Worldview: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

By Dorr, Erin | PM Network, June 2007 | Go to article overview
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Worldview: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Dorr, Erin, PM Network


FACTS & FIGURES

Population: 1.2 million, 80 percent of whom are expatriates

Land area: 3,885 square kilometers, making it the second-largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates

Languages: Arabic, although English, Hindi and Urdu are also widely spoken

Economy: Dubai is the second-wealthiest emirate. The 1966 discovery of oil led to rapid economic growth, which was wisely invested in infrastructure for other industries, such as trade and tourism. In 2005, only six percent of Dubai's gross domestic product came from oil sources. Free trade and tax-free zones have sparked a boom in foreign business and real estate. The emirate is also clearly staking its claim in the tourism market, hoping its nearly six million visitors in 2006 will jump to 15 million by 2010, making it the top vacation destination in the Middle East.

Source: economist.com

"Dubai is too busy to learn proper project management. Recently, we are seeing an emerging interest in project management across industries. Therefore, we consider project management to be emerging strongly, but we are still in the early stages.

-MOUNlR A. AJAM, PMR CEO OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY SUKAD FZ LLC, DUBAI"

TOPPROJECTS

Construction is the name of the game here. In fact, as many as 25 percent of the world's tower cranes are estimated to be in Dubai, according to gulfnews.com. Here are some of the highlights:

Hydropolis: Visitors to this $500 million, 220-suite underwater hotel begin at the land station before being transported 60 feet below sea level. Construction delays will likely postpone the targeted 2008 opening.

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