15 Curiosities of Dubai

1. Luxury accommodation
Seven of the ten highest hotels in the world are in Dubai, but the best known is undoubtedly Burj Al Arab. With its original sail shape, it is the only 7 star hotel. The access is made through a private bridge and on its roof it has a heliport and the highest tennis court in the world. If you have the luxury of paying (at least) about € 2,000 per night, you can see its interior covered with 1800 square meters of gold plates. Roam the desert in style with Apex by hiring a luxury car and staying at this awesome hotel.

2. The city of gold
Dubai is also known as “the city of gold” because in the gold souk there are more than 300 stores that trade with it. In fact, 40% of the gold transactions that were made worldwide in 2013 had Dubai as the scenario. In total, the equivalent to the weight of 350 elephants.

3. Gold cashiers
There is so much fever for gold that if you walk around the city you will see curious tellers who dispense pieces of the precious metal. The prices are updated in real time and you can choose between bars of 1, 5 or 10 grams of gold. There are also coins with engravings of the icon of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa.

4. The Burj Khalifa is so high that those who live above all have more sunshine
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with 830 meters high. The height is such that, during the Ramadan, people who live on the upper floors have to wait a few minutes longer than the rest to eat when night falls. From the 80th floor, the sun is seen for a few more seconds, which increase as you get to the top on the 160th floor.

5. Only 15% of the population is Emirati
Some 85% of Dubai’s inhabitants are expatriates, most of them from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to work in construction. Because of the big real estate boom that occurs in the city there are a lot of jobs, but unfortunately in precarious conditions. Many human rights organizations have sued companies for paying miserable wages to these workers who work from dawn to dusk.

6. Taxis only for women
In Dubai there are more than 3,000 taxis that are the main means of transport. All of them must be licensed and are painted cream. But the Dubai Taxi Corporation makes the roof pink in those exclusive taxis for passengers, which are also driven by women.

7. Metro express
Although most people move in their own vehicle or taxi, since 2009 there is a metro system. The most surprising thing is the speed with which it was built, in just 18 months. In addition, it is one of the most modern in the world and does not require a driver. As with taxis, there are wagons only for women and children. There is also a designated wagon for “Gold Class” travelers, who pay a plus for traveling in more comfortable seats with more space.

8. Very fast policemen
The fleet of Dubai police vehicles seems designed to attend movie chases but in reality it only seeks to impress and cache the city. They have the Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador and even an Aston Martin. If you want to access vehicles like that in similar places, even in European locations like Florence, you should book a luxury car rental with Apex. With what is worth only one of these cars could be paid a university degree in the most expensive university in the United States, the NYU.

9. The policemen play the bagpipes
The same policemen who drive Ferraris have a band of pipers. Although it is something typically Scottish, the reason that led them to copy it is very simple: they liked the idea and, since they can have everything they want, they copied it. Undoubtedly, this is one of the curiosities of Dubai more geeks.

10. You can ski in the middle of the desert
And we do not talk about skiing in the desert dunes, but inside the Mall of the Emirates there is a ski slope at 50 degrees less than the outside temperature. In addition, it is not any track, they have chairlifts, slides and even penguins.

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