Why Dubai? 
Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events and City Operations
Did you know?
+ Dubai is the world’s 4th most visited city according to Mastercard
+ Dubai hosts 42 per cent of association conferences in the Middle East
+ Dubai is home to more than 200 nationalities and was crowned the world’s most cosmopolitan city in the 2015 World Migration Report
+ Dubai’s transformation into a global knowledge hub is backed by significant national legislative development and investment, including the UAE National Innovation Strategy, which has distributed more than AED 300 billion ($81.7 billion) in investments across seven main sectors: Renewable energy, Transport, Education, Health, Technology, Water and Space.
Where to meet?
Dubai World Trade Centre is the largest meetings and events venue in the Middle East, with over one million square feet of space. Hotels such as the JW Marriott Marquis, Madinat Jumeirah, Atlantis The Palm and Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre also have significant event space, while alternative venues include the new Dubai Opera and Burj Park, at the base of the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa.
Where to stay?
Towards the end of 2016, Dubai had 676 hotels and hotel apartments with over 100,000 rooms. Out of these, 93 were 5-star hotels and 111 were 4-star properties. Hotels that have recently opened include the St Regis Dubai, Palazzo Versace and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City. Other well-known hotels include Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Armani Hotel and the iconic Burj Al Arab.
How to get there?
Dubai has two international airports which service 260 destinations around the world. 66% of the world’s population is within an eight-hour flight from Dubai. Two major airlines are based out of the city: Emirates and flydubai.
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?
Dubai Business Events (DBE) is the official convention bureau for Dubai. Our team of highly specialized professionals has extensive knowledge about Dubai and can offer free and impartial advice, guidance and support to international business event organizers in planning international meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions in the Emirate. DBE has offices in Dubai, London, New York, São Paulo, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai and Scandinavia. And we partner with hotels, venues, airlines, PCOs, DMCs and other service providers in Dubai, representing the best the city has to offer.
Whom to contact?
For more information, visit www.dubaibusinessevents.com or email askdbe@dubaitourism.ae