Dubai property soaring prices match sky-high appeal
Set to host the World Expo 2020 and one of the top spots globally for quality of life, there's much to recommend Dubai, but expect to dig deep
Glitzy Dubai is a destination of big and bold firsts. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the world’s tallest building and the 210 metre (690ft) Ferris wheel on Bluewaters Island will be the highest in the world when completed. It was recently announced that Dubai will be the first place in the Middle East to host a World Expo in 2020.
Having changed beyond recognition from what used to be a backwater trading post, Dubai nowadays is a thriving modern Middle East commercial and financial centre that is attracting increasing numbers of British expats.
A a recent NatWest-commissioned report by Kent University’s Centre for Future Studies put Dubai as number three in the world – following Australia and Canada – for expat quality of life.
Lifestyle pursuits in Dubai vary hugely – ranging from opera and organic vegetable cultivation through to knitting circles and polo. In early spring, for instance, the British Polo Day takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. The event in March this year showcased two matches on camels (Cavalry vs Guards Regiments of the British Army; Eton College vs Harrow) followed by two pony matches (Oxford vs Cambridge; British Exiles vs Habtoor Polo).
Hundreds of spectators sipped champagne followed by a sumptuous lunch on the club’s elegant terrace.
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