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Walking around the city will become a breeze sooner than you think as Dubai begins to implement its plans of becoming a "compact city".
Almost 3.5 million passengers passed through Dubai Airport last August, according to a Ministry of Interior official.
Crowds gathered in front of makeshift stalls on the pavement. Tourists went past in horse-drawn carriages, taking in the sights and sounds. The atmosphere was lively. People queued for rides at a small carnival park and the roads were busy with traffic all the way over the nearby Al Maktoum Bridge.