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Dubai

Dubai



Safe, clean and ultra-modern, Dubai is an ideal destination for conferences and events. Dubai is a business city that enjoys a taste of traditional Arabic hospitality, immersed in a warmth and generosity of a bygone Bedouin era that still lives on in the spirit of the people today.The first impression that a Dubai visitor is set to identify is the sheer quality and value offered. Contrast this with state-of-the-art amenities that will transport you to a world of infinite luxury and modern conveniences. It will leave you with an appetite for more.


An innovative trend-setter, Dubai provides its visitors with a unique experience with a varied range of quality hotel accommodation ranging from super deluxe iconic and five star properties to high end quality business hotels, serviced apartments and a broad range of affordable inner city hotels.



The Past


By the late 1870s, Dubai became the principal port of the Gulf Coast, and by the turn of the century, it was reputed to have had the largest souqs in Arabia. Pearls continued to be a mainstay of the emirate’s prosperity until the 1940s, when the development of Japanese cultured pearls led to a collapse in demand for the natural product. However by that time, trade in other products including gold had grown steadily and Dubai continued to thrive as ‘the city of merchants’.


In 1966 Dubai’s oil reserves were discovered and it was during this time Britain announced its withdrawal from the region, a move which was to have a significant impact on the political geography of the area. Under the wise and progressive leadership of Dubai’s Ruler, there was considerable government spending on infrastructure, education and healthcare, all part of a long-term plan to turn Dubai into a thriving cosmopolitan centre for business and tourism.



The Present


In more recent years, Dubai’s formula for development is highly evident – visionary leadership, high quality infrastructure, an expatriate friendly environment, zero tax on personal and corporate income and low import duties. The result is that Dubai has quickly become a principal business and tourism hub for a region that stretches from Egypt to the Indian sub-continent and from South Africa to the CIS countries.





Lifestyle


Citizens, expatriates and visitors alike, enjoy a relaxed and pleasant lifestyle. There is virtually no crime, the city is clean and there is a wide choice of modern and spacious accommodation. In addition, Dubai has a choice of cuisine to suit any palate and all pockets. Arabic is the national language. However, English is widely spoken throughout Dubai, so delegates will have no problem getting around.


Dubai is secular and tolerant, freedom of worship is allowed to all religions and Christian churches have existed in Dubai for many years. Alcohol may be consumed at home, in hotels and on licensed club premises. Women can drive and move about freely unaccompanied. There is zero tax on personal and corporate income in Dubai and there are low import duties. Hotels charge a 10% service charge and a 10% municipality fee.



Cutlure and Heritage


The culture in Dubai is rooted in Islamic traditions that form the UAE’s national lifestyle. The country’s Rulers are keen to maintain the emirate’s culture and heritage and actively support many sporting events that are representative of their past, including falconry, camel racing and dhow sailing.



For further information please visit www.dcb.ae







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