Destination Guide: Dubai

C&IT's sponsored guide to Dubai will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, restaurants and incentive activities when planning your next event in the Emirate.

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About Dubai

Dubai is one of the world’s most exhilarating destinations: a glittering city that offers swathes of golden beaches; world-class shopping, dining and nightlife; hosts electrifying events and sporting championships; and, for all the family, is one big adventurous playground. Where tradition meets ambition and renowned for its futuristic architecture, this visionary city is also proud to display its rich heritage and culture. Welcome to Arabia and welcome to the destination that has made it its mission to become “the world’s most visited city”.

Where else can you spend the morning on the beach, the afternoon snow skiing and the evening camel riding in the desert? Where else can you dive with sharks in a shopping mall and watch dancing fountains at the base of the world’s tallest tower? And with many more hotels and attractions in the pipeline, no-one can ever truly say they’ve ticked off Dubai.

For more information, contact Holly Marshall, MICE Account Executive on +44 207 593 1726 or email

Key Facts


Dubai is one of seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates
The UAE is 83,600 Sq. km. in size (slightly bigger than Scotland)
The official weekend is Friday and Saturday
Arabic is the official language but English is widely used
The emirate is home to over 200 nationalities
10 million visitors were welcomed in 2012, 20 million expected by 2020
The UAE does not collect income tax on businesses or individuals


Easy visa on arrival procedures for all EU nationals.
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the second busiest in the world
Over 145 airlines fly to 260 destinations across six continents
Home to the Arabian Gulf region’s first metro system


Dubai has over 625 hotel establishments offering  five-star luxury to pocket-friendly comfort.
The Dubai World Trade Centre boasts a total of one million sq. feet of meeting space.
Most hotels in Dubai offer multi-purpose meeting and events space.


Year-round calendar of sports, arts, culture, music, shopping and entertainment events.
Desert activities include camping, dune bashing, and hiking
Marine activities include diving, swimming, rowing, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, etc.
Over 5,300 eateries serve food from all over the world.


Time difference of GMT +3