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In 1833 around 800 members of Bani Yas tribe, led by the Maktoum Family settled near the creek. Soon the natural harbour became the center for fishing, pearling and sea trade and Dubai became the center of trade in the area.

In the early 20th century Dubai was a very successful port. The Deira side of the creek was very famous for its trade with the region and the Deira market had more than 350 shops at the time. Businessman and visitor from nearby areas regularly visited it. In 1930s the Dubai population was estimated to be around 20,000.

In the 1950s the late Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, decided to waterway dredged at the Creek. This was one of the most costliest project at the time. It was also a very visionary project. The completion of the project resulted in huge increase in volume of cargo handling in Dubai. Dubai emerged as the major trading and export hub in the region.

On 24th January 1960 the Dubai Land Department was established. The late Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, signed a Decree, stating:

“We have decided to establish a committee to oversee affairs related to land and private properties in the emirate, in order to register these lands and properties in a systematic and effective mannar and to safeguard the rights of our people.”

Oil in the region was discovered in 1966, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum used major part of the oil revenues to better the life of the people of Dubai. The Oil revenues carried out major infrastructure development. Dubai developed its Schools, Hospitals, roads and modern telecommunication at a very high pace. Dubai built a new port and International Airport with new runway capable to handle any aircraft. The largest man-made harbor was constructed at Jebel Ali. 

In the 1960s, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, then ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum had a vision of uniting the region for the betterment of their citizens. In 1971 when Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (in 1972) Ras Al Khaimah, joined to create the United Arab Emirates. The dream of the two great rulers became true and the UAE was created.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Dubai invested in major international quality tourism projects. In the early 90s Dubai emerged as a top tourism destination.

Dubai is now a city that offers the best hotels in the world. With the best architecture and state of the art technology and sporting events. The iconic Burj Al Arab hotel presiding over the coastline of Jumeira beach is the world's only hotel with a seven star rating. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a world-class destination and the magnificent centerpiece of Downtown Dubai.

Dubai also hosts major international sporting events. The Dubai Desert Classic is a major stop on the Professional Golf Association tour. The Dubai Open, an ATP tennis tournament, and the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, is the most attractive horse-racing event in the world.

Since the 90s Dubai is also emerging as a leader in several different industries. For more details on different industries please check the link “Dubai Free Zones” on our web site. This section provides details on different Free Zones established in Dubai and their role. It is important to understand the long-term vision of Dubai and as an investor how should you place your investments.