5 things you probably didn’t know about Dubai
Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates, and it is situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. The city is known around the world for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and towering skyscrapers. However, there is truly an abundance of weird and wonderful things you probably didn’t know about Dubai, and we’re detailing them in this post.
1. Finding locations isn’t exactly straightforward
Dubai has only just begun to introduce an address system, which isn’t due to be fully complete until 2020. Until now, finding locations in Dubai was merely based off of the proximity to notable landmarks. Until very recently, they have been without street addresses and ZIP codes, and even postal delivery systems. However, the new address system gives a code for each and every building in Dubai, and people can enter or scan the code into their smartphone, computer, tablet or navigator and they will be given directions to said building.
2. Robot jockeys are used in camel racing
Camel racing is a popular sport in Dubai, with ties to tradition and culture, though you may be surprised to discover that real jockeys have been replaced with robots. Advanced technology allows for the robots to control the reins of the camel, and this means that if something goes wrong, no real life jockey will be injured and the robot can be replaced.
3. It’s considered one of the safest cities in the world
If you’re considering booking a trip to Dubai, you can rest easy knowing that it is a safe location. With strict laws and offences taken very seriously, crime is minimal in the city. It has been said that if you leave something valuable behind in a public place, Dubai is so safe that you could come back a few hours later to find your item in the exact same spot you left it in.
4. The number of abandoned luxury cars is a problem
If you’re a car fanatic, Dubai’s car culture will certainly grab your attention, as there is a particular interest for the latest and greatest in high-end supercars. However, due to the recent global economic crisis, many car lovers have been forced to simply abandon their once loved supercars to escape their crippling debt. Thousands of automobiles are abandoned in Dubai every single year, simply left to gather dust in airport car parks.
5. The rules of tea
Having a cuppa in Dubai is likely a little different to what you’re used to. In Dubai, it is customary for hosts to offer their guests tea and dates. The traditional way is to pour half a cup of tea, as the cups do not have handles and the tea is piping hot and you don’t want to burn your fingers. What you may be surprised to discover is that if the host pours a full cup of tea, it is actually a subtle way of telling them that they have overstayed their welcome.