THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT DUBAI.
We are all some how influenced by popular culture. Which often backs up certain misconceptions in society take the most famous places in the world. For example, judging by movies Paris is the city of love and croissants. London is always foggy and everyone always wears coats and in Rio de Janeiro. It's always Carnival and everyone plays football like Neymar, of course, this is far from the truth. Another interesting case in Dubai. It's a place full of diamonds Golds and shakes with wild felines at home what that's not true. Not really.
We're going to tell you the truth about this place. Let's get it on but first let's clarify something Dubai is not a country as some mistakenly believed. In fact, it's the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and is not even the capital as some people erroneously think; the capital of the UAE is Abu Dhabi .For this city is less famous abroad partly because it's less popular among tourists the United Arab Emirates is rather rich country that ranks seventh in the world in terms of GDP per capita. However, it was not always as thriving as today until the late 19th century. The country was under British protectorate therefore when the first oil reserves were discovered here in the Persian Gulf.
They were exploited by the British after the United Arab Emirates became an independent state .In the 1970s the oil Market experienced a sharp price increase ;largely because of this - the country quickly became one of the richest in the world which spurred a rapid development of Industry tourism and Agriculture .Now we're going to tell you some truth and some myths about Dubai .
Dubai didn't arise out of the blues; for a long time buying cheetahs and lions as pets was kind of normal there, but that's only for a very small part of the population ,more precisely the richest sheiks who wanted to show off their status. They used to drive around Dubai with their favorite cat in the passenger seat. Fortunately, a couple of years ago keeping wild cats as pets moving around with them is now considered a violation of the law. Therefore if you walk around with a cheeter or a lion you will face six months in prison and a fine of up to a hundred and thirty-eight thousand dollars. As for the common people, most of them have regular cats at home since they are not dog fans.
Dubai look like shots from a fantastic film and you might even think that everything's fine with the environments here, this is far from being true; Due to large number of buildings - the contrary lack of natural water sources, the poured garbage disposal system and the lack of sewage: Dubai is a hell for any eco-activists with its multitude of cars as well. Ironically for many years, the developers put money first instead of taking care of the environment. Local water can only be made drinkable using a desalination system that removes the dissolved salts. One day the United Arab Emirates desalinate about 4 billion bottles of water. Water desalination plants, in turn, produce large amounts of carbon dioxide. This substance is dangerous because it absorbs infrared radiation and produces one of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Another problem is energy. Unfortunately, the use of alternative or green energy sources such as solar or wind energy is virtually absent here .
Dubai and the United Arab Emirates in general; use coal as well as nuclear energy which by the way has become increasingly popular in the Middle East region in recent years from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Unfortunately, it is not renewable either and its residues are dangerous to the environment. As if that were not enough. There's also a sewer problem in Dubai.Millions of people live without sewer; the rich using basic structures such as pit toilets; as a result, you will often see sewer trucks with sewerage waistline up for several kilometers and sometimes spend several Days on the Road doesn't; sound very good -does it?
Since Dubai is a famously Rich City, many people imagine Executives driving exclusively Lamborghinis and Bentley's everywhere. This is true, but not for all government employees. For example, the police often used BMWs and Audi's and even Toyota's by the way. There is a very interesting situation with supercars in Dubai. They are in many places where you can see luxurious Ferraris, Porsches and other high-end cars; the only problem is that they often don't belong to anyone. These luxury cars are abandoned in the streets of the city under a layer of dust and; this can easily be explained by a phenomenon that occurred in the United Arab Emirates about a year ago due to the massive departure of experts from the country. This is because in recent years oil prices have plunged and many entrepreneurs who made a fortune suddenly went bankrupt.
I know you are wondering why didn't they take the cars with them or sell to someone. Well; it's not that simple, the United Arab Emirates lives under Sharia law where debt default is considered one of the most serious criminal offenses. That's why car owners leave their cars in the street with the key inside and nobody steals. Something strange is; not even car thieves need that kind of trouble. Let's talk about the average population.85% of people in this city, which has more than 3 million inhabitants are from other countries, the majority more than 25% of all to by residents come from India migrants from the neighboring countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh -they generally work in construction sites and factories that are abandoned. Dubai as the local population makes up only 20% - This is not only the case in Dubai it applies to the whole country where almost 10 million people live in the country, experts often don't even know Arabic. However, according to the people working in the United Arab Emirates, they don't actually need it. Basic knowledge of English is enough . The legislation for the employment of foreigners here is transparent and quite simple. Although it won't give you citizenship.
Perhaps the most common myth about Dubai is that it's full of billionaires. Well, judge for yourself. It's believed that around 5,000 billionaires live all over the world at the same time only. 30 billionaires live in Dubai; that is less than one percent of the global population.
It's not very impressive is it The largest number of billionaires in the first place is New York in 2019 with a hundred and five billionaires remembering 705 in all of the United States. Then comes Hong Kong with 87 of them and all over China 285. Dubai ranks eighth on this list
You're probably thinking that even though there aren't that many billionaires. There's definitely no poverty here; you would also be mistaken. How can we talk about wealth in a city where 85% of the population of migrants many of whom work on construction sites naturally most of them live hand-to-mouth and that's at best. What's worse living in Dubai is quite expensive. For example, the simplest cell phone plan will cost you at least $30 as the average. The salary of a simple worker in this city is about 250 to 300 dollars.
How about spending ten percent of your monthly salary on mobile Communication in addition, you need to buy food and clothes to raise your children and pay the bills including rent. That's why apartments in Dubai are usually overcrowded and occupied by five or more people The advantage is that for foreigners -there are no taxes here. In other words. You don't have to hand over a part of your salary to the government every month. The UAE authorities introduced this system to motivate specialists from other countries to come here to work. After all not long ago; Dubai was a desert-like place with oil reserves and not many people willing to move here..
When you look at the photos of Dubai's luxurious skyscrapers surrounded by palm trees. It feels like a sunny Paradise. Let us not forget that this city was built in the middle of a desert; which means that you probably won't like this weather unless you really love heate and want to spend all your time in a sauna. Just picture this during the hot months that is at least 6 months straight the temperature rises to 50 degrees Celsius caused by the scorching sun, which Is unbearable combined with the high humidity. By the way, the sky here is usually gray despite the sunlight all because of the huge amount of dust that rises into the air from construction sites and factories skyscrapers.
Well, Dubai is a city of contrasts. For example, there are many high-rise buildings here a hundred and eight skyscrapers over a hundred eighty meters tall. The tallest building in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa with a total height of 828 meters. However, these Majestic buildings coexist with loan Villas apartment complexes and single Storey houses lower houses are preferred by ordinary residents who simply have no money for other options as well as by wealthy Arabs.