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2020-11-05 Other articles >

Dubai: to make a fairy tale come true

If you want to see an Oriental fairy tale come to life-welcome to Dubai! It has all the hallmarks of a fairy-tale Royal life - and what you want, a monarchy is a monarchy. Right in the middle of the desert Sands of RUB al-Khali, on the coast of the Persian Gulf, a fairy-tale city, whose name is Dubai, grew up in the twentieth century.
Huge skyscrapers, luxury hotels, clean beaches, green palm trees against the background of endless sea azure-all this seems just fabulously impossible in the middle of the huge Sands of the Arabian Peninsula. Here in the summer, even in the shade, you will not find coolness-plus 50 is the maximum possible comfort.
Even the monetary units of the United Arab Emirates, which includes the city and the eponymous Emirate of Dubai, depict the most valuable thing that can be in the desert - water. The 1 dirhams coin has a symbolic image of a jug on the reverse.
All the more valuable and incredible is the oasis of Dubai, which by today's standards has EVERYTHING.

However, this was not always the case. 200 years ago, the population of Dubai was just over a thousand people, mainly engaged in pearl fishing. In the middle of the last century, the area was a bleak picture of a typical desert town, until in 1966, foreign businessmen discovered oil deposits here.
And then it started. Of course, it was possible to quickly spend light oil money, hiding them in the pockets of sheikhs and emirs. However, the understanding that a natural resource cannot be eternal gave an impetus to the further development of the region.

'Oil Is everything!'- said the Emir of Dubai and began to act. Thanks to the able leadership of Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the city's infrastructure began to develop. Acting under the motto 'We were born to make a fairy tale come true', Sheikh Rashid proposed a global project of the city-state as a center of international tourism and business.
Even the 50 Fils coins in the main circulation of the UAE show oil rigs. The original coins are minted from Nickel-plated steel. They have a heptagonal shape. Their only year of release is 2013.
Postage stamps issued in Dubai in denominations of 5, 20, 35 and 60 dirhams are also dedicated to the topic of oil exports.
But 'not a single oil', as they say. Dubai has launched mind-blowing projects that have no analogues in the world. The region has become a financial oasis where the most favorable conditions for global investment are created:
no taxation on profits and assets;
maximally simplified business registration procedure for foreigners, when only a tourist visa, Bank account and office are required;
favorable conditions for the development of companies providing it services in the form of a special economic zone dubaii Internet city.

The Emir of Dubai, who is also the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed, personally manages their implementation. At one time, his father, the first Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid II, took care of a worthy successor, giving his son a European education (Cambridge - 'this Is not a trifle in your pockets').
And dreams, backed up by petrodollars, began to gradually come true. In 1999, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Burj al - Arab ('Arab tower'), opened its doors.its interior takes You to a fairy-tale Palace from '1000 and one nights'.
I think it would be interesting to get such a postcard with the image of the hotel not only for the avid philocartist.
The record that remains unconquered to this day is the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Its height is 828 m. And for the second decade it has been the tallest of all buildings on earth.
To surpass the Burj Khalifa was only another Dubai tower, located in Dubai Creek Harbor. Its planned height is one hundred meters higher than the Burj Khalifa and is equal to 928 m. The opening was scheduled for October 2020 and timed to coincide with the world exhibition Expo-2020 (well, very much like the history of the creation of the Paris Eiffel tower).

Although Dubai was preparing (according to the Dubai authorities, all streets, roads and buildings were 100% disinfected), due to the pandemic, its construction was frozen, as well as the opening of the exhibition was postponed for a year.
And it looks absolutely incredible in the desert dancing fountain, located in the heart of Dubai. The height of its jets is 150 meters, and in one second it lifts 83 tons (!) of water into the air, which, combined with light animation and musical accompaniment, is deafening and gives a completely unearthly feeling.
In addition to its own attractions, Dubai is not averse to telling the world about other earthly beauties.

In 1973, the Dubai postal service issued a postal hitch of 6 stamps, which depicts the subjects of Arabic fairy tales.
You can add to the collection of postcards amazing copies with images of Dubai architectural fairy tales.
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