Financial services in particular is one non-oil area where the emirate is starting to pull ahead, with recent growth in the Islamic financial services segment fuelling the emirate’s ambition of becoming the knowledge-based capital of the Islamic economy in the future. Meanwhile, Dubai’s real estate and construction sectors, which were badly affected by the 2008 financial meltdown, are once again thriving as the legacies of the global crisis recede, and the debts incurred from that time are repaid and restructured. Indeed Dubai is now firmly focused on the future, with preparations for Dubai Expo 2020 in particular helping nourish its economic recovery, development and growth in recent years. The event is expected to attract 25m visitors over a six-month period and the build-up is driving development across several sectors. The preparations, which include major infrastructure upgrades, widespread ICT developments and significant expansions to the emirate’s tourism facilities, all form part of the continued drive towards the type of economic diversity that has been the hallmark of Dubai’s economic growth in recent decades.