Host city

From its inception as a small fishing and pearling village to its emergence as a globally recognized center of tourism, trade, retail, business, and finance, Dubai has always acted nimbly to make itself attractive to local, regional, and international businesses. From the middle of the 20th century, the emirate’s leadership has worked to develop Dubai’s port, trade, and logistics infrastructure. As Dubai has expanded from trade in goods, to services, including tourism, logistics, business support, and more recently banking and finance, the city’s leadership has always got the vision of anticipating what future physical, legal, regulatory and quality-of-life infrastructure will be required to ensure that businesses operating in the emirate will thrive.

Dubai has multiple free zones that ensure strong connection to the rest of the world and reinforce its position in the region and world. Examples of free zones include Internet and Media cities; the formation of the Dubai International Financial Centre, a free trade zone that has established Dubai as a global center of finance; major expansion of Dubai’s airports and seaports; iconic projects such as Palm Jumeirah and Burdj Khalifa; Dubai’s role as the region’s hub for art and culture, and the creation of a quality of life for people from across the globe that has become a model for cities across the region and beyond.

Today, Dubai is one of the most active cities in the Middle East and among the most modern locations in the world. Dubai is open, inviting, and cosmopolitan, but also a place where tradition in all its forms is alive and celebrated. Dubai is an important global crossroads for business; it is where everybody meets. People come to Dubai for tourism and leisure, and to get business done. Every nationality is at home in Dubai and generally can find media, hospitality, education, healthcare, and recreational options that are familiar to what they enjoy in their home country.

Rich Heritage

  • Heritage Village
  • Museums and traditional souks
  • Over 50 art galleries
  • Al Bastakiya – the cradle of culture

Man-made Wonders

  • Marvels of the aquatic world – Dubai Aquarium
  • Indoor ski-slope – Ski Dubai
  • World’s tallest performing fountain part of Dubai mall

Spectacular leisure choices

  • Enchanting desert
  • Sun-kissed beaches
  • Sky diving