Dubai is located on the northern tip of the United Arab Emerites on the Persian Gulf. It has been ruled by the Al Maktoum Dynasty since 1833 and has existed in its modern state since 1971. the current ruler is Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who is also the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates.
The rather small city has a population of 1.6 million people and a $37 billion USD economy based largely on trade, manufacturing and financial services. contrary to popular belief petrol and natural gas only make up a small percentage of revenues. The city has gained world-wide attention in the past few years because of its booming economy and ambitious architectural projects. Here are 18 proposed projects destined to change the face of global architecture.