Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region. It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo. Although Dubai’s economy was historically built on the oil industry, the emirate’s Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In addition, Dubai is home to other ambitious development projects including man-made islands, hotels, and some of the largest shopping malls in the region and the world. This increased attention has also highlighted labor and human rights issues concerning the city’s largely South Asian workforce. As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East. Dubai was rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East by American global consulting firm Mercer.
Products of Dubai
Dubai is an ideal family holiday destination. From the stunning beaches to the water parks, Dubai is ideal for the whole family to holiday. There are endless shopping opportunities and even an indoor ski and snowboarding slope. And if adventure is what the family needs, indoor rock climbing, swimming with the dolphins or indoor skydiving will keep the kids busy.
The emirate has plenty of shopping malls and each reveals a different theme and experience. The sprawling expanse of the malls, the innovative architecture, the designer boutiques, the vast product range from haute couture to the latest gadgets and gizmos and an endless choice of restaurants and cafes allow visitors the option of passing an entire day within the premises of a single shopping complex.
Events & Festivals
A wide range of events form an important part of the entertainment options depending on the time of year holidaymakers visit Dubai. Be it the golf or tennis championships, or horseracing events, spectator sports are great to watch and ensure a vibrant social scene. There are also a variety of concerts and festivals with international artists, bands and musicians held most frequently in winter when the weather is Dubai is awesome. Here are just a sample. More details are available in the relevant course modules and on the Definitely Dubai website.
Beaches and water sports
The warm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf lapping on to the soft white sand all along Dubai’s coastline are a sun seekers haven. Clean, sandy beaches, guaranteed year-round sunshine and near-perfect conditions for water sports make Dubai an ideal location for beach lovers.
Dubai is known as the ‘sporting capital’ of the Middle East for no small reason. Its climate and first-class facilities make it an ideal place to host international, regional and local sporting events.
Dubai has emerged as a cruise hub in its own right and is also a popular port of call. Its modern new terminal spanning an area of 3,450 square meters and deep basin gives Cruise lines the option of bringing in larger ships. Dubai serves as a home port for major cruise lines including Costa, Aida and Royal Caribbean International. Easy and numerous air connections to all parts of the world makes Dubai the most convenient destination for passenger turnaround. This has paved the way for Dubai to pioneer in serving Cruise Lines as a Hub/Home Port in the whole region. Today, cruise ships arrive in Dubai from ports across the globe – USA, the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa, India, Far East and Australia. In 2015, Dubai expects to receive 195 ships with 575,000 passengers.
Dubai’s has the perfect climate and first-class sporting facilities, which make it an ideal destination for an adventure packed holiday.
The variety of adventure sports available is on a par with the best resorts across the world, and you will find certain sports unique to the region. They range from sky diving to rock climbing and from dune buggy driving to jetpack flying to mention just a few.
Dubai is well positioned in that it offers eco-tourism alongside traditional packages to its tourists. One major eco-tourism attraction is the country’s largest bird sanctuary at Ras al Khor. This huge natural tidal lagoon is located only 5 minutes’ drive from the center of Dubai and the site hosts up to 15,000 birds on any winter’s day, with Greater Flamingo being one of the most abundant species.
This age-old wellness treatment dating back to the times of ancient Rome is taking on a new meaning in Dubai with diverse world-class facilities in a variety of settings whether it’s the beach, the city or the desert. There are both themed and designer spas such as the Armani Spa in the exclusive hotel of the same name.
Special Needs Tourism
Dubai is fast developing itself as a destination that is accessible to special needs visitors with an estimated potential market of 600 million tourists worldwide. Dubai’s hotels, airlines, airports, shopping malls and the public transport network are increasingly gearing themselves to become disabled-friendly.
Projects with innovative concepts, the most conducive investment-friendly climate as well as a robust meetings, conferences, incentives, exhibitions and events infrastructure have collectively shaped Dubai as one of most thriving destinations for business tourism. It is also one of the most popular destinations in the world for companies organizing overseas meetings and incentive travel.