Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, in the Arabian desert, and borders the south with the emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the Sharjah in the northeast and, through the enclave of Hatta, with the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast and with the emirates of Ajman and Ras al Khaimah.
Seven of the ten highest hotels in the world are in Dubai, but the best known is undoubtedly Burj Al Arab. With its original sail shape, it is the only 7 star hotel. The access is made through a private bridge and on its roof it has a heliport and the highest tennis court in the world. If you have the luxury of paying (at least) about € 2,000 per night, you can see its interior covered with 1800 square meters of gold plates.Gold cashiersThere is so much fever for gold that if you walk through the city you will see curious tellers who dispense pieces of the precious metal. The prices are updated in real time and you can choose between bars of 1, 5 or 10 grams of gold. There are also coins with engravings of the icon of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa.While it is a super young emirate (3 decades) and an international avant-garde icon, economy and exclusivity, there is much behind its paradisiacal boulevards, huge and well planned avenues, its incredible paradisiacal beaches and its artificial islands, not to mention the clear spectacular (maybe that’s the best word to describe it) Burj Khalifa, and its other skyscrapers and hotels.
I accept Dubai is like the Vancouver of Arabia in architecture, and the “American dream” of the Arab mega-billionaires without leaving the Persian Gulf.
Dubai is unmatched, like many other cities in the world, perhaps simply by visiting you tell yourself how many errors in infrastructure and urban development there are in your country … But from the perspective of a migrant, a foreign worker or any tourist you will begin to observe some aspects that will make you want to return running where you came from.
Living in the middle of the ocean in a house submerged underwater? In Dubai it seems that all dreams, and they are luxurious even more, can be realized in real life. The last great project conceived in the Arab Emirates proposes that: to build a complex of 42 houses with three floors: two underwater and one on the surface.
The Floating Villa is the third stage of The Floating Seahorse, the Tzar Edition, a sumptuous proposal that is part of the mega project called The Heart of Europe (Thoe), whose developer is Kleindienst Group, which through the real estate consultancy, Privilege Dubai , in just eight months he sold stages one and two.
The journey by car from the center of one metropolis to the other takes about three hours of rapid frustration: you can barely perceive the blinding yellow of the desert behind the army of trees artificially watered, incredibly alive despite the 45 degrees of the shoulders and its endless perimetral iron grills, green and carved with floral motifs. The dream image of the dunes, the camels and the infinite sand that the environment of Sheikh Zayeed road (*) can no longer see is left for postcards and warnings of tours to the desert. Now in both cities and on the road that joins them – here you also pay a toll – there is a disconcerting green, so unfit for the climate that it seems a further demonstration of wealth and power. The oases of Rub Al Khali, like other tangible mirages, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi depend on money.
Both cities are extremely rich and lead the confederation of seven emirates. The Al Maktoum in the first and the Al Nahyan in the second have formed a dynastic network accepted by their subjects. Both get along well, but it is recommended to take a passport when going from one emirate to the other. Every six years there are strange presidential elections: the sheikhs of the seven emirates meet and vote for a president and a prime minister, which always falls on the two most powerful kingdoms and both surnames: for those of Abu Dabhi the presidency; for those in Dubai the office (or diwan). Where to start. Attract investment, then Dubai was declared free zone of taxes. With the impressive increase of imports to the region, with regulations of each port of each country a mess, a lot of inefficiency. Dubai put together a port of nothing, gave a tax-free zone and implemented a simple and efficient container handling system. Soon all the ships destined to ports of the peninsula, they lowered their merchandise in Dubai, and soon in smaller boats and according to the needs they are sent to the other ports.