As far back as the 13th century, Dubai was described as a bustling commercial centre by Marco Polo when he visited the growing hub. Dubai has continued to grow throughout history, and has maintained its status as one of the world’s leading commercial centres.
As the business capital of the Middle East, Dubai today is an international business hub with a wide range of opportunities for different activities and operations. Naturally, it stood out as the preferred location for basing Realty One’s operations.
THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE
Ranked as the top Middle Eastern city in Mercer’s Quality of Life Index, Dubai has become one of the world’s most preferred expatriate locations. Although it is recognized as the fastest growing city in the world, Dubai is also one of the safest. The emirate is home to the tallest building on the planet, the largest man-made marina, the most luxurious hotels, and with over 200 nationalities contributing to the city’s unique culture and community, it is one of the most vibrant global destinations.
A TOURISM & SHOPPING DESTINATION
Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, with many international retail brands having a large presence in the city. Dubai was ranked number one in the CB Richard Ellis’ 2011 report ‘Top 20 Cities for Retail’. Dubai’s many attractions and experiences combine a fascinating heritage with world-class shopping and entertainment facilities. Year-round sunshine also means plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoor life. The tourism infrastructure includes the widest variety of shopping experiences, including exclusive boutiques, value chain stores and the traditional gold and spice souks.
Many of the world’s leading retailers choose Dubai as their first ventures in the Middle East. From Bloomingdales, Gucci and Prada to Marks and Spencer, Victoria’s Secret and Monsoon, international retailers have invested heavily in Dubai’s highly fashion-conscious residents. The shopping malls are equally varied, from the high-end Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping complex, to the exotic Dragon Mart, the largest Chinese market outside of China.
A RESIDENTIAL DESTINATION
Dubai is a highly attractive residential city, with housing and accommodation options that suit every taste, budget and lifestyle.
The emirate is now home to millions of expatriates from all over the world, who choose to live in a city with enormous business growth opportunities, an unrivalled lifestyle, a diverse and tolerant culture, economic and political stability, innovation, openness and flexibility. For many expatriates, the quality of life in Dubai is unrivalled.
A PREFERRED BUSINESS LOCATION
The UAE is a regional leader in the protection of Intellectual Property Rights, with continuous improvements of copyright, trademark and patent laws. The rate of software piracy in the UAE is regarded as one of the lowest in the Middle East and Dubai is acknowledged as the best performer.
The Emirate offers a world-class transport infrastructure providing easy access to key international markets. With its best-in-class logistics infrastructure, Dubai is the world’s third largest re-export hub and has the world’s fourth busiest international airport. Dubai is also the regional leader in ICT and telecoms. Mobile phone penetration rate in Dubai is the highest in the world. Dubai has a highly proactive pro-business government, with the most transparent business regulations in the region. Dubai plays an essential role as the main base of multinational companies operating out of the Middle East.