Dubai is a city of superlatives. It is home to the world’s tallest building, the biggest man-made island, the largest mall, and the most luxurious hotel. It is a global city that goes over the top in every way, and people love it. Dubai is a hotspot for digital nomads and remote workers and has recently been named the top tourist destination in the world.
How has Dubai risen from a romantic pearl-fishing village on the edge of the Persian Gulf to become one of the world’s major economies and a magnet for investors and tourists? Less than a hundred years ago, the then neighbouring village of Jumeirah was nothing more than a collection of some 45 palm leaf huts. Today, Jumeirah has a different kind of palm, the man-made tree-shaped archipelago known for its glitzy hotels, posh apartment towers and upmarket global restaurants.
In 1966, the state struck oil. The discovery of “liquid gold” helped to rocket boost a process that was already taking place and turn Dubai into one of the world’s most modern and magnetic cities. Today it is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. There are approximately 2,780,000 residents from over 200 nationalities, plus countless tourists and traders on any given day.
State-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, tax-free living and a strategic location in the centre of the major trading continents, make Dubai the ideal to place to do business. Dubai has one of the world’s lowest violent crime rates, and in 2019 was ranked the seventh-safest city in the world. The by-product of this is a dynamic prosperity—the reason that Dubai is one of the leading luxury holiday destinations in the world.
Dubai’s excellent infrastructure attracts international investors in areas of trade, transport, tourism, industry and finance. Because such a broad range of sectors are thriving in Dubai, there are plenty of things to do and see, no matter how unique your particular interests.
Observe the astounding blend of 21st Century comforts and old-world charm throughout the city-state. Wander between overflowing trade souks or buy big brands in modern shopping malls. Go on a safari through the desert or assess the lay of the land from incredible buildings like the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest.
Dubai has engaging activities for children, couples, business travellers and more. Whether you want 7-star luxury, Michelin Star food, retail therapy or a glimpse at some of the most impressive world-firsts in architecture and technology, Dubai is the perfect destination for you