"The City of Gold "
Dubai is a skyscraper-studded metropolis with ports and beaches, where major commerce coexists with sun-seeking holidaymakers. It has the feel of a Middle Eastern melting pot due to its big expatriate population, and the atmosphere is generally tolerant. Religious affiliations are not a big deal in the city. Although Islam is the majority religion, Dubai’s mosques coexist with churches and Hindu temples.
Small expanses of sandy beaches in Dubai’s western section have aided the city’s tourism economy. Dubai’s rulers wanted to expand the city’s restricted seafronts, therefore developers were urged to build massive man-made islands off the city’s coast in the absence of natural offshore islands. The most well-known is Palm Jumeirah, which is shaped like a palm tree. Others include the “World” islands, a group of small islands that, when viewed from above, resemble a world map.