US Nursing: Dubai

Nurses can read that archaeological remains found at Al-Qusais, on the northeastern edge of Dubai, show some form of human settlement here as long ago as 8000 BC. Little is known about the development of the city until the 17th century, when the Portuguese occupied the area, followed by the French, Dutch and, finally, British. During these occupations, the people of Dubai made their living by pearling, and through a trickle of trade with India and the rest of the Gulf.

Nonetheless nurses will find that Dubai’s origins are shrouded in mystery. This small principality in the Persian Gulf was just a pearl-fishing village when in 1883, the Maktoum family, took over.

In 1966, along with of other Arab emirates, its fortunes changed with the discovery of oil. However, compared with its neighbours, nurses will see that Dubai has limited reserves. Intelligently its rulers looked to industries with the intention of building a thriving economy. Starting in the 1980s, at the prompting of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the then crown prince, Dubai fashioned itself into a free-trade oasis. It opened a tax-free infotech hub, Dubai Internet City, in 2000, to attract technology companies; media, finance and maritime projects soon followed.

Dubai’s state-owned development companies borrowed and spent heavily to create a global financial centre. The Burj al-Arab, the most expensive hotel in the world dominates the coastline with its impressive sail like architecture. Also to be found is 160-story Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world.

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