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About Dubai

With amazing architectural feats, modern transportation systems and hundreds of global headquarters, Dubai is one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced cities in the world. At the same time, being the largest metropolitan of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is steeped in a rich heritage that started about 5,000 years ago.

From its humble beginning as a stopover for nomadic herders, settlers slowly put down roots and grew date palms. Then arose a thriving fishing and pearl diving industry, which drew merchants to include this outpost on their caravan routes. The area soon became known for trading silks, spices and jewelry. Indeed, Dubai’s rich cultural attractions date mainly from this era.

When in Dubai, be sure to explore treasures such as the majestic Al Fahidi Fort that houses the Dubai Museum. The city’s many souks attract locals and visitors alike with their assortment of goods, continuing a rich tradition of trading in textiles, jewels and spices. Dubai Creek, once the city’s main trade artery, still bustles with abras (water taxis) and wooden dhows today. To learn more about the area’s Bedouin past, go on a night safari for incredible stargazing and wildlife views.

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