Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, ranks as one of the leading world-class tourist, educational, entertainment, and commercial destinations in the Gulf Region. With the social wealth brought about by its phenomenal success at the turn of the decade, Dubai has taken pride in its distinctions. It is often called many names: "Glittering City in the Middle East," "City of Gold," and the "Venice of the Middle East." The city has noted itself for the affluent real estate projects and developments - from the internationally-famous 7-star Burj Al Arab, Palm Trilogy and Burj Kalefa, the world's tallest man-made structure which is set for inauguration in 2010.
Dubai is also one of the seven emirates of the UAE (others being Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain), each having a degree of independence and ruled by a Supreme Council of Rulers. The Council is constituted by the seven emirs, who appoint the prime minister and the cabinet.
The UAE covers an area of 83,600 sq km and has a population of more than 4.6 million people. Located in the northwestern part of the country off the Persian Gulf, Dubai has a total area of 4,114 sq km. It has a population of more than 2.26 million, of which 80% are foreign workers mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and other European countries, thus making itself as the melting pot of diverse cultures. Because of the employment and investment opportunities it offers and the social liberality prevailing, Dubai has proved immensely popular among the migrant workers and foreign investors. Dubai's strategic location in the region has made it a potential regional and international hub of commerce, education, media & communications, fashion and entertainment. The Dubai Media & Internet City established in 2000 has been serving as a regional and international print and broadcast media zones for major organizations like Reuters, MBC, Sony, etc.