The 1960s are regarded as the beginning of the modern history of the city – the British colonial governing was gone and since oil was found in 1966 there was no return to the poverty of the past for Dubai. Since that time the population has increased dramatically and now comes to 1.5 mln. Thousands and thousands of tourists and temporary workers being the main driving force of economy stay in the numerous hotels of Dubai.
The above described situation leads to this emirate's being one of the world's most cosmopolitan places – hardly ¼ of the total of population is represented by ethnic Emirati. The advantage of such a 'nationality mixture' is nearly total absence of nationality-based conflicts.
The history of Dubai's development may be considered one of the most bright examples of extra-dynamic growth. Those controlling the city are sure to have weakness for large-scale projects – take the highest tower in the world (Burj Arab), a series of artificial islands (three Palms and the World) and a forthcoming Dubailand – an entertainment project that is to attract more that 45 additional projects to be realized on the territory of a big oasis.
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