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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common
Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over
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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.
Dubai Tourism released its annual visitor figures showing Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016.
Steel Hammer is a spectacular music theatre that creatively explores the subject of human versus machine. The latest collaboration from composer Julia Wolfe
Sia will headline the Dubai World Cup (DWC) at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday 25th March.
SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year.
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is back. This PGA European Tour sanctioned event, featuring a $2.5 million prize pool, is held early every year at the Emirates Golf
For many visitors, Dubai's healthcare system offers them an opportunity to get quick access to doctors and services.
Don’t miss an amazing Valentine’s Day celebration with some of the UK’s best tribute bands - Abba Illusions and The UK Bee Gees. The stunning Events Arena of Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a breathtaking
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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One of the UK’s most-loved traditions, the summer season of concerts known as BBC Proms, is coming to Dubai with a four-day festival of fine musical performances
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has opened an exhibition dedicated to the
City Walk will transform into an ‘open air canvas’ for the world’s best 3D street artists to create stunning artworks during the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017.
Etihad Museum is hosting its first exhibition on the UAE postal history until 30th April.
The Nokia 3310 is back with a revamped version as announced at the Mobile World Congress and will be available soon in the UAE.
The Red Bull Air Race kick off in style on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February offering fans the perfect racing destination
Truckers DXB came back to Emirates Golf Club last Saturday 11th February where the food truck movement started.
Eat the World DXB, the UAE’s leading international street food and food truck event, will return to Downtown Dubai’s Burj Park from Thursday 23rd to
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.
Adding to its already expansive close-encounter offering, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has another exhilarating underwater experience with the Shark Scooter. Akin to a personal miniature
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.
UAE campaign encourages switch from bottled to tap water.
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.
Music legend Sir Tom Jones will be headlining the opening night of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival’s 15th anniversary celebration on 22nd February at the Dubai Media City
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).
February is the month of love and we can point you in the right direction if you’re looking to plan a romantic surprise, or even thinking of popping the big
Sergio Garcia wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2017 following four days of enthralling golf.
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central witnessed a strong surge in 2016 climbing 85% according to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal.
Andy Murray and Roger Federer are heading to Dubai next month to lead a stellar line-up for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
A couple was overwhelmed when Dubai officials welcomed them with gifts and flowers upon arrival at Dubai airport.
IMG Worlds of Adventure has given its guests the chance to unlimited access the world’s largest indoor theme park 365 days a year.
Some of the world’s top female tennis players enjoyed the annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Players’ Party last night.
Expo 2020 Dubai launched a search for producers of authentic Emirati and regional products including dates, Arabian coffee and sweets, chocolate and spices.
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
Roger Federer and Andy Murray warms up on the beach in Burj Al Arab ahead of Dubai Tennis Championships.
The Roadery has a little something special up its apron at this year's Eat The World DXB.
The fun continues at Dubai Marina Mall’s Outdoor Cinema with family-friendly films being screened each weekend until April.
Dubai Opera presents Madam Butterfly from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th March. Beautifully delivered with Puccini’s score and featuring the Flower Duet
For a unforgettable night of laughter check out the Montreux Comedy Festival, the biggest French-language comedy festival in the world bringing the most talented comedians
ew Order is proud to announce their first ever show in the Middle East, performing in the UAE on Friday 7th April.
The winter weather offers a great time to visit Global Village, the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region offering an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment
Keep your cool as something’s coming straight from the urban streets of 1950’s America to the UAE. West Side Story will have its spectacular GCC premiere at Dubai Opera
In the early days of the emirate’s history, pearl diving was a common way to earn a living. Without the help of tools or equipment, the divers had only their natural skills and abilities to
Dubai Food Festival (DFF), Dubai’s annual citywide culinary celebration, will return to the city from 23rd February to 11th March bigger and better than ever
Grammy and three-time Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand is coming to Dubai Opera for one night only on 23rd February
Global Village has been ranked the number one brand in the Leisure and Entertainment category among consumers in the UAE
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.
The who’s who of the equestrian world, the elite of Dubai’s society and tens of thousands of race goers will be donning their finery for the culmination of
Kung Fu Yoga, Jackie Chan’s latest international blockbusters release today across the UAE cinemas.
The UAE’s favourite food, drink and music festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with the best ever line-up of chefs, 24 of the city’s hottest
Dubai is well known for always looking towards the future, but a new museum in the Emirate gives visitors a deeper look into the UAE’s past
Emirates had to divert 60 of 194,000 flights in 2016 to save passengers who needed immediate medical care.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched Dubai-Opoly, a new recreational game as part of its efforts to promote Dubai.
Good Morning Britain & Lorraine, ITV's Breakfast Shows, recently visited the Emirates Palace and local attractions in Abu Dhabi.
According to Dubai Carbon, there’s money in that half-eaten club sandwich or leftover pizza now making its way into your kitchen dustbin.
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.
UAE has filed a patent to increase rainfall in the country to supplement water security in the country.
Get ready party people as the RedFestDXB music festival takes over Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Thursday
Madinat Theatre kicks off an exciting new season with a ten-day run of classic family musical, Aladdin.
The eighth edition of the Julius Baer Gold Cup is set to be one of the most glamorous sporting events of the year. Running from 18th February to 10th March at Al Habtoor
The new season of Abu Dhabi Classics at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi brings a dynamic new season of classical and traditional music featuring world-class performers and orchestras
Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth Dhs 11 billion (3 billion USD) in 2017.
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue return to Dubai Duty Free Stadium on Thursday 30th March. Tickets are on sale for Dhs 150 and the first
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