Hard to imagine, but not more than a century ago wild winds were bowing and Bedouins were moving slowly across the endless sands where now highly-technological glass-and-concrete skyscrapers, huge trade centers and entertainment facilities of Dubai reside. Yet even by the end of WWI Dubai had almost no infrastructure at all and camel was nearly the only and for sure the most convenient means of transportation.
One of the key factors that determined the history of the city was its successful geographical position on the old trade route connecting Indus Valley and Mesopotamia. Dubai grew up as a village on that route residing by the mouth of Dubai Creek. Most people of Dubai at that time belonged to the Bani Yas tribe headed by the Maktoum dynasty which is still holding control over most of the city.
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