A flotilla of small boats from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm al-Quwain picked up survivors but in all 238 lives were lost in the disaster.
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Early the next morning in heavy seas off Umm al-Quwain, an explosion tore out the second class cabins and started fires.
The captain gave the order to abandon ship but two lifeboats capsized and a second explosion occurred.However, the town's geographical location continued to attract traders and merchants from around the region.The emir of Dubai was keen to attract foreign traders and lowered trade tax brackets, which lured traders away from Sharjah and Bandar Lengeh, the region's main trade hubs at the time.It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo.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.Private companies were established to build and operate infrastructure, including electricity, telephone services and both the ports and airport operators.