Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo airlines. Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government's strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate.
Dubai's lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions. Burj Khalifa, with its 830m the tallest building in the world, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline.
Although Dubai is seen as a relatively young destination, it has a fascinating history and a vibrant heritage that offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into Arabian culture. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.