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Dubai has gone from Middle Eastern upstart to regional powerhouse in the space of a generation, buoyed by its diverse economy – from freight and finance to transport and tourism. A city firmly on the move, CNN took a whistlestop tour around the places that keep Dubai ticking, and crunched the numbers underpinning its success.

Watch the video to find out more. For a breakdown of the emirate’s most important milestones, see the timeline below.

1966 - (Oil discovered)