It might be shocking to read considering how Dubai is so huge and popular now, but this city didn’t exist 60 years ago. In fact, it declared independence from the United Kingdom back in 1971. During the next 40 years, the city experienced an exponential growth. Only a few thousand people used to live in it, but now, there are more than 2.1 million residents. Not to mention that Dubai is probably the most modern city in the world at the moment.