Dubai is the quintessential home of sand, sun and shopping. A century ago, it was a tranquil town whose coral-and-gypsum huts housed Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Today, the merchants have gone international and science-fiction skyscrapers stand alongside the mosques and wind towers of Old Dubai.
The vision of the city's rulers is breathtaking. Running out of coastline to build hotels? Build vast artificial islands with 120km (74.5mi) of new beachfront. Need better connections with the world? Build up an award-winning international airline in 15 years. Dubai is the hottest global tourist destination for shoppers. The world-famous Dubai Shopping Festival attracts millions of tourists every year. Dubai is strategically located midway between the Far East & Europe on the east-west trading routes.
Dubai International Airport ranks as one of the world's busiest in terms of transit passengers is linked to more than 145 global destinations. Dubai has no taxes on profits of income. It offers complete freedom of capital movement. Dubai offers an international, family environment and is virtually crime free.
The expatriate population comprises primarily of European, Asian and other Arab nationals.