commercial ports:
- Port Rashid
- Port Jebel Ali: world's largest man-made harbor, biggest port in the Middle East, and 7th busiest port in the world
- Tourist water bus facility
- Latest addition to the water transport system is the Water Taxi. ROADS Emirates Road, Dubai Business Bay Crossing, Dubai AIR: Dubai International Airport WATERWAYS - Official language = Arabic
- Second language = English
- Other languages spoken include Urdu, Hindi, Persian, Bengali, Punjabi, Pashto, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Balochi, Tagalog, and Chinese. - Official religion = Islam
- Main sectarian = Sunni
- Large Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist communities
- Non-Muslim groups can practice religion freely
- Proselytizing or distributing religious literature illegal
- Penalty of criminal prosecution, imprisonment, and deportation for engaging in behavior offensive to Islam POPULATION STRUCTURE LANGUAGE RELIGION ECONOMIC HISTORY 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS - End of 2008: Dubai affected greatly by the global financial crisis
- Excessive borrowing by Government Related Entities led to the bursting of the property bubble.
- Basically, investors were no longer able provide necessary monetary support to finish projects that were already started- Since 2008:economy improving
- Dubai now using its strength in tourism, regional transportation, and logistics to aid economy
- Dubai Department of Economic Development predicts this improvement will lead to a GDP growth of 4.5% in 2013
- GDP growth is expected to average a 3-5% increase annually until 2020- Dubai still facing the significant debt acquired after the 2008 property crisis - Located on coast along Persian Gulf
- Position made it key for trading early on
- Natural inlet to the Persian Gulf, called Dubai Creek, splits city into two
- Most tourist developments are south of the creek- Connected to other Middle Eastern cities, Africa, and Asia
- Natural resources include petroleum and natural gas, which led to increased trade with the rest of the world Dubai Creek CLIMATE - Almost exclusively in a desert climate
- Nights can be cool; daytime weather can be humid and hot
- Summertime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees F
- Infrequent winter rain
- According to Dubai.com, “[o]n average, rain falls only five days a year.” ALTERING THE ENVIRONMENT - Because Dubai is located in the middle of a desert, it needs a lot of artificial help- Rapid growth transformed Dubai from arid desert to giant commercial center- Fresh water not naturally available.
- Must be pumped from other locations or produced in desalination plants- Desalination plants turn salt water into fresh water - Man-made archipelagos like the Palm Islands and The World Islands are attracting tourists while harming environment
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