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Dubai’s central location makes it one of the busiest travel hubs in the world.

Dubai’s central location makes it one of the busiest travel hubs in the world.

Dubai International Airport is ranked as the number one hub for international passengers with annual traffic of more than 78 million passengers in 2015.
Over 150 airlines operate at Dubai’s two airports, connecting to more than 280 destinations across the globe. Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, will have the capacity to handle 240 million passengers when it’s fully operational.

Emirates Airline is Dubai’s flag carrier, with flights to and from more than 165 destinations worldwide. Since launching in 2009, flydubai has become the world’s fastest start-up airline, flying to more than 100 destinations across the GCC, Asia, Africa, India and parts of Europe.

Dubai has a diverse range of premium, standard and budget hotels offering services that cater to all needs and budgets. There are currently more than 677 hotels with more than 100,000 rooms. Current estimates show that a total of 134,000 rooms are expected by 2018.

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Hamish Reid
Hamish Reid Senior Manager, Business Events - Europe
  • Dubai Convention & Events Bureau
  • c/o Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
  • PO Box 594
  • Dubai
  • United Arab Emirates
  • National Languages: Arabic , English
  • Time Zone: GMT +4

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Transport

Dubai International Airport is ranked as the number one hub for international passengers with annual traffic of more than 78 million passengers in 2015.

Over 150 airlines operate at Dubai’s two airports, connecting to more than 280 destinations across the globe. Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, will have the capacity to handle 240 million passengers when it’s fully operational.

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Climate & Weather

A sub-tropical, arid climate ensures clear blue skies almost throughout the year. Winter may see a few infrequent rain showers. Temperatures vary from season to season: January can fall to a low of 15°C/59°F, while July can rise to a high of 48°C/118°F.

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Unusual Venues

There are a wide variety of venues available that are a little out of the ordinary. Here are just a few:

Step into Dubai Opera, the city’s latest architectural masterpiece and jewel in its cultural crown. Shaped like a futuristic dhow, this new cultural institution hosts the biggest names in opera, ballet, theatre and classical music. Designed by Danish architect Janus Rostock, the 2,000-seat Dubai Opera is the city’s first truly world-class cultural facility.

Dubai Parks - A thrilling labyrinth of mega theme parks like Motiongate™, Bollywood Parks™ and LEGOLAND® will keep young hearts enthralled, while the Riverland™ entertainment and dining boulevard offers all the latest in relaxation.

The Fridge - A contemporary and dynamic event venue ideal for product launches, training, workshops, presentations, rehearsals, screenings, video and photo shoots, the newly refurbished Warehouse offers a flexible and accessible space to create, host and showcase.

Alserkal Avenue – a location that’s purpose has always been to build a home for creative industries. It maps a vital intersection for the confluences of art, culture and development. More than just a neighbourhood, it is an arts organisation with an active homegrown programme; the driving force that brings the community together to support and encourage a creative economy; the platform via which regional artists and art initiatives can reach a wider, international audience.

Bab Al Shams – in the heart of the desert, this architectural wonder offers an outdoor event with history and style in magnificent surroundings.

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Visa Requirements

Citizens of 52 countries — GCC nationals plus nationals of listed countries including the UK and most of Europe — do not require visas prior to arrival. If you do require a visa, the UAE authorities have taken steps to make the process as straightforward and easy as possible.

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Transfers

Dubai has buses, metered taxis, metros and marine transportation. The Dubai Metro can take you to more than 45 stations and feeder buses operate from the stations to major shopping malls and Dubai landmarks. Taxi fares are very reasonably priced compared to the UK.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

There are several humanitarian and charitable organisations that welcome input from international groups. Getting involved with the local community by supporting a charitable organisation can add a meaningful dimension to your event, and provide the opportunity to engage locally in a significant and memorable way. Here are a few suggestions of organisations that welcome support:

  • The Emirates Airline Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for children, regardless of geographical, political or religious boundaries, and to help them maintain or improve their human dignity
  • Al Noor Dubai a training centre for children with special needs
  • Dubai Autism Centre focused on services for children with autism
  • Emirates Arthritis Foundation provides an extensive range of events and programmes to support people with arthritis
  • Dubai Centre For Special Needs provides the highest standards of specialised education and therapy
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Activities

Adrenaline-pumping desert safaris, indoor and outdoor theme parks, luxurious spa breaks, sumptuous meals, relaxing dhow cruises, high-octane sky dives and exhilarating water park rides — just some of the unique experiences Dubai offers its guests.

And you’ll find that the city is one of contrasts and its people are a melting pot of cultures. The contrast of old and new provides a cultural experience deeply rooted in Arabic tradition, set in a modern environment.

From Arabic to Asian, French to Mexican and everything in between, Dubai offers food lovers a tantalising array of mouth-watering options to treat your taste buds. And the city is known for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene, where you can relax at blissful beach clubs or watch the world’s most exciting horse race.

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Team Building Events

IMG Worlds of Adventure - Why not create out-of-this-world team building experiences with your favorite cartoon character or super hero for your own group of heroes! The Avengers were formed to combat threats that could not be dealt with alone… let Earth’s mightiest heroes inspire your next company event!

Burj Khalifa Sky Experience - Soaring high at 555 metres, At the Top, is, fittingly, Dubai’s most iconic destination. Get ready to enjoy exclusive access to the redefined, highest outdoor observatory in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of Burj Khalifa.

Treasure Hunts – you can explore the old Dubai or the new Dubai through a Bizgroup interactive treasure hunt using an ipad.

Ski Dubai – This indoor slope at the Mall of the Emirates has five ‘real snow’ runs, a nursery slope and a selection of rails and jumps

Desert Safari - enjoy the beauty of the magnificent desert landscape in a 4WD safari

Dinner under the Stars – enjoy an exclusive-use dinner in the desert at a Bedoiun style camp.

Golf challenge – with 10 spectacular 18-hole courses, including three Championship courses, that can be played year-round, there is something here for every golfer

The Sport of Kings – yes, Camel Polo! Similar to traditional polo, this is ideal for corporate team building events

Spa experience – Dubai’s luxurious hotels offer wonderful opportunities for truly relaxing, pampering programmes

Talk to one of the many professional local destination management companies for more ideas.

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Programmes

ADVENTURE INCENTIVE PROGRAMME 5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS

Day 1

Arrival: Arrival at Dubai International Airport.

Day 2

Morning: Swimming with sharks in the Dubai Mall Aquarium.

Afternoon: Desert safari activities: 4 WD dune bashing, sand skiing/boarding, quad biking.

Evening: Desert safari continues with a 1001 Arabian Nights Desert Camp Dinner.

Day 3

Morning & Afternoon: deep sea fishing trip.

Evening: Dinner in Al Hadeera Bab Al Shams Desert Resort Restaurant.

Day 4

Morning & Afternoon:  Safari to Hatta. Discover the wadis and mountains of the UAE.

Evening: Play Camel Polo - the gentleman’s game with an Arabic flavour.

Day 5

Departure: Limousine transfer to Dubai International Airport. Enjoy the plethora of shopping opportunities and amazing deals at Dubai Duty Free – winner of 'Best Duty Free Shops' in both 2008 and 2009.

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VIP/ EXECUTIVE LEVEL INCENTIVE PROGRAMME 5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS

Day 1

Arrival: Arrival at Dubai International Airport. VIP Meet and Greet Services:

Guests will be welcomed outside the aircraft and escorted through immigration, baggage claim and to a limousine transfer. Guests arriving in business or first class from an Emirates flight will have a dedicated belt to collect their luggage.

Day 2

Morning: Half Day City Tour

Take a scenic tour of the city in a luxury private vehicle. Ranging from the city’s rich historical sites to its new dynamic cosmopolitan architecture, be prepared to be wowed by this vibrant evolving city.

Dubai Museum - Al Fahidi Fort

The Al Fahidi Fort was erected around 1787 to defend the city against invasion and today offers a fascinating insight into the rich history and cultural heritage of the city. Renovated in 1971 for use as a museum, its colourful life-size dioramas vividly depict everyday life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.

Afternoon: Private Shopper - Wafi Shopping Mall and Fashion Avenue in Dubai Mall. A private shopping assistant will escort you through the various branded designer boutiques in Wafi Shopping Mall and Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue and will set up a private viewing for new clothing collections and jewellery.

Evening: Dine in a Michelin starred Restaurant - Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire in Intercontinental Festival City Experience. French fine dining at its best.

Day 3

Visit the most iconic structures and landmarks of Dubai

Morning: Burj Khalifa. Witness one of the world’s tallest structures ever built, at 828 m. Take the lift to the top for one of the most spectacular views of the emirate.

Afternoon: Dubai World Island Private Lunch

Take a yacht from Dubai Marina to reach an exclusive destination for a private lunch on the beach: select your country island on Dubai World Island Cluster.

Burj Al Arab: Enjoy the late afternoon in style and sample the most refined afternoon tea in one of the Burj Al Arab salons.

Finish off your day with a relaxing treatment in the Spa overlooking the shores of the Arabian Gulf Sea.

Evening: Cocktails in Neos, The Address Downtown.

Day 4

Morning: Aerial City Tour

A seaplane tour offers you the opportunity to take an aerial sightseeing tour of Dubai in a Cessna 208 Caravan amphibian aircraft. The World Islands, Palm Islands, Jumeirah Beach, Dubailand, Sports City, Burj Al Arab, Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Maritime City, Port Rashid and Festival City are only some of the popular sights you may see on this scenic flight.

Afternoon: Swim with the dolphins - have a one-on-one encounter with dolphins in the Atlantis Aquaventure water park and discover the secrets of animal communication. Or Car racing at the Dubai Autodrome - challenge yourself by driving the fastest cars from Lamborghinis to Ferraris or maybe the latest Audi R8 model.

Evening: Dinner on The Dubai Creek - Cruise Dubai Creek the Parisian way, in Bateaux Dubai, a modern water vessel.

Day 5

Departure: Limousine transfer to Dubai International Airport. Enjoy the many shopping opportunities and amazing deals at Dubai Duty Free – winner of 'Best Duty Free Shops' in both 2008 and 2009.

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Incentive Sample Programme

Day 1

Arrival: walk ‘The Walk’

Enjoy ‘The Walk’ at Jumeirah Beach Residence, at Dubai Marina, for an alfresco lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Afternoon: Fun in the sun

Head to the Aquaventure at the Atlantis Hotel or Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach Hotel to experience thrilling rides and water slides.

Evening: Dine in a restaurant headed up by a Michelin-starred chef

Indulge your palate at Reflets, by celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Day 2

Morning: Half-day city tour

Take a scenic tour of the city in a luxury private vehicle.

Afternoon: The Dubai Mall

One of the world’s largest malls, this is shopping on a grand scale. There are more than 1,000 shops, an underwater zoo and the observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Enjoy the spectacular fountain show outside.

Evening: Dinner on Dubai Creek

Enjoy a lovely evening onboard the sophisticated Dubai Creek and enjoy the spectacular lights of the city by night.

Day 3

Morning: A taste of local culture

Experience the Dubai of old in Bastakiya or Al Fahidi Historical district, in Bur Dubai near Dubai Creek. This renovated traditional Arabian village has mud-walled courtyard houses, narrow lanes and towers.

Afternoon: Swim with dolphins

Enjoy a one-to-one encounter at the Atlantis Aquaventure water park. Or Car racing at the Dubai Autodrome

From Lamborghinis to Ferraris, your opportunity to live life in the fast lane.

Late Afternoon: Luxury at the Burj Al Arab

Take afternoon tea in one of the Burj Al Arab salons. Finish off with a relaxing treatment in the spa.

Evening: Relax at Neos at The Address Downtown.

Day 4

Morning: Aerial city tour

See Dubai from a Cessna 208 Caravan amphibian aircraft.

Afternoon & Evening: Desert Safari

Escape the city and venture into the magnificent desert. Enjoy dune-bashing, camel riding, belly dancing, henna painting, shisha pipes and a full buffet with BBQ.

Day 5

Morning: Swim with sharks in The Dubai Mall Aquarium

Dive into the 10 million litre tank and come face-to-face with the largest collections of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world.

Afternoon & Evening: The Madinat Jumeirah Hotel

Experience this fabulous resort built in ancient Arabic style around a series of waterways. Relax on the beach or shop for souvenirs in the souk. There are 42 restaurants and bars to choose from before ending the night with a traditional boat (abra) ride.

Day 6

Departure: Shop till you drop!

Take advantage of the deals at Dubai Duty Free.

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Testimonials

Diane Nelson, Chief Service Officer

Young Presidents' Organization

The site selection for our conference was an easy choice when we saw the skyline of this great city. Our theme of 'Vision to Reality' fit perfectly with the great growth and planning that has enabled Dubai to be such vibrant city. The staff and support from DWTC and Dubai Business Events were second to none. Many thanks for your hard work and dedication in supporting our conference.

Mr Richard Wu, Chairman of the 2015 IDA

International Dragon Awards Corporate Meeting

The reason we chose Dubai was not only because it is one of the most attractive tourism destinations, but also because it has a state-of-the-art business and convention centre, which is equipped with the latest facilities. There was confidence that Dubai’s accessibility in terms of airlift, the number of well-designed hotels and the highest quality service standards would make the 2015 IDA Annual Meeting a successful business event.

Koen Peters, Executive Director

4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition

Dubai Business Events has been a great support for us in helping to organise the event, helping us to connect with key players in the UAE government, providing valuable suggestions with regards to venues and partners and offering an attractive support package on the side. Their contribution really helped to make our event one that we still receive praise for, nine months since it happened!

Finola Quinn Congress Secretariat

The 3rd East Mediterranean & 5th UAE Joint Epilepsy Congress

The services from the venue, local suppliers and Dubai Business Events to assist in organising our congress in Dubai were delivered with a high degree of professionalism. In particular, the support, both practical and financial, from Dubai Business Events was very highly rated and it was a pleasure to work with the organisation as a partner for the congress.

Ann Delmiche

Mena Transport Congress and Exhibition 2016

Dubai is a high quality destination in which to organise an international event. Dubai Airport provides easy access for international delegates. It is easy moving around the city and the quality of the premises and hotels is very high and staffed by very friendly and professional persons. Dubai Business Events is ready and happy to help with all kinds of special requests.

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