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Dubai in the early morning 06:15

Dubai is one of the seven emirates and the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. The discovery of oil led to a massive influx of foreign workers, mainly Indians and Pakistanis. As a result, the population of the city from 1968 to 1975 grew by over 300%. Today Dubai has attracted attention through its real estate projects and sports events. Large increases in oil prices after the Persian Gulf War encouraged Dubai to continue to focus on free trade and tourism. The success of the Jebel Ali free zone allowed the city to replicate its model to develop clusters of new free zones, including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Maritime City. The construction of Burj Al Arab, the world's tallest freestanding hotel, as well as the creation of new residential developments, were used to market Dubai for purposes of tourism. Since 2002, the city has seen an increase in private real estate investment in recreating Dubai's skyline with such projects as The Palm Islands. This increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub, has highlighted labor and human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce. Only 17% are Emirati, 9% Arabic, 64% Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and 10% Western. Dubai has approximately 250,000 laborers, mostly South Asian, working for US$ 10 a day on real estate.


Our airplane arrived at 05:00 in the morning. At 06:00 we were already at the Dubai Creek. A boatman starts his morning slowly watching the Creek. People are going to work by abras, boat transfer, crossing the Creek to the old centre of Dubai. In de back the supertall skyscraper of 160 floors and 818m high. Next to Creek people having their early morning session of yoga. The temperature in morning is still bearable but in the afternoon the temperature will rise above 40 degrees celcius.


Very little is known about pre-Islamic culture in the south-east Arabian peninsula, except that many ancient towns in the area were trading centers between the Eastern and Western worlds. The remnants of an ancient mangrove swamp, dated at 7,000 years, were discovered during the construction of sewer lines near Dubai Internet City. Nowadays Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. Dubai has a hot and, at times, humid climate (drier during extreme heat) with many months recording temperatures of over 40 °C (104 °F).

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Taken on August 8, 2008