I’m glad that John and Sandra Nowlan had a good visit to Dubai (“As It Grows, Oil-Rich Dubai Creates ‘Biggest and Best,’ ” April 6 Travel); however, they have been misinformed. Less than 4 percent of Dubai’s GDP comes from oil. Recognizing that its oil stocks were extremely limited, the former ruler, Sheikh Rashid, decided many years ago to capitalize on Dubai’s strategic location and historic role as a trade and travel hub.
Today, Dubai International Airport is the busiest in the world, Jebel Ali Port the largest between Rotterdam and Singapore and the only one capable of accommodating U.S. aircraft carriers when they come to shore.
It’s often misunderstood, but Dubai isn’t seeking to be the biggest or flashiest. The ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, encourages people to strive for excellence, to achieve their potential, to allow Dubai to serve as a model of meritocracy, stability and prosperity in an otherwise troubled neighborhood.
At a time when the region remains mired in conflict, it is important to understand what makes Dubai different and successful.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates