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10 Facts About Dubai You Probably Didn't Know

Dubai has long been one of my most anticipated trips and I can finally scratch it off my bucket list. There are so many things I enjoyed about this country and I would certainly mark it as one of my best trips. Dubai has so much charisma. It is a city known for its opulence, modernity, and innovation. Here are ten lesser-known facts about Dubai:

Artificial Islands: Dubai is famous for its Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree. What's lesser-known is that there are other similar projects, such as "The World," a collection of islands shaped like a world map, also created through land reclamation.

Indoor Ski Resort: Dubai is home to Ski Dubai, one of the largest indoor ski resorts globally, complete with real snow. It's located inside the Mall of the Emirates, allowing visitors to ski and snowboard in the middle of the desert.

No Addresses: Dubai didn't have a formal addressing system until recently. Most places were identified based on landmarks or P.O. boxes. The "Makani" system, introduced in 2015, assigns unique 10-digit codes to every building and location in the city.

Police Supercars: The Dubai Police Force boasts an impressive fleet of luxury and supercars, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bugattis. These high-performance vehicles are used for patrolling tourist areas to promote a positive image of the city.

The Tallest Building: While many people know that the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building, what's surprising is that its height is so extreme that you can watch the sunset from the base, take an elevator to the top, and watch the sunset again because the sun sets later at higher elevations.

Gold ATMs: Dubai has vending machines that dispense gold bars and coins, making it one of the few places in the world where you can purchase gold from an ATM.

Desert Adventures: Beyond its modernity, Dubai offers desert experiences like dune bashing, camel riding, and falconry shows. These activities provide a glimpse into the region's traditional culture.

Check out this video for a sneak, peak glimpse of the desert adventures.

Multicultural Population: Dubai is incredibly diverse, with only about 15% of its population being native Emirati. The remaining residents come from all over the world, making it a true global city.

The Dubai Fountain: The Dubai Fountain, located at the base of the Burj Khalifa, is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. It features daily water shows with music and lights, similar to the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas.

Dubai is a city that will inspire, challenge, and surprise you.

Tax-Free Shopping: Dubai is a popular shopping destination because it has no value-added tax (VAT) on most goods, making it a haven for shoppers looking for luxury items, electronics, and more.

Dubai's unique blend of modernity, luxury, and cultural richness makes it a fascinating place to explore with many hidden gems beyond its iconic skyscrapers and resorts.

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