Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates and is the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai. This global city has become known as the Middle East’s business hub and for being a city of rich culture, and it is also renowned for its beaches, sunny weather, deserts and hospitality. Its diverse and fast-growing economy has led to incredible growth through the decades. In 2016, the population of Dubai is over 2.5 million, and the city is expected to see continued steady growth in the years ahead.

Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and it is the second largest by area, measuring 4,114 square kilometers, and coming second only to Abu Dhabi, which comprises 87% of the UAE’s total area and shares borders with Dubai. The city limits are roughly 35 square kilometers. Dubai is located along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, at the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai is home to over 200 different nationalities, which means when visiting you will hear a range of languages being spoken. Dubai is essentially made up of individuals from all over the world. Some of the languages you will hear are Hindi, Urdu, Filipino as well as the national UAE language Arabic. Although most of the local folk in Dubai speak English, there may not be a need to learn Arabic fully but it does help to know a few key phrases when travelling to the UAE. Dubai International Airport is a stopover for many South Africans before getting to their final destination and knowing key phrases can help you get around the airport with ease. Dubai International Airport is now one of the busiest international airports in the world. DXB’s world-class facilities include the $1.2 billion Concourse D, a state of the art facility serving all international airlines that operate into Terminal 1, Concourse A – the world’s first and largest purpose-built A380 facility that is one of the three Concourses used exclusively by Emirates airline, as well as Terminal 2.

Dubai Ports are DP World’s flagship facilities and have been ranked as one of the Top Container Port Worldwide. DP World operates over 60 terminals across six continents (1), with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue. In addition, the company currently has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 9 countries.

Dubai is serviced by several commercial ports. Main Ports in Dubai are Mina Rashid or Port Rashid which is manmade commercial deep water port of Dubai. Mina (Port) Rashid was completed in 1972. The port’s location near to the city center, its all-new infrastructure and Dubai’s thriving business community made it an instant success.

In 1979, Jebel Ali Port was established. It is the world’s largest man-made harbor and biggest port in Middle East. Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone merged with Port Rashid in May 1991 to form Dubai Ports Authority which led to a dramatic increase in throughput to cross one million TEU’s.

Formally established in September 2005, Dubai Port World has emerged from the corporate integration between Dubai Ports Authority and DPI Terminals, to become one of the largest global port operators to date.

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