United Arab Emirates “There’s always room for another shawarma.” – Dubai Proverb Explore We were only in the U.A.E. for 15 hours but made it to the gold souks, the Dubai…
“There’s always room for another shawarma.” – Dubai Proverb
We were only in the U.A.E. for 15 hours but made it to the gold souks, the Dubai mall, the Burj Khalifa, and watched a fountain show (October 2015).
$1 USD = 3.60 AED (Dirham)
local meal will cost 30 AED
mid range meal for 2 will cost 150 AED
A 1 bed apartment in the city-center will cost $1,800 a month
Human presence has been evident in the UAE for over 140,000 years. However, due to the harsh desert climate, the region has primarily been inhabited by nomadic herdsmen. Beginning around 622 CE, the region came under the rule of the Umayyads. By the 16th century, the region fell under Ottoman rule. Portuguese and English traders referred to the region as the pirate coast due frequent raids from the region.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the pearl industry propped up the region. However, India imposed a pearl tax that crippled the industry. With help from the British after World War II, seven Emirates came together to form a council to consolidate matters within the region.
Oil was discovered in the 1950s, though the reserves were not as substantial as neighboring nations. In 1966, Britain began looking for a way to relinquish control of the region due to cost. In 1971, the Emirati Kingdoms gained their independence.
By 1969, the Sheik decided to focus what revenue they could get from oil into creating a modern nation that could support itself. This led directly to the extreme development in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Today, the United Arab Emirates operates as a federal absolute monarchy.
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