Modern, exciting and bursting with world-class facilities, Dubai is an oasis set alongside the cool blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. The transformation of Dubai from a small fishing settlement into the extraordinary destination as we know it today remains a remarkable success story. In the 1830's, Dubai was a small fishing village on the Shindagha peninsula at the mouth of the Creek. It was inhabited by a branch of the Bani Yas tribe, originally from the Liwa oasis to the south, led by the Maktoum family who still rule the emirates today.
When oil was discovered in 1966, Sheikh Rashid utilized the oil revenues to spur infrastructure development in Dubai. Since the 1960s, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, then ruler of Abu Dhabi, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum had dreamed of creating a federation of the Emirates in the region. Their dreams were realized in 1971 when Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (in 1972) Ras Al Khaimah, joined to create the United Arab Emirates. Under the late Sheikh Zayed, the first President of UAE, the UAE has developed into one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita GDP in excess of US$17,000 per annum.
Under the visionary leadership of H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makktoum, Dubai continued its journey towards becoming an internationally recognized metropolis with advanced infrastructure.
Dubai is now a city that boasts unmatchable hotels, remarkable architecture and world-class entertainment and sporting events.
The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood. Both languages are commonly used in business and commerce.