Dubai: once a fishing village, now an international hub

Dubai was once a fishing village, but now it’s an international real estate hub. Dubai’s transformation has been nothing short of remarkable. From having the world’s tallest building to man-made islands in the shape of a world map, the U.A.E.’s most populous city has never shied away from ambitious construction projects.

Oil wealth and significant investment is one side of the story, but the influx of foreign workers is an even bigger one. In fact, U.A.E. citizens only make up 11.5% of the population, and the rest (88.5%) is made of workers mostly from South Asia.

Dubai International Airport has become the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic, and the sixth-busiest cargo airport in world. In 2010, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai’s second, opened.

[source: Visual Capitalist, Wikipedia, video: Knight Frank]

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