Dubai is one of seven emirates that forms the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Often recognized for its iconic towers, man-made islands and malls, Dubai is undoubtedly a success story as is this young country itself.
The city has built its wealth mainly on its traditional role as an international trading centre, and it is less dependent on oil revenue than the other Emirate states. Dubai’s government is now heavily promoting the city for international investment, commercial and industrial development, and, more recently, tourism. Fifteen free trade zones are being developed, including the world’s first e-business free zone.
Dubai also has a tradition of implementing vast development projects which have included building the tallest hotel in the world, as well as the latest Palm Islands development, a major reclamation project which will include numerous new hotels and residential properties of the highest standard, as well as shopping malls, entertainment facilities, a marine park and around 75 miles of new beaches.