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 and the vast desert, Dubai is an ideal location for any business event.
Why choose Dubai for your event? 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 who 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.
Emirates is Dubai’s flag carrier, with flights to and from over 140 destinations worldwide. Since launching in 2008, flydubai has become the world’s fastest growing start-up airline, flying to more than 65 destinations across the GCC, Asia, Africa, India and parts of Europe.
2. World-class Infrastructure
Who ever imagined a small Arab village would become the powerhouse it is today? Dubai boasts well-maintained roads, excellent public transport and connectivity, including the state-of-the-art Dubai Metro and the newly opened Dubai Tram — just some of the services you can expect here.
3. Venues for Meetings and Conventions
We have a plethora of flexible business event facilities, from a meeting room for 10 people to a convention hall 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, an array of hotels in Dubai offer high quality and sizeable meeting space.
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 in the range of 20,000-30,000 more rooms are expected by the end of 2016.
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 and 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 laboratories that occupy 4.1 million square feet in the heart of Dubai.
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 water park rides — just some of the unique experiences Dubai offers its guests. And you’ll find that our city is one of contrasts and our people are a melting pot of cultures. The contrast of old and new provides a cultural experience deeply rooted in Arabic tradition, set in a modern environment.
9. Restaurants and Entertainment
From Arabic to Asian, French to Mexican and everything in between, Dubai offers food lovers a tantalizing array of mouthwatering options to treat your taste buds. And the city is known for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene, where you can relax at blissful beach clubs or watch the world’s most exciting horse race.
10. Experienced Industry Support
The Dubai Bid Alliance, chaired by Dubai Business Events, provides professional organisers and conference managers with a unique bid package that includes incentives, specific discounts, pre-negotiated rates and harmonised terms and conditions from Dubai stakeholders.