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Dubai is modern, open, inviting and cosmopolitan, but also a place where tradition is alive and celebrated. It is an important global crossroads for business; it’s where East meets West, and North meets South. People come to Dubai for tourism and leisure, and to get business done. Every nationality is at home here and generally can find media, hospitality, education, healthcare and recreational options that are familiar to what they enjoy in their home country.
Arabic is the official language of Dubai and English is widely used in business and commerce. Other commonly spoken languages are Hindi, Urdu, Farsi and Tagalog.
Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine almost all year round. See the weather page.
With a population of two million people and 200 nationalities, local and visiting productions enjoy significant casting flexibility.
There are more than 150 airlines flying to over 220 destinations across six continents from Dubai, which is only eight hours from Europe, Africa and the Far East, and less than 15 hours from the USA, Japan and Australia.
Dubai has the most advanced roads and public transportation system in the region. This includes nearly 12,000km (nearly 7,500mi) of roads linking all parts of the city; a beautiful and efficient public metro system with two lines and more than 40 stations; over 35 marine stations for ferries, water buses and water taxis; ‘Abra’ vessels that shuttle pedestrians cross the Dubai Creek, and 74 bus routes connecting every part of the city
Dubai offers a well-developed healthcare infrastructure, including both public and private multi-specialty hospitals. This includes Dubai Healthcare City, which promotes Dubai as a healthcare destination.
With most leading international and regional banks present in Dubai, the city offers a full range of commercial and personal banking services. ATMs are widely available and all major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and retail outlets.
An internationally known tourist destination, Dubai offers an excellent choice of accommodation to suit all requirements and budgets, including five-, four- and three-star hotels, luxury resorts and hotel apartments. Production teams also can look forward to an exciting selection of entertainment and experiences in culture, arts, sports, adventure and leisure.
Dubai is home to more than 70 art galleries and hosts the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia’s leading art fair – Art Dubai. It also is home to the Gulf International Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the latter being the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. A key component of DIFF is the Dubai Film Market, which is a prominent industry platform dedicated to Arab cinema. Dubai also presents leading events across the cultural terrain, including the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, and sponsors awards honoring excellence in the arts, such as the Sheikh Hamdan International Photography Award.
The city’s creative ecosystem also includes multiple co-working cafes, a number of entrepreneur incubators, design galleries, and other cultural and art spaces that host creative gatherings such as PechaKucha Nights, the Creative Time Summit, TEDx events, open mic happenings and more.
From its origins as a small fishing and pearling village to its emergence as a globally recognized centre of tourism, trade, retail, business and finance, Dubai has always acted nimbly to make itself attractive to local, regional and international business. The Al Maktoum ruling family has continually made Dubai a place that encourages trade and business, and welcomes international entrepreneurs. As far back as the end of the 19th century, Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher al Maktoum abolished commercial taxes and oversaw a rapid increase in development and business at Dubai's port. From the middle of the 20th century, the emirate’s leadership has worked to develop Dubai’s port, trade and logistics infrastructure. As Dubai has expanded from trade in goods, to services, including tourism, logistics, business support, and more recently banking and finance, the city’s leadership has always had the vision to anticipate what future physical, legal, regulatory and quality-of-life infrastructure will be required to ensure that businesses operating in the emirate can thrive.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is carrying on this legacy. It was his vision to create Dubai’s free trade zones, beginning with Internet and Media cities; the formation of the Dubai International Financial Centre, a free trade zone that has established Dubai as a global center of finance; major expansion of Dubai’s airports and seaports; iconic projects such as Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa; Dubai’s role as the region’s hub for art and culture, and the creation of a quality of life for people from across the globe that has become a model for cities across the region and beyond.