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Dubai’s location makes it easy accessible, as most cities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas are providing direct flights. Dubai International Airport is ranked in the world’s top ten airports and is considered the Middle East’s premier and busiest airport. In 2003, a total of 18 million passengers passed through the airport registering a 13% growth over 2002 and, according to projections, 60 million passengers are expected to use Dubai International Airport by 2010.
Dubai is located on the Southern shore of the Arabian Gulf, northeastern United Arab Emirates and is known as “Pearl of the Arabian Golf.” Dubai has been the setting for incredible development and wealth for the last 30 years. Dubai initially rose from the sale of oil, but the billions of dollars have been wisely invested in building up infrastructure, trade, service industries, finance, manufacture and tourism, since today, only 10% of the economy is represented by oil industry. Dubai is the leading business center in the Middle East and the major port for exporting to the Indian subcontinent, Golf states, Iran, Africa and Europe.
Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Rainfall is infrequent and irregular. Falling mainly in winter, it amounts to some 13 cm a year. Temperatures range from a low of about 10 degrees Celsius to a high of 48 degrees Celsius. The mean daily maximum is 24 degrees in January rising to 41 degrees in July.
The population of Dubai is around 860,000, 80% being represented by expatriates. The official language is Arabic, however English is widely understood and ranks alongside Arabic as the language of business.
Business in Dubai
Dubai's encouraging tax regimes, state-of-the-art telecommunication and sympathetic business environment have produced a country that is building energetically on the advantages which location, centuries-old trading savvy and oil wealth have given it.
Multinational and international companies based in Dubai include Sony, Heinz, AT&T, Shell, IBM and General Motors. The main business district in Dubai is focused on the World Trade Centre, on Sheikh Zayed Road. The Emirates Towers, which opened in June 2000, as the tallest buildings in the Middle East, are fast becoming the new business hub of Dubai. A number of businesses are heading to the new Dubai Convention Centre, which hosted the IMF and World Bank Conference in 2003.
The landmarks of Dubai are famous and unique. It is the only place in the world that has a seven star, the tallest and most lavish hotel –Burj AL Arab, perched on an artificial island. A palm tree-shaped resort island with 120 km of sandy beaches will be opened very soon. Palm Island will include shopping complexes, 2000 villas, luxury hotels and the first marine park. Palm Island will be built in the shape of 17 huge fronds surrounded by 12 km extending five km into the sea south of Dubai city. Next to it, a new unique and amazing project, worth US $1.8 billion, located 4 km offshore from Dubai, another artificial island, “ The World “, comprised of islands grouped together to resemble the world’s continents, with themes reflecting the actual country that the island’s shape is based on with some including replicas of monuments and landmarks from the specific countries. And, for 2006, the first underwater hotel in the world, a 220-suite, bubble-like Hydropolis Hotel which is to float just below the waters off the coast of Dubai's upscale Jumeirah area.
Dubai hosts two major tourist-oriented events during the year. The fiercely promoted Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is held from mid-January to mid-February. Entertainment for the kids, fireworks and free raffle tickets with every purchase are just part of the fun. The Dubai Summer Surprises in June attracts tourists during the summer. Water sports, including jet-skiing, water-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing are available.
Other Dubai Accommodations
Five star hotels in the city are recording high occupancy rates and several new luxury hotels are planned. Hoteliers are keen that perceptions about Dubai do not suffer from negativity associated with some other Islamic countries in the Middle East. Visitors to Dubai have an extensive choice of places to stay, which offer superb service and facilities. A range of hotels are available to suit every traveler and every budget.
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