Dubai Facts

Population: With 2.86 million citizens, Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates.

Currency:  The currency used in Dubai is called Dirham (AED). 1 US Dollar equals approximately 3.67 AED.

Ethnicity: UAE nationals, called Emiratis, make up only 15-20 percent of the Dubai population. The remaining residents are expatriates, many of whom either have been in the country for generations or were born in the UAE. Approximately 85 percent of the expatriate population is Asian, chiefly Indian (43%), Pakistani (17%), Bangladeshis (8%) and Filipinos (4%.)

Tallest Building: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – rising to a height of 828 meters 7 2,722 feet – is the world’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith then of the Chicago-headquartered Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Opened in 2010 as part of the new development called Downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa building was named in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, due to the fact that Abu Dhabi helped Dubai from bankruptcy.

Luxury Hotel Suites: Dubai has a lot of luxury hotel suites, and with a rate per night of up to 35,000 USD, the 924 square meters Royal Bridge Suite at Atlantis the Palm is the city’s most expensive suite.

Malls: With more than 70 shopping centers, Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East.” Home to 1,200 shops, the Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping center based on total area.

Gold: Also referred to as “the City of Gold,” Dubai is home to the Gold Souk that houses more than 300 retail shops dedicated to gold. It is estimated that the souk contains 10 tons of gold at any given time. Approximately, 40 percent of the world’s physical gold trade occur in Dubai.

Flowers: The world’s largest flower garden opened in Dubai on Valentine’s Day in 2013. The Dubai Miracle Gardenhas 45 million flowers grown with drip irrigation.

Skiing: Even though Dubai is in the middle of a desert, you can snow ski indoors at the Mall of the Emirates.

Police: The Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a Bentley, to allow the police force to catch speeders who can outrun other cars.