Fantasyland on the Persian Gulf by Gugy Irving
The UAE comprises about nine million people, but only about 1.4 million are Emirati. Dubai has 2.2 million people and is the largest city and serves as the center for business, trade, tourism and fantasy land in general. In the early 1950s, Dubai was a sleepy, poor fishing and pearl diving village. With Japan’s invention of cultured pearls, the economy had gone south. Dubai’s location was instrumental in its development as a center for trade. The airport was built and offshore oil was discovered in 1966, which allowed for the development of necessary infrastructure for the Emirates. Before I left for India, I easily
After a visit to India last November, I decided to break up the return flight by spending four days in Dubai. I am embarrassed to admit that I really didn’t know if it was a city, a kingdom, a country, or just what. Back in December 1971, six independent emirates (the seventh joined in February 1972) formed the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This union was necessitated by the termination of Great Britain’s security assistance, which had been in place since 1892. Each of the seven retains its own hereditary rulers, and from them an overall head of state for the UAE is selected. The ruling family in Dubai has been in charge since 1833.
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