Dubai has one of the world’s most exquisite skylines, which evolved from being a barren desert waste land to a luxury kingdom for business.
Starting out as a natural harbour with its first settlers arriving in 1833 led by the Maktoum family, Dubai soon became the center for fishing, pearling and sea trade. Shortly before the 20th century Dubai became a successful port with over 20,000 people living there, most of the population whom were expatriates that travelled for business and trade.
Fast forward to 2018 Dubai’s population now stands at a staggering 3.1 million with over 80% of the population being European, British and other nationalities – making English a widely spoken language.
When oil was first discovered back in 1966, Sheikh Rashid utilized the oil revenues which evidentially spurred the infrastructure of Dubai as we know it today, with low fuel costs and no direct tax we can all see why this city became the business hotspot of the world.
Dubai is now a boastful city of unmatchable hotels, remarkable architecture and undefinable interior design.
The Architectural brilliance we have seen develop in Dubai over the past decade is astonishing to say the least, with a sprawling modern metropolis which rose from the desert sands is a “shining” example of modern Architecture at its best.
Great modern architecture flocked to Dubai shortly after WKK Architect’s Tom Wright created the city’s most iconic building in 1999 (Burj Al Arab). The Burj Al Arab hotel which presides over the coastline of Jumeirah beach and being the only hotel in the world to have a seven-star rating, shows exactly why Dubai is famous and known for its exquisite designs, diverse population, captivating cityscapes and luxurious wealth.
This then led to Adrian Smith an internationally renowned architect to design the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa.
The Burj Khalifa is one of the many structures of Dubai’s iconic skyline, where we are constantly reminded of the commercial confidence in this ever-expanding city. Standing at eight-hundred and thirty meters high, the office tower is the tallest building in the Middle-East and Europe.
Dubai’s infrastructure has flourished with new developments and projects rising up from every nook and cranny throughout the city.
Dubai’s biggest project was the Palm Jumeirah which is an artificial archipelago which was created using land reclamation that extends into the Persian Gulf, being part of a larger series of developments it has increased Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 kilometers (320 mile), following the expansion there was a great increase in their overall population rate, new business start-ups and revenue per capita.
Dubai’s drastic growth in infrastructure, business and cityscape over the past decade has put them on the map for the city to “watch out for”, what will the future hold for the world’s largest business capital?