If you want to experience the opulence of the Arab peninsula, its artistry, its wealth, the Arabian dream in the modern world, you’ll head for Dubai this summer, and get a taste of Dubai luxury that’s bound to stay with you for the rest of your life.
Of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Dubai is the most modern, on a par with New York, London, and Paris when it come to luxury. It’s quickly becoming a favorite among tourists throughout the world. Once a fishing town on the Persian Gulf, it has become an Arabian point of pride. In 1959 Dubai was governed by Sheik Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktourn, who had a vision of a Dubai bristling with skyscrapers, paved with modern roads, a place to do business, a place with opportunity, not only for the people of the U.A.E., but for international concerns as well. His dream has now become a reality and a jewel.
He began by scrapping out wharves, where once there had been just a creek, and brought new shipping businesses to his town. He followed up with new homes, new schools, sports centers such as golf and tennis courts — where today, the world pros play. With opportunities abounding, new investments came, American-style malls, luxury hotels, and man-made islands. Today, an eight lane highway cuts through the middle of the city, skyscrapers standing elegantly on each side. In those skyscrapers are international businesses, enjoying Dubai luxury in the coolness of their air-conditioned offices. A truly multi-cultural city, seven out of eight people are foreigners. Over 150 different countries are represented by the population, many of them working in this fresh, young city, many more there simply to enjoy Dubai luxury as one of the millions of tourists who come to the city to treat themselves to the mega-malls, beaches and to the glamorous hotels that have come to represent Dubai luxury at its best. From a quiet desert town along the Persian Gulf, Dubai has become the most exciting place in the Arab world.
It didn’t happen all at once. In the last twenty years it has grown into a realized dream. This rapid growth is the result of Dubai’s welcoming and favorable attitude to business growth and investment. To encourage business growth, Dubai declared ‘free’ zones, where businesses are exempt from both customs and taxes. Particularly attractive to international businesses, is the freedom to transfer funds. It’s business and tourism that’s Dubai’s greatest source of income now, not the oil that started flowing from its land in 1966. Oil only represents 6 percent of its GDP. Here’s an Arab city that’s proof that Arabs know how to make capitalism work for them.
Built to host the well-to-do, it has becomes their destination for both business and recreation. Dubai has become famous for its duty-free shopping malls, its diversity of restaurants, the friendly people, its pubs, theaters, and gorgeous sandy beaches. The islands called ‘The World’, 300 man-made islands that form an archipelago, can be purchased for an easy 30 million for those who want to make this pulsating city their home. Many Americans have come to Dubai to retire there for its variety, peacefulness, and Dubai luxury, for an Arabian paradise.
If you’ve got the funds, if you love the sun, you should not deny yourself the Dubai luxury. Take a vacation there, and see if you aren’t tempted to stay. Bring your royal dreams. Dubai is there to make them real.