Sky High in Dubai

Written by Nick

The United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is famous for its lavish lifestyle and world class engineering feats. Remaining a popular destination for business travellers and tourists, 2008 saw almost 7 million people visit the ‘City of Gold’.

Palm Island Dubai

Palm Islands Dubai

Despite the current world economic down turn, Dubai continues to see growth in its business and tourism markets with major hotel and resort developments such as the Palm Islands, World Islands and the Burj Al Arab Luxury Hotel continuing to fuel visitor demand.

Located in the Garhoud district, 4km (2.5 miles) southeast of Dubai, is Dubai International Airport.  Officially opened in 1960, the original airport runway was made of nothing more than compacted sand, a far cry from the world class airport that stands today. After many years of development and at a cost of billions, Dubai Airport now has a capacity for 60 million passengers a year and is currently ranked as the 20th busiest airport in the world. With further developments underway to accommodate up to 80 million passengers by 2011, Dubai International Airport and indeed the United Arab Emirates are destined to see many more world traveller in the years ahead.

In true form to the country known for its indulgence, facilities at the airport are also world class with the Dubai Airport Lounge being recognised as one of the top 10 airport lounges in the world by a number of travel journalists.

With work underway to complete the Burj Dubai, soon to be the worlds tallest building at 2,684 feet (818 mtrs), Dubai is well set to ride out the economic slow down with world interest in its engineering projects, heavy investment and growing popularity.

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