Dubai is popular not because of its tall structures and architecture but for plenty of other reasons. Many say that Indians played a very important role in making Dubai what it is today. And some think it is the vision of the leaders which played a significant part in its development. Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest tower, Palm Jumeirah a manmade island, Emirates Airlines – the world’s best airlines, Dubai Airport – second busiest airport in the world, Dubai Metro, commissioned and started running in a matter of 2 years, and Dubai mall – the world’s largest mall. All the important vision milestones have been successfully planned and executed, and that too in a span of few years, which demands unfathomable persistence and undying character, Dubai’s leaders have certainly demonstrated that. These accomplishments are commendable particularly during this turbulent time when it is hard to practice what you preach. And without fail this city has walked the talk.
Everything in Dubai is done in a grand style – large, big, number 1, world’s best, unique, tall, benchmarking goals at very high standards. No stones have been left unturned and the rulers are prepared to work hard, sacrifice and invest all that is needed to become world class.
In 1970 the total population was 225,000 (UN DESA) and now it is 2.1 million (The National). And out of that 53% are Indians (Wikipedia). Even I lived there for 6 years and that was the best time of my life. During my stay I observed that the majority of my Indian friends, colleagues, acquaintances and clients appreciated these six aspects of Dubai:
1. Lifestyle – The cosmopolitan lifestyle in this growing emirate is marvellous and the best part about it is that even a common man can afford to live a high end life, which in many countries is a distant dream.
2. Food – As per Khaleej times, 202 different nationalities live in Dubai. This just means that there are more opportunities to experience multi-ethnic cultures, traditions, values and customs. Of course, you cannot miss assortment of sumptuous delicacies. Most of the world’s renowned cuisines can be easily savoured here, such as Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, French, English, Mexican, Brazilian, Colombian, etc. In terms of Indian food – Kerala, Andhra, Mughlai, Manglorean, Tamilian, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Rajasthani, Gujarati, etc.
3. Car -Driving your dream car is no big deal here. Anytime in the parking areas you will find more luxurious than mid-range cars. And these lavish automobiles are driven by all sections of the population, including the working class.
4. Architecture – Its modern architecture is unbeatable and is reflection of the city’s ambition, vision and goal.
5. Cost of living is not very expensive here, unlike other big metropolises in the world. Any person earning a moderate income can easily save money every month. A working class expatriate who can only dream of having luxury in their own country can easily get that in this desert city.
6. Tax free income – Besides the other perks, income is tax-free which is a huge advantage leading to at least a surplus income of 35% compared to that in your own country.
Dubai is modern, flexible, opportunist, open and accepting. It invites everything that seems suitable and good for its development, acquiring new technology, investing in advance infrastructure and hiring best manpower from everywhere. Here it is believed that it is better to buy the wheel instead of re-inventing, and smartly enough nobody gets sucked in the pothole of being indigenous.
There are many more reasons because of which people love this beautiful place and of course, like others, it also has certain limitations which are easily camouflaged with the ample opportunities the land presents.