Dubai is the second largest emirate by territorial size after Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates. Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf and has emerged as an international city and business hub in the Middle East region. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through innovative construction projects and hosting conferences, conventions and events. Some of the events include Arabian Travel Market, Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), Dubai Shopping Festival, Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, Dubai Camel Racing, Dubai Polo Cup, Dubai International Boat Show, International Design Exhibition. Dubai won the bit to host 2020 World Expo.
In Dubai, most days are sunny year around and warm winter attracts visitors from around the globe. Dubai is blessed with beautiful beaches and waterparks are popular as well. Dubai has been regarded as the shopping capital of the Middle East and Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping centres, including the world's largest shopping centre. The Dubai Mall. Dubai is also known for the traditional souk districts located on either side of the stream. Historical landmarks of the city include Dubai Creek, Deira, Al Bastakiya historic district, and spice, texture and golf souks.
The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Not only is it the world's tallest building, but it also lays claim to the titles of tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest observation deck in the world and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world. Other landmarks include The Palm Island, Burj Al Arab, The World Islands, The Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai, Dubai Marina, Jumeria Beach Residence, The World Trade Center, Dubai Festival City, Al Bastakiya, Dubai Creek, and Souks.