Dubai Tourism Essay

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As a “modern day Babylon,” named by Jonathon West, a journalist for Management Today, Dubai has grown at an unprecedented rate since the turn of the century. With a population of 183,187 in 1975, this number has increased tenfold in thirty years – a rate never before seen. Not only has population increased, but Samer Bagaeen wrote in International Planning Studies that its income from oil has increased by as much as five times since 2006, bringing in $305 billion. Using this instant source of money, Dubai invested in the tourism industry. Erecting ideas and designs never seen before, Dubai has taken the first step towards creating a futuristic tourism industry. With man-made islands, seven-star hotels, and an expanding cultural hub, Dubai has instantly become one of the most desirable tourism destinations. Dubai’s tourism-dependent economy …show more content…
Being located on the Gulf in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula made it a common stopping and trading post for merchants and traders. This began to shift Dubai’s infrastructure away from a reliance on oil, and more towards a reliance on other nations’ wealth; a reoccurring theme in Dubai’s development. Without the wealth of other nations, the emirate couldn’t prosper. According to Al-Sayegh Fatma of Middle Eastern Studies, if other emirates became self-sufficient, Dubai would be left with no wealth, resulting in the death of the merchant class. During the Great Depression, Dubai received a glimpse of its potential downfall when money supplies ran low, creating a wavering middle class. Eager to get back on top, Dubai began to switch over to an oil-reliant economy, collaborating with other nations of the UAE to meet the world’s oil demands. In the early 1990s, when high demand for oil was met with a large oil influx in the UAE, Dubai prospered from the economy stimulus and experienced an increased

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