The ruler of Dubai is Shaikh
Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President
of the federation of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the
second largest emirate in the federation after Abu Dhabi. The
emirate is located on the Persian Gulf, southwest of Sharjah and
northeast of Abu Dhabi.
Dubai's enormous constructions and developments in various
industries through innovative real estate projects, sports
events, shopping festivals and conferences has attracted
world-wide attention for Dubai City, establishing it as the
world's leading business hub.
Dubai is distinct from other members of the UAE in that revenues
from oil account for only 10% of its gross domestic product. A
majority of the emirate's revenues are from the Jebel Ali Free
Zone (JAFZ) and now, increasingly, from tourism.
Dubai has a rich cultural scene with art museums, film festivals
(Dubai film festival) and performing arts centers, in addition
to being a shopper's delight, hosting the annually held Dubai
Shopping Festival. Dubai is a city of excitement waiting to be
explored holding the potential for one of the most significant
international cities of the 21st century.