Dubai is the largest city of the United Arab Emirates, the administrative capital of the Emirate of Dubai, the trading and financial centre of the Middle East and a major tourist destination. Dubai is situated on the coast of the Arabian Gulf to the northeast of the capital Abu Dhabi, near the city of Sharjah. In 2011, its population was estimated at 2,003,170.
Oil was discovered near Dubai in 1966 to launch its rocketing development. Local oil reserves are smaller than those of the neighbouring regions of the Gulf but are effectively used to their full capacity.
The recent building boom in Dubai is similar in scale to that of the largest Chinese towns. The following fact speaks for itself: one-fifth of all tower cranes in the world are located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The biggest construction projects include Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, Almas Tower that hosts TGT’s head office, the artificial Palm Islands, The World Archipelago and Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort to open in the Middle East on 22.5 thousand square metres (or three football fields) covered with snow all year round. Your eyes are not deceiving you: Dubai lives in the future!
The dry subtropical climate offers beautiful moderate weather in January, with warm sunny days and cool nights, which makes this period ideal for a visit to Dubai. The temperature can range between 15°C and 30°C, averaging at 25°C or 77°F. Light clothing is fine for most of this month except evenings, the best time to wear a sweater, cardigan or jacket.
Almas Tower (Arabic: برج الماس Diamond Tower) is a supertall skyscraper in JLT Free Zone Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Construction of the office building began in early 2005 and was completed in 2009 with the installation of some remaining cladding panels at the top of the tower. The building topped out at 360 m (1,180 ft) in 2008, becoming the third-tallest building in Dubai, after Emirates Park Towers and Burj Khalifa. Almas Tower has 74 floors, 70 of which are commercial alongside four service floors.
The tower is located on its own artificial island in the centre of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone scheme, the tallest of all the buildings on the development when completed. It was designed by Atkins Middle East, who designed most of the JLT Free Zone complex. The tower is being constructed by the Taisei Corporation of Japan in a joint venture with ACC (Arabian Construction Co.) who were awarded the contract by Nakheel Properties on 16 July 2005.
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the owner of the tower, was the first to move in. The DMCC moved its corporate offices along with the Dubai Diamond Exchange to the unfinished tower on 15 November 2008. Almas Tower now houses facilities that provide a wide range of services for the region’s diamond, coloured gemstones and pearls industry. Along with the Dubai Diamond Exchange, these include the Dubai Gems Club, the Dubai Pearl Exchange, the Kimberley Process Certification offices and access to secure transportation agencies such as Brinks and Transguard, in addition to networking and meeting rooms. Diamond cutting and exchange take place at the tower. Due to the type of transactions taking place at the tower, high security is installed. Almas tower ranked 8th in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2010.
Stay at the contemporary Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City in the heart of the Knowledge Village business zone, minutes from Internet City technology park.
Friendly staff offer a warm welcome in the air-conditioned Lobby of Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City, an easy 30-minute taxi trip from Dubai International Airport. Mingle with colleagues in our sleek Lobby bar, or catch up on work via wireless Internet. You can also access high-speed Internet from the comfort of our Guest rooms, some of which have views of the famous Burj Al Arab hotel and Palm Jumeirah.
Doing business is easy at the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City, close to the Internet City and Media City business zones. There is space for up to 120 delegates in the largest of our three naturally lit meeting rooms, and plenty of PCs available in the 24-hour self-service Business Centre.
Pack your bucket and spade and head for family-friendly Jumeirah Beach or catch the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to the Mall of the Emirates where you can combine shopping with indoor skiing. Cool off on the thrilling water slides at nearby Wild Wadi water park.
Set your own pace at the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City. You can access the MiniGym 24 hours a day, and snacks and drinks are always available from the 24-hour kiosk. Our self-service buffet breakfast is complimentary, as is onsite guest parking.