Dubai is the futuristic city in the desert that has the world's tallest hotel, the second largest marina in the world, the world's largest museum, the world's largest indoor ski slope, and an underwater hotel accessible by submarine. In Ben Mezric's new novel, Rigged, he writes that that by 2010 the emir's goal is to have 15 million visitors annually. In a country made on the fortune of Allah's black blood, Dubai is planning to build a city that attracts tourists. Currently, oil accounts for only 6% of the country's GDP.
In Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, the author postulates that countries that have McDonalds do not go to war with each other. If UAE meets its goal, there will be peace in the middle east.