Monday, September 11, 2006
Burj Dubai Tower - World's Tallest (2008)
Dubai is the most populous and second largest emirate (in terms of size) in the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi. Dubai is distinct from other members of the UAE in that revenues from oil account for only 6% of its gross domestic product. A majority of the emirate's revenues are from the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ)  and now, increasingly, from tourism.
With enormous construction and development in various industries, Dubai has attracted world attention through innovative real estate projects, sports events, conferences and Guinness records. However this increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub have also highlighted potential human rights quagmires in relation to its largely immigrant workforce.
Please see a travel story on spectacular Dubai in the current NY Times travel section entitled Dubai: Adventures in the Emirates.
Emir (also amir) is a traditional Arabic title of power similar to prince, governor or chief, says Answers.com.