Dubai

Accessibility & Infrastructure

With over 125 airlines operating to Dubai, you and your attendees have a wide variety of carriers to choose from, and as the number of routes and schedules have increased, there are more economy flights to Dubai available than ever before.

Dubai International airport is ranked second in the world for international passenger traffic with over 7,000 weekly flights and is on target to surpass Heathrow as the busiest airport globally. The airport connects to over 260 destinations across the globe. Dubai’s newest airport, Al Maktoum International airport in Jebel Ali, will have the capacity to handle over 160 million passengers when it’s fully operational. Currently, phase one has been completed and six airlines are operating out of the airport, including Wizz Air, Qatar Airways and Gulf Air.

Dubai International currently has three passenger terminals. Terminals 1 and 3 are directly connected with a common transit area, allowing airside passengers to move freely between the terminals without going through immigration. Terminal 2 is built on the opposite end of the airport. Transport within and among these three terminals is provided by people movers and underground tunnels.

Situated beside Terminal 2 is the Executive Flights Terminal, which has its own check-in facilities for premium passengers and where transportation to aircraft in any of the other terminals is by personal buggy. All four terminals currently have a handling capacity of 75 million passengers a year.

Airlines

With a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, Emirates Airline currently flies to over 142 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world, and the network is expanding constantly. Over 1,500 Emirates flights depart Dubai each week to destinations on six continents. In recent years, Emirates has made numerous significant announcements regarding the future of its already state-of-the-art fleet and the airline is currently the world’s largest operator of both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.

As official partner airline, Emirates offers business event organizers bonus discounts on airfares and benefits. Business event organizers have access to an online one-stop shop that makes travel for delegates easy and much more economical. Some of the benefits are:

  • Planning and managing requirements through one point of contact and 360-degree customer service
  • Dedicated airfares in Business Class and Economy Class within a travel window of five days prior to the event and five days after
  • Promotional material and communication tools to keep attendees informed
  • Bonus credits whenever meeting attendees take advantage of our travel agreement
  • Extensions on reduced-rated tickets for site inspections

 To enjoy these discounts and benefits, the business event shall meet the following requirements:

  • At least 40 individual participants in total for Meetings and Incentives
  • At least 300 individual participants in total for Conferences and Exhibitions
  • Attendees from at least two countries (not including the meeting destination)
  • A lead time of 45 days minimum for Meetings and Incentives and a lead time of 90 days minimum for Conferences and Exhibitions

In addition to Emirates, flydubai — the world’s fastest growing start-up airline — connects Dubai to 68 destinations across the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe. Flydubai was officially set up in March 2008 by the Government of Dubai, forming the city's first low-cost airline and now makes more than 800 flights a week.

Transportation

Once you arrive, Dubai has an excellent public transportation system that is clean, convenient and reliable. The leading hotels provide airport transfers and, in some cases, shuttle bus services to key locations. Taxis are plentiful, and there are many local and international car-hire firms offering a wide range of vehicles, including four-wheel drives, minibuses and luxury coaches. And the Dubai Metro, which is rapidly expanding, has stops at all major locations and conveniently connects the airport to the convention centre and hotels along the line. Currently, there are more than 25,000 hotel rooms along the Metro line.

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