TheIndianEXPRESS JANUARY 30, 2014 (DELHI, MUMBAI) (ALL EDITIONS) ADVERTORIAL An initiative by FUN UNLIMITED D The gateway between East and West, Dubai offers a visitor endless options of shopping and entertainment UBAI is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone mind-boggling transformation— from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubaitodayisatourism,tradeandlogistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the East and the West.’ It is also considered as the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region. Dubai has been named one of the ‘Top 52 Places to Go in 2014’ by the New York Times. Ranked number 23rd in the prestigious list, Dubai is selected amongst other destinations, including the Seychelles, Cape Town and California. Home to just over 2 million people from more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultramodern shopping malls. The emirate is both a dynamic international business centre and a laid-back tourist escape; a city where the sophistication of the 21st century walks hand in hand with the simplicity of a bygone era. But these contrasts give Dubai its unique flavour and personality; a cosmopolitan society with an international lifestyle, yet with a culture deeply rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia.. The emirate, which houses the world’s tallest building, an archipel- ternational items, a multitude of traditional and ethnic items like brass and silver work; silver and wooden dhows; and Persian carpets await a shopper. Dubai’s shopping potential begins when you arrive and extends right up to the journey home through its now globally acclaimed Dubai Duty Free shops at its airports. First HOME TO OVER 2 MILLION PEOPLE FROM MORE THAN 200 NATIONALITIES, DUBAI IS ONE OF THE MOST COSMOPOLITAN CITIES IN THE WORLD ago of man-made islands and an indoor ski slope in a stunningly large shopping mall, is among the top tourist destinations in the world and the biggest draw in the Middle East and Africa. Dubai has myriad offerings to please all kinds of travellers. “You could be discovering wrecks in the ocean, seeing the world’s tallest tower, attending a diva’s concert, trying your skills at belly and salsa dancing, or going to the theatre, feasting on an mouth-watering Arabic buffet in the desert, swimming with the dolphins, dinner cruise on an Arabian dhow, dune bashing, exploring heritage sites, shopping, setting up a business, or even skiing – yes, in the desert.” The emirate is teeming with shopping malls and each mall reveals a different theme and experience. The sprawling expanse of the malls, the innovative architecture, the designer boutiques, vast product range from hautecouturetothelatestgadgetsand gizmosandanendlesschoiceofrestaurants and cafes allow visitors the optionofpassinganentiredaywithinthe premisesofasingleshoppingcomplex. The Dubai shopping scene offers something for everyone. Apart from competitively priced electronic products, watches, cameras and other in- Gold store in the Dubai Gold Souk Continued on Page 2 ➤➤➤ Dubai wins bid for Expo 2020 DUBAI FACT FILE D COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates EMIRATE:Dubai INCORPORATED(TOWN) 9June1833 INDEPENDENCEFROMUK 2December1971 FOUNDEDBY RashidbinsaeedAlMaktoum GOVERNMENTTYPE Constitutionalmonarchy RULER MohammedbinRashid AlMaktoum opened in 1983, Dubai Duty Free has won a number of international awardsandisknownforofferingasuperlative range of high quality products at unbeatable prices. The Dubai Mall is the world’s largestshoppingmallbytotalareaand sixthlargestbygrossleasablearea.The mall is part of the $20-billion Burj Khalifa complex, and includes 1,200 shops. Dubai Mall remains the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination. It attracted more visitors than New York City with over 52 million tourists in 2012, and Los Angeles CROWNPRINCE HamdanbinMohammedbin RashidAlMaktoum AREA:4,114km POPULATION(1January2013) 2,106,177 NATIONALITY(2005) 53%Indian,17%Emirati 13.3%Pakistani,7.5%Bangladeshi 2.5%Filipino,1.5%SriLankan 0.3%American 5.7%othercountries * UBAI HAS beaten Turkey’s Izmir, Russia’s Ekaterinburg and Brazil’s Sao Paulo to win the mandate to host the prestigious World Expo 2020 exhibition. This will make Dubai the first Middle Eastern city to win a bid in the event’s 162-year history. The emirate plans to attract 25 million visitors during the six-month event starting Oct. 20, 2020. “It’s the biggest recognition of the region as a powerhouse, and for good reasons,” Saxo Bank A/S Chief Economist Steen Jakobsen said. Dubai, the region’s hub for commerce, tourism and trading, will need to invest almost 6 billion euros ($8.1 billion) on infrastructure projects ahead of the expo, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, head of Dubai’s Supreme Fiscal Committee and chairman of Emirates airlines, said. HSBC Holdings Plc estimates government and private expenditure will reach Dhs 67 billion ($18.2 billion) in THE EXPO WILL MAKE DUBAI THE FIRST MIDDLE EASTERN CITY TO WIN A BID IN THE EVENT’S 162-YEAR HISTORY the run up to the expo. “The announcement will boost GDP through a mix of public and private sec- tor investment,” Liz Martins, Dubaibased senior Middle East economist at HSBC, said. ( READ. ENGAGE. DELIVER.) IS THE MARKETING SOLUTIONS TEAM OF THE INDIAN EXPRESS GROUP Dubai’s economy, which is headed for the fastest expansion in six years after domestic output grew 4.9% in the first half of 2013 may grow 6.4% on average over the next three years and potentially 10.5% annually to 2020, Barclays Plc said in November. Bank of America Corp. said in September the expo may boost GDP by 0.5 percentage Continued on Page 2 ➤➤➤ *
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