Located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai is the second largest of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken across the UAE. Dubai is GMT+4. The official currency is the Arab Emirates Dirham (AED or DHS), which is pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of 3.67 dhs/$1.
Home to over 200 nationalities, Dubai has been a trading post and meeting point for South Asia, Iran, the Arab world and Africa for hundreds of years. While Sharjah is established as a place of heritage and art production; Doha and Abu Dhabi home to major museums; over the past decade Dubai has become known as a city of business, entrepreneurship, debate, and a meeting point for the creative industry. It is in Dubai that the art world as a globalised phenomenon is most stark.
This homegrown support for artists, exhibitions and museums has been vital to Art Dubai’s success and provides a robust platform for international discourse.
DUBAI UAE – CANDIDATE CITY
The World Expo is one of the most important cultural event in the world, bringing together millions of visitors along with companies, inventors and entrepreneurs under one roof over a six month period. The UAE is bidding to host the World Expo in 2020 which has never been held in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia in the history of the event.
For more info on how you can be a part of it and support the UAE’s bid visit expo2020dubai.ae/en.