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By the 1960s, Dubai's economy was based on revenues from trade and, to a smaller extent, oil exploration concessions, but oil was not discovered until 1966. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events.
Dubai has been criticised for human rights violations concerning the city's largely South Asian and Filipino workforce.), which means "to creep"), referring to the slow flow of Dubai Creek inland.Persian merchants naturally looked across to the Arab shore of the Persian Gulf finally making their homes in Dubai.They continued to trade with Lingah, however, as do many of the dhows in Dubai Creek today, and they named their district Bastakiya, after the Bastak region in southern Persia .It also – like its neighbours on the Trucial Coast – entered into an exclusivity agreement in which the United Kingdom took responsibility for the emirate's security in 1892. First, in 1841, a smallpox epidemic broke out in the Bur Dubai locality, forcing residents to relocate east to Deira.Then, in 1894, fire swept through Deira, burning down most homes.