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By the 1960s, Dubai's economy was based on revenues from trade and, to a smaller extent, oil exploration concessions, but oil was not discovered until 1966. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events.
The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country's Federal Supreme Council.
It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo.
On 7 April 1961, the Dubai-based MV Dara, a five thousand ton British flagged vessel that plied the route between Basra (Iraq), Kuwait and Bombay (India), was caught in unusually high winds off Dubai.
Early the next morning in heavy seas off Umm al-Quwain, an explosion tore out the second class cabins and started fires.
The town of Dubai was an important port of call for foreign tradesmen, chiefly those from Iran, many of whom eventually settled in the town.
By the beginning of the 20th century, it was an important port.
In the early days since its inception, Dubai was constantly at odds with Abu Dhabi.
In 1947, a border dispute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the northern sector of their mutual border escalated into war.
Whenever we have visitors coming to Abu Dhabi, we usually have our long list of must-visit spots in the Capital.