Why Dubai for Your Next Meeting or Event?
A destination like no other, this fascinating city on the Arabian Peninsula entices groups with its outsize attractions, cutting-edge technology and all things luxurious and breathtaking. Yet even while Dubai sprints into the future, it also preserves its past and gives groups the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich history and culture.
Only in Dubai
Emerging as a major new district, Expo City Dubai is a sustainability-themed city of the future rising on the site of Expo 2020, studded with educational, cultural, retail and entertainment offerings. With the initial rollout having taken place in October
2022, the project retains much of the earlier Expo’s features, including the Garden in the Sky observation tower, along with a number of pioneering initiatives such as a cloud-technology platform that monitors energy consumption and efficiency of
power, light, water and climate controls. New leisure facilities, dining options, event venues and exercise grounds will join a network of cycling tracks, jogging paths, parks and gardens. The site also is home to the Dubai Exhibition Centre.
Taxes: 10% service charge; 7% municipality fee; 5% VAT
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition
Centre: The 1.3-million-square-foot venue is
the largest dedicated events space in the region, located in the heart of the city and home to most of Dubai’s major exhibitions and trade shows, as well as a steady calendar of international conferences and congresses.
Dubai Exhibition Centre: Part of the Expo 2020 legacy and located within Expo City Dubai, the venue’s 45,000 square meters (468,000 square feet) of exhibition space is spread across two campuses (including a theater, auditorium, several multipurpose halls and four suites); the facility also offers 24 meeting rooms.
CVB: Dubai Business Events
Visa Information: Can be found here, including a list of countries whose citizens get 30-day and 90-day visas
Local Currency: UAE dirham (AED); US$1 equals about AED 3.67
Power: Standard voltage, 220V; standard frequency, 50 Hz
Time Zone: Gulf Standard Time (four hours ahead of UTC, formerly know as Greenwich Mean Time)
Transportation in & Around the Area
Dubai International Airport, about 15 km (10 miles) from the city center. Transfer cost by taxi starts at about US$11.
Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport, about 55 km (34 miles)
from the city center. Transfer cost by taxi starts at about US$34.