People are leaving trash on the beach.

There are no perfect places in the world. Wherever there is civilization, there is bound to be trash. Primarily, garbage places are associated with poverty and bad governance. All the pictures of prosperous cities in the UAE are sparkling.

Of course, if you live your whole life surrounded by people who clean up after themselves, you would think that throwing trash anywhere is an acceptable practice. Someone else should be cleaning it up.

Only in the UAE – extreme tennis

Not for the faint of heart, such extreme sports as skydiving and bungee jumping attract only those who consider themselves adrenaline junkies. And tennis is not such a sport at all. But the situation changes if the tennis court is at an altitude of 211 meters.

Dubai is home to the 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in the world. The hotel has a helipad, which is also a tennis court.

A land of ice and fire

All over the world, we are seeing evidence of global warming. This is especially true for those living in places already prone to extreme climatic conditions. For example, in 2020, hail and snow covered the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais.

Hail even fell in Jumeirah, a place in Dubai known for its sandy beaches.

A car that looks like a traveling galaxy

Mercedes makes expensive luxury cars. People with old money usually drive these cars.

Except in the case of this Saudi prince. Being one of the wealthiest people on the planet, he considered it the height of style to have the exterior surface of his car treated with pressurized carbon dioxide. His vehicle is adorned with more than 300,000 diamonds, which cost him $4.8 million.

Horses living in luxury

Once inside, your first thought is that whoever lives here must have the talent of an interior designer and a fat wallet. With chandeliers and marble floors, you expect to hear classical music coming from the high ceilings.

But in reality, snorting and bleating are often heard here, and the residents care much less about their surroundings than visitors. But this is the Heilan Equestrian Club in China.

Cultural differences in Dubai

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is home to about 6 million people and is now one of the busiest business centers in the Gulf region. Foreigners predominantly populate it, are a mix of the area’s cultures, and show no signs of slowing down.

The Burj Al Arab has used enough gold to make 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings

Some 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf has been used for the interior of the Burj Al Arab Hotel, enough to cover 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings.

Billed as a “7-star hotel”, the Burj Al Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. That said, 39% of the hotel’s space is not habitable and is only meant to showcase its grandeur. In addition, the cost of a royal room at the Burj Al Arab is about $20,000 per night.

The artificial Palm Islands in Dubai are filled with so much sand that 2.5 of the Empire State Building can be filled with it.

The most daring of Dubai’s mega projects is the creation of developed islands in the open sea. Palm Jumeirah Island is considered the eighth wonder of the world.

Two other islands, Jebel Ali and Deira, are in various stages of development. Today, Palm Jumeirah is home to nearly 30 hotels and resorts. You can also rent yachts and boats from one of the many private tour companies.

What shines is the gold.

In Dubai, locals have mastered the gold market and have become masters at working with the metal. You can cover almost anything with gold but must pay for it. After all, “the city of gold” does not mean gold is cheap. So, it’s no surprise that Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the Middle East.

A philanthropic nation

The people of Dubai are not only rich but also generous. This is especially evident during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Stalls with free food are often set up around the city to treat the poor and unemployed. It’s a sight you don’t see much of anywhere else.

Vendors sell food during the holy month of Ramadan on April 19, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Muslim men and women worldwide celebrate Ramadan, a month of self-purification and abstinence. During Ramadan, the Muslim community abstains from eating, drinking, smoking, and having sex from sunrise to sunset and breaks the fast with an iftar meal after sunset.  

A mall manager told reporters that the store sells various items, including yogurt, juices, water, Arabic bread, cooked tuna, and ready-to-eat meals. All of this is free of charge for those in need.