Dubai is a hot spot for event and exhibit managers looking to help their company to expand market share and it’s not just because of the high temperatures in the summer. Dubai is a global city and business hub in the Persian Gulf that is hosting major trade shows across all industries. The economy is rich in history as a trade center because it has always been an important port of call. Known today for oil, in the early days it was a fishing village and famous for pearl trading. Exhibition venues are as sleek and modern as the city itself. Where else can you check out the views from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and minutes later snow ski indoors at the Mall of the Emirates?

U.S. citizens who hold a U.S. passport with six months validity do not need to obtain a visa prior to entry to the UAE if the visit is less than one month. This includes U.S. citizens with visas or entry stamps from other countries in their passport. Direct flights are available from the U.S. to the Dubai International Airport (DXB) with non-stop flight times ranging from 13 to 16 hours. The Metro light rail is an inexpensive and efficient way to get around the city. An electronic NOL fare card can be purchased at most Metro stations. Taxis and shuttle services are also available throughout the city.

Both English and Arabic are the most common languages spoken throughout the UAE. Dubai is one of the fastest growing destinations for business and tourists so multiple languages may be heard as well as a very large expatriate population. Typically an Arab host will offer coffee, tea or water and it is polite to accept the gesture. Women are not expected to cover their heads or wear traditional Muslim dress.

Electric current is standard international 230v 50Hz. The plug used is Type G with three rectangular pins, the same as used in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Hong Kong. Transformers are available from the show electricians in limited quantities so be sure to place orders early. Learn more about UAE power requirements and plug types.

Exhibit structures can be designed with systems or custom fabrication. Surfaces can be laminate or paint but laminate will typically be more expensive. Ask your exhibit builder about mounting options for graphics and file transfer preference for downloading. Raised flooring is typical but not always required. Needle punch carpet is standard but very thin so specify velour carpet for your exhibit. Avoid the stress of working overseas by taking time to prepare and select experienced contractors. For additional information about Dubai visit this site for Dubai tourism. To make your traveling easier, be sure to catch up on my travel tips.