Home to three million people, find out how Dubai transformed into a sun-soaked modern metropolis.
The Al Maktoum tribe establishes the fishing settlement of Dubai, continuing to rule Dubai ever since.
Pearling and maritime business begins to flourish. Traders from across the world arrive in Dubai to benefit from incredible deals and rates.
Dubai's first school, Al Ahmadiya is built in Deira. The original building in Al Ras remains open as a museum, showcasing what life was like more than a century ago.
His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum becomes the Ruler of Dubai. He leads the emirate for 32 years and develops a major hub for international trade.
Oil is discovered in Dubai, attracting foreign trade and stimulating the economy, which over several decades diversified with shipping, finance and tourism.
Dubai and other emirates sign a deal to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 2 December, 1971. This date is marked each year as the UAE's National Day.
Dubai World Trade Centre, the city's first skyscraper, opens. Formerly known as Sheikh Rashid Tower, the 38-storey building remains an icon on the city skyline.
Dubai's flagship airline, Emirates, is launched. The airline carries more than 50 million passengers per year with cabin crew from 130+ countries.
His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum becomes the Ruler of Dubai, following his father, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The city plays host to the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is recognised as a global financial hub.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum becomes the Ruler of Dubai, as well as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.
2010The Burj Khalifa becomes the tallest building in the world, soaring 828m high and welcoming thousands of visitors each year.
The UAE is gearing up to celebrate the 50th year of the Union and host Expo 2020 from 1 October 2021 to 31 March, 2022.
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Quick factsMarhaba!This short greeting means 'welcome' in Arabic, the official language of the UAE.
Quick factsLucky numberDubai is the second largest of the seven emirates that form the UAE.
Quick factsMoney talksOur currency is the UAE dirham, or AED (US$1 = AED3.67).
Quick factsHello sunshineOur climate is warm and subtropical with 300+ days of sunshine a year.
Quick factsThe wild sideDid you know? The national animal of the UAE is the Arabian oryx.
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