Dubai has emerged from existing as a small outpost in the UAE, to a city known for its opulence, spectacular architecture, and extravagant lifestyle. Dubai has the largest population of the United Arab Emirates. The architects of Dubai had the foresight not to rely on oil exclusively to maintain a stable economy, and tourism is thriving. In recent years, finance, real estate, and tourism have contributed the most to the economy. As a result, Dubai has become the 8th most visited destination in the world. Architectural firms from New York and Chicago have built resorts, hotels, villas, and malls. New luxury hotels, villas, and apartments have been built to accommodate the influx of tourists and business professionals. New hotels and vacation rentals were built in locations chosen for their close proximity to beaches, golf courses, spas, and shopping.