Byblos is among the cities listed as candidates for the distinction of the oldest city in the world as it has been continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years. Carbon-dating tests have set the earliest age of settlement at Byblos around 7000 BCE, however it was not officially established as a city until sometime around 5000 BCE.
Once upon a time long-necked dinosaurs roamed the world. The original skeleton of one such long-necked, whip-tailed sauropod that is 150-155 million years old is on display at the Souk dome in Dubai Mall. The dinosaur, Diplodocus Longus, was named DubaiDino in a competition.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall. As per Wikipedia, in 2012, Dubai Mall continued to hold title of world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 65 million visitors, an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the 54 million recorded in 2011. It attracted more visitors than New York City with over 52 million tourists in 2012, and Los Angeles with 41 million.