Dubai is a cosmopolitan city of diversity and contrasts at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Our city is a vibrant and unique destination, combining variety and excitement with excellent infrastructure and first-class hotels, as well as conference, dining, shopping and entertainment facilities. Dubai brings together the highest standards of comfort and convenience with the traditional adventure of Arabia. From bustling souks, to towering skyscrapers, to the vast desert, Dubai is an ideal location for any business event.
Why choose Dubai? Here are the top ten reasons:
1. Global Aviation Hub
Dubai International Airport is ranked second in the world for international passenger traffic with over 7,000 weekly flights. The airport is operated by 125 airlines that connect to over 260 destinations across the globe. Dubai’s new airport, Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali, will have the capacity to handle 160 million passengers when it’s fully operational. Currently, phase one has been completed.
2. World-Class Infrastructure
Who ever imagined a small Arab village would become the powerhouse it is today? Dubai boasts well-maintained roads and excellent public transport and connectivity, including the state-of-the-art Dubai Metro — just some of the services you can expect here.
With an amazing array of sights, attractions and events, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Dubai. And with several transportation options at your fingertips, there’s also no shortage of ways to get around. Here are some of your options:
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Metro & Tram
For as little as AED1.80, the Dubai Metro can take you to more than 45 stations and feeder buses that operate from the stations to major shopping malls and Dubai landmarks.
The Dubai Tram operates every six minutes and runs from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh.
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Waterbus & Ferry
The waterbus plies Dubai Creek as well as Dubai Marina, providing a modern water transit service. These spacious, high-tech boats have a twin-hull design, making them stable and very comfortable. They feature luxury seats, a panoramic view and even an on-board snack bar. The water buses ply the waters daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. Each trip costs AED4/- per trip.
Dubai Ferry travels between Al Ghubaiba and the Marina Station, and all the boats boast the latest in navigation systems. In addition to creating an important link to our transport system, they give passengers and tourists a great view of the Dubai coast and skyline.
3. Venues For Meetings and Conventions
We have a wide option of flexible business event facilities, from meeting rooms for 10 people to convention halls for thousands. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) has 90,000+ square metres of exhibition and meeting space and is only a 10-minute drive or a Metro Red line ride from the airport. In addition, arrays of hotels in Dubai offer high quality and sizeable meeting space.
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Choose from one of our premium, standard or budget hotels, all of which have excellent conference and meeting facilities. There are currently more than 625 hotels with more than 85,000 hotel rooms. Current estimates show that the end of 2016 expects 20,000 to 30,000 more rooms.
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5. Business Growth Opportunities
Thanks to our ideal location, excellent connectivity and extensive services to help you with all aspects of your business, Dubai has become a centre of trade and commerce for the Middle East. Our government is pro-business with the most transparent business regulations in the region, and provides tax-free zones, first-class physical infrastructure, and access to an experienced and skilled labour force. With the newly established Dubai Association Centre, the Emirate now has a platform that lets you easily set up an international association here, whether it’s a headquarters or a regional office.
6. Knowledge Hub
Dubai is a growing knowledge hub that includes a significant number of universities and research centres committed to paving the way for technological and scientific advancements. Dubai Silicon Oasis offers state-of-the-art research, development, and industrial facilities, while Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park is the leading life sciences cluster in the Middle East. In addition, Dubai Healthcare City is home to over 4,000 licensed professionals in two hospitals, and over 120 outpatient medical centres and diagnostic labouratories occupying 4.1 million square feet in the heart of Dubai.
Thanks to our ideal location, excellent connectivity, and extensive services to help you with all aspects of your business, Dubai has become a centre of trade, commerce and research in the Middle East. Dubai is home to more than 20,000 international companies, including offices from 124 of the Fortune 500. Our government is pro-business, with the most transparent business regulations in the region, and provides tax-free zones, first-class physical infrastructure, and access to an experienced and skilled labour force.
As a growing knowledge hub, the emirate is home to a significant number of universities and research centres committed to paving the way for technological and scientific advancements.Free Zones such as Dubai Internet City and Dubai Silicon Oasis offer state-of-the-art research, development, and industrial facilities. Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park has become the leading life sciences cluster in the Middle East. In addition, Dubai Healthcare City is home to over 4,000 licensed professionals in two hospitals, with over 120 outpatient medical centres and diagnostic labouratories occupying 4.1 million square feet in the heart of Dubai.
The newly established Dubai Association Centre (DAC) is a gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies — offering an ideal setting for global associations to expand within industries across the Middle East and beyond. The DAC was established by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and the Dubai World Trade Centre, to offer assistance for the establishment of non-profit, apolitical, and nonreligious professional associations and trade bodies in the Emirate of Dubai.
DAC offers a formal environment for associations to establish themselves in Dubai, allowing practitioners within a common industry or profession who are registered in the Emirate to form a member-based association. Furthermore, DAC provides the framework for international associations to open regional representative offices in Dubai to conduct business in the UAE and beyond. As a result, associations are now able to benefit from economies of scale, experience in the association marketplace, flexibility and adaptability, buying power, and enjoy the centralised facilities of the DAC.
Rated by Interpol as one of the safest cities in the world, Dubai offers a crime-free and politically stable environment. Delegates also have access to state-of-the-art health facilities and paramedics in hotels.
8. Adventures and Experiences
Adrenaline-pumping desert safaris, luxurious spa breaks, sumptuous meals, relaxing dhow cruises, high-octane skydives and exhilarating waterpark rides — these are just some of the unique experiences Dubai offers its guests. You’ll find that our city is one of contrasts, and our people a great mix of cultures. The meeting point of old and new provides a cultural experience deeply rooted in Arabic tradition, set in a modern environment.
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9. Restaurants and Entertainment
From Arabic to Asian, French to Mexican, and everything in between, Dubai offers food lovers a tantalising array of mouthwatering options to delight your taste buds. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene, a place where you can relax at blissful beach clubs or watch one of the world’s most exciting horse races.
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10. Experienced Industry Support
The Dubai Bid Alliance, chaired by Dubai Business Events, provides professional organisers and conference managers a unique bid package that includes incentives, specific discounts, pre-negotiated rates, and harmonised terms and conditions from Dubai stakeholders.
With many years of experience working with organisers of international business events, the staff of Dubai Business Events are your Dubai experts. From choosing the perfect venue to finding the ideal hotel to meeting the most qualified local partners, weʼll help you plan and manage every aspect of your business event — so you can be confident your event will be an outstanding success.
Our services are considered among the best in the international meeting industry. As part of our membership of the BestCities Global Alliance, our service standards are accredited by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, which is your guarantee that we strive to deliver the world’s best service experience.