The Growth of Dubai

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The Growth of Dubai


Geographical Location of Dubai        

Map Showing UAE and the Arabian Peninsular        

Map Showing Dubai and the UAE – see attached map        

Historical Background of Dubai        

Map Showing the Original Settlement        

The Growth of Dubai        

Graph Showing Population from 1900-2000 - see attached graph        

Pattern of Growth and Reasons        

Map Showing the Growth of Built-up Areas        

Foreign Workers in Dubai        

Table of Immigrant Workers        

Bar Graph to follow on from table        

World Map Showing Worker Origins – see attached map        

Dubai Time-line        


Dubai’s Economy        

Dubai Main Economic Indicators        

Dubai’s Economic Functions        

Pie Chart Showing Key Economic Sectors        

Geographical Location of Dubai

Dubai is situated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where it is the second largest emirate with an area of 3,885 square kilometres.

The UAE is situated along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula between 22.5° and 26° N and between 51° and 56.25° E.

Qatar lies to the west and north-west, Saudi Arabia to the west and south and Oman to the north, east and south-east.

The total area of the UAE is about 83,600 square kilometres, much of it in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Map Showing the Arabian Peninsular and the Middle East

Map Showing UAE and the Arabian Peninsular

Map Showing Dubai and the UAE – see attached map

The major part of Dubai consists of rolling sand dunes along the foothills of the Hajar Mountains in the east. The city of Dubai is situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek, a natural inlet from the Gulf which divides the city into the Deira district to its north, and Bur Dubai on its south. The city ranks as the UAE's most important port and commercial centre.

Historical Background of Dubai

Dubai’s origins go back into the distant past. The town’s museum has a collection of objects found in graves at nearby Al-Qusais dating from before 1000BC, while a caravan station from about 600 AD has been excavated in Jumeirah. Until a few decades ago, the surrounding sand dunes were inhabited by nomadic Bedouin roaming with their flocks and herds. Today the nomads have mostly settled in villages in the few fertile oases or valleys, or else in the city.

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The village really began to grow in the early 19th century, when some 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, the Al Bu Falasah, moved north in 1833 and settled in Dubai at the mouth of the creek. Dubai lacked the fertile surroundings of Abu Dhabi, and so its inhabitants were committed to life on the coast, and looked to the sea for their living. The creek was a natural harbour and Dubai soon became a centre for the fishing, pearling and sea trade.  

These settlers were led by the Maktoum Family, and under their leadership Dubai ...

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