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Need to know: Dubai

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Geography  Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Covering 3,900 square kilometres, it is the second largest emirate after the country’s capital, Abu Dhabi, which lies to the south. The emirate of Sharjah is situated to […]

Up in the air

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When it comes to choosing a host destination, the ease of accessibility is a key influencing factor and Dubai’s proposition is hard to beat. The emirate’s strategic location within eight hours flying time of most major destinations and two-thirds of the world’s population, combined with an open skies policy and top-flight infrastructure, had led it […]

The future has landed

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While not unexpected, news that Dubai International (DXB) had outstripped London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest hub for international travel at the end of 2014 marked a step change in aviation, not only for the emirate, but for the world. The hub handled an impressive 70,475,636 passengers during the year – up 6.1 percent […]

Epic transformation

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2015 Rotana expansion: Rotana will open 11 new hotels by the year-end, spanning the UAE, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey, adding an impressive 2,765 rooms to its existing 13,359–strong regional room count. Feb 2015  BoxPark: Developed by Meraas, this outdoor urban lifestyle concept on Al Wasl Road features retail experiences and quirky dining concepts. Mid […]

Sheikh Zayed Road

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1. Fairmont Dubai A top meeting spot, Fairmont Dubai is directly connected to Dubai Metro and linked to the convention and exhibition areas of Dubai World Trade Centre by a covered, air-conditioned bridge. 2. Jumeirah Emirates Towers An iconic landmark, Jumeirah Emirates Towers has 400 guestrooms and a number of stand out meeting venues including […]

Insider guide: Dubai Creek

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In a city renowned for its modern architecture, a visit to the creek neighbourhood offers a fascinating insight into Dubai’s pre-oil boom days when the emirate comprised little more than a sleepy fishing and pearl diving community guarded by a watchtower. Although the creek is in the throes of a massive expansion project that will […]

Insider guide: Downtown Dubai

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Futuristic skyscrapers, sleek boutiques, bustling commercial hubs and mega shopping malls – all centred around the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Downtown Dubai and the adjacent Business Bay neighbourhood epitomise the emirate’s meteoric rise to becoming one of the most vibrant cities on the planet. Confidently billed as ‘the centre of now’, Downtown Dubai cemented […]

Insider guide Palm Jumeirah

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Dubai redefined modern engineering when it started work in 2001 on the vast, palm-shaped island just off the Jumeirah coastline. When the land reclamation project was complete it had added an extra 120 kilometres of beaches to the city. Today Palm Jumeirah is a favourite destination among well-heeled visitors in search of the five-star lifestyle. […]

Insider guide: Dubai Marina

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Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, the 50 million square foot Dubai Marina development epitomises the urban chic of ‘new Dubai’. Dotted in between the sleek skyscrapers are pavement cafés, trendy boutiques and stylish restaurants, all set around a manmade canal that links to the Arabian Gulf. The neighbourhood is ideal for exploring on foot thanks to the […]