Five Reasons You Should Visit Dubai This Year
Dubai is up and coming; not just as a tourist destination, but as a global business capital too. Over 50% of its population are ex-pats, so English is very widely spoken. It has an exciting atmosphere and, despite its strict laws, its friendly, progressive and outward-looking. Youll experience exceptional hospitality here, against an overwhelmingly opulent backdrop, in a virtually crime-free, sunshine-filled environment.
Whether you want to laze on beautiful beaches, shop til you drop, or enjoy a cultural tour of Middle Eastern culture, Dubai is a perfect travel destination for business and pleasure. Its also known for doing everything bigger and better than the rest of the world. In fact, Dubai is the holder of so many world records; tallest building, largest flower garden, longest firework display, most impressive fleet of police supercars, etc, that a person has been employed simply to keep track of them all.
It may be small in size (it only takes one hour to drive the entire length of the country) but there are many reasons why theres nowhere else on Earth quite like this unique UAE state. It will provide you with some magically original experiences, in a landscape that inspires and provokes innovation. Plus, with the World Expo 2020 in town, this really is a must-visit-soon destination! Lets have a look at some reasons why you should be tempted to fly east this year.
1. Dubai Expo 2020 Begins 20th October 2020
This Expo has been 7 years in the making, as Dubai won the right to host this prestigious event in 2013. In celebration of this exciting news, when it was announced, residents gathered to watch an extravagant firework display launched from the top of the Burj Khalifa. Visit the worlds tallest building, and the following day was declared a national holiday. So as you can see, this Expo is kind of a big deal, with expectations running very high given the Dubai rulers claim that the country would astonish the world.
The World Expo is a showcase for the achievements of the nations of the world. Wherever its hosted, its expected to receive millions of international visitors and put on a fantastic display. The Dubai-based expo has embraced the message of collaboration and working together to advance the planet with their theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Sub-themes that will feature heavily in the creation of the exhibition are sustainability, mobility, and opportunity.
2. Speciality Food Festival 6-8th April 2020
This is a must-visit show for foodie fans of Middle Eastern and African cuisine. With as many international celebrity chefs as its possible to fit in one space, showing off their wares. Creating delicious gourmet food for you to sample, your taste buds will have a riot! There will be cooking competitions, a whole range of countries displaying regional recipes, and the chance to learn about ingredients local to the presenting chefs. Also, look out for top food preparation tips!
This isnt just a chance for a food-tasting jolly, but also a very useful event for anyone who works in the hospitality or food industry. Its the ideal way to widen your menu and include the very best in Middle Eastern edible offerings.
3. Comic-Con March 5th-7th
The Dubai Comic-Con is the biggest of its kind in the Middle East. With its impressive budget, you can expect to meet huge celebrities and enjoy live music of the finest calibre. Anyone whos a fan of comic books, science fiction or fantasy, particularly of the animated variety, will love the cosplay competition, the chance to learn more about related industry crafts in this events huge workshop programme. As well as immerse themselves in relevant live theatre performances. Additionally, Artist Alley is where youll meet big names in graphics and get tips on how they put their characters together.
Now in its 6th year, this Comic-Con will be a predictably lavish affair, with big names and exciting exhibits. Come and see your favourite characters and escape into a fantasy world as part of your sunshine holiday in this luxurious part of the world.
4. Legendary Bands
In recent years, Dubai has been attracting huge music industry acts to come and play at their arena-style venues. Want to see one of the worlds favourite musicians strutting his or her stuff in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience? Expect a lively but polite vibe with top of the range special effects. Itll be a remarkable night in a wider, wholly unforgettable holiday.
Robbie Williams is in Dubai this January, while Stormzy will be making an appearance in February. March will see Dubai welcoming the band Madness onto the stage and towards the end of May, its time for the one and only Iron Maiden! Want to go to a concert as part of your holiday? Dubai is the place!
5. Dubai is an exciting place to do business.
Lets face it, some of us cant switch off from our work, even when were on holiday. So why not accept youre going to spend a day or two in your virtual office during your break and book yourself into one of Dubais incredible business conferences. This year alone you could find yourself taking part in the vast media and entrepreneurs networking event, learn more about the future of Middle Eastern business with Innovation Arabia. Or take part in Dubais dedicated future technology week in April. Theres also a key talk on Nanotechnology that will interest AI investors, and a Global Business Summit, open to international guests.
Give the fact that Dubai takes no income tax from its residents, doing business here is an attractive proposition. However, you dont have to be the CEO of your own company to benefit. Dubai is experiencing rapid growth in the finance, web, IT, business and legal sectors, so if you have training or experience in any of these fields, you could be in demand here.
Theres much more to Dubai than just the temporary events weve mentioned here. Must-see attractions to visit include the view from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Shopping Mall; the biggest of its kind in the world, and the Palms Jumeirah Island. Its the worlds largest manmade island and it can be seen from space.
The Al Fahidi neighbourhood and the Souk is where youll get a glimpse into old Dubai and learn about UAE culture. while the Miracle Garden boasts 50 million flowers in its 780,000 square feet, making it the largest flower garden ever.
Its also worth bearing in mind how close to the Arabian desert you are here. A desert safari will take you across the sand dunes by 4×4, or by camel, and give you an authentic taste of traditional desert cuisine.
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