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Skyline of Dubai, capital of the Emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
Skyline of Dubai, capital of the Emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai (/dˈb/ doo-BY; Arabic: دبيDubay, Gulf Arabic: Arabic pronunciation: [dʊˈbɑj]) is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.

Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. Oil revenue helped accelerate the development of the city, which was already a major mercantile hub, but Dubai's oil reserves are limited and production levels are low: today, less than 5% of the emirate's revenue comes from oil. A growing centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, Dubai's economy today relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.

Dubai has attracted world attention through large construction projects and sports events, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. , Dubai was the most expensive city in the Middle East. In 2014, Dubai's hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world.

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HHHR Tower, also known as the Blue Tower, is a supertall skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The construction of the 72-floor, 317-metre (1,040 ft) building started in 2006 and was completed in 2010. Designed by architect Al Hashemi, the building is primarily residential, and its side usages are as commercial. HHHR tower is the fifth-tallest residential building in Dubai, and the seventh-tallest residential building in the world, behind The Marina Torch, and Q1 Tower which stand 348 m (1,142 ft) and 323 m (1,060 ft), respectively. The tower comprises 454 residential apartments.

The building was built by a joint venture between Al Ahmadiah Contracting and Trading Co., from the UAE and Hip Hing Construction Co. Ltd. from Hong Kong. Another hallmark project by this team is the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Read more...

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3 March 2019 – 2019 in tennis, 2019 Roger Federer tennis season, Open Era tennis records – men's singles
Roger Federer wins the 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, his 100th ATP singles title overall, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6–4, 6–4, in the final. Federer became the second male tennis player in the Open Era after Jimmy Connors to win 100 ATP singles titles. (ATP Tour)
24 February 2019 – Biman Bangladesh Airlines Flight 147
Bangladeshi special forces shoot and kill an armed man after he attempted to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight heading to Dubai International Airport. All 148 passengers and crew members disembarked safely. (BBC)

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Deira Skyline

Deira (In Arabic: ديرة) is an area in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates bordered by the Persian Gulf, Sharjah and Dubai Creek.

Historically, Deira has been the commercial center of Dubai, but has been losing its importance during the past few years due to recent development along E 11 road (Sheikh Zayed Road) and areas further down the coast toward Abu Dhabi. Port Saeed is a small port along Deira's shore of Dubai Creek. Port Saeed holds some of the dhow cruises and small shipping boats in Dubai. Read more...

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Clouds over Dubai in winter.

Dubai has a hot desert climate. Dubai has two distinct seasons - Summer and Winter. Summer in Dubai begins from around the last week of April and ends around the 1st week of October. This period is characterized by very hot weather . Due to the city's close proximity to the sea the temperatures in Dubai are milder in summer, when comparison with other Gulf Cities such as Kuwait City and Riyadh. Rainfall is scarce during the summer months. But the windy conditions ensure there are frequent dust Storms. Temperatures regularly climb above 38 °C (100 °F) during this period and fall to around 26 °C (79 °F) Overnight. Winter in Dubai Begins from around the last week of October and last's till the Beginning of April. The Winter Season has the most pleasant weather, making it Ideal for Outdoor Activities. Most of the Precipitation takes place during this season. Strong Thunderstorms are not uncommon to the city during this period,this is accompanied by Strong North-Westerly Winds and Lower Temperatures. Average Daytime high during the winter season is around 22 °C (72 °F) with overnight lows of 12 °C (54 °F) . Rainfall has been increasing over the past few decades accumulating to 130 mm (5.12 in) per year.

The Urban Heat Island effect does have it's toll on Dubai as well, for example during the Winter Months when Temperatures Regularly fall to around 5 °C (41 °F) in the outskirts of the city and its suburbs, the temperatures in Central Dubai rarely fall below 9 °C (48 °F). This can be clearly seen when comparing weather data From the city's two Airports - Dubai International And Dubai World Central.The Highest Temperature Recorded in Dubai is 48.2 °C (119 °F)reached in July 1996.Whereas the lowest Recorded Temperature in Dubai is 1 °C (34 °F). Read more...

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This list of the tallest residential buildings in Dubai ranks buildings whose occupiable height is at least 90 percent devoted to residential use. The tallest residential building in Dubai is Princess Tower which stands 414 m (1,358 ft), completed in 2012 surpassing 23 Marina, also in Dubai, and currently stands as second tallest residential building in the city. Elite Residence completed in 2011 is the third tallest residential building while The Marina Torch is the fourth tallest residential building. Since 2005 there is a construction burst of residential towers in Dubai; that results in many record-breaking residential towers in Dubai, besides the completed towers some residential towers are under construction, the tallest one is Pentominium, which was expected to be completed in 2013, but as of 2012 the construction has been halted due to lack of finances, if completed it will become the world's tallest residential building. It will be 516 m (1,693 ft) tall, Dream Dubai Marina, set to rise 432 m (1,417 ft) with 101 floors,and Damac Heights, which was scheduled to be completed in 2014 with 420 m (1,380 ft) and 101 floors. Most of the residential buildings in Dubai are located in Dubai Marina. The tallest block in Dubai marina is the tallest block of skyscrapers in the world, the supertall skyscrapers, such as Pentominium, Princess Tower, Dream Dubai Marina, Elite Residence, 23 Marina, The Marina Torch, and Damac Heights are being built on this block all these skyscrapers are taller than 300 m (980 ft). Read more...

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St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubai is a church founded by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the late Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. In 1966 he donated land to build the church. Rev. Fr. Eusebius Daveri and his team pioneered this project. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum inaugurated St. Mary’s Catholic Church on 7 April 1967. It was demolished in 1988 to make way for a larger church to accommodate the growing number of Catholics.

The Catholic community was at first served from Bahrain, but with the passage of time there was a need for a priest permanently residing there. Fr. Barnabas therefore turned to the wise and benevolent Sheikh Rashid and requested an area for a house of worship. This was immediately granted, but it was not used as it was too far. Read more...

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Al-Nasr Sports Club (Arabic: نادي النصر الرياضي‎) is a professional association football club located in Dubai and plays in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Al-Nasr, literally translating to "victory" in Arabic was founded in 1945 and is considered as the first and oldest club in the United Arab Emirates. Read more...

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Zayed University (abbreviated ZU; Arabic: جامعة زايد‎) is a UAE university established in 1998. It is one of three government-sponsored higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates. Achieving accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the USA, it became the first federal university in the UAE to be internationally accredited. It is named in honor of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country's first president.

ZU offers 17 majors and 10 minors at undergraduate level and 10 master's degree. The University has eight colleges: College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, College of Business, College of Communication and Media Sciences, College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Health Sciences, College of Technological Innovation, and University College. Read more...

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Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي‎) is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It is also the third-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the sixth-busiest cargo airport in world, the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements, and the airport with the highest average number of passengers per flight. In 2017, DXB handled 88 million passengers, 2.65 million tonnes of cargo and registered 409,493 aircraft movements.

Dubai International is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) east of Dubai and spread over an area of 3,100 acres (1,250 ha) of land. Terminal 3 is the second-largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world. Read more...

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Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi (Arabic: أحلام علي الشامسي‎; born February 13, 1968), commonly known as Ahlam (Arabic: أحلام‎), is an Emirati singer. In 2006, she sang to the major record label, Rotana. She has released a total of ten albums including two, El Thokol Sana'a (2006) and Hatha Ana (2009) under its name. In 2011, Ahlam joined MBC's Arab Idol judging panel, and retained as judge for four consecutive seasons. Read more...

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