Once a small trading port, Dubai has transitioned in a remarkably short time to become one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. With a combination of striking and ambitious architecture, from world-famous Palm Island to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai business events venues are among some of the world's most unique and lavish.
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is an important Mideast hub, serving more than 125 airlines flying to more than 260 destinations across six continents. The former cargo hub, Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), was converted to a passenger airport in 2013 and is in the process of growing its runways to five.
While iconic business hotels in Dubai begin with the "seven star" Burj Al Arab near the upscale Palm Jumeirah resort area, Dubai continues to expand its inventory, with currently more than 89,000 hotel rooms at more than 600 properties. New top luxury meeting properties include the recently opened 351-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the tallest hotel in the world at 72 floors. With more than 7,990 square meters of meeting space, the property features two ballrooms including the 391-square-meter Dubai Ballroom and the 192-square-meters Emirates Ballroom, along with 32 meetings rooms and four executive boardrooms. Other recent additions to Dubai's luxury portfolio include the 274-room Sofitel Dubai Downtown, with meeting spaces that range from boardrooms to a nearly 464-square-meter ballroom, as well as distinctive outdoor function space for up to 500 attendees offering views of the Burj Khalifa as a backdrop. Out on the famed Palm Jumeirah, the new 319-room Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah features eight flexible meeting spaces with a Grand Ballroom able to accommodate up to 350 guests.
Bringing magnificence to all events in a seamless fashion, Madinat Jumeirah is home to venues suitable for any and every occasion. With over 11,000 square meters of flexible event spaces, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre is recognized as the region’s most comprehensive and largest event venue. Coupled with 1,306 beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites across three distinct hotels, the grand Jumeirah Al Qasr, the recently refurbished Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, and the new and contemporary Jumeirah Al Naseem (opening Autumn 2016) together with the intimate Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf and its 29 Arabian summer houses, Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai offers a unique proposition for groups of all sizes.
Dubai is also making strides to increase hotel offerings in the three- and four-star range with properties bearing the DoubleTree by Hilton, Hyatt Place, Park Inn by Radisson, and other globally known value-brand names aimed at providing additional accommodations for the association market.
For large-scale association meetings and exhibitions, the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre at the Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 92,903 square meters of multipurpose space. With a recent expansion project at the facility to accommodate the growing demand for exhibition space in the region, the new Sheikh Saeed Halls offer four new exhibition halls and add approximately 25,084 square meters of exhibition space to the facility, including the Trade Center Arena, with nearly 9,104 square meters of exhibition space able to host events for more than 10,000 delegates. For smaller functions, the DICEC has more than 30 flexible meeting rooms that can host groups from 20 to more than 200 attendees. Another famous Dubai venue is the new Dubai Airport Expo with 33,000 square meters.