✅ 5 Lesser Known Facts About Dubai ❤️ A Happy City With Young People 😍 – The world community often regards Dubai as a tourist center that offers splendor. In fact, nearly 16 million tourists visited Dubai in 2014, placing the country as the fourth most popular destination in the world.
According to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2019, Dubai is on top as the place for tourists who spend the most money. Recorded a total of USD31 billion or IDR436 trillion (exchange rate of IDR 14,000 per USD) per year.
The city has a reputation as a destination for luxury shopping and entertainment, such as luxury malls and grand theaters. But there are many facts that not many people know about Dubai, here are 5 facts quoted from the We Forum, Thursday (11/21/2019):
Dubai is not a country
Dubai is often considered a country. In fact, Dubai is one of the seven states in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was founded in 1971 after independence from Britain.
As one of the largest parts of the UAE, Dubai is one of the main entrances to the country and one of the busiest transit centers in the world. With 88 million people per year passing through Dubai International Airport.
- Pearl used to be its main industry
Before oil was discovered in Dubai in 1966. Before that, the economy relied on fishing activities by fishermen.
The UAE’s gross domestic product (GDP) is around USD414 billion or IDR 5,000 trillion, and is expected to grow by 2.4% in 2019. This is partly driven by growth from the oil sector. Dubai produces nearly 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day. But that’s not the only contributor to the city’s luxury success.
More than 90% of business activity in Dubai now comes from a variety of other sectors, including logistics, financial services, real estate, construction and manufacturing.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2019, the United Arab Emirates is ranked 25th, making it the most competitive economy in the Arab world, based on factors such as innovation, skills, and macroeconomic stability.
- Most of the population is under 35 years old
Dubai has a youth population of 60% under 35 years of age. In addition, the city is also a center for technological innovation. In 2017, the World Economic Forum partnered with the International Finance Corporation to identify, support and enable the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the Arab world to improve the state of their region through 100 Arab Start-Ups Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution initiative.
These success stories in Dubai include Careem, an online motorcycle taxi application purchased by Uber in 2019 for USD 3.1 billion or IDR 43 trillion, and BitOasis, which provides access to Arab countries.
- Famous actor George Clooney was filmed in Dubai
Dubai is indeed famous for its beauty. It is proven that Dubai has been the location for Hollywood films, including the thriller film Syriana, starring the famous actor George Clooney.
Hence many of the world’s leading media companies have Middle East bases in Dubai. It has a dedicated Media City which is home to global organizations such as Reuters, BBC, CNN, CNBC, Sony and Showtime.
Founded in 2001 as a content production and broadcasting center, and part of the Dubai Technology, Commercial Electronics and Media Free Zone (TECOM), the site is the largest in the region, with a development budget of over $ 800 million and approximately 2,500 listed companies. .
- Dubai wants to be the happiest city on earth
Dubai can measure happiness. The UAE state has prepared digital-based happiness meters to measure the mood of citizens, residents and visitors, especially when they interact with Dubai government services.
The Dubai government aims to make Dubai the happiest city in the world.
In 2016, the UAE government appointed Ohood bint Khalfan Al Rhoumi as its first Minister of Happiness, tasked with launching a national positive program.
According to the State Ministry for Happiness, employee happiness in the UAE increased by 24% between 2016-2018.