A view of Dubai from the Persian Gulf. Jet skis and motorboats are often seen off the coast
Just 15 years ago, Dubai was a sparse desert outpost. Today, it's home to the 2,716-foot Burj Khalifa — the tallest building in the world — the 1,358-foot Princess Tower, and more than 150 other towering skyscrapers. Multimillion-dollar apartments and a bustling tourist scene have put Dubai on the radar of the ultra-wealthy.
Some are even calling Dubai "the Manhattan of the Middle East," but its year-round sunshine and warm weather is an advantage that even New York City can't beat. Trendy restaurants and bars, water sports, and other attractions keep both the locals and foreigners happy, and its skyline is a new level of urban beauty.
Ahead, see 15 photos of what life is like in the United Arab Emirates' biggest city.
The skyscrapers of the Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers districts have been described as having "Manhattan-style" architecture and amenities.
The real-estate market is similarly hot. Recently, a 12,400-square-foot apartment in the downtown area of Dubai came on the market for $15.25 million.
Apartment complexes in the Marina generally have luxurious accommodations with skyline pools and concierge services.
The 50-million-square-foot waterfront neighborhood has more than 150 high-rise buildings.
Many of the skyscrapers have been built by migrant workers from India.
According to the AP, foreigners far outnumber the locals in Dubai.
Temperatures rarely drop below 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, making it a perfect place to exercise outside.
Swimming is always an option.
This gym overlooking the city doesn't have a bad view either.