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History of Dubai
Updated on 09 September 2015

In 1833, Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti moved the Bani Yas tribal family into Dubai. Sheikh Maktoum subsequently became the founder of the Al Maktoum family who still rule the Emirate to this day.

In 1892 H.H. Sheikh Maktoum launched a formal trading agreement with the British government, establishing a full tax exemption to all foreign traders. As a result of being duty free, the re-export business (whereby cheap goods could be imported into a duty free port and immediately exported to another market) accelerated.

In 1912, H.H. Sheikh Rashid (often referred to as the father of Dubai) was born. He was the first ruler to visualise the trade potential that Dubai had to offer and ordered the development of Port Rashid to handle shipping imports and re-exports, and further develop the shipping trade, most notably in gold. This commercial enterprise continued, which prompted Sheikh Rashid to order the dredging of Jebel Ali Port, now the largest deep-water port in the world.

Sheikh Rashid had a special relationship with the British and was said to enjoy a close friendship with Queen Elizabeth II. His sons all completed their education at Sandhurst and it is perhaps not surprising that the affable relationship between the two countries still continues.

H.H. Sheikh Rashid died in 1990, passing the mantle to his son, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum who himself sadly passed away in January 2006 thus passing the title to the current ruler, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed.

As Dubai continues on its vigorous development, there is no doubt that H.H. Sheikh Mohammed will forge ahead with plans to make Dubai one of the most modern cities in the world.

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Dubai Properties (DP) has announced that it will unveil its new luxurious development, 1/JBR, at Cityscape Global 2015, which will be held 8-10 September 2015, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dubai’s Ruler H.H. Sheikh Mohammed announced the development of ‘Dubai Harbour’, a unique new waterfront destination that will feature the region’s largest marina.

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The ultimate family-fun hotel will open at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination.

The Rosemont Hotel & Residences, ZAS Group's project, will be Sheikh Zayed Road's latest tower featuring a rainforest-like landscapre and an artificial beach along Al Thanyah First (Tecom) in Dubai.

Nakheel and Centara Hotels and Resorts signed a joint venture agreement to create a 550-room, Dhs 500 million beachfront resort with waterpark on Deira Islands in Dubai.

The UAE won the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020. This will be the first time that the World Expo has been staged in the Middle East.

The world’s first Bugatti-styled homes are being launched by luxury real estate developer, DAMAC Properties, during the Cityscape Global exhibition in Dubai

Al Khan Village Resort is part of the reconstruction of the traditional Al Khan fishing village.

Bulgari Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Dubai-based real estate development company Meraas Holding for a new hotel in Dubai set to open in 2017.

A new outdoor destination is set to open within months in Dubai’s outskirts - Dubai Safari.

The current ruler of Dubai is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed is committed to fulfilling his father's dream of making

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Inspired by tales of Aladdin and Sindbad and resembling Aladdin’s magical lamp, the development will be made up of three towers comprising a hotel and two commercial buildings.

Located on the Bluewaters Island complex in Dubai Marina, the Dubai Eye will stand at 210m high (689 ft), overtaking the new High Roller in Las Vegas which stands at 167.6m (550 ft) and makes it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

The local currency in Dubai is the Emirati Dirham which is pegged to the US Dollar.

We've listed the embassies and consulates in Dubai and the UAE for the assistance visitors and tourists may require.

Kalba Waterfront Mall will be located at the centre of the development area in the Kalba Eco-tourism Project in Sharjah, UAE.

Stella Maris Tower aims to become one of the most successful waterfront developments in the city, offering residents a lifestyle unlike any other.

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The Tower, located in the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour, is a glittering new icon which will define Dubai’s skyline.

MGM Resorts International, which operates hotel brands such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage, has been picked to run a new resort in Dubai.

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Despite becoming one of the most modern cities in the world, the local population of Dubai remain conscious of their heritage, legacy and culture. The late President of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, famously said

Due for completion in 2020, Meydan One plans to break five world records, with the world’s longest indoor ski slope at 1.2km, the world’s largest dancing fountain at 420m, the world’s tallest

The first round of formal sales of apartments at Dubai’s next prestige project, The Royal Atlantis Residences on the Palm, starts on Saturday 28th January.

Water is arguably the world's most precious resource, and for over a billion people without direct access to clean water, every drop counts. All you need to know in Dubai.

Dubai adds Meydan One Mall in shopping and entertainment destinations in Dubai, to be operational by 2020.

As you travel around Dubai you will often see people smoking shisha, and if the sweet, fruity smell has got you intrigued, here's a quick overview to tell you what it's all about

Nakheel is investing Dhs 150 million to bring 105 km of bicycle tracks to its communities across Dubai, with all routes linked to the Government’s Cycling Master Plan.

Maryam Island tops Omran Properties’ projects as its largest in Sharjah.

Dubai has a tropical desert climate, with summer months reaching the mid to high 40 degrees while the winter months are milder and more comfortable.

Set for completion in 2017, at a cost of $136 million, the Museum of the Future will serve as a facility for trend forecasters, innovators and those simply curious about what society will look like in the decades to come.

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Due for completion in December 2015, the $43.5 million Dubai Frame project, situated in Zabeel Park, will allow panoramic views of both Old Dubai and New Dubai.

The Dubai Code of Conduct was prepared in 2009 by the Executive Council, under the direction of

Donald Trump Jr has launched the new Trump International Golf Club at the Damac Hills project in Dubai.

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Marcel Kittel was a proud man on Saturday after defending his Dubai Tour title with another majestic sprint finish on the fifth and final stage.
World Art Dubai returns for a third edition with artists from five continents and over 150 international galleries coming to Dubai World Trade Centre from
Arrogate of Saudi Arabia has won the USD 10 million (Dhs 36.7m) Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse edging out Gun Runner of the US.
Global Village has been ranked the number one brand in the Leisure and Entertainment category among consumers in the UAE
Mountain bikers and hikers can enjoy two new trails in Hatta, Dubai with a total length of 12km.
Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth Dhs 11 billion (3 billion USD) in 2017.
Rhythm On The River aims to get you toe-tapping and clapping with live entertainment. The highlight will be the floating stage on the river, with none other than Michael Jackson’s double paying
The Camel Trek participants were overwhelmed by the hero’s welcome they received after successfully completing a journey in the desert of the UAE.
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Emirates has announced on Wednesday that starting next month it would reduce flights to the US following the recent electronics ban and visa restrictions.
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The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is on track to launch the Hope spacecraft in July 2020 on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup concludes with the fifth and final tournament of the series, the Dubai Cup. Take a picnic to enjoy on the sidelines of the polo field or if
SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year.
History comes alive at Saruq Al-Hadid Museum where locally unearthed artefacts are displayed that evidence Dubai’s role as a hub for trade and civilisation in the Arabian Peninsula
Dubai Tourism has announced updates to the Desert Tour & Camp regulations.
California electric automaker Tesla is plugging into the UAE electricity grid with an investment of tens of millions of dollars to support the arrival of its new cars by summer.
Dubai Airports will introduce a new baggage rule to help improve service, reduce the risk of mishandlings and enhance the performance of its check-in and baggage operation.
The Dubai skyline takes a leading, if ill-fated, role in the new teaser trailer for the environmental disaster flick Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler.
Some of the world’s top female tennis players enjoyed the annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Players’ Party last night.
Dubai Municipality will start its activities as part of the 37th UAE Plantation Week celebrations with the opening of Al Warqa 3 Park and other new parks.
Guinness World Records has confirmed that the title for the ‘Largest Stencil’ has been broken for the very first time in Dubai.
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central witnessed a strong surge in 2016 climbing 85% according to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
Guests at Dubai Opera will soon be able to enjoy a spot of pre-show dining, with an on-site restaurant set to open this summer.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched Dubai-Opoly, a new recreational game as part of its efforts to promote Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai launched a search for producers of authentic Emirati and regional products including dates, Arabian coffee and sweets, chocolate and spices.
Emirates Airlines preview the enhanced verson of the signature Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge
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Dubai Airports has unleashed the world’s fastest free wi-fi connection 'WOW-Fi' at an airport to millions of passengers that travel through the airport.
Passengers at Dubai International (DXB) were all smiles on Monday after they were treated during the International Day of Happiness.
Andy Murray became the first British champion at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as he defeated Fernado Verdaso 6-3 6-2.
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Global Village has recorded an attendance of 5.6 million guests in Dubai this season.
Abu Dhabi will host the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, the world's largest humanitarian and sporting event, to be held first time in the Middle East.
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Dubai Holding to develop the largest public park in Dubai as part of Dubai's position to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Saudi dentist and humanitarian set a new record that added to her tally of world records, while crossing the Dubai Creek and the Dubai Water Canal.
Al-Futtaim has announced the development of a new Dubai mall located in Jebel Ali that includes Dubai's second IKEA store.
If you have never been to a camel race before, saddle up for a fun day out for the whole family. The tournament is one of the highlights of
DXBeach, the ultimate day to night beach party, makes a welcome return to Zero Gravity on Friday 14th April. Featuring an all-star line up with Brit Award
Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers after near record numbers in 2016 according to Dubai Airports.
The Nokia 3310 is back with a revamped version as announced at the Mobile World Congress and will be available soon in the UAE.
Alia Ali, an artist with a heritage as colourful as her work, is influenced by Yemeni, Bosnian, American and Austrian cultures. The People of Pattern exhibition is her latest
A couple was overwhelmed when Dubai officials welcomed them with gifts and flowers upon arrival at Dubai airport.
UAE campaign encourages switch from bottled to tap water.
Construction on the 153-room Hotel Indigo in Dubai’s Sustainable City is set to begin.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal.
Round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and get ready to burn up the quarter mile this April, as UK Curve Theatre brings their hit
Follow Truckers DXB for a laid-back vibe with live music and quality street food from a variety of food trucks. Chill out in the vibrant outdoor settings of different venues and peruse the
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has approved several projects for the fourth quarter of 2016/17 Development Plan in the UAE.
Emirates had to divert 60 of 194,000 flights in 2016 to save passengers who needed immediate medical care.
A convoy of electric vehicles set out on a 700km long road trip through the UAE to mark the start of the first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (Emirates EVRT).
Dubai has welcomed just over three million visitors over the first two months of 2017 according to Dubai Tourism
There will be another record breaker in the making when the world's biggest dhow 'Jadaf' set to sail from Dubai this month.
Dubai is the only Middle Eastern city to be ranked in the top 10 list of global cities with maximum hotel rooms, according to the Insider Money report.
Burj Khalifa Annex is hosting the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition that presents the design and style of the James Bond franchise and the craft behind
Dubai International has announced that monthly passenger traffic numbers in January reached 8 million according to Dubai Airports.
Dubai Tourism released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Uber have announced the trial of an economy offering 'uberX' that will provide customers in Dubai safe and affordable rides.
Expo 2020 Dubai unveiled the last major design in Al Wasl Plaza, an open space that combines design, technology and dome trellis with huge projection.
IMG Worlds of Adventure has given its guests the chance to unlimited access the world’s largest indoor theme park 365 days a year.
Sharjah-based Omran Properties will launch three real-estate projects in Sharjah worth Dhs 2.47 billion.
Ras Al Khaimah has welcomed health and fitness enthusiast Nicholas Watson, along with six fellow cyclists to the emirate during their mission to raise awareness.
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