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What makes Dubai the ‘City of the Future’?

One of the world’s oldest science journals lauds vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Dubai has been dubbed the City of the Future by Popular Science magazine, one of the world’s oldest science and technology journals.

Dubai City of the future

In a feature published in its May-June 2017 issue, the magazine highlights the UAE’s thriving future industry – particularly in Dubai.

It lauds the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that materialised in the creation of the Government of the Future.

The publication said the UAE is no longer a country that anticipates the future, but one “where future is shaped through relentless efforts to adopt impending trends and technologies in government work”.

It added that the UAE is rapidly becoming an exporter of science, technology, expertise, and talent to the world.

The magazine called Dubai “the City of the Future” and The UAE “the Country of the Future” and “a regional and global pioneer”, highlighting the vast pool of global talents that are leaving numerous opportunities in Europe and the US and looking to the UAE to achieve their dreams.

The article details the efforts of the UAE, and Dubai in particular, to transform into an open laboratory for testing and implementing the technologies of the future.

The magazine cited examples, including Dubai Electricity and Water Authority launching projects to harness solar power and the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) efforts to advance the transit sector in Dubai, using drones and other smart transportation technologies.

Popular Science went on to hail the Hope spacecraft that the UAE will launch in July 2020 on a seven-month journey to Mars.

In February, Sheikh Mohammed announced the Mars 2117 project which aims to build a city on the Red Planet within 100 years.

He said the UAE was currently among the world’s top nine investors in space science.


Top 10 Reasons Why You Have To Visit Dubai

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#1 – Dubai, The New Travel International Hub

– With the ascension of Emirates Airline, Dubai has become the new hub for stopovers and connecting flights. As the city is situated in the middle-east, it is easy for travelers to get there. Dubai International airport is ranked as the number one hub for international passengers with annual traffic over 83.6 million passengers in 2016 and is considered as one of the biggest and busiest travel hub in the world. The airport serves 90 airlines flying to more than 240 destinations across six continents.

Emirates airline is Dubai’s flag carrier, with flights to and from over 150 destinations worldwide. Since launching in 2009, flydubai has become the world’s fastest start-up airline, flying to more than 85 destinations across 44 countries.



#2 – Dubai’s Amazing Infrastructures

– Who could imagine a small Arab village would become the powerhouse it is today? Dubai boasts a world-class infrastructure, well-maintained roads, excellent public transport and connectivity. But great infrastructure is just one reason why Dubai is a global trade centre. Sitting at the crossroads of East and West, Dubai is a switching point for trade with a region of 2.2 billion people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the CIS, Central Asia and India.


Dubai Infrastructures

#3 – International Hotels

– Dubai has a wide range of international hotels offering services that cater to all needs and budgets. Travelers always look for the nicest place to stay and Dubai has a large range of choice. According to the famous site ‘Trip Advisor’, the top 10 hotels in Dubai are:

1. Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Residence and Spa at One and Only Dubai

2. Raffles Dubai
Raffles Dubai

3. One&Only The Palm Dubai

4. Grosvenor House Dubai
Grosvenor House Dubai

5. The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai
The Palace, One and Only Dubai

6. Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah

7. Address Dubai Marina
Address Dubai Marina

8. The Oberoi, Dubai
The Oberoi

9. Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai

10. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Hotel Exterior

Bonus: The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai and is the 3rd tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.

Dubai, UAE. Burj Al Arab from above


#4 – Shopping in Dubai

– Dubai is synonymous with shopping; there is nothing you cannot buy when shopping in Dubai. From gold to electronics, designer labels and luxury items, the emirate is packed with huge shopping malls built side-by-side with older souks, where small shop owners sell everything from spices to clothing to carpets and rugs. Goods in Dubai are available from all over the world including Turkey, Iran, India and China.

Dubai is also famous for its many shopping festivals, which are worth a mention here. The most well known that attracts thousands of shoppers from across the world is the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), which kicks off every year in January and goes on for a month. In addird tion to the shopping and thousands of prizes, this internationally acclaimed festival showcases the best of several sectors from concerts, events, fashion shows and outdoor sports. Another annual event that has put Dubai on the world map is the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), which runs for a month at the beginning of summer in Dubai. The DSS is very popular with residents of the emirate for its shopping deals and fun activities designed for the whole family.

Apart from these festivals, year round shopping attracts visitors from all over the world. Depending on what you are looking for, below are the six most popular and varied shopping destinations for visitors and residents alike.

1. Dubai Shopping Mall

2. Deira Gold Souk

3. Global Village

4. Bur Dubai Souk
Bur Dubai - Gold Souq

5. Karama Shopping Center
Karama Shopping Center

6. Wafi Mall


#5 – The Palm Jumeirah Dubai

– The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates, created using land reclamation by Nakheel called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) extends into the Persian Gulf, increasing Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 kilometres (320 mi). It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah island is known for glitzy hotels, posh apartment towers and upmarket global restaurants. Food trucks offering snacks like shawarma dot the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, popular for its views of the Dubai coastline and the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. Beach clubs with spas and infinity pools turn into boisterous nightclubs with live DJs in the evening.

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The Palm Jumeirah Dubai

#6 – Dubai, Safe Haven

– Dubai is a politically stable environment and a safe city for citizens, residents and visitors alike. According to Interpol, Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world in terms of crimes and health, making it a reassuring ground for all.

I have lived in Dubai and as a young woman, I can say that it is really a safe city where it is possible to walk alone or in group at any time. I went out alone at night during my stay there and I felt safer than anywhere else in the world!



#7 – Dubai, Child-Friendly

– Dubai offers attractive activities for families. The parents are able to enjoy as much as the children the various attractions around the city. Here is a list of 5 big name attractions and ultimate playground for family & kids:

1. Kidzania

2. Bounce Dubai
Bounce Dubai

3. Oli Oli
Oli Oli Dubai

4. Legoland

5. Kite Beach
Kite Beach Dubai

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#8 – Dubai’s Luxury Restaurants

– While Dubai’s most impressive restaurants are yet to claim a spot in the world-renowned Michelin Guide – the last word in fine-dining – acclaimed chefs and celebrity cooks come from all over the world to set up restaurants here, and the scope of high-end dining on offer is enormous. Like most places, though, it pays to know where to go for the best meals in the city.

1. Social by Heinz Beck at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Social by Heinz Beck

2. Rhodes W1 at Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Rhodes W1

3. Indego by Vineet in dubai at Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Indego by Vineet

4. La Petite Maison in Dubai, Gate Village No. 8, DIFC

La Petite Maison in Dubai


#9 – Dubai’s Adventures

– Dubai is well-known for its extravagant activities where it is possible to do bike quads in the desert, ski or ice rink in a mall and also cruise around the sky scrappers in the Marina Bay.
Travelers always seek for fun and are willing to discover new things. Here is a list of some various activities available in Dubai.

1. Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden

2. Cruises
Dubai Marina

3. Sky Diving
Sky Diving Dubai

4. Dubai Desert Adventures
#Dubai Desert Adventures

5. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium & Underground Zoo

6. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai

7. Ballooning & Wildlife Safari
Ballooning In Dubai

8. Burj Khalifa Dubai

Burj Khalifa

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#10 – Dubai’s Theme Parks

– With big ambitions and the expertise to make even the wildest dreams a reality, Dubai is becoming the most exciting adventure playground in the world. Whether it’s family fun or hair-raising thrills you’re after, there are laughs in store for all. Head to IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, or visit Dubai Parks and Resorts, where there’s fun for the whole family

1. IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Theme Park

2. Aquaventure
Aquaventure - The Atlantis

3. Motiongate Dubai

4. Bollywood Parks Dubai
Bollywood Dubai

5. Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi Theme Park

6. Legoland Water Park
Legoland Waterpark


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