Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.
Why Choose Dubai?
The past few decades have witnessed incredible growth throughout all sectors of the Dubai economy. The emirate’s government is constantly working to improve its commercial transparency and introduce dynamic regulations that aid the formation of small and medium enterprises. Dubai’s economy is no longer reliant on oil, but is more diversified, relying heavily on trade, services and finance sectors. With its central geographic location between Asian and European markets, Dubai has worked hard to establish itself as an integral part of the global trade mechanism. Its central location has also allowed Dubai to become the record-breaking and innovative city it is today – the crossroads of opportunity.
1. Easy to get to | International travel hub
Dubai’s central location makes it one of the busiest travel hubs in the world. Dubai International airport is ranked as the number one hub for international passengers and serves 90 airlines flying to more than 240 destinations across six continents. Meanwhile, work continues to expand at Dubai’s second airport, Dubai World Central, with the aim to make it the world’s biggest airport with a capacity to handle more than 200 million passengers each year.
Emirates airline is Dubai’s flag carrier, with flights to and from over 150 destinations worldwide. Since launching in 2009, flydubai has become the world’s fastest start-up airline, flying to more than 85 destinations across 44 countries.
2. World-class infrastructure | City of the future
Dubai boasts a world-class infrastructure, well-maintained roads, excellent public transport and connectivity. But great infrastructure is just one reason why Dubai is a global trade centre. Sitting at the crossroads of East and West, Dubai is a switching point for trade with a region of 2.2 billion people in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the CIS, Central Asia and India.
3. Abundance of business opportunities | Tax-free advantage
Thanks to Dubai’s ideal location, excellent connectivity and extensive business services, Dubai has become a centre of trade and commerce for the entire region. Strong employment figures, rising per capita income and a strategic diversification of markets make Dubai one of the world’s top metropolitan economies, with a projected growth of 3.1% in 2017. In its Global Competitiveness Report for 2016-17, The World Economic Forum ranked the UAE 16th out of 138 economies, at the top of the index for the Middle East.
Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, geography has helped transform Dubai into a platform for these markets and destination for both investment and tourism. Capitalising on this strategic position, Dubai’s success has also been buoyed by its open approach to immigration and foreign investment, its embrace of communications technology, and a respect for the knowledge economy.
4. Rich on adventures, culture and experiences | Where business meets leisure
Adrenaline-pumping desert safaris, luxurious spa breaks, relaxing dhow cruises, Arabian culture, high-octane skydives and exhilarating water park rides — just some of the experiences Dubai offers its guests, including business travellers who manage to mix business with pleasure or incorporate team-building experiences into their schedule.
Arabian traditions are still present in modern life, making Dubai a truly unique and culturally rich place to discover. From the souks of Old Town to the modern areas of Dubai Marina and Downtown, there are plenty of places to learn about the emirate’s story.
5. Restaurants, hotels and entertainment galore | City of gastronomy
From Arabic to Asian, French to Mexican and everything in between, Dubai offers food lovers a tantalising array of mouth-watering options to treat your taste buds. And the city is known for its vibrant entertainment scene, where you can relax at blissful beach clubs or watch the world’s most exciting horse race.
Dubai has a diverse range of premium, standard and budget hotels offering services that cater to all needs and budgets. There are close to 700 hotels in the emirate, together offering more than 100,000 rooms. Current estimates show that a total of 134,000 rooms are expected by the end of 2018.