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Dubai Candidate City

WCC 2021

The extraordinary perception and vision of Dubai’s leaders have created one of the world’s most successful and vibrant cities. This vision continues, and with it, Dubai’s ambitions expand.

“We don’t wait for things to happen; we make them happen”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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TO CONNECTING  
  THE WORLD

Tourists, businesses and investors alike come to Dubai to visit its modern wonders, tap into exciting new markets, and access the gateway to the emerging world.

13 million
sq.ft

The world’s biggest mall

The Dubai Mall, is the most visited leisure destination on the planet, with an annual footfall of 80 million.

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the

ReCord-
breaking
city

139 Guinness World Records

Dubai is well known as a city that is always breaking records and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

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830
METERS
TALL

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, towers over Dubai’s skyline.

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TOP 25 CITY

23rd in the global power
A measure of Dubai’s rapid rise to global prominence in just a few decades.

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  MERCHANT CITY

Dubai has transformed from a quiet trading port to become the epicenter of global business.

1883

The year Dubai was born, after 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Al Maktoum family, arrive on the banks of Dubai’s famed Creek.

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OIL IS

DISCOVERED

In 1966, Dubai began its first large-scale transformation after oil was discovered in its deserts. The late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum lead the charge to modernity with large-scale infrastructure, education, and healthcare projects.

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1%

Today, Dubai’s economy stands as the most diverse in the region. Only 1% of its current GDP comes from oil revenues, a powerful statement of its visionary economic outlook.

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  CULTURAL MELTING POT

Dubai is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. The city’s openness to cultures, economies and new ideas has served it well.

DUBAI'S
POPULATION

3 million residents and citizens form the cosmopolitan city that is Dubai.
85% of the population is made up of expatriates, who share in the vision and success of the city.

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200

NATIONALITIES

Dubai is a mosaic of cultures and ideas. Expatriates from 200 countries have made the city their home.

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TO A FREE TRADING,  
  FORWARD THINKING

Significant investments in infrastructure and the adoption of progressive policies have helped Dubai enhance its global competitiveness.

100%

Dubai’s free zones offer businesses and foreign investors plenty of unique advantages, such as 100% foreign ownership, world-class infrastructure, cost-effective business packages and value-added services, in addition to 100% repatriation of capital and profits.

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0%

Dubai gives, and Dubai takes nothing away. In the free zones, businesses pay no corporate tax for up to 50 years.

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30 Free
zones in
Dubai

Dubai’s attractive and competitive free zones have helped position the city as a world leader in logistics and a preferred hub for local, regional and international companies.

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TO  
  THE NEXT BIG IDEA

Dubai doesn’t wait for the world to innovate. The city boasts a thriving entrepreneurial eco-system and innovative business culture.

Dubai
Industrial
Strategy

2030

$43.5bn
Will be added to Dubai’s GDP by 2030.
75
Initiatives have been established under the Strategy 2030, which aims to position Dubai as an international hub for knowledge-based, innovation and sustainable industrial activities.

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Expo

2020

Dubai

136 Pavilions
A showcase of world design, featuring pavilions from over 160 participating countries.

13,600
SMEs are being given a major boost by the Expo, sharing in the $3bn in contracts awarded in 2017 alone.

25 million
Visitors are expected to attend Expo2020 Dubai, with over 70% coming from outside the UAE; more than any other Expo in history.

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+40%

40% of the UAE’s population falls in the range of 15-34. The UAE recently took a bold decision by appointing its first Ministers of Youth, Happiness and Tolerance.

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TO UNPARALLELED ACCESS  
  TO THE EMERGING WORLD

Providing easy access to emerging markets, Dubai benefits from its strategic geographic location, making it an ideal destination for business and leisure.

1/3rd
of the World
at Dubai’s Doorstep

Over 2 billion people, live within a four-hour flight radius of Dubai.

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  TOP-DOWN INNOVATION

The government of Dubai has adopted a unique and ambitious approach to fostering a culture of innovation within all segments of society.

2018

The year autonomous flying taxis will take off in Dubai. Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority is currently trialing these passenger drones before releasing them into the skies.

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THE

FIRST OF

ITS KIND

3D-Printed Buildings
Dubai Future Foundation built the Office of the Future, becoming the world’s first 3D-printed building. By 2030, over 25% of Dubai’s towers will be constructed using this cutting-edge technology.

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TO THE  
  WORLD’S TOURISM CAPITAL

Whether you’re looking for world-class shopping, an adrenaline rush or a quiet escape, Dubai has an abundance of attractions and activities for every season and preference.

96

malls

A shopper’s paradise, Dubai has 96 malls, dozens of souks, and an annual calendar packed with shopping festivals offering the best deals.

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A Culinary

Hub

7,000
Restaurants and cafes offering cuisines from all over the world. Dubai is truly a culinary destination like no other.

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A top
destination

15.8 million tourists visited Dubai in 2017, making it one of only three cities with more visitors than residents.

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+100,000

Over 100,000 hotel rooms have been built in Dubai, offering 7-star service all the way to budget accommodation.

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TO A TOP  
  CHOICE FOR GLOBAL EVENTS

Hundreds of regional and international conferences and exhibitions are held in Dubai every year, which are attended by business tourists from around the world.

NO.1

Dubai is the most popular destination for trade shows and exhibitions in the Middle East, driving the emirate's popularity among international and regional trade visitors.

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A Global

Influencer

Top 10 Most Influential City
Dubai has been ranked in the top 10 most influential cities by Forbes, a mark of its capacity to bring people together and make something happen.

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TO WORLD-CLASS  
  INFRASTRUCTURE

Dubai continues to invest in developing state-of-the-art infrastructure projects that are transforming all parts of the city.

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The

Busiest Airport
in the World

88,242,099
Passengers flew through Dubai’s airports in 2017, cementing its place as the busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic.

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The

No.1 Place

to Live

Dubai offers the highest quality of living in the Middle East and North Africa, based on Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living index.

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Global

Headquarters

Dubai plays an essential role as the main base of multinational companies operating out of the Middle East

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