I moved to Dubai in 2005, and it is a constantly changing city.
Dubai is one of 7 Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The others are Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujeirah, Um Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Al Ain, with Abu Dhabi being the capital of the country and holder of the most oil wealth.
The country lies at the North Eastern tip of the Arabian peninsula, with a climate varying from 20-25c in winter to 45-50c in summer. Summers can be unbearably hot, but for 9 months of the year the weather is pleasant as humidity is generally low.
Dubai, with limited oil wealth, developed initially as a trading port and this has evolved to this day as a major trade hub for the region. Trade, commerce and tourism drive the economy but recently the Emirate has received bad press worldwide as a result of the economic crisis which will affect international investment and a lot of the large high profile developments.
As a place to visit there is not a huge amount to recommend it for longer than a couple of days as a stopover en route to or from the Far East and Australia. However, as a place to live it is proving to offer a great lifestyle.
Please click on the pictures to the left to view colections of some of the sights of the city. I have mainly been concentrating on the architecture, but more sections will be added over time.