And now a Dubai satellite has highlighted just one part of it, Yas Island, delivering a stunning shot from more than 600km above the Earth. The spacecraft DubaiSat-2 was able to create the image during what is 14 different trips around the world every day, including four times over the UAE.
It shows the distinctive red expanse of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, as well as the lush greenery of Yas Links Golf Club. Twinned through all of it is the island's mangroves, waterways and on-going developments, including Warner Bros Theme Park.
According to The National, the true-colour photograph is a combination four separate images taken in red, green, blue and black-and-white bands. It is shot like this to help scientists analyise parts not necessarily visible to the naked eye.
The last time an image from DubaiSat-2 got everyone talking, it featured a colour-adapted shot of Discovery Gardens, Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Islands, Emirates Golf Club and Springs to highlight the greening of Dubai.
In the image, all vegetation is marked in red, with concrete (buildings, roads etc) are light blue or grey.
The satellite will be slowly overtraken in 2018 by KhalifaSat, the first satellite built entirely by Emirati engineers, capable of delivering more detailed images from a higher-resolution camera.