Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates. It has one of the fastest growing economies in the world as it shifts from a trade and port economy to one that focuses on tourism. Both currently live together in the city and tourism is higher than ever.
Most of Dubai’s economy is tourism and trade, which are extremely modernized in the city. That being said, Dubai’s old district offers some interesting stops for the site-seer. The Bastakiya District is a traditional style section of the city with many reconstructed buildings. This area is also great for shopping, art galleries and restaurants.
Today, Dubai is famous for having everything that is bigger and better. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, the Palm Islands are the largest manmade islands in the world and the Burj al-Arab Hotel is said to be the nicest hotel in the world.
Dubai International Airport (airport code DXB) is the major airport for the city of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and most of the Middle East. It’s the main hub for five carriers, including Emirates. Flights depart Dubai International Airport to more than 200 cities around the world. Most of these flights are Emirates flights, which also has a recently built 4.5 billion dollar terminal.
The 103 airlines flying out of Dubai International carried almost 41 million travellers in 2009.