Further information: Tourism in Dubai
Dubai (doo-BY; Arabic: دبيّ Dubayy, IPA: [dʊˈbæj]) is the most populouscity and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi.
Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country's legislature. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate's northern coastline and heads up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.
Dubai's economy relies on many sections of the "state", one of the most important being tourism, in 2014 total 70,475,636 passengers traveled through Dubai Airport. To maintain this important position in the tourism industry they have been known to create big and impressive tourist attractions.
Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة, "Khalifa Tower", pronounced English:), known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD $218 million).
Wild Wadi Water Park
The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Situated in the area of Jumeirah, next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the water park is operated by Jumeirah International, a Dubai-based hotelier. Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. In addition, the park had the largest water slide outside of North America, but recently it was removed to make space for two other rides . Another feature of the park is an 18 m (59 ft) waterfall that goes off every ten minutes. The water park also has two gift shops, three restaurants and two snack stands.
Dubai International Financial Centre
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a federal financial free zone situated in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The DIFC was established pursuant to UAE Federal Decree No. 35 of 2004, UAE Federal Law No. 8 of 2004 and Dubai Law No. 12 of 2004. The DIFC occupies a physical territory of approximately 110 acres. It has its own legal system and courts distinct from those of the wider UAE, with jurisdiction over corporate, commercial, civil, employment, trusts and securities law matters.
The DIFC aims to provide a platform for business and financial institutions to reach into and out of the emerging markets of the region. It was established to create an environment for growth, progress and economic development in the UAE and the wider region by providing the needed legal and business as well as physical infrastructure benchmarked against international standards.
Deira Clock Tower
Deira Clocktower (Arabic: دوار الساعة ديرة), originally referred to as the Dubai Clocktower, is a roundabout in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Clocktower is located in eastern Dubai in Deira, at the intersection of Umm Hurrair Road and route D 89 (Al Maktoum Road). Situated in the locality of Al Rigga, the Deira Clocktower, now a prominent monument in Deira, provides access to the Al Maktoum Bridge, the first land crossing constructed between Deira and Bur Dubai.Dubai Clocktower was designed by Architect Ziki Homsi, a partner at Architecture Design Construction (ADC) Office. Also ADC was the builder of the clocktower in 1965.The Clocktower was erected as a symbol of Dubai and located in Deira because major routes into Dubai converged prior to the building of Dubai - Abu Dhabi Road.The Telegraph newspaper listed Dubai Clock Tower among the 17 most beautiful clock towers around the world.
The Palm Islands are two artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As at November 2014, only Palm Jumeirah has been completed. This island takes the form of a palm tree, topped by a crescent. When complete, Palm Jebel Ali will take a similar shape; both islands will be host to a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centres and will add a total of 520 kilometres of non-public beaches to the city of Dubai.
Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk (Arabic: سوق الذهب), is a traditional market (or souk) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The souk is located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya. The souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewellery. Retailers in the souk include both well established stores like Damas, ARY Jewellery, Shyam Jewellery and Joy Alukkas as well as smaller stores that operate mainly in the gold souk. By some estimates, approximately 10 tons of gold is present at any given time in the souk It is bordered to the north by the Dubai Fish and Vegetable Market and the Deira Corniche near Baniyas Square at Sikkat al-Khali Street which is walking distance from Deira Bus Stand. Dubai Gold Souk can also be reached by taking the Dubai Metro to Al Ghubaiba and a regular Abra (boat) from nearby Bur Dubai across the creek. The Dubai Gold Souk is 5 minutes walk from the Old Souk marine station.
Dubai Museum (Arabic: متحف دبي) is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort (Arabic: حصن الفهيدي), built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil, in addition to artifacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 B.C.
In 2007, Dubai Museum welcomed 1,800 visitors daily, with a yearly total of 611,840. In March 2008, the Museum had 80,000 visitors. The most popular times are from August to April. The Museum received over 1 Million Visitors in the year 2013.
Dubai Creek is a saltwatercreek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. Historically, the creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows coming as far away as India or East Africa. Although it impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbour in the city. Dubai's pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city's economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.
The construction of Al Bastakiya dates back to the 1890s. In its prime, the locality was capable of supporting 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes.
Meydan Racecourse is a horse racing facility located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It opened on March 27, 2010, replacing Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, which formerly occupied the same site. It can accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1-mile-long grandstand. When not used for races it will serve as a business and conference integrated facility. A horse racing museum and gallery are also planned. The development also includes a nine-hole golf course. The 7.5 million m² Meydan Racecourse includes Meydan Marina, The Meydan – the world's first five-star track-side hotel with 285 rooms, two race tracks and the Grandstand, which comprises a hotel, restaurants, a racing museum and 72 corporate suites for entertaining throughout the year. It has a 2,400 metre left-handed turf race track and a left-handed 8.75-furlong (1,750 metres) Tapeta synthetic dirt course. It operates from November through March and features the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Night. The Dubai World Cup is the world's richest race day with over US$26.25 million in prize money.
The Racecourse district occupies 67 million square feet (620 ha); the overall Meydan City development however is 200 million square feet (1,900 ha). It is divided into four sub-districts: Meydan Racecourse, Meydan Metropolis, Meydan Horizons, and Meydan Godolphin Parks. Meydan is closely affiliated with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates.
Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and various features (boxes, rails, kickers) that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. Ski Dubai also houses a number of penguins who are let out of their enclosures several times a day. Penguin encounters can be booked, allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission. An extremely efficient insulation system helps the facility maintain a temperature of -4 °C (30 °F) during the day and −6 °C (21 °F) at night when the snow is produced.
Dubai Marina (Arabic: مرسى دبي) is a district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a two-mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas. It is located on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and the American University in Dubai. The first phase of this project has been completed. Dubai Marina was inspired by the Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Global VillageDubai, is claimed to be the world's largest tourism, leisure and entertainment project. It is the region's first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination. Every year, it has over 5 million visitors over an area of 17,200,000 sq ft (1,600,000 m2). It is located at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E 311); Exit 37.
The World or World Islands is an artificialarchipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai's shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort - Dubai, is a luxurious 5 star resort in Dubai and is also the largest resort in the emirate, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town. The resort comprises two boutique hotels (Al Qasr and Mina A'Salam) and a courtyard of 29 summer houses called Dar Al Masyaf. The resort has over 40 restaurants and bars.
Main article: Hotels in Dubai
Since many of the people in Dubai are tourists and not permanent residents, there are plenty of intriguing hotels built to house these temporary residents. Some of these have become iconic symbols of the emirate, such as the Burj Al Arab. The Burj Al Arab standing at 321 m (1,050 ft), is the second tallest building in the world used exclusively as a hotel. It has become a symbol of Dubai designed architecturally to caricature the sail of a boat. It is built on a man-made island and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The hotel's many breathtaking restaurants and expensive suites make it suitable of its label, "The worlds only seven star property".
Dubai is proving more attractive than ever to travelers from around the world.
From January to June 2014, the emirate’s hotels welcomed more than 5.8 million guests, making it the busiest opening six months to a year on record.
Growth has been recorded across a number of key indicators, including hotel and apartment revenues, food and beverage revenues, and average length of stay.
The wide-ranging appeal of the destination is underlined by the diversity of its key tourism source markets. Arab countries like Iran, Oman, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia are major providers of visitors to Dubai, but so are the U.K., the U.S., Russia, China, India, and Germany.
This represents an exciting challenge for tourism professionals working in Dubai, particularly those involved in marketing and PR: how to promote the destination to such a broad range of nationalities, while maintaining its appeal for key demographics like the family market?
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), which provided the figures for the first half of the year, wants to make Dubai “the must-experience family destination”.
DTCM director-general Helal Saeed Almarri said: “We are constantly diversifying our tourism offering and increasing our hotel portfolio to attract, and cater to, a broader market of visitors.”
What does the future hold?
Dubai’s tourism industry will see continued growth in the years to come, in terms of the number of travelers visiting the destination, and people working there in tourism-related jobs.
Significant contributions will come from various sectors, with aviation expected to support nearly 1.2 million jobs by 2030, injecting over USD88 billion into the economy.
Collectively, aviation and tourism-related activities will make up 38 percent of Dubai’s economy, and contribute approximately USD53.1 billion by 2020, according to the British think tank Oxford Economics.
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Another sector that is seeing exciting growth in the region is cruise travel. During the season from October 2014 to June 2015, the port of Mina Rashid is set to welcome 381,000 passengers, 19 percent more than in the 2013-14 season.
Dubai Cruise Tourism, part of the DTCM, is also anticipating 110 cruise ship calls. Six vessels will be using the local cruise terminal as their home port.
Jyoti Panchmatia, general manager for the Gulf region at destination management firm Travco, said: “The industry is growing. We see ships becoming fuller. More cruise lines are using Dubai for hub operations. [It is] an ideal winter deployment destination.”
The fact that Dubai tourism has seen such rapid and substantial expansion does not mean the industry, and professionals working within it, have no challenges to overcome.
One of the key priorities for the sector will be to maintain the growth achieved in the past few years. While the destination attracted a record number of tourists in the first half of 2014, the rate of increase was significantly lower than in previous years.
Another challenge is delivering the capacity to accommodate the increasing number of people visiting Dubai.
It has been forecast that the destination will need to build up to 283 new hotels to meet its target of welcoming 20 million annual visitors by 2020. Considering that the emirate has delivered an average of 14 hotels per year over the last eight years, this is likely to be a difficult task, according to Deloitte.
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Top employers in Dubai
Dubai’s huge potential and ambition means the destination holds great appeal for tourism professionals.
If you have career aspirations in the industry, you will be encouraged by the fact that in the Great Place to Work Institute’s list of the top 15 U.A.E. employers this year, three were tourism-related – the hotel groups Marriott and Hyatt, and the play center chain Fun City.
We could see more tourism businesses added to this list in the near future, with Dubai set to open some high-profile attractions in the next few years. One of the biggest developments will be the opening of the first phase of the Dubai Parks and Resorts project, scheduled for October 2016.
The nature of working in Dubai
Dubai is a hotspot for international workers, so foreigners living and working in the emirate will find they are in good company.
Regardless of your nationality, you will also find that Dubai is a land of great opportunity. The ambition and appetite for growth that allowed the destination to reach its current position means there is no shortage of prospects for driven professionals.
On the financial side, many internationals are drawn to Dubai by the promise of tax-free earnings, but it is important to bear in mind that housing, education, and everyday essentials can be expensive.
When it comes to moving your career forward in a young city like Dubai, where trust and relationships matter as much as reputation, building a strong professional network is vital. If you’re studying for an MBA in Dubai, or completing your business education there, make the most of every networking opportunity that comes your way.
To get a personal perspective on working in the destination, particularly for foreigners, online jobs board Jobsite spoke to Damian Brown, regional director of executive search firm Veredus in the Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Brown, who lives in Dubai with his young family, said the emirate is a “great place” to raise children.
However, he identified career advancement as the number one reason to move to the region, pointing out that the Gulf is “a place with money to spend on innovation”.
A large portion of this innovation is likely to be seen in tourism, so industry professionals who want to take their career to the next level could find that Dubai is the perfect place to do so.
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