Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is well known for its rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality to visitors. Dubai is a city of contrasts, a land where east and west, old and new, traditional and modern blend seamlessly to create a fascinating destination, with vast deserts and picturesque golden beaches. Dubai is made up of a diverse but coherent community keen on maintaining its identity.
Given its strategic location in the heart of the world, Dubai has turned into a leading investment and tourism hub where 90 airline companies offer direct flights to more than 130 cities around the world.
Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai witnesses remarkable and sustained development in all walks of life: high-level education system, world-class health system, knowledge modern facilities and designs such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel, overlooking Jumeirah Beach, the world’s only 7-star hotel, and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building that stands at 828 meters, located near Sheikh Zayed Road, which includes a number of iconic residential and commercial towers & hotels. Dubai also boasts of ‘Palm Jumeirah’ the largest manmade island built in the shape of a palm tree on the sea. It includes hundreds of luxurious residential units and resorts highlighted by Atlantis Hotel, Zabeel Saray, to name a few. Dubai also features stunning nature including sea beaches and mountain peaks.
Dubai is also a land of natural beauty and diversity extending over an area of 4,000 square kilometers combining foothills, high sand dunes and mountains at Hatta.
In 2013, Dubai was named the world’s second best city in organizing activities and sports events, as it hosts the world’s most leading sports and art events highlighted by Dubai World Cup (horseracing event), the richest race day the world with a prize money amounting 30 million Dollars, Dubai Desert Classic Golf Championship, Dubai Tennis Championship, Dubai Tour Cycling Race, Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, World Cup Tours in Swimming and Diving, Dubai Marathon, and Dubai International Sports Conference, among many other events.
Dubai comprises six football clubs, they are: Al Nasr, Al Shabab, Al Ahli, Al Wasl, Dubai and Hatta, in addition to 3 specialized clubs: Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Chess Club, and Dubai Club for the Disabled. It also includes Hamdan Sports Complex, an architectural masterpiece which features a modern swimming pool. The Complex was designed to the world’s best standards and capable of hosting various tournaments with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. It also includes Dubai Sports City and Meydan, the largest horse based & competitive economy, safe community, fair & impartial justice, advanced courts system, sustainable environment and integrated infrastructure of roads, bridges and tunnels, in addition to providing all types of transit modes conforming to the highest specifications. Plans are set to upgrade the public sector to become the most innovative sector in order to ensure the smart government, which will enable all Dubai residents including various nationalities to process their public transactions through a smartphones or tablet PCs.
Despite that, the prudent leadership considers what has been achieved so far is nothing but the beginning of the future of Dubai and the UAE which will witness more economic growth and development. To achieve this end, Dubai has adopted precise mechanisms to follow up performance and improve achievement of which all people in the Emirati take pride. Dubai is also keen on enhancing the UAE’s standing among the most advanced countries worldwide by adopting the highest levels of development in line with the aspirations of our wise leadership to ensure a brighter future for the UAE in the course of its drive to achieve the 2021 Vision.
Dubai organizes “Dubai Shopping Festival” which has become a global annual gathering with visitors hailing from all corners of the globe to take advantage of the competitive sales, raffles, offers and promotions, in addition to the attractive airline packages and residence offers. Dubai has become a favorable destination for millions of tourists hailing from around the world every year thanks to the unparalleled hotel facilities and modern residential complexes that blend ancient Islamic architecture with racing course in the world, in addition to other facilities and playgrounds.
Dubai was founded in 1833 when some 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, led by Al Maktoum Family, settled at the Creek area. At that time the Creek was the natural port of the region, which later led to the emergence of Dubai as a center for fishing, pearling and trading. With the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai became a popular port, with Deira forming the largest market on the coastal area. The total number of Dubai’s population was about 20,000 people, 25% of them were residents. Now Dubai embraces residents from more than 200 countries enjoying security and living in a civilized environment governed by laws that respect all community segments and provide them with business conducive environment. Dubai is famous for its ancient and well-established traditions in maritime activity and commerce.
For a long time it has been known as the main business hub in the Middle East, a leading re-export center in the region, and a prominent venue for international meetings, conferences and exhibitions. Recently Dubai has won the global bid to host the World Expo 2020, the world’s largest fair in commerce, business and tourism.
Dubai is not only a distinguished tourist destination but also a favorable destination for investors and businessmen from around the world thanks to its excellent infrastructure, prestigious international standing, flexible economic policy, and lower costs. Dubai also provides investor-supportive environment, whether those investors operating in real estate, tourism, industry, trade, education, etc.