Destination Dubai: the Ultimate for Luxury Incentive Travel
United Arab Emirates - Dubai
Where the True Arabian Nights do Come True!
There can be no better answer than "Dubai" – as an increasing numbers of incentive travel organizers are finding out. Dubai's unique attraction is that it brings together in a single, accessible location the comforts and convenience of the western world with adventure of Arabia – from the bustling souks to the majestic desert. An exotic destination with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, Dubai has the right mix to make it the ideal solution for the incentive travel planner. The diversity of the pulsing city changed in the recent years from a less known travel destination to a world recognized and famous cosmopolitan city.
A mixture of Arabian Heritage and modern building design gives the destination that special touch along with the best in personal service. Incentive planners need to get the "kick" and Dubai has it!! Dubai is still a sufficiently well kept "secret" to excite the most jaded traveller, yet offers all the facilities and expertise you need to plan your incentive with confidence.
Dubai is the answer for the client who is looking for something exciting. Come to the United Arab Emirates —the ultimate incentive for an experience that is truly different. Your Company or Clients deserve the very best!!
Writers cannot resist pinning labels on Dubai. To one, it is The Hong Kong of the Middle East because of its role as an entreport — to another it is the Venice of the Middle East because it is a city built on water.
But Dubai defies convenient titles. There is no country and no city quite like it.
Visitors who arrive in Dubai expecting a hot, dusty, barren town surrounded by hostile desert find instead a clean, dynamic, in some parts lush green, city straddling a natural harbour flanked by sparkling Gulf waters and attractive sandy beaches. The hinterland is largely desert and arid mountains but it is tamed just enough by the tour guides to enable urban adventures to roam its dunes and wadis for a glimpse of the last frontier.
This oasis of peace and prosperity is the second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a population of just over half a million people. It is estimated that three out of four are expatriates from India, Pakistan and other Middle Eastern and Western Countries.
As many as 30 different nationalities co-exist amicably in this tolerant, cosmopolitan society which manages, at the same time, to maintain Islamic values and culture.
Dubai is a very pleasant city, not only to visit, but also to live in. It has all the modern conveniences of an affluent western metropolis – adequate water, reliable electricity, state-of-the-art communications, well-stocked supermarkets and modern hospitals – and more, like cheap petrol, superb sporting facilities and clubs, and a diverse cultural life. Dubai's credits rise event further because of the features of modern city life, which are missing – no air pollution, no traffic jams, no poverty and very little crime.
The airport prepares the visitor for one aspect of the country. It epitomizes the modern, commercial hustling bustling Dubai, which attracts foreign trade and industry like bees to a honeypot.
The Creek reveals a different aspect of Dubai. The antique shapes of the wooden dhows lining the creek side quays are vivid reminders of the long sea-going tradition of this ancient Arabian port.
Until recently visitors came to Dubai because it is the most important business centre of the Gulf. Now more and more come to Dubai as tourist and vacationers, discovering a holiday destination which is rich in exotic slights and experiences yet offers the comfort and services that the modern travellers expects. Another Dubai has emerged, welcoming its guests with warm Arab hospitality, providing shopping, entertainment, dining and disco dancing, day-trips and desert safaris and a wealth of distinctly Arab sights and sensations designed to make a Dubai holiday unforgettable.
The UAE lies between 22°50' and 26° north latitude and between 51° and 56°25' east longitude. It shares a nineteen-kilometer border with Qatar on the northwest, a 530-kilometer border with Saudi Arabia on the west, south, and southeast, and a 450-kilometer border with Oman on the southeast and northeast. The largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, accounts for 87 percent of the UAE's total area (67,340 square kilometers). The smallest emirate, Ajman, encompasses only 259 square kilometers
The UAE stretches for more than 650 kilometers along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf. Most of the coast consists of saltpans that extend far inland. The largest natural harbour is at Dubai, although other ports have been dredged at Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and elsewhere. Numerous islands are found in the gulf. The smaller islands, as well as many coral reefs and shifting sandbars, are a menace to navigation. Strong tides and occasional windstorms further complicate ship movements near the shore.
The UAE also extends for about ninety kilometers along the Gulf of Oman, an area known as the Al Batinah coast. The Al Hajar al Gharbi (Western Al Hajar) Mountains, rising in places to 2,500 meters, separate the Al Batinah coast from the rest of the UAE. Beginning at the UAE-Oman border on the Persian Gulf coast of the Musandam Peninsula (Ras Musandam), the Al Hajar al Gharbi Mountains extend southeastward for about 150 kilometres to the southernmost UAE-Oman frontier on the Gulf of Oman.
The range continues as the Al Hajar ash Sharqi (Eastern Al Hajar) Mountains for more than 500 kilometres into Oman. The mountain slopes tend to run right to the shore.
Nevertheless, there are small harbours at Diba al Hisn, Kalba, and Khor Fakkan on the Gulf of Oman. In the vicinity of Fujeirah, where the mountains do not approach the coast, there are sandy beaches.
Cities with skyscrapers… a sophisticated network of highways criss-crossing the country cars zooming about… tree-lined boulevards… magnificent shopping malls… fun parks… a communication network that can be the envy of any country…. all lie side by side with the silent desert, wind towers and camels… much has changed within so short a time… if ever there was an ode to progress, the United Arab Emirates would be it.
A taste of Arabia with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. In Dubai you'll find year round sunshine and un-crowded, clean sandy beaches. In this crime-free society you'll find a very warm, welcoming team and society awaiting you in Dubai. While shopping may not be high on your list, you will find Dubai's tax free markets means bargains galore. Attractive traditional Middle Eastern gifts - coffee pots, rugs, silverware, jewelry, brass, and one of the world's greatest gold trading centers offering unbeatable value. Hong Kong is no longer able to compete with Dubai with the wide selection of international brand name products such as audio equipment, VCRs, cameras, watches, fashions, perfumes and more – do not forget the award-winning Dubai Duty Free at the airport.
UAE has an ancient history. Civilizations flourished here 5000 years ago. Arab tribes who had migrated from different parts of the Arabian Peninsula comprised the community. In the mediaeval times, the Arabian Gulf rose to prime importance as a crossroad between Europe and East Asia which was a big source of supplies of silk and spices to the Europeans. The Portuguese sent their military fleet to capture this strategic position and occupied Sukatra, Muscat, Sahar, Khor Fakkan, Ras-Al-Khaimah and Hormuz Strait. The Portuguese were routed and forced to withdraw after 100 years. Other colonial powers too started competing with each other to gain control over this area. The British wanted to control the sea-routes to safeguard their trade with India. The Qawasim tribe offered fierce resistance to what they saw as an invading foreign power and frequently attacked British ships. The British retaliated by attacking and burning the coastal towns. A unique permanent treaty was signed in 1853 with the British to end fighting in the Gulf. This Perpetual Treaty of Maritime Truce is the only one of its kind in the world. It allowed the British to look after the foreign affairs and external defence of the Trucial States without interfering in the internal affairs of the emirates.