Dubai has been one of the most exciting and volatile economic stories of the 21st century.
It's global, glitzy, and growing like crazy.
Still, the tiny economy has developed into a world city that is a business and cultural focal point in the Middle East, and it has the attention of the world.
Tourism and real estate drive the economy, and there seems to be a never-ending development of innovative and over-the-top projects.
One out of every 4 cranes on Earth is located in Dubai.
Dubai's real estate is growing so fast, that 24% of the the cranes on Earth are located in Dubai.
Source: Gulf News
Dubai's artificial Palm Islands imported enough sand to fill 2.5 Empire State Buildings.
The construction of Dubai's Palm Islands required 94 million cubic meters of sand.
The Empire State Building is 37 million cubic meters.
Source: Palm Islands Impact
The Burj Al Arab uses enough gold inside to cover 46,265 Mona Lisa paintings.
The interior of the Burj Al Arab is decorated with approximately 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf. The surface area of the Mona Lisa is 0.3869 square meters.
Source: Burj Al Arab, Jemeirah