Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bringing China to the Middle East in a big way

Jason Hayes REALTY BYTES/dubai

KHALEEJ TIMES - July 31, 2018

There are two things I have always loved about Dubai, even before I moved here. This is a city full of ambition, climbing one peak only so it can size up a taller one to ascend. It is also a city of incredible diversity. Almost every metropolis in the world is described as a 'melting pot', but nowhere can that be seen in greater evidence than in Dubai, and I don't mean that as a reference to the current weather. Occasionally, these two aspects of the city come together to form something truly unique. Such is the case with Emaar's plan to build the largest Chinatown district in the Middle East.  Needless to say, this is a fantastic way to welcome Chinese visitors to Dubai. And from a business perspective, it is a very sensible move. Within the last four years, there has been a growth of almost 120 per cent in the number of Chinese visitors to Dubai with a year-on-year increase of more than 40 per cent between 2016 and 2017.