4 Things you might not know about the UAE

    1. Dubai

Starting with one of the most famous places in the world, the city of Dubai. It would be easy to write an entire article on the fastest growing city in the world. First off there are cash machines that literally dispense gold bars; the exchange rate is updated every ten minutes. At one point Dubai was growing so fast it was home to one quarter of the world’s cranes. Compare this to 1968, there were only 13 cars in the entire city. One of the reasons for Dubai’s success and popularity is they have a 0% rate of income tax for residents.

  1. Big and Tall

The United Arab Emirates is home to some of the largest manmade structures in the world. For instance the UAE is home to the world famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Measuring at a staggering 829.8m tall it is the tallest skyscraper in the world. In April 2013 the “Dubai Eye” project was started, looking to build the biggest Ferris wheel in the world. Other examples include the biggest mall in the world (The Dubai Mall) and largest aquarium.

  1. The UAE and the Kyoto Protocol

Approximately 40% of the GDP of the UAE is based on oil and natural gas; despite this they are a supporter of extending the famous UN Kyoto protocol. The treaty focuses on the man made effects of climate change and how they can be reduced.

Despite having a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, the UAE has been heavily investing in renewable energy sources and research. A focal point for this research is Masdar City, built in Abu Dhabi it is designed to rely entirely on renewable energy sources.

  1. The fastest……

Finally the UAE is home to the fastest roller-coaster in the world. The Formula Rosso has the capability to reach over 150mph in 5 seconds. It is situated in the Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi, the largest indoor theme park in the world. We can definitely see a bit of a theme emerging here.

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